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    Just returning to drumming after many years away. Picked up a dtxpress cheap and am generally enjoying just playing again. Problem just arose. My dual zone crash cymbal wants to play the center sound when I whack the edge. This is inconsistent and just started. Re-set to factory defaults and problem persists. Do triggers act up?

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    Re: dtxpress newbie help

    Originally