These are the installation instructions for uniPulse on a Hammon Auto Vari 64.
This has not been tested and is only an educated guess based on the schematics.
Installation is very easy. You need to solder a few wires to the voice board. Connections are shown in the image below. Connect uniPulse’s V- to GND, V+ to +25V and the rest to the pulse outputs P1. The ‘sandblock’ sound can be controlled via the uniPulse CV output in ‘gate’ mode by connecting it with an additional diode.
You need to configure the triggers to be +13V, Open rect, voltage linked to velocity using the configurator.
This manual shows how to connect uniPulse to the Ace Tone Rhythm Ace FR-1. It is possible to control all 10 drum voices via midi and they are velocity sensitive.
It is even possible to control the Brush sound in a velocity sensitive way.
Here you can see the voice board with the connections of uniPulse triggers P1-P10. The brush control needs a general purpose PNP transistor such as BC557 and a 56k resistor. Connect them them just the way it shown in the picture.
This manual describes how to install uniPulse in the Rhythm Ace FR2L
This is based on the schematics and has not been tested yet. Please let us know if you have installed it. Bonus points if you send us a video of the drum machine in action 🙂
Download the uniPulse Configurator file for Rhythm Ace FR2L
In order to power the uniPulse, you need to install a few additonal components. Due to the high voltage after the transformer, an additional 15V regulator must be used (7815). The capacitors should have a voltage rating of at least 35V, more is ok. Connect the uniPulse V+ and V- wires as shown in the picture.
Trigger are very straight forward. Most triggers are soldered to the legs of diodes on the voice boards. Cymbal and Maracas triggers are simply connected to the solder points on the voice boards. It is also possible to control the Brush (B), but without testing it is hard to tell exactly how. This will be updated as soon as this information is available.
As always syncing the drum machine to the midi clock is optional and requires additional circuitry.
A level shifter is needed for the start/stop signal. Two pole switch (included in the kit) is used to switch between internal clock and midi clock. In order to access points A and B, desolder one leg of R12. A is connected to the resistor, B is connected to the board where the resistor was connected originally.
Point C can be directly connected to the Start/Stop switch.
Below you can see the installed uniPulse. Trigger points are on the right the picture below shows the trigger points in a bit more detail. Two of the triggers needed additional 1Meg resistors to ground which can also be seen in the picture. UniPulse channels 1-9 are used.
Midi Clock Sync
If you like, you can also sync the Drummer One to midi clock. This requires a bit of additional circuitry. A two-pole switch is used to switch between internal and midi clock. This switch is provided with the uniPulse kit since uniPulse MK2. You will also need two general purpose NPN Transistors and 2x10k and 2×2.7k resistors. The circuit can be seen below. Its purpose is to level shift the clock and gate voltages.
The GATE signal is connected to uniPulse pin D1, the CLOCK signal to uniPulse pin D2.
The picture below shows the location of the C point and the circuit on a prefboard. To access points A and B, one leg of a capacitor needs to be desoldered. This is also shown in the picture below and in more detail in the next picture.
Installing the uniPulse board
You can mount the uniPulse board in the case using distancers as shown here:
The Drummer One needs to be in start mode with all Rhythms deselected in order to be synced to midi.
A customer sent us the uniPulse trigger points for the Roland TR-66. Thank you very much! Installing is very simple, just connect the unipulse to the trigger points as shown and upload the config file via the tool.
We currently do not have points for uniPulse power, this post will be updated soon..
It is possible to trigger all Voices of the DR110 with midi and velocity control. Accent is also supported. The extra trigger output can be controlled independently from the accent.
You can also sync the DR110 to the midi clock.
For instructions, please get in touch with us and we will write them down in a comprehensible manner 😉