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NEPTUNE: Drum Lighting System

The ultimate drum lighting: Sound triggered system with individually selectable colours, fade modes and adjustable sensitivity.

NEPTUNE: Drum Lighting System

The ultimate drum lighting: Sound triggered system with individually selectable colours, fade modes and adjustable sensitivity.

£678
pledged of £4,000pledged of £4,000 goal
12
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, August 24 2015 12:55 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated August 24, 2015

About

Neptune has received significant pre-orders from many drum shops and organisations so we are delighted to announce that the Neptune Drum Lighting system will continue and will be available to buy direct from our own online store at.....

>>>>  neptunelightsystems.com/drum  <<<<

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Following on from the success of our light-up drumsticks we are now proud to introduce the Ultimate in Drum Lighting with the Neptune Sound Activated Lighting Solutions.

Our Original RockStix Light Up Drumsticks featured on many TV shows such as ITV's "Britain's got Talent" and "Das SuperTalent" in Germany. Along with our new 13 Colour FX RockStix2 they are used by numerous artists such as The Highwaymen, Jim Kilpatrick, Kesha, StickStoff, Johnny Jenkins, Lily Allen, The Streets. The list goes on and is constantly increasing.

Our RockStix were also featured in the VH-1 and Fox Television Studios movie "DRUMLINE 2 - A New Beat". Also early prototype versions of our NEPTUNE Drum Lighting featured on the BBC's Blue Peter, The Military Awards on ITV and Children in Need.

NEPTUNE will make you the highlight of the show and gives you a unique presence to stand out of the crowd. Ideal for both beginners or professional performers looking for an edge on stage.

A pickup is positioned inside the air vent of a drum (PATENT PENDING). This picks up sound from inside the drum and feeds back to the "sound to light" control module. The module then outputs to various lighting options, the standard option being two strips of LEDs attached around the drum, one at the top and one at the bottom inset of the metal rims.

When sound is detected the system outputs to the lights. Sensitivity can be easily adjusted via the "sound to light" control module.

SOUND TO LIGHT
Neptune is unique as it detects sound from inside the actual drum. This means that sensitivity can be adjusted to filter each drum as much as possible and ensure that hitting a drum will not set off the lights on other drums. This is an issue encountered by professional drummers when trying to add lighting effects.

Neptune also has three options for lighting speed. Although the lights come on instantly with the detection of sound, the first option lets the lights fade out slowly (also known as slow burn). The second option is similar but fades out faster. However the third option is a fast mode that switches the light instantly on and instantly off. This is particularly useful to a Drum Corps and Marching Bands for very fast drumming.

UPDATE 1: We have added a new feature, STATIC MODE - Click here for details

DRUMMER CONTROLLED
As mentioned, Neptune lighting is activated by a sound trigger as the drummer just plays. The Neptune system does not use expensive studio controls or DMX and is fully controlled by the input from the drummer. In fact the only control the drummer needs to think about is a single switch to turn the system on or off. This switch can be mounted in any position that the drummer chooses. (Note that we will release a version to utilise DMX in the future but its foundation will be based on our sound to light system).

PLUG N' PLAY EASY INSTALL
The Neptune Drum Lighting is a very easy to install "Plug n' Play" system. Neptune allows the user flexibility when mounting the system.

The entire Neptune system is primarily designed to fit neatly on the outside of the drum. This means that installation does not require the drum skins to be removed or the drums dismantled in any way. Alternatively the LED Lighting can be optionally fitted to the inside of the drum but all other components are fitted externally allowing full access to the controls. Neptune does not change the sound of your drums.

LIGHTING
We are developing a range of lighting from a standard range right through to an Ultra Bright option. Initially available is our own specification RGB LED tape with 60 LEDs per meter for excellent brightness. The colour of each drum can be easily changed via the Neptune control module to any of the following colours.

When not lit our LED tape is white in colour. This looks great gives a professional finish to drums. Neptune also uses high quality foam backed LED tape that doesn't damage drums or leave any residue if removed. 

POWER LEADS & CONNECTORS
A key feature of the Neptune system are our "Daisy Chain" power leads. Each "Drum Kit" set is supplied with a single mains power lead to be connected to a master control switch and then the first drum control module. Then a "Daisy Chain" lead is connected from the first drum module to the second module and so on. This negates the need for multiple power sockets and also makes taking down the kit and moving the kit a simple process. This is made even easier with our quick push connections.

Although the entire Neptune System is powered by a single power supply each drum can be individually tuned with its own sensitivity and lighting options.

For the "Drum Corp / Marching Band" set the mains power lead is replaced with mobile battery pack and holder. The battery pack can be attached to the side of the drum or on the drummers clothing.
Note: We are still working to find the ideal solution for the mobile battery pack. We will provide updates on this during the Kickstarter campaign.

ACCESSIBLE TO ALL
Neptune has an extensive list of features but is not just targeted to professional drummers. Neptune is a high quality system that is feature rich enough for professionals but is priced to suit the amateur and hobby drummer.

The biggest challenge during prototyping was getting the PCB as small as possible whilst keeping every feature on our original "wish list". We managed to get all of the electronics in a very small unit using premium quality components.

The next stage was to design a holder attachment for the "Sound to Light" pickup.

Originally the main module incorporated the microphone in a single unit but during testing we found that it was not easy to locate over the "air vent" on some drums due to different bracket types. So we had a re-think and added an extension attachment to hold the microphone in place. This had the added advantage of being able to mount the main "Sound to Light" module in any position.

The cases needed to be as small as possible, low profile and light weight. The PCB is mounted neatly with minimal internal clearance giving a compact overall unit. The module cases shown on this project are 3D printed however the final product will be finished in ABS plastic. This is lightweight but also strong.

