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Roland TD-50 PD-140DS - Disengage Snares While Playing

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  • Roland TD-50 PD-140DS - Disengage Snares While Playing

    I come from an acoustic drumming background, but have recently switched to V Drums.

    With an acoustic snare, I would often disengage the snares during various portions of a song, then reengage again.

    Is this possible to do with the TD-50?

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    Unfortunately not. I will say the TD-50 digital snare sounds fantastic and much like a snare with the throw off set as a Tom. There are V Expression Tom sets I use from Infinity and Studio X that include what sounds like a snare with the throw disengaged and it is very tribal to play those kits. They sound fantastic. You could get a foot switch and go from one kit with snare to identical kit with the snare set as say a Bubinga tom 2 dialed in to sound like a snare with throw off and switch back and forth although you'd probably want to have a half note rest possibly quarter note at say 120 bpm to let the kit switch. TD-50 switches very fast from kit to kit as you've probably discovered. You could experiment. I'm thinking I might try it as I write this.

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    • #3
      problem solved..
      Last edited by Ericdrumz; 03-27-19, 11:30 AM.
      "the obstacle is the way"

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Howstamychi View Post
        There are V Expression Tom sets I use from Infinity and Studio X that include what sounds like a snare with the throw disengaged and it is very tribal to play those kits.You could get a foot switch and go from one kit with snare to identical kit with the snare set as say a Bubinga tom 2 dialed in to sound like a snare with throw off and switch back and forth..
        Thanks for the info, and I do plan on getting all 3 V Expressions expansions. I love your idea about the foot switch - are you aware of any that have multiple switches that you can activate with your foot? The only one's I ever see are like the standard single hi-hat pedal.

        Actually, after doing a bit of additional research, I've found that this will do exactly what I want with the TD-50:
        https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000K69UM8..._9-4MCb1Q2DXJ9
        Last edited by brianspatrick; 03-27-19, 10:01 AM.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by brianspatrick View Post
          Actually, after doing a bit of additional research, I've found that this will do exactly what I want with the TD-50:
          https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000K69UM8..._9-4MCb1Q2DXJ9
          ​​​​​​​This is great info, that's the switch to get. I believe I am down for one myself. I'm glad you found a solution

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          • #6
            How do you use it? I have one for my guitar pedals. ..

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            • #7
              Roland FS-5U non-locking single switch, or FS-6 dual switch in non-locking mode can also be used.
              See Page 31 of the TD-50 Datalist.

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