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Old 09-20-2010, 02:15 AM
Morningstardrummer Morningstardrummer is offline
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Default How do triggers work

I love the sound of triggers, and know that professionals use them...but can someone explain them to me, how the work, and like do they work with mics or replace them or what? Thanks in advance.
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Old 09-20-2010, 06:22 PM
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Default Re: How do triggers work

magnets....how do they work?!

Sorry, felt I had to say that.
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Old 10-04-2010, 12:57 AM
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Default Re: How do triggers work

Do you know how electronic drums work? By hitting the pad, you trigger a piezo, which sends an electric current to the drum module. Depending on how your module is programmed, it'll make different sounds.

Triggers apply this concept to acoustic drums. They usually clip on the rim of your drum, and rest against the head. When you hit the drums, a piezo is triggered and it'll "trigger" a sound from a drum module.

In essence, triggers make your acoustic kit into a very loud electric kit.
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Old 10-19-2010, 07:24 PM
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Default Re: How do triggers work

Russian covered the mechanics pretty well.

99% of the time you see triggers used with acoustic drums they're to replace mics for a controlled sound. In a lot of cases (sadly) the drum heads are muffled quite a lot, so all you hear is the triggered sound. There's nothing wrong with that, I just think that if that's what you want, play electronic drums.

On the other hand, lots of people have used a combination of mics and triggers. Usually live, but I've seen it in the studio as well. This is done especially with the kick and snare. As with a lot of things, you can get pretty creative doing this. Usually, though, it's just to reinforce the live sound, especially to beef up the bass drum.

The basic process for using triggers (or pads for that matter) is that each one will plug into trigger inputs on the back of the drum module (sometimes called a drum brain). From there you can use the pre-programmed "kits" (also called banks), or you can reprogram those to suit your needs. When I say "program" that doesn't mean writing code or anything. It just means selecting the sounds you want, tweaking those sounds, maybe dialing in some effects or something. Some systems can get really complicated (like Roland's V-Drums), but most of them are pretty straight-forward to use.

Hope this helps.
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