Hello Arduino Forumers,
I have read all over the internet and am not satisfied with the current tutorials and videos of people creating reaponsive LED drum kits (links below). I am looking for some suggestions and guidance on the specific direction I am looking to go. I am a first yer electrical engineering student and also a touring musician and want to make something cool that works for music and could satisy an extra credit project, however currently my experience is in coding not circuits so any guidance, tricks or wisdom is appreciated.
First, why I am not satisfied and what I want to be different
All responsive LED implementations are currently using individual circuits and/or microcontrollers per drum making each individual drum only responsive to itself, unless vibration or sound is leaked to a pickup/mic on a different drum. This also leaves you with many individually working parts.
My band is not acoustic we only play where there is power so I do not want/need batteries. I want relaible, never need a recharge in a show, wall power.
I want to wire all pickups/mics and LEDs to the same controller (Arduino/Mega) which is bluetooth synced to my android app so i can change colors, or logic based on what I code up. (slow songs light up longer blah blah)
A global controller is necessary as I will have situations when ( for instance a cymbol is hit or bass is kicked extra hard) I want the entire kit to light up rather than 1 drum.
- Any advantages to piezo vs mic impact sensor?
- Do I have to worry about any lag.
- Do I need to worry about wire length (max needed about 4ft)
- Can I get some solid advice on driving about 6 feet of RGB LED. I am pretty sure for power sake I can cut 1 6ft. LED strip into all needed lengths for each drum.
Links instructables led kit