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  • pad / trigger settings for A to E conversion?

    I've been struggling with getting my TD30 converted A drums (Vexed) to sound like all those great sounding Vexed kits on youtube. I believe the problem may be my settings, yet nothing I do makes much difference.

    From the Vex "Strike" readme (my issues highlighted in red):

    __________________________________________________ ____________________________________
    If you are having problems with your pads not responding like normal, your rim features have been shut off or
    seem quiet, or Strike sounds muffled with low dynamics : check the following: <----- (this is exactly my problem)

    1. Most important: Check all your trigger bank settings so that they match your pads exactly. <------ (not really applicable with converted a- drums, yet a crucial factor.)
    This will fix 99% of your problems with triggering, sound, etc.
    __________________________________________________ ______________________________

    So I guess my question is what pad settings should I use for my 5-peice a-drums? I have been using PD-125 and KD-140.
    Last edited by bud7h4; 10-17-14, 03:03 PM.
    TD-30 module, PDP A2E (22, 16, 14, 12, 10), Quartz triggers,
    VH11 hi-hat, PD125 (snare), Roland cymbals, Peavey KB4 monitor, Audio-Technica ATH-M50
    Axis A21 Sabres, Axis A Longboards

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    There is no single list of settings that can be given for a DIY build. If you are using a foam cone or foam cylinder on top of a piezo, the height of the foam above the bearing edge of the drum as well as the density of the foam affects the triggering results, size of piezo, type of crossbar or other mounting system, etc. etc. Choosing the pad type is important mainly as a starting point, so your PD-125, KD-140 choices might be fine if your toms/snare are Piezo/Piezo, mesh head style, and your kick is a piezo/cone type. But more important will be to set each individual parameter for best performance with your specific pads. This is a simple guide I put together years ago for setting up parameters for the special "aux" splitter ..... but it is the same procedure to setup the parameters for any mesh head pad...... see if this helps: http://www.vdrums.com/forum/advanced...825#post356825
    I could tell you where to stick that piezo! ;)
    Stealthdrums.com Mega Kit: Pearl Mimic Pro ,2Box modules,drums and cymbals too many to count. VST quality sounds directly from the Mimic and custom sounds loaded into and played directly from the 2Box modules. Visit me anytime at: http://stealthdrums.com/

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      Thank you J!

      I did a factory reset and reworked the pad settings from scratch. Same pad types but reworked all the settings. Sounds better now, I think the difference is there was a lack of dynamics. Like I wasn't getting the full range of sound, just different volume levels of the same flat tone of a soft hit.

      Anyway, even the factory kits sound good now. Looking forward to reloading Vex sometime tomorrow.
      TD-30 module, PDP A2E (22, 16, 14, 12, 10), Quartz triggers,
      VH11 hi-hat, PD125 (snare), Roland cymbals, Peavey KB4 monitor, Audio-Technica ATH-M50
      Axis A21 Sabres, Axis A Longboards

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