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Old 09-01-2012, 04:29 AM
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Default Kick DRum TRigger Recording

Hey guys. I am new to using triggers. I mix and master my own stuff and I record drums into a zoom r16 recorder. My question is how do I record my triggered kick into my recorder. I use a ddrum trigger and a yamaha module. I am running the module into the input of my recorder and it does not seem to work. Got brand new cables thinking the old ones were the problem but that is not the case. I am unsure about midi but my module has a midi out should i be running the midi out of the module into the input of my recorder? Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 09-01-2012, 06:07 AM
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Default Re: Kick DRum TRigger Recording

Is it just the kick trigger which won't record or the whole kit?
I have a Zoom Q3 HD and run a cable from the line in on the camera to the Headphone jack of the module and it records everything. Hope this helps...
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Old 09-01-2012, 06:15 AM
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Default Re: Kick DRum TRigger Recording

Yeah it is just the trigger. The rest of the drums sound great on the recorder. It picks up the triggered sound but it double triggers or sometimes i will do a triplet and it picks up one hit. I have adjusted the settings on the module and it just doesent seem to work.
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Old 09-01-2012, 06:32 AM
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Default Re: Kick DRum TRigger Recording

Ok- are you using a Mylar or mesh heads on the bass drum?
First check that the input jack is securely slotted into the ddrum trigger input (some ddrum triggers are notorious for not accepting inputs as snugly as they should causing loose connections).
Then I would place Padding/ foam inside the bass drum to limit the head resonating against the trigger and causing false triggering.
Next, make sure the trigger is sitting snugly (but not too tightly) against the head - you may need to tighten/ loosen the bass drum lug holding the trigger in place for this.
If all else fails check your module settings- your sensitivity or retrig cancel may be set too high (causing double triggers in the former and missed triggers in the latter)
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Old 09-02-2012, 05:09 AM
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Default Re: Kick DRum TRigger Recording

I am using a powerstroke 3 bass drum head. Thanks for the advice I will give this stuff a try. The cable is snug and the trigger is not too tight. I guess it would almost have to be the settings in the module. But I have extensively messed with those. Is it possible that the yamaha dtexplorer module is not compatible with ddrum triggers?
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Old 09-02-2012, 06:52 AM
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Default Re: Kick DRum TRigger Recording

Most modules are compatible with ddrum triggers so I don't think that's the issue. Just keep in mind that the bigger the head, the harder it is to trigger accurately.
Hopefully some playing around with the module settings will give you a good outcome.
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