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CY6 dual triggering with Yamaha PCY80

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  • CY6 dual triggering with Yamaha PCY80

    I know these dual triggering questions always wind up delving into the FSR/piezo discussion. Before responding, I know the difference and don't need an explaination. So that aside, onward with my question.

    I haven't had a chance to check out the CY6 pads yet but I was wondering how large the effective striking area of the 'bow' is?

    He's my deal. I want to do a split with the yamaha single zone pad, which I use to trigger only the main sound (or the equivalent 'bell' sound on the cy6). What I need is a pad with a large FSR area, so I can use it as the complement to the yamaha, without worrying about accidentally triggering the main sound.

    I have tried this with the yamaha dual zone pad and it works, but the rim portion of the dual zone yamaha pad (the fsr area) is a bit finicky, and I sometimes get a weak response or the main sound response if I don't hit it, and have it positioned just right.

    So basically, I am looking for a pad with a large FSR 'sweet spot'. The other new Roland cybols seemed to have a FSR response, but I am not too thrilled about shelling out 200+ for a pad that I will basically use as a complement to the yamahas.

    If the cy6's don't have it, (the large FSR sweet spot that is) does anyone know of any, home built or otherwise?


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    That's kinda tricky to answer because the CY-6s diameter is rather small. The triangular rubber striking area cuts the fsr area to roughly a 30% wedge, but this is pretty much the entire area that most cymbal strikes would normally occur in anyway. Nevertheless, small cymbal=lack of real estate, and it is divided into two zones. For what it is worth, I think the edge band is a little wider than on the bigger V-cymbals, if you want to use that as a reference point, but because the cymbal is smaller, it is a push really. I angle mine at an angle and height where a relatively natural strike has the stick finding the edge at a slightly closed angle. To hit the bow, I have to make a little extra effort to raise my arm and slightly arch my wrist to attack that area. Set up this way, I very rarely if ever trigger the wrong sound, but I do not use them for any ride or precise type stuff. I use mine exclusively for splash, small crash, sizzle type cymbal sounds, (and in one case as a china). BTW, there is a dual-fsr pole pad out there that has some interesting applications and gives no crosstalk.