Drumbot Activate!

This MIDI kit just wants to bang on the drum all day.

By Michael Una


It’s no Buddy Rich, but this little ’bot can really lick the skins.

Photograph by Sam Murphy

I used to have a drum kit in high school, and I spent hours whapping away at it in an attempt to build up some decent chops. Then I realized I wanted to do more with my hands than just play drums, so I sold my kit and bought a drum machine.

Digital drum machines can be easily programmed to play many different sounds and rhythms, but ultimately they sound a little canned. Why not make a machine that plays real drums?

My Drumbot has the programmable flexibility and sequenced ...

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