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Old 01-10-2008, 12:02 PM
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Default Roland or Ddrum Triggers?

Hey,

Does anyone here have either the Roland or Ddrum acoustic triggers? What does everyone think the best choice would be to go for, the Roland ones or the Ddrum ones? They retail at similar prices.

Also has anyone had any experiences with the Alesis DM5 drum module?

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Old 01-10-2008, 06:01 PM
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Default Re: Roland or Ddrum Triggers?

Tons of people use the Ddrum + DM5, so I'm sure you'll hear from some of them. The XLR inputs on the Pro Ddrum triggers seem to be a factor often cited, but the only thing that does is lock in your cable (also, you'll need a special cable with XLR & 1/4" connectors) The Pro triggers also have a sturdier metal housing, that's the only 2 differences between the Pro and Red Shot models.

I use Roland triggers and they work great. They've never let me down. Takes a little tweaking on the module to get them dialed in for your personal style, but it's not that hard.
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Old 01-11-2008, 08:45 AM
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Go the ddrum Pro triggers, for their durability alone.
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Old 01-11-2008, 10:21 AM
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Default Re: Roland or Ddrum Triggers?

Hey,

I use a Roland trigger on my kick drum (chrome one) not sure what the model number is off hand, and I use DDT Triggers on the rest of my kit when I use triggers on other drums. The DDTs are much cheaper and work just as well as DDrum, Hart or Roland.

I use a Roland TD8 Module.

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Old 01-11-2008, 06:33 PM
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Default Re: Roland or Ddrum Triggers?

Thanks for your help guys, another question is if you are using a module at a gig all you would need to do is couple the cables from the triggers into the module, then the module directly into the PA is that correct or not?

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Old 01-12-2008, 01:48 AM
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Correct! Left and right audio out is all you'll need.
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Old 01-12-2008, 01:57 PM
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Default Re: Roland or Ddrum Triggers?

Great! I assume that if lets say the bass drum has a trigger on it doesn't nessacarly have to be miked as well if the module is going through the PA? Or is beneficial to still have miking with triggers on the drums?

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Default Re: Roland or Ddrum Triggers?

Guess it depends on how your drums sound naturally and if your sound guy is good enough to get a good mix of the two together. What kind of kit are you putting these on?
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Old 01-12-2008, 06:21 PM
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Default Re: Roland or Ddrum Triggers?

If it was me I'd use mics AND triggers on the kicks when it's possible. The mix of the two is awesome when done well - you get the attack of the triggers and the fullness of the kicks. And overall it sounds less synthetic. That's a personal preference though.
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Old 01-15-2008, 12:53 AM
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Default Re: Roland or Ddrum Triggers?

konaboy,

I'll be putting the triggers on a variety of different kits whilst doing shows - as normally I play on kits that are not mine live.

I'm using them on the bass drum simply just to get heard, I find that drum mics don't seem to cut it in small type gigs which makes the bass drum mostly inaudible - that is why I am going to trigger the bass drum and toms (possibly snare too).

Thanks for the help, if there are already drum mics there at some venues I'll try to use the combination of both.

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Old 01-15-2008, 01:26 AM
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I'll be putting the triggers on a variety of different kits whilst doing shows - as normally I play on kits that are not mine live.
I'd be a little wary of that, almost every drum I've put a trigger on took a bit of tweaking to get a good response. I had to do a lot of work to get a kit responding well enough to want to perform with it, and then of course when I got it in the venue it behaved totally differently and took a little tweaking anyway.

But, if you come up against a kit w/ an Evans Emad as a batter head, you're in trouble.
Unmuffled toms can be tricky because of continuous vibration, and racks vs stands and stage construction can make a huge difference in the way the kit will respond.
Be prepared for a lot of work if you have to use someone else's kit...
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Old 02-10-2008, 09:10 PM
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Default Re: Roland or Ddrum Triggers?

I am going to try the triggers very soon live, as soon as I get the module.

I have one question though. I've seen a few well known drummers trigger very expensive and great sounding snare drums, I don't see the point in triggering snares that already sound good to put another sound on top of it.

Is there a reason for this, or maybe is it just for greater amplification of the snare?

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Old 02-11-2008, 04:31 AM
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Default Re: Roland or Ddrum Triggers?

Theres not much reason to trigger a snare anyway - It sound synthetic and in reality snares need to be played across a much larger dynamic range.

Many pros trigger purely for consistency, and at gigs where there is time, micing AND triggering would be the preferred method.
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Default Re: Roland or Ddrum Triggers?

Hello!
Does anyone knows if the ddrum pro bass triggers works with EVANS Emad Heads?
thank you.
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Default Re: Roland or Ddrum Triggers?

Triggering the snare to me is a waste of time! I trigger my kick because i am very proud of my footwork and i want people to hear it! and i love it when you have the option of using a mic also. Take all of the Highs from the trigger and the mids and lows from the mic! cant beat that sound!
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Old 09-06-2010, 04:58 PM
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Default Re: Roland or Ddrum Triggers?

I'm also trying to decide whether to go with Roland or Ddrum Pro triggers. I know the Ddrum triggers are less expensive. I use a Roland TD6 module and will be triggering a Tama Starclassic acoustic kit. Will the Ddrum triggers work as well as the Rolands and/or what might the differences be in quality and performance?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-06-2010, 05:25 PM
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Default Re: Roland or Ddrum Triggers?

Roland modules are very good ,you will get better acoustic sounds for what i've heard , not as natural from what a real kit can give you, but they have nice samples, it should work just fine along with the DDrum triggers, i have a Alesis DM5 module and DDrum pro acoustic triggers and as far my kicks they sound very nice, i haven't triggered my toms or snare yet, but the performance on those is nice, all you need to do is to make sure you adjust your settings properly and make sure that no double triggering is produced by any other vibration around the kit, specially out from your kick drum. Cheers \m/
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Old 09-06-2010, 09:20 PM
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Go the ddrum Pro triggers, for their durability alone.
Agree!....probably the best triggers out there....
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Old 09-07-2010, 01:25 AM
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Default Re: Roland or Ddrum Triggers?

Thank you all for your input concerning the triggers. I'm thinking of saving some money and going with the Ddrum triggers as long they do what I need them to do. I wanted to be sure that they are as sensitive as the Roland triggers.
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