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Rock Band Drum Kit Modification

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---- DO IT YOURSELF ENTRY --------- PURPOSE: To provide a do-it-yourself adaptation for an individual with mobility issues to play the drum kit featured as part of the Rock Band video game. As a wheelchair user, the individual was disappointed that she could not disable the kick pedal feature on the drums within the game. First, cut the two RCA connectors off the “Y” end of the cable and strip away about ½ inch of the insulation to reveal the copper writing (be sure to leave the 3.5 millimeter input connected, this is plugged into the foot pedal input). Then loosen the two screws on the inside of the doorbell and wrap one copper wire around each screw. Tighten the screws. The doorbell should come with two screws so that it can be mounted to the bottom of one stick. To avoid a bunch of holes in the drum sticks make sure to play around with the positioning of the doorbell before screwing it in. The wire coming from the doorbell to the sticks can be conceal and secured with electrical tape. Also, the electrical tape can be used to wrap the sticks (except for the tip) for added grip. To use this adaptation simply unplug the foot pedal and plug in the sticks. This modification was created using materials that can be found just about at any retail store and cost approximately $20. MATERIALS: Cheap set of drum sticks, a door bell, and audio Y-cable 3.5 millimeters to 2 RCA. TOOLS: Screw driver, set of wire stripping pliers, and electrical tape. TITLE: Rock Band Drum Kit Accessibility Mod. WEBSITE: Kinetic Communications. REF: http://www.kinetic.com/channelk-rock-band-mod.html.

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