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drum triggers

hopesfallfan

Would using drum triggers work well with playing at small gigs or just playing around at a house? Doesn't this mean that you have to be putting out more noise through a speaker or amplifier than what the drums itself are creating?
April 17, 2003 @12:59am
Ted

Are you talking about using drum triggers on "normal" acoustic drums? In those situations they're usually used instead of microphones to reinforce or apmplify the sound of the drums, so if you were trying to keep things quiet they probably wouldn't do the trick. One thing people have been known to do is fill their drums with foam of some sort to deaden the sound and then use triggers to trigger sounds from a module of some sort. That way you have the look and feel of "real" acoustic drums but the flexibility and control you get from a module.
As for keeping things quieter for small gigs and use around the home, getting a kit with rubber or mesh pads is a good way to keep the acoustic volume down.
-Ted
April 17, 2003 @02:30pm
joe green

iz a trigger what they used in the movie drumline?..........where can i get one and how much does it cost for it and the computer program?.......what iz the name of the computer program?.........thanks for all of your help!!!!!!!
May 25, 2003 @05:33pm
Ted

The triggers we're talking about here are generally used to trigger an electronic sound from a sampler or sound module. In "Drumline" they used a trigger to transcribe what a drummer was playing (I imagine that's what you're talking about?). You couild do that with a trigger, a converter of some sort (such as Roland's TMC6), a MIDI interface and some notation software (such as Finale or Sibelius, although many sequencing programs also offer notation capabilities). There may be a less-expensive system out there specifically for transcribing drum parts...anybody know?
-Ted
May 26, 2003 @02:39am