Drumbot Activate!

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

By Michael Una

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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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