MegaDrum Lite kit is now for sale

Today I introduced a new MegaDrum kit - MegaDrum Lite kit.

MegaDrum Lite kit differs from the MegaDrum Full/Basic/Minimal kits in a few ways:

  1. MegaDrum Lite kit is limited to 24 inputs.
  2. Standard MIDI ports are excluded so it can be used only via USB (USB MIDI).
  3. Rotary encoders are not supported.
  4. The main board is smaller - 50x50mm.
  5. Of course it's cheaper.

Please see details in the forum: MegaDrum Lite kit for sale

New 20141203 MegaDrum firmware and MegaDrumManager versions released

I just released a new firmware version which adds support for Alterantive Sampling algorithm (AltSamplingAlg setting) on MegaDrum with the latest STM32F205RCT6 MCU. The new algorithm reduces digital noise and may allow to set Thresholds lower and as a result it may improve sensitivity.

This new firmware version is acompanied by a new MegaDrumManager version, 20141203, which adds support for AltSamplingAlg (in Misc settings).

Get the latest MegaDrum Mager from  MegaDrum Manager Download page.

New 20141009 MegaDrumManager versions released

The latest MegaDrumManager version is now 20141009.

In this version I introduced a new feature which I call 'visual sync state' .
With this feature MDM tries to track any changes in MDM and if it notice any difference between settings in MDM and in MegaDrum MDM visually indicates this.

A brief description of what this new feature does:

New ARM based MegaDrum running at 120MHz

Today I introduced a new ARM version of MegaDrum based on an STM32F205RCT6 chip. Compared to the older STM32F103RCT6 version, it is running at higher clock frequency - 120MHz vs 72MHz. Faster speed will allow to reduce internal latency a bit more. Modules and kits based on the new ARM chip are available for order at the same price as the older version.

New 20140901 MegaDrumManager versions released

I just published a new 20140901 MegaDrumManager version. In this version I tried to address issues experienced by many (most?) Windows users with 'Firmware upgrade' procedure. As far as I can judge all these issues should now be resolved. I also implemented some internal improvements. I tested it on Windows 7 64bit and Windows 8.1 32bit. Anders (aka angr77) tested it on Windows 8.1 64bit.

New 20140516 frimware and MegaDrumManager versions released

A new firmware and MegaDrum Manger version released. This is a further work on the new pedal handling algorithm. Added 2 new settings: ChckDead and ChkCrv. Chick and splash handling in the new algorithm uses 4 settings:
When Pedal->New Algrthm" is set to Yes:
If you press/release your pedal longer then ChkDead time period then no chick/splash will be triggered. To find right setting for it, navigate to Pedal->ChkDead and see detected values for various press speeds.

New 20140507 frimware and MegaDrumManager versions released

I just released a new version of MegaDrum firmware where I added a new Pedal handling algorithm. It is enabled if you set "Pedal->New Algrthm" to Yes. When enabled, it also uses 2 additional Pedal paramaters: MinVelocity and MaxVelocity which play role in calculating chick and splash velocities. When you navigate to this 2 Pedal parameters you will also be able to see raw pedal press/release speed(velocity) when you do a chick. See details in Latest MegaDrum firmware version

Letest MegaDrum Manager version and more

It's been a year since I released an ARM version of MegaDrum and, even though I rarely post news on the main web page, I constantly improve MegaDrum firmware by adding new features, fixing bugs or improving old features. If you're frequent on the MegaDrum forum then you probably know of all the latest changes but here is the summary of main changes for the past year: