Okay, that's a mouthful.
My questions stems from my initial quest to make a suitcase/cajon bass drum/tambourine combo that can be played with foot pedals while simultaneously playing an amplified acoustic guitar.
This is a common idea - see it well implemented here: [
Before I got too deep into designing the thing, I realised I could grab the hi-hat pedal and kick drum from my electric drum kit.
Much more compact, no need to isolate the tambourine from the bass drum, and I can program and adjust any number of sounds I want using the drum module!
The problem... when performing I would have to carry around the rather large drum module, and have access to a power source.
I'd rather have a scaleable setup - a guitar amp and drum module that can either run on mains power or battery power.
So my challenge became kind of small, just find a tiny device that can take the MIDI input from two foot pedals, and ideally be programmable with maybe 5 different percussive sounds.
Every path I've followed seems to be overkill, people suggesting MPCs and KP3s.
I want to spend < $100.
Here's a thread with some good ideas: Cheap way to make sound from a MIDI keyboard, without PC
It seems all the suggestions are how to play piano samples on a MIDI keyboard, and not drum sounds.
Surely there's a simple way to do this very cheaply?