Instructions & Information
Instructions on how to perform the various DIY projects we sell items for.
Prism Vinyl Wrap Steps
1. Purchase the wrap from the DIY Items page.
2. Click Here
Alesis Mylar to Mesh Conversion
Single or Dual Zone 8" Pad
Single or Dual Zone 10" Pad
The conversion is quite simple with the right materials and should take about 10-15 minutes from start to finish. Click here for the steps and photos!
Prism Mesh Drum Head(s)
Prism or DIY Foam Cone*
High Contact Glue/Double Sided Tape (Gorilla Glue)
A Drum Key
*Upon request, Foam Cones for Alesis conversions are provided free of charge with the purchase of Prism Mesh directly through our website. Use the contact page to reach out to us if you are performing this conversion. Note this is a DIY process and the cones may need to be sized down on the consumer end with a pair of scissors. We do not sell these but they do cost us money, time, and effort to create. These will work, beauty is optional. We do recommend these using 3ply mesh.
Alesis makes a couple of different types of drum pads.
Gen 1: These Alesis pads are easily identified because they use a square L-Rod and a lug nut to attach to a drum rack. The conversion for this is slightly different. To view the easiest conversion method for this pad click here. I still prefer a cone unless this is for a kick pad. We found that this method requires really dialing up the module trigger sensitivity. Note that for this pad style, adding a foam cone requires creating a center cut hole.
Gen 2: Alesis changed the L-Rod to the standard circle and added a wing nut for ease of use. This conversion requires a trigger cone of some type. We have used anything from craft foam and neoprene, to couch cushion foam.
Gen 3: The newest pads are really cool. These pads are already equipped with mesh drum heads and employ multiple foam rods. The rods are vertical and attached to a metal plate which transfer the energy created by pad strokes to the piezo. Our guess regarding the multiple rods are twofold. First, the rods help extend the durability of the foam as they all act in concert to absorb and transfer energy. Secondly, this would theoretically enhance the sensitivity of this drum pad no matter where the drum head is struck. Somebody somewhere is thinking!
I cannot attest to how durable this method is but we do recommend Prism Mesh Drum heads when it comes time to replace the stock OEM heads.
If we had to tell the truth, we actually prefer neoprene. The problem with neoprene is that the right size and density is hard to find. Here is a dollar store gem that is now rare. Cutting out the bottom created an effective trigger for $1.
We have also used 3M command strips when trialing harder materials like compressed cork. Cork has some amazing material properties but a few limitations that rendered it unusable without serious dampening. We gave up on cork because we were never completely satisfied with the playing results when tested with a drum module.
We never got around to testing silicone but this was on our list at one point. This item could potentially be found in softer forms and would in theory last for awhile.
In the end, foam remains the hands down winner for durability, rebound, and triggering. Drum stick rebound is very important when it comes to real feel electronic drumming. The rebound you experience when playing is slightly impacted by the material a mesh drum head comes into contact with when struck. Foam is a low friction zero noise addition that does not impact sticking in any way regardless of the down stroke angle. Foam also eliminated dead spots created when using harder materials which failed to effectively absorb and transfer energy. We also noted that harder materials like cork created a hot spot with a direct hit. This is why earlier we recommended the need for dampening.
The reason Mylar has terrible rebound is because it has no give/play.
This plastic based material also introduces unwanted non-musical noise elements. As an example, when you jump into a foam pit, you hear mostly silence. When you jump into any hard object, you typically hear some sort of thud.
Upgrade your Mylar kit to Mesh today for a truly authentic drumming experience.