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Old 02-21-2014, 01:08 AM
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I need a low cost drum brain. One that will except a variable input from a hi-hat pedal. I have everything else. I donít have a lot to spend. Any recommendations, new or used. I donít want a rinky dink unit. My drumming is for fun. I donít plan on quitting my day job, or ever making out of the basement.
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Old 02-21-2014, 01:49 AM
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I've seen some Roland TD-10 V-Drum brains selling for as little as $350 on eBay - those are really good modules. I had an entire TD10 kit and had a lot of fun with it, the sounds are quite useable, even today.
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Old 02-21-2014, 03:53 AM
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I've seen some Roland TD-10 V-Drum brains selling for as little as $350 on eBay - those are really good modules. I had an entire TD10 kit and had a lot of fun with it, the sounds are quite useable, even today.
I love to have that, but it's way out of my price range.
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Old 02-21-2014, 05:15 AM
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I love to have that, but it's way out of my price range.
Hmm. I'm not sure if you'll be able to get out of rinky dink on less, but I suggest looking around for used.
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Old 02-21-2014, 06:09 PM
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I prefer to use a module to a VST, but a VST might the cheapest way to get a variable hi hat control, as long as you already own the computer.

If you don't take these particular drums out of the house it is a good option.
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Old 02-21-2014, 09:19 PM
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I prefer to use a module to a VST, but a VST might the cheapest way to get a variable hi hat control, as long as you already own the computer.

If you don't take these particular drums out of the house it is a good option.
I new to electronic drums. I not sure what you are talking about. What is a VST?
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Old 02-22-2014, 12:38 AM
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I prefer to use a module to a VST, but a VST might the cheapest way to get a variable hi hat control, as long as you already own the computer.

If you don't take these particular drums out of the house it is a good option.
Drums will not leave the house.
What do you mean already own the computer? Like a PC? What is a VST? the only modules I have is a Alesis DM5 and a DM6. they won't process a variable HH signal. Is there something I can add to make them work?
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Old 02-22-2014, 02:42 AM
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I noticed you've also been given some good advice on vdrums.com about suitable Roland and Yamaha modules for your DIY kit.
Their VST primer explains the basics for using a computer to generate drum sounds controlled by a drum trigger device.
Here's a link for some useful DIY info about Alesis modules: http://www.dmdrummer.com/index.php?board=8.0

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Old 02-22-2014, 10:46 AM
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Default Re: Looking for a low cost brain

If you're on a budget below $200, I'd suggest saving a bit more and springing for something like a Pearl Redbox used (for about $350). In your price range at the moment, the only thing I've seen is the Ddrum module (DD1?), but I'm not too sure it has a variable hi-hat.

A VST is a virtual instrument, like Superior Drummer or BFD. It is hosted by a computer or a DAW, such as Cubase, Sonar or Samplitude. You can trigger sounds in a VST using midi signals from your drum brain.
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Old 02-24-2014, 03:53 PM
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Is CC the term I should use for variable input i.e. responds and sounds like an acoustic hi hat? I have decided to sell my DM4 and 5, and buy a new module. Does the DTX-502 have this?
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Old 02-24-2014, 09:24 PM
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Is CC the term I should use for variable input i.e. responds and sounds like an acoustic hi hat? I have decided to sell my DM4 and 5, and buy a new module. Does the DTX-502 have this?
Thanks,
Brad
The DTX502 module will send CC messages for a variable hi-hat sound (Closed to Open variations) through a Soft Synth such as BFD. But the internal kits to do not have this feature. The DTX700 and DTX900 module do have the variations in the internal hi-hat sounds.

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Old 02-25-2014, 05:42 AM
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The DTX502 module ... internal kits to do not have this feature.
I'm a little confused. I have a DTX562, and I'm pretty sure I get a range (at least more than 2) of different sounds from my hi-hat depending how open it is. Am I wrong or would I be getting something more or different if I used a VST or the DTX 700/900?
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Old 02-26-2014, 07:11 PM
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The DTX502 module will send CC messages for a variable hi-hat sound (Closed to Open variations) through a Soft Synth such as BFD. But the internal kits to do not have this feature. The DTX700 and DTX900 module do have the variations in the internal hi-hat sounds.

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What do you mean by the, íinternal kits to do not have this featureí. Is the internal kit the same as the module?
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Old 02-28-2014, 12:47 AM
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I'm a little confused. I have a DTX562, and I'm pretty sure I get a range (at least more than 2) of different sounds from my hi-hat depending how open it is. Am I wrong or would I be getting something more or different if I used a VST or the DTX 700/900?
There is the Bow Open and Edge Open but the DTX700/DTX900 allow for you to pitch up the hi-hat to get more variation between the open/closed sound.
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Old 03-01-2014, 12:37 AM
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Old 03-14-2014, 09:10 AM
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My girlfriend said my brain is a ghetto, low-budget special.

Whoops....are you talking about drums?
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