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Applying the pickup element

Before you attach the sensor to a drum, you need to attach the pickup element. The pickup element is what the sensor is sensing, so it’s important to take the time to get this part right. Don’t worry, you won’t have to do this often. Only when you want to use Sensory Percussion on new drums or after changing drum heads. If you run out of pick up elements, you can order more on the Sunhouse Store.

  1. Peel the paper strip off of the pickup element, revealing the adhesive beneath, but leave the paper covering the triangular body of the disposable positioner.

  2. Line the legs of the disposable positioner up with the rim on your drum and drop it down so that the pickup element adheres to the head. Apply pressure to the pickup element with your thumb for a few seconds before lifting and snapping off the disposable positioner.

  3. Keep your finger on the pickup element, applying pressure for about ten seconds. It takes about 24 hours for the adhesive to cure, but it's generally fine to start playing right away.

Please Note:


You can place the pickup element anywhere you would like on the drumhead, but it must be between two lugs - and, if you are applying the pickup element to the snare drum, make sure you avoid the snare strainer or other levers that might block the sensor.


Avoid reusing pickup elements. They're really hard to clean once they've been used and generally won’t stay on the drum as well the second time. They are cheap and disposable, so just use a new one.