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Beat Sneaks: DIY midi drums in your shoes

Submitted by on July 28, 2009 – 1:05 pm 3 Comments

Personally, I like to tap out drum patterns with my fingers – it drives people crazy. I do it at home, in the car, even in my studio (I record my tapping and them use it to groove quantize my drum beats). Well, if you’re a bit into DIY, you can make a cool little midi controller embedded into your shoes.

Tom Hobson has done just that. Thanks to an Arduino trigger-to-midi controller, some creativity and some triggers, he can play drum sounds by tapping his feet.

Like many people, I often find myself unconsciously tapping my feet, whether it’s along to a song or out of some nervous habit. As fun as that is though, I’ve always felt as if something has been missing. If only I could trigger the sounds of say, a rabid pack of furious jungle beasts instead of those boring old toe taps. Or, you know, drum sounds or something. I guess that’s cool too.

Throw on your Beat Sneaks, and start throwing down some drum & bass while you stroll down the street. Oh, but check out the video first:

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