[sdiy] Velocity Sensitive Pads

Veronica Merryfield veronica at merryfield.ca
Sun Jun 19 01:41:30 CEST 2011

The linn 9000's graphite sensor is an early form of FSR. Graphite performs ok in this application but it has a nasty habit of settling under load such that for a constant load the resistant will change. Many FSR materials will do this but to a lesser extent than graphite.

The innovator behind sensitronics is the same guy behind the Linn sensor.

The feel is a combination of the material over the FSR than you hit/touch/etc and the strike response of the FSR and electronics. It's not an easy thing to get right. Until recently the exact material that was used on the Linn has not been available but one has been found. So far few products have started using it.

If you wander over to the sensitronics web site and take a look round you might find a familiar name :) Hint :- http://www.sensitronics.com/about_us.htm 

On 2011-06-18, at 3:00 PM, Ville Gustafsson wrote:

> Since I'm doing service on my Linn 9000's right now, I can testify:
> Under each pad,the circuit board has two intertwined "venetian
> blind-shaped" lanes coated with graphite. Each pad has a plate of
> conductive rubbery graphite-ish material under it, and the harder you
> press, the more of the coated circuit lanes are connected and the
> lower the resistance.
> The mpc's are different, at least the recent ones, their pads are only
> rubber all the way through so the sensors must be layered film or
> something.
> I know the current mpc sensors are made by http://sensitronics.com/
> I don't know what technique are used in the older mpcs' sensors.
> In my opinion, despite being the oldest and most primitive, the Linn
> 9000 pads have the best feel, substantially better than all the Mpc's,
> the older as well as the newer ones. This is a matter of opinion of
> course.
> /Ville
> On Fri, Jun 17, 2011 at 11:39 AM, Chris Strellis
> <Chris.Strellis at crystalvision.tv> wrote:
>> Hi Colin,
>>> I believe the MPCs have slightly domed undersides to the pads.
>>> The harder you press, the more contact area is closed on the
>> conductive
>>> sensors.
>>> From that, they get initial velocity and aftertouch readings.
>> It figures as the great grand daddy of them all, the Linn 9000 can do
>> this.  You can select the "repeat" function and when you hold down say
>> the snare pad, the more force you put in the louder the snare roll.
>> Most excellent.
>> The Linn, if I can remember correctly, has a spiral pattern of resistive
>> material under each pad.  I suppose the harder you push down the lower
>> the resistance.
>> Cheers
>> Chris
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