Senstroke Setup

Senstroke : Play drums on everything, everywhere.

Hello there, and welcome to the Senstroke application configuration page.
In this guide, we will explain how to use the sensors and the Senstroke application correctly.

  • The Senstroke sensors

Senstroke sensors allow you to play drums, record and progress anywhere and anytime.
Thanks to the technology contained in the sensors, you can transform any solid surface into a drum kit.

All you need are the Senstroke sensors available on our website at this address, and the dedicated application.

  • Download of the IOS application

The Senstroke application is free and allows you to configure your Senstroke sensors.
You can download the application from the App Store on your IOS phone or tablet, or on the Play Store from your smartphone or Android tablet.

Note: it is preferable to download the application on a smartphone or tablet using an OS greater than or equal to IOS10 or Android 6.0.
You can find more information about Android compatibility here.

The sensor update application, called “Senstroke Updater” is essential to apply sensor patches and updates.
You can also find it on the App Store and the Play Store.

  • Account creation

Before you start, you must create an account to use the Senstroke app.
This account will allow us to offer you customized features.

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  • Turn on the sensors

Press the central button of the sensors to turn them on.
A green LED indicates that the sensor is on. It will then flash blue. This indicates that the sensor is ready to be configured.
A flashing red LED indicates that the battery is almost empty: then recharge the sensor.

The sensor will go into standby mode if it is not quickly paired. Turn the sensor back on to wake up from standby mode.

  • Sensor pairing

Go to the “configure” screen, accessible by touching the configure icon.
The sensors on should be visible on the configuration screen.
Then press each sensor in the application.
When a sensor is paired, the sensor LED turns green and the role of the sensor will be indicated on the screen. The sensors are paired in the following order: left hand, right hand, right foot, right foot and left foot.

  • Sensor update

We regularly publish updates on the technology embedded in the sensors. We recommend that you always use the latest firmware version.
A wireless update application will be available very soon so that you can take advantage of the latest developments.

  • Sensor calibration

In order to ensure proper use of the sensors, it is essential to calibrate them at first use and then on a regular basis.
Go to the sensor pairing screen. On each line of the connected sensors, slide your finger to the left to access the “calibrate” option.

To validate the first step, put the sensor down and do not touch it for a few seconds.
This step allows the sensor to position itself in space.

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For the second part of the calibration, rotate your drumstick with the sensor on itself. This calibration step will allow your sensors to withstand shocks without losing their configuration.

Here are two effective ways to do this:

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A message will then be displayed to let you know that the calibration has been performed.

  • Installation

Before first use, it is necessary to power up the sensors. A 3-hour cycle is recommended for a full charge. The LED will turn green once the sensor is charged.

Note: Although we recommend the standard size 5A, Senstroke sensors can be attached to different drum stick templates.
Then slide your foot sensors into the straps provided.

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Attach the strap to your foot, with the sensor on top.

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  • Define the play area

In order to guarantee you an optimal play accuracy, some instructions for use should be followed.
Our patented technology is able to separate your hitting areas and the power of your shots. To do this, it is important to clearly differentiate the areas used.
We recommend that you define separate play areas that require different  angles: either vertically and/or horizontally.
In the end, it’s the same as on a real drumkit.

Here are some examples of well configured play areas :

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These different zones, well spaced, allow the optimal configuration of a kit without any risk of error.

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This configuration of play areas is also functional: the elements are not vertically aligned.

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This configuration is perfect: with a silent drumkit, it is very easy to reproduce the layout of an acoustic kit.
On the other hand, here are some examples of play areas that can cause problems with the sensors :

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In this configuration, the two central zones are aligned vertically, which can cause problems when playing with the sensors.
Indeed, the angle formed by your wrists will be the same between the central zone and the central zone located on top.
The sensor will not be able to make the distinction between the two.

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This configuration will obviously cause some problems for the sensors during your drumming sessions…

  • Drumkit configuration

Tap configure and then tap the desired item. In our example we will start with the snare drum.

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Select the snare drum, then press configure to start the sensors configuation.

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To assign the physical zone to your snare drum, you just have to slowly alternate moderate strokes with your drumsticks.
It is important to type in the center of the area in a natural and consistent way.
Do not change the grip of the stick or the hitting area during configuration.

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Return to the previous screen to add more items to your drum kit.
You can add several items, but remember to respect the rules for the play area we saw above: the larger your drum kit is, the more space you will need to use it optimally.

Once all the hand-played elements have been configured, it’s time to switch to the bass drum and Charleston pedals.

  • Bass Drum Pedal

The bass drum pedal is very easy to configure: press the element, then press configure, and you’re done!

  • Hi-hat pedal

In order to simulate the control of a Charleston pedal, it is necessary to indicate to the sensor the different opening levels of the cymbals.
The pedal must be configured in the closed position (corresponds to closed charlestons) and then open (corresponds to open charlestons).
To do this, press the hi-hat pedal of the drumkit, then press configure.
The application will ask you to keep your foot in the closed position. Put your foot on the ground for a few seconds.

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Once the closed position is approved, the application asks you to open your foot to configure the open position.
Keep your foot in this position for a few seconds, which will finish configuring the hi-hat pedal.
The “semi-open” position of the hi-hat (when the cymbals barely touch each other) is automatically calculated.

  • Play !

Once the configuration is complete, play anywhere with Senstroke sensors.
You can use the drum sounds emulated by our application, or switch to another application such as Garageband.

Important note : for increased sensor accuracy, be careful not to hit too hard with your drumsticks while playing.

  • Turn off the sensors

To turn off the sensors, press and hold the central button for a few seconds, then release it. The 3 LEDs will light up together briefly to indicate that the sensor is off.

  • To go further

If you have any further questions or comments to send us, fell free to check our Redison forum.

Our teams will be happy to answer you. Until then, keep on drumming !