The final decision was how to power the system. We wanted a very neat installation without wires everywhere. So to avoid using multiple mains power sockets we developed the system to follow a "daisy chain" format for use on Drum Kits. This requires just one power source that pushes into the first drum module. Power is then transferred to the second drum module via our "Daisy Chain" lead and the process is repeated to the required number of drums. All power lead connectors are simple push fit.

Whilst the above mains power source is suitable for Drum Kits we needed to find a solution for Marching Bands and Drum Corps. We are in the process of finding high quality rechargeable batteries and have been developing a holder to mount the battery to the drum or to the drummers clothing.
Note: We are still working to find the ideal solution for the mobile battery pack. We will provide updates on this during the Kickstarter campaign.

The final feature was requested by our friends The Highwaymen during their testing on BBC's Blue Peter. Initially they requested a simple on/off switch, separate to the main control module, that can be added to the side of the drum so they could switch on the drum lights mid routine for their grand finale. We have taken on board this request and added an optional master switch to fit between the main power supply and the first drum module, thus controlling power to the entire system.

To additionally assist the Drum Corp / Marching Band style of fast drumming we have added three options for lighting speed. Although the lights come on instantly with the detection of sound, the first option lets the lights fade out slowly (also known as slow burn). The second option is similar but fades out faster. However the third option is a fast mode that switches the light instantly on and instantly off.

UPDATE 1: We have added a new feature, STATIC MODE - Click here for details

 All rewards are complete sets with everything included for a quick and easy installation.

DRUM ADD-ONS...

ADD-ON "A": Add £75 to the Neptune "Drum Kit" sets for each additional drum required (Additional power supply not included as not required to add additional drums to the system)
ADD £75 + DELIVERY (UK: £1 / EU: £2 / ROW: £4) for each additional drum

ADD-ON "B": Add £90 for additional "Drum Corp / Marching Band" sets (full system for a single drum)
ADD £90 + DELIVERY (UK: £2 / EU: £3 / ROW: £5) for each additional drum

ADD-ON "C": Add £20 to receive an extra RGB LED Reel to add additional lighting to your Neptune system (60 LEDs per meter)
ADD £20 + DELIVERY (UK: £1 / EU: £2 / ROW: £3) for each additional reel
 

DRUMSTICK ADD-ONS...

ADD-ON "D": Add £13 to receive a pair of Original Single Colour RockStix2 HD LED Light Up Drumsticks (choice of 7 colours)
ADD £13 + DELIVERY (UK: FREE / EU: £1 / ROW: £2) for each additional pair

ADD-ON "E": Add £20 to receive a pair of 13 Colour Change RockStix2 HD LED Light Up Drumsticks
ADD £20 + DELIVERY (UK: FREE / EU: £1 / ROW: £2) for each additional pair

ADD-ON "F": Add £25 to receive a pair of ULTRA BRIGHT 13 Colour Change RockStix2 HD NEON LED Light Up Drumsticks
ADD £25 + DELIVERY (UK: FREE / EU: £1 / ROW: £2) for each additional pair

ADD-ON "G": Add £35 to receive a pair of ULTRA BRIGHT 13 Colour Change RockStix2 HD NEON SOUNDWAVE LED Light Up Drumsticks
ADD £35 + DELIVERY (UK: FREE / EU: £1 / ROW: £2) for each additional pair

NOTE: ADD-ON'S WILL BE DELIVERED AT THE SAME TIME AS YOUR MAIN REWARD. PLEASE ADD THE RELEVANT ADDITIONAL DELIVERY COSTS SHOWN ABOVE.

We have produced our pre-production samples as shown in our pitch video above. With funding we are able to start full production. We will produce production moulds for all housings/attachments and PCB's will be manufactured in mass to reduce costs. Obviously the initially manufactured batches will be used to cover all our backers rewards.

Thank you for your time. We hope that you can become a part of this project and help us reach our funding goal.

Risks and challenges

Manufacturing:
We are already producing our light-up drumsticks and many other products in a Disney and Wallmart approved facility, so the risk factor is significantly less than using an entirely new manufacturer. As you can see, we also have working prototypes. However we have done our best to mitigate and minimise any risks that are inherent with any manufacturing project. We don’t foresee any issues in production at this time. If any issues arise with manufacturing or shipping delays, we will communicate with our backers promptly.

Shipping:
At BIG Group we have over 8 years of cool ideas for the best user experience, design, manufacturing, Marketing, shipping and logistics experience, customer service, listening to feedback & communication!. We will utilise this experience to ship your product(s) as efficiently as possible to ensure prompt delivery and excellent customer service.

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    REWARD 1: ROCKSTIX2 HD

    One Pair of Original RockStix2 HD LED Light Up Drumsticks in your choice of 7 colours.

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    REWARD 4: ROCKSTIX2 HD NEON with SOUNDWAVE effect

    One Pair of ULTRA BRIGHT 13 Colour Change RockStix2 HD NEON LED Light Up Drumsticks with SOUNDWAVE effect.

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    Pledge £65 or more About $83

    REWARD 5 EARLY BIRD! : NEPTUNE BASS DRUM KIT

    Neptune Starter Bass Drum Kit Lighting System (for 1 drum).

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    Neptune Starter Bass Drum Kit Lighting System (for 1 drum).

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    REWARD 6: NEPTUNE MARCHING CORP

    Neptune Marching Corp Drum Lighting System (for 1 drum).

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    REWARD 8: NEPTUNE FULL DRUM KIT (4 piece)

    Neptune Full Drum Kit Lighting System (for 4 drums including the bass drum).

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    REWARD 9: NEPTUNE FULL DRUM KIT (6 piece)

    Neptune Full Drum Kit Lighting System (for 6 drums including the bass drum).

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