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Old 05-11-2009, 02:45 PM
rob85 rob85 is offline
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Default Trigger building

I have the Roland td3 kit. I want to use some of the sounds of the module. Does anyone know how to make triggers that I can attach to my real kit, because it will be a mess to have to set up all the pads for gigs.
I know I could just buy them, but that would be no fun, I want to make them with transducers and wires and sockets etc. So yeah, please if you know, let me know. Thanks
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Old 05-11-2009, 02:54 PM
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Default Re: Trigger building

Its relatively simple to build triggers themselves, but its still a production to run all the cables into a midi I/O and map everything through your corresponding DAW. If you are willing to build your own though, I suppose you know enough to figure the mapping part out as well.

Basically you need a piezo transducer. You can buy them at radio shack (or a hardware store) for like $3, or strip them from any number of things like doorbells or video game controllers... You'll need a 1/4 input (like you use for guitars or amps etc...). Splice that onto your piezo, and then it is basically a function of building the trigger around the transducer. You can use any combination of foam or padding. The piezo is what triggers the signal. If you do a google search for "DIY Drum Triggers" or youtube it, you'll find tons of free info. A picture is worth a thousand words when it comes to these types of projects.
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