Darwin Pedal


The DARWIN Drum Pedal Series

It all began a couple years ago, when I first played with the idea of buying a high-quality drum pedal. For a lefthanded person like me the choice is unfortunately very limited.

When I looked deeper into the subject, I came across many things that bugged me about the available products – from the general construction to adjustment possibilities and inconsiderable things like the tension spring and its geometry.

 

At that time I was still in the middle of my apprenticeship as a mechanical engineer and spent my time between CNC tuning / milling machines and the construction office. One night it came to my mind, that it can’t be impossible to build a drum pedal myself. So, the construction and production of the first prototype began.

 

There was no time pressure, and so the pedal developed in small steps over the years. Compromises were unwanted - problems that couldn’t be solved immediately were left aside until I got the sparking idea.

 

The aim was to produce a pedal with possibilities for everyone to find their setup. It should run well balanced in its basic setup, but if anyone wants to experiment a little bit they should have the opportunity to do so. You should be able to adjust any parameter and play with different combinations anywhere the drum key fits.

 

In the past years, I met drummers from various genres, from heavy metal to swing & jazz, due to my work with drums. I did my best to integrate all their different requirements in the construction of the pedal.

 

Footboard Types

Lowboard

This board has the geometry of the short board without the heel part. Like the long board, the heel block is lowered to get the floor as the new reference point.

Shortboard

The classic geometry. The foot board is expanded by a fixed heel part. The base plate is identical to the long board version.

 

Longboard

Its length corresponds to the short board plus heel part. Due to the altered lever it runs light-footed and offers the opportunity to experiment.


Short and long board sharing the same base plate, which makes it easy to swap them. The low board’s base plate is shorter, so it has to be exchanged to be able to combine this version with the other versions. The heel block is supported by ball bearings and prestressed free of play.

Hoop Clamp

The hoop clamp was planned as an individual unit, to make it possible to adjust it lengthwise and crosswise. On the one hand, to adjust the distance to the skin, so that the beater meets the skin at its highest point and doesn’t overwind. On the other hand, to center the single pedal beater or the middle of the double pedal beaters on the skin. The hoop is clamped between gentle, slip-proof rubber supports.

Drive

I knowingly chose a belt drive. It offers more smoothness and less gyrating mass in comparison to a chain. Also, the belt is more flexible – it bends, but doesn’t stretch.

 

The belt was developed in collaboration with a German strap producer. It’s made of a thin mixture of nylon and kevlar and features a layer of neoprene on its support surface. The strap is smooth, high-tensile and absolutely wear-free and can be fixed at different positions on the foot board. Thus the height of the foot board can be optimized independent of the whole drive.

 

The geometry of the cam offers a defined tearing edge, which, if necessary, can be intensified or dampened by twisting the cam. By emphasizing the tearing edge, the beater is additionally speed up on the last part of its rotary motion.

 

Due to the belt drive you can’t just twist the cam, but you can also adjust it continuously from round to an eccentric pulley. In combination, both parameters offer many possibilities to alter the running characteristics to your personal preferences.


But in addition to the belt drive there’s also the option for a direct drive, if you prefer that.

A conversion is easily possible and offers different adjustments.

Main Spring

The geometry of the spring is underestimated although it is the secret centrepiece of a pedal.

 

I experimented a lot with the spring’s geometry during the development of the prototypes.

Not only with different lengths, strengths and materials, but also with angles and distances.

 

The result is a performance that is only possible with a high basic stress on popular pedals.

 

The geometry was optimized, so the pedal already runs very smooth with a low basic spring tension. The spring itself is supported by ball bearings on both ends and easily adjustable by hand. It’s so easy, you can even find a setup while playing.

 

Versions


The pedal is available as single, double or middle pedal – right-handed as well as left-handed. Both with all different foot boards as well as belt or direct drive.

 

The double pedal can quickly be converted to two single pedals. Just dissemble the drive shaft and put the beater into the second pedal.

 

The drive shaft is the well known Ultimate DriveShaft, which is already known as an upgrade solution. It’s a construction from aluminium, ball bearing supported all around, slightly prestressed and absolutely free of play. Stainless steel inserts all around reinforce the threads.

 

The pedal is delivered by default with the Dynamic Beater, which is a construction from aluminium with an optimized geometry and interchangeable rear weights and surfaces.

 

Like all my products the pedals are produced in small batch series and assembled by hand.

 

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