This guide will show you how to build miniature percussion instrument which can be controlled via MIDI over USB. The example project is intended to serve as a jumping-off point for your own designs. Read about how I built mine, then experiment to make a unique instrument you can control with your computer.


1 x Feather M0 Basic Proto
microcontroller to run project code
1 x Crickit Featherwing
allows Feather to control solenoids
1 x 5V 2A Power Supply
provides power for the Crickit board
4 x 5V Solenoid
strikes the drums!
1 x JST-PH Battery Extension Cable - 500mm
connects solenoids to the Crickit board
1 x USB Micro Cable
for programming the Feather
1 x Small phillips head screwdriver
for securing wires to Crickit's screw terminals
1 x 5-wire Block Connector
connects Crickit power to solenoids
1 x Mounting board
Something to mount your drumkit on
8 x #4 screws
for mounting solenoids
8 x #4 washers
for mounting solenoids
4 x DIY drums
any small objects that make cool sounds when struck
1 x Hot glue gun and glue sticks
for mounting drums

This guide was first published on Sep 09, 2018. It was last updated on Jul 17, 2024.

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