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Postby xdoseonex » Wed Jun 20, 2007 1:08 pm

I'm looking to buy a module to trigger my bass drum at practice. I'm looking for a decapitated\lamb of god type sound.
any reccomendations
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Postby m » Wed Jun 20, 2007 1:41 pm

what kind of PA are you using at practice?
What is your budget?
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Postby Timekeep69 » Wed Jun 20, 2007 3:05 pm

Alesis DM-5. Pretty much the standard in metal drumming. They go for about $350. You can find them on ebay for around $250.

It's what I use. I also have a ddrum4 module and prefer the DM-5
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Re: Module to trigger my bass drum

Postby ross666dreamcatcher » Wed Jun 20, 2007 3:10 pm

xdoseonex wrote:I'm looking to buy a module to trigger my bass drum at practice. I'm looking for a decapitated\lamb of god type sound.
any reccomendations


well personally i think the best module for any drummer these days is the roland TD-20. although it is very expensive it is pretty much the best out there for drum triggers. the best thing about it is you can edit the sound of the bass drum yourself so you can tweak it until its as lamb of god as you like. check it out but personally its not the sort of thing i would buy if i was just gonna use it at practice it costs alot of money and its a really in depth peice of kit. if most of your playing style is at the same dynamic sort of range then i would consider triggering up your whole kit apart from the snare. the base drum sounds on the TD-20 really do kick ass. ofcourse theres alot of advantages to this thing like you can change the overall sound of your kit in seconds but people do tend to comment on how they lose a connection with their kit. but its up to you, have a look into it.
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Postby Howepirate » Wed Jun 20, 2007 8:26 pm

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Postby tekdrum » Thu Jun 21, 2007 7:25 am

i use an Alesis DMPro, the sound modeling and editing capabilities are almost as good as the TD 20, but the user interface isn't as intuitive as the Roland. it's much cheaper than the TD 20 and sounds just as good, also if budget is an issue the DM 5 is a good choice as well. the trigger i/o is just a trigger interface but without any sounds so unless you have a sound source like a midi keyboard, sampler or a computer with drum sounds it won't be of much use
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Postby Howepirate » Thu Jun 21, 2007 8:27 am

tekdrum wrote:i use an Alesis DMPro, the sound modeling and editing capabilities are almost as good as the TD 20, but the user interface isn't as intuitive as the Roland. it's much cheaper than the TD 20 and sounds just as good, also if budget is an issue the DM 5 is a good choice as well. the trigger i/o is just a trigger interface but without any sounds so unless you have a sound source like a midi keyboard, sampler or a computer with drum sounds it won't be of much use


Ahh thank you lolz... I was waitin for someone to make a topic so i could get that question answered. My decision is....ive gota a spare laptop...i just saved 150 $$

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Postby m » Thu Jun 21, 2007 9:09 am

we've had just about every module that's out there come through our studio over the years, and those we haven't seen we sought out to test drive;
I believe the Roland TD20 is definitely the top of the line- it's unsurpassed in tone (though the TD12 is of the same generation and sounds comparable) and ease of use/flexibility. It's what I use personally.

Softsamplers powered from a notebook are becoming quite popular these days, but the ones I've used just aren't as intuitive and user-friendly as the TD20. I've used a hardware sampler in the past, and they can sound really nice if you've got top-notch samples.

However, if you're only triggering your bass, the TD20 is way overkill. One of the cheaper Alesis modules is probably the best choice, budget-wise.
Or maybe an older Roland unit, if you can find one on Ebay. I've still got several TD7s sitting around the studio, and they could do some awesome things with velocity fades and layering of multiple sounds. They'd be pretty cheap if you can find one for sale.
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Postby goatatl » Thu Jun 21, 2007 12:17 pm

I'm not familiar with the Roland unit, but I've never had any complaints about the DM5. For the price, probably your best bet.
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Postby xdoseonex » Fri Jun 22, 2007 6:14 pm

triggering anything but the bass drum just isnt for me. i'm with the derek roddy school of thought. i would never use a trigger on any of my toms or snare but triggering your bass drum is just without a doubt the way to go for metal
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Postby xdoseonex » Fri Jun 22, 2007 6:24 pm

I just checked the pricing on the roland td-20. jesus christ its like $1,500. maybe if i was trying to trigger my entire kit. but in my opinion spending that much money for a few tweakable bass drum sounds (thats all im using it for) is kinda crazy. i'm really looking to model my sound after from vitek of decapitated. if anyone knows what module he uses
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Postby xdoseonex » Fri Jun 22, 2007 6:28 pm

i dont want to have to hook my module up to anything so i'd like to have the sounds in there as opposed to having to hook it up to a sound bank or pc. or maybe something i could have loaded up with bass drum sounds by a friend who knows what hes doing. i'm really trying to find a simple solution. i want to plug this thing into a powered speaker,plug my trigger into it, be able to scroll thrugh some bass drum sounds, and use one
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Postby m » Fri Jun 22, 2007 6:45 pm

yeah, you're probably best off with one of the Alesis or old Roland modules then. Especially if it's only for your bass.
They don't really put out much signal level though-
It'll take some healthy wattage to get up over loud guitars. Do you have a PA you can run a line out to?
otherwise your amp or powered speaker will probably need to push at least 100w I would think, if it's just for rehearsal.
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Postby Kaos » Fri Jun 22, 2007 9:33 pm

All of the modules have great sounds the big problem is triggers, you have to spend a ton of time tweeking the settings to keep the damn things from double triggering. if you play in a loud room its very hard to keep from double triggering. I triied triggering for 2 years with 4 different modules and I never was happy so I quit. re-learned to tune my drums and have relearned the joy of playing and not fuckin with the damn electric shit.
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Postby xdoseonex » Sat Jun 23, 2007 4:36 pm

and there lies the magic of the axis triggers
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