1. TD-4 pad setting: set it to VH-11.
2. Plug in some headphones to your TD-4 and make sure it sounds good. You might want to make some minor adjustments to sensitivity and look at the VH11 manual to make sure your hats are physically setup right. I didn't get much out of making any of these adjustments though. Defaults were good. The point is, if it's not working without superior drummer, you should straighten that out before adding another layer of complexity.
3. In superior drummer follow the instructions for setting up hats in the manual "Hi-Hat mapping" and "Pedal Correction" This involves doing the following in the Mapping tab:
- start by deleting any mapping that is there.
- Configure the hihatCtrl by manually entering "CC4"
- Use the "Learn" function for the "Closed Pedal" articulation (stomp on the foot pedal)
- "Learn" the "HatsTrig" articulation, with the pedal fully closed (tight) strike the edge of the hat. Repeat the "Learn" function several times, but each time open your hat slightly more until you've "Learned" it the full range of the pedal.
- Do the same for the HatsTipTrig articulation, but this time, strike the bow/inner part of the hat while doing the learning.
- Most importantly: I found that the TD-4 was only generating a max control value of CC4 of 99. This means, superior would never fully close the hat. You need to follow the manual on "Pedal Correction" where it describes this common problem. For hihatCtrl you need to set the "Velocity Ctrl" graph so the "IN" slider that is in the lower right corner down slightly to about 100. Move it, then try the full range of the hat to get it to register. As you slide it down, you should hear the hat getting tighter sounding in the closed position.
- you may find that adjusting the curve points on that velocity control graph makes the open to close more smooth.
- In the Construct tab, you can set the volume level of each articulation (e.g. tight, closed, open 1, open2, open3, open4) if you click on "edit articulation only" you can actually adjust the volume of, as in my case, open 1,2,3 which where a little too loud compared to tight and closed for me.
OK. the above got me from totally hosed to working pretty well, but I'd still like to tweak it some more. Sometimes when I foot chick, I get a ghost closed strike as well, need to figure out what that is.