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Old 11-03-2013, 10:04 PM
Buddy9832 Buddy9832 is offline
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Default Re: Adding on to Roland TD-30 kit

Originally Posted by flurbs View Post
Hi Brett,

Nope - you'll be maxed out and short of target. Without getting into DIY workarounds, the TD30 offers 4 extra inputs over the 'stock' kit pads. To go beyond that, there are two methods:

- TMI - Trigger->to->MIDI Interface, the most common of which will be an old Roland TMC6. This will give you an additional 6 trigger processing inputs, it then connects to the module via MIDI to fire the sounds. The upside of this is that it's a pretty inexpensive unit = the downside is that it will require programming a) to set the trigger performance you want - although you'll have to do this with the main module anyway - and; b) to set the correct MIDI map for the sounds you want, kit by kit. None of this is rocket science, but it isn't plug-and-play either.

- Get a 2nd module. As simple as it sounds. upside is that it doubles your inputs and if you know how to work one, you know how to work two! Downside is, of course, the price... Most 'monster' ekits you see that replicate a large acoustic kit use double (or triple) modules.

Thanks for the help.

I was talking to someone the other day about this and he also suggested getting a 2nd module. How would you be able to merge the two sounds together? I guess a better way of putting it is if I wanted to use headphones while playing drums how would I be able to get them to both to merge? Is there a splitter of some sorts that I would be able to get?

As far as using a TMI would I be losing any the features that this kit has to offer? That is one of the things that I really love about this kit. I wouldn't want to lose the ability to sense the small nuances of drumming such as ghost notes, rim shots, accents, etc.
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