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Old 04-02-2008, 11:21 PM
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Default triggers and mics....whats the diff?

ok....i know....im dissapointed to..that i dont know this already ...haha..i feel extremly newbish...
but what is the difference between microphones and triggers for the set? and what is the main use for triggers....like i know alot of metal drummers use triggers....

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Old 04-03-2008, 12:01 AM
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Default Re: triggers and mics....whats the diff?

Microphones record the sound of the actual drum..

Triggers are an electronic sensor that picks up vibration from the head and (triggers) sends an electronic signal to a "modual" witch outputs a drum sound(midi or mp3 I think) that can be yours of any choice basically just like a Electronic set.
Metal drummers use them on their kick drums a lot to get an even consistant sound and they use a lot of double bass.

Sometimes I believe people use both triggers with mics to get a more realist sound instead of fake sounding triggers. Im not to sure im not an expert in this field but I do know what the difference is.
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Old 04-03-2008, 12:36 AM
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Default Re: triggers and mics....whats the diff?

What he said.

Triggers tell a device to play a sound when a drum is hit.

Mics record the actual sound of the drum.

Metal drummers often use triggers to get a more consistent drum sound when playing really fast strokes on the bass drum. For example, when a drummer uses the heel-toe technique on the bass drum, the heel stroke is often quieter than the toe stroke or visa-versa. Triggers can be set so that the volume of each stroke the trigger senses are the same volume. It can also help when recording. When micing a single drum, you often hear the sounds of other drums as well when playing a song. This can be annoying during the final mastering of a song. Triggers eliminate this problem.

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Old 04-03-2008, 12:38 AM
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Default Re: triggers and mics....whats the diff?

ok....thanks guys! i was just kinda in a cloud bout it...

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Old 04-03-2008, 12:41 AM
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Default Re: triggers and mics....whats the diff?

If you want dynamics you should use mics but if you don't care and still want your regular drumset sound you can just record the sounds of each drum and then assign them to the triggers and you will get the sounds of your own drums. Like Thomas Haake uses triggers off his own set in the studio so he does not have to constantly change heads or tunings. Some other drummers probably do that too but I am not sure.
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