[sdiy] Velocity Sensitive Pads

Ville Gustafsson villeg at gmail.com
Sun Jun 19 00:00:28 CEST 2011

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

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


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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