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Adding extra cymbals to my Alesis Strike Pro Kit

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  • Adding extra cymbals to my Alesis Strike Pro Kit

    go the "second kit" roadAlesis DM10 MKII Studio Mesh Kithttps://www.thomann.de/gb/alesis_dm1...o_mesh_kit.htm)
    -- Alesis forge kithttps://www.thomann.de/gb/alesis_forge_kit.htm) > almost as cheap as a second-hand roland kit. module seems "decent", possibility to play custom samples. build quality of cymbals and tom pads seem to be crappy
    - use a roland SPD-30roland td-25, or the Yamaha DTX700 go the "sample"-road:
    - use a Roland SPD-SXAlesis Samplepad Proakai MPC livego the software road
    - trigger software drums (ezdrummer, superiod drummer) with a ddrum ddti. > the downside here is that I'll need to use my laptop

    It's (almost) driving me crazy ... so many possibilities !

    This would be my order of preferences :
    - Roland SPD-SX
    - Roland SPD-30 > I really want to go for it but I fear I'll be too limited by the sounds, that's why I put the spd-sx on first position. (I could buy a cheaper sampler that would be triggered by the spd-30 later ?)
    - trigger software drums (ezdrummer, superiod drummer) with a ddrum ddti.
    - trigger sample on an akai MPC live > madness I know

    What would be your opinion about this ?
    Thanks!
    Last edited by louisdedecker; 09-07-17, 04:56 AM.

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    Right I guess I'm a little crazy but I'll go with the ddrum ddti triggering the akai MPC live

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        Do you suppose that would work, if I were to add a second set of hi-hats? I like having an x-hat, but am curious to see if this is possible.

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          urotsukidoji - I tried this with the Hosa YPP-118 and got nothing. No sound off either trigger. I also tried settings the trigger curve to CONSTANT and no luck. Any advise?

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            To the original question:

            The 200mb limit is annoying seeing it every time you load the kit, but the effects on the sounds are minimal. From what I understand, It cuts a few samples here and there from various instruments - not the best thing in the world, but also not the end of the world.

            Go ahead and build the kit you want and see how well it works being over the limit.

            Then another trick to reduce kit size is to use the same instrument tuned differently. You could easily make 2 or maybe even all three of your toms the same instrument, just pitch shifted. It's a common technique on all modules (I even noticed it in some of the vex kits back when I had a mimic). Pitch shifting is a great way to save kit space

            As to clonning the hi hat, I made my own "combiner" so I have two pads as the same hi hat input, both using the same pedal.

            I would stay away from using an older Roland module because they will sound very different. You could probably pick up a second hand strike module for a good price and keep the same flavor of sounds
            Last edited by thebigzw; 04-27-20, 10:11 PM.

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              This is one approach. Not sure if it was mentioned before or not, so I'll explain. If you have two modules you can link them together via midi. I have recently acquired a strike pro kit and already owned a DM10. I was able to add more cymbals without a splitter this way. Don't know if this helps, but here's hoping.
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                Originally posted by Chicago Ted View Post
                This is one approach. Not sure if it was mentioned before or not, so I'll explain. If you have two modules you can link them together via midi. I have recently acquired a strike pro kit and already owned a DM10. I was able to add more cymbals without a splitter this way. Don't know if this helps, but here's hoping.
                That is interesting, I've read that the Strike doesn't take midi-notes and one has to give up the rims of the toms to assign the sounds. Could you tell how you managed to link them? Thanks!
                Greetz,
                Cas
                DIY!!! www.mosphat.com/drumcas

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                  Originally posted by Caspar View Post

                  That is interesting, I've read that the Strike doesn't take midi-notes and one has to give up the rims of the toms to assign the sounds. Could you tell how you managed to link them? Thanks!
                  Greetz,
                  Cas
                  i also have the strike and my experience mirrors what you've said here, you can't assign new midi notes using the slave module, you can only trigger existing ones.

                  unless they're triggering the DM10 via MIDI and not the strike (as the DM10 did allow assigning extra midi notes) but then you're using the older crappier sounds of the DM10 and losing the sample import feature of the strike for your extra sounds...

                  personally i am splitting all 4 toms to add cymbals with regular drum splitters, i've "cloned" my ride to have 2 identical rides using a a normal splitter, and i've heard that by using the "note chase" feature you could actually trick the module into letting you split the kick input.

                  as for the 200mb kit limit, i have a number of kits that tell me they're "too large" when i switch to them, it just takes a few seconds to load it but then it works fine. i am using VST kits (the allen lind ones mostly) if you've seen those mentioned on the strike owners group on facebook.
                  Alesis STRIKE, PD-105/125 rack toms, 14" PDP MX floor tom diy single zone trigger, Mapex snare with ISM-6, PDP MX 22" kick with ISM, iron cobra 900, hart e-cymbal2 (stack), CY-5 (splash), Lemon 18" (RD), CY-12R (RD2), DMPad14 (CR1), PCY155 (CR2), DMPad16 (CR3), diy cymbal pad (bell), PCY130 (china), Lemon 13" (HH), with goedrum ctrl.

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