How many trigger your drums live?

DaleClark

Senior Member
Just curious. I could see the advantage if you in a multi band situation and have to set up, play and tear down in a hurry. I figure most modern recordings have a trigger acoustic blend (if they are not using drum machines etc).
 

SYMBOLIC DEATH

Senior Member
I trigger my kicks when I play. I play metal and it's fairly normal to have triggered kicks. It doesn't make playing anything easier, because all your mistakes will be obvious to everyone in the room.
It may be easier to get the kick tone set live, but honestly I've been triggering my kicks for almost 20 years, and I don't remember a huge difference sound checking with a Mic or triggers. I don't have to get the levels for my second kick with triggers, so that's a plus.
 

bermuda

Drummerworld Pro Drummer - Administrator
Staff member
I've been using electronics onstage since 1985, and started playing samples (sfx, claps, etc) in 1987, but have never triggered or had a layered drum sound live. Although, I would be the ideal candidate for needing different sounds on each song, I've just never gone there. I leave patch changes to the bass, guitar & keys.

Bermuda
 

Trip McNealy

Gold Member
I've been using electronics onstage since 1985, and started playing samples (sfx, claps, etc) in 1987, but have never triggered or had a layered drum sound live. Although, I would be the ideal candidate for needing different sounds on each song, I've just never gone there. I leave patch changes to the bass, guitar & keys.

Bermuda
Same here! Never triggered/layered but I do play either a full Roland V-drums kit or with my acoustic, use a SPD-30 Octapad for the sfx claps etc.
 

DHA

Member
I don't use triggers (but I just bought a couple of them to play around with) Usually I'll have some electronic pads alongside my acoustic kit, depending on the gig/band.
 
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