Searching for new drum triggers and pads? You've come to the right place. We’re all musicians at Sweetwater, so we only offer quality drum triggers and pads from the best brands out there. Whether you want to spice up your music or replace a broken part, you'll find everything you need here.
When it comes to drum triggers and pads, there are many options to choose from. Electronic drum kits are amazingly versatile and can be tailored to suit your personal needs. That is why it is important to know what you are shopping for.
Generally, a trigger is an electronic transducer that is attached to a drum or cymbal so you can control an electronic unit. There are two main types of triggers – head contact triggers and rim mount triggers. Triggers sense vibrations from the head, the rim or drum shell. Head contact triggers are placed on the head or shell using an adhesive, and rim mount triggers are mounted on the rim and the trigger assembly is then pressed against the head.
Both types work amazingly well, and both have pros and cons. Head triggers are generally less expensive, but are more fragile than mount triggers, and since they stick to the head, they usually stay on there all the time. Although using adhesive or tape to stick the trigger onto the head might seem unprofessional, many professional drummers use this type of trigger because they work quite well!
Your drum pad choices boil down to standard options: snare/tom pads and kick pads. Most pads have a rubber surface - they feel similar to traditional practice pads and work well for loops and consistent tones. On the other hand, mesh heads also exist. With a firm woven surface that feels and acts more like an acoustic drum head, mesh heads have better rebound and are a bit easier to play.
If you are just starting out and need a basic pad, a single zone pad will suffice, but if you want more creative freedom (and who doesn't?), definitely grab a dual zone pad. The majority of snare drums have dual zone pads. You may have heard these referred to as two-zone or dual trigger pads. These pads can be set to trigger a variety of sounds, but their main purpose is to give you a snare drum sound.
When all's said and done, find something that suits you personally as a drummer. Whether you're a beginner or a professional, we have drum triggers and pads to suit everyone. Give us a call if you have any questions and our Sales Engineers will help you make the right decision!
Sweetwater's Sales Engineers are regarded as the most experienced and knowledgeable professionals in the music industry, with extensive music backgrounds and intense training on the latest products and technologies. They are available to offer you personalized product advice any time you need it.