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To late for triggers??

Posted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 10:14 am
by ObZen88
So I have a gig in exactly a week. I want to put triggers on my bass drum, and the rest of my band desperately does as well, however I have reservations about doing it so close to a gig. I have never used them before, and I will be running it through a roland td-10 brain. Question is, is it a bad idea to do it now for the gig, or is it a pretty simple process? (Guitarist says theres nothing to it, and we should get it done, but then again, he is the guitarist) Also, heard good things about roland's latest trigger..at least for the bass drum....Any rec's on a good trigger?

Re: To late for triggers??

Posted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 11:42 am
by Empyrean Drums
It really is pretty simple, you just want to be sure how you module functions. The Roland triggers should be fine, just stay away from the Ddrum Redshots or self-stick triggers. If you have a PA at your practice space, use it to set up you triggers. The sounds coming from the PA can make your triggers false, if you are just trying to set up through headphones you can have them more sensitive before they double trigger. The PA at the Bluebird is of course louder, so you will need to do some slight tweaking when you sound check. It wouldn’t hurt to bring some extra muffling for you kick as well.
On thing to keep in mind with triggers- you have to play at a consistent volume. If you pound on your kick when you are playing a simple beat and then play soft when you start playing fast it can cause some problems. Get them set up ASAP and start practicing with them; it will take some getting used to.
What band are you in?

Re: To late for triggers??

Posted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 11:52 am
by ObZen88
Thanks for the advice. Out of curiosity..What kind of problems will it cause with volume inconsistencies? Just mis triggering? Also, will i need to tighten up the bass drum more than usual? I play in the band Gevurah

Re: To late for triggers??

Posted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 12:17 pm
by Empyrean Drums
Yeah, double/mis triggering. I find that tightening the bass head makes the triggers more sensitive, but I also don't have any muffling in my kicks
So you practice at Dave's house, right?

Re: To late for triggers??

Posted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 12:19 pm
by ObZen88
Yes, thats kind of weird. who are you?

Re: To late for triggers??

Posted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 12:25 pm
by Empyrean Drums
ObZen88 wrote:Yes, thats kind of weird. who are you?


I'm Steve, I've know Dave for a few years now. After FSF broke up I tried jammin' with him, but I'm more of a straight thrash/grind player and I'm not as good playing the syncopated stuff.

Re: To late for triggers??

Posted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 12:57 pm
by ObZen88
right on man! I think I may have met you once upon a time. Thanks for the advice!