P.E.A.R.T. - The Robotic Drum Machine
Welcome to the site of P.E.A.R.T. which stands for Pneumatic and Electronic Actuated RoboT. P.E.A.R.T. is a robot that is made to be set up in front of any drum set and play the drums with any MIDI file as the input. It is capable of running 16 separate drum channels, with each drum capable of being hit up to 19 times per second (which sounds pretty awesome on a bass drum by the way).
Please enjoy the site. If you are tech-savvy, you will want to check out the How It Works page. Make sure you take a look at some of the videos of P.E.A.R.T. in action and also check out some construction pictures. Questions and comments are welcome.
The group members would like to thank Scott's Drum Center for lending us stuff for the project. We would also like to thank Moreau's Welding Service for donating materials and labor to help us build the mechanical levers used in the device. Thanks guys!
Update: I feel compelled to clarify a misconception: the goal of this project is not to replace human drummers!! The goal of this project is to take a MIDI file and make it sound like real drums. Please view it in that context. We do not see this as competition to human drummers... simply another way of presenting percussion. --FG
Update: Many questions have appeared in the guestbook and also in my inbox, so I thought I would try to answer a few here.
As soon as I get P.E.A.R.T. up and running again, I'll post some more updates here. --FG