In this video, Ugandan synthesist Bamanya Brian (aka Afrorack) shares his experience with making a DIY velocity-sensitive electronic drum kit.

Brian’s videos offer a very different perspective from many synthesists sharing videos on Youtube, because he’s working within the limitations of living in an area where access to gear is limited, and if you can get it, it’s probably prohibitively expensive. As a result, Brian is one of the first African synthesists sharing their experience with DIY projects.

Here, he demonstrates his DIY drum kit, which is based around an Arduino micro controller, which translates drum hits into MIDI data sent to a laptop. It’s not as powerful as a $3,000 Roland V-drum system, but it cost him about $50 and it works.

Check out the video and share your thoughts on it in the comments!

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