Author(s) Information

Nyssa Marie BackesFollow

College

College of Engineering

Department

Electrical Engineering Department

Degree Name

BS in Electrical Engineering

Date

2018

Advisor

Joseph Callenes-Sloan

Abstract/Summary

Many people argue that a drummer plays the most important role in a band of any genre. During live performances, the other band members rely on the drummer to keep the song moving forward at a proper steady pace. Even in recorded music, drums help listeners sing and dance along with their favorite songs. Thus, achieving success as a band, both in terms of recordings and live shows, absolutely requires a drummer. So, if a band does not have a drummer, and cannot afford the hefty cost of hiring a session drummer, a touring drummer, or both, how can they possibly overcome this obstacle? Simple. Purchase an electronic drum machine, like EDM, which provides the rhythmic functionality of a human drummer at a fraction of the cost.

Essentially, the EDM is a small device that can produce 12 standard drum set based sounds individually (i.e. crash cymbal, open high-hat, closed high-hat, tom hits, etc.). These audio samples can then play separately or chained together at any tempo and in any order, meaning users can program their own original drum beats. Furthermore, E.D.M. features a catalog of standard drum instrumentations which also play at any user defined tempo. For increased usability, the EDM supports multiple audio outputs and utilizes battery power efficiently.

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