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  • Roland TD-6V - Use of brushes

    I tried some searches but no luck - forgive me if this has been covered. I need to to some jazz work and will need to achieve a realistic brush sound with my Roland set (has the PD-85BK snare). I've pulled up the brush sounds listed in the manual and I've not happy BUT two things - first, I'm old school and not versed in the VD drums and tweaking them, second, I've only been able to use sticks as I haven't picked up a set of brushes yet. Hoping the use of brushes will make it all "OK" but love to hear from you all that have more experience! New to the forum - be gentle!!

    Thanks folks,

    BillP

  • #2
    Well, sorry to say this, but the TD-6 doesn't really support brushes like its big brother the TD-8. That was one of the features that differentiated the TD-8 from the TD-6. Anyway, even with the brush feature, I wasn't that impressed with the way the TD-8 handled brushes. Maybe you can adjust your technique to make it work but, for me, it just felt like a marketing gimmick and not really that functional.

    In any case, if you want to try brushes, make sure you use Nylon brushes. Normal metal brushes can snag the mesh had and tear it. Nylon brushes are safe on mesh heads.

    -SD-
    Last edited by SiliconDrummer; 03-22-15, 08:07 PM.

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    • #3
      Some modules and some VST libraries have brush sounds, but your module will only detect a hit.

      Don't expect to drag your brushes and get that sound. Not going to work, by design of the way most modules are triggered.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by perceval View Post
        Don't expect to drag your brushes and get that sound. Not going to work, by design of the way most modules are triggered.
        Actually, the TD-8, TD-10, TD-12, TD-20 and TD-30 all have a brush mode that can detect and play that drag/swish sound. I don't think it does it that well, but it is more than just a hit sound. The following is an excerpt that I copied from the TD-30 manual:
        With the TD-30, you can “swish” or “sweep” using brushes with the mesh head pad connected to TRIGGER INPUT 2 (SNARE).
        When playing with brushes, choose the “SNARE BRUSH” instrument group (p. 54), and turn the Brush Switch “ON” (p. 48).
        * Use nylon brushes. The tips of metal brushes will catch in the mesh, damaging the pad.
        It still doesn't help the OP, though, because this is not avail on the TD-6.

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        • #5
          I stand corrected. Wonder how good that function is, in reality. I always thought that level of expression was out of range for e-modules.
          DTX700, eDRUMin 4+10, A2E Dixon kit, Yamaha cymbals, FSR HH
          Kit Pix http://vdrums.com/forum/album.php?albumid=613

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          • #6
            This sounds sweet: TD-30 demo

            http://www.rolandconnect.com/product.php?p=td-30kv
            TD-11 with 1xPDX 100 and 2x 12" drum-tec Diabolo pads, VH-11, CY 15R, CY-8 + various VSTi's.

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            • #7
              TD-50 with the Roland digital snare (PD140-DS) set up right is pretty realistic. https://youtu.be/Zui_etqsQYk

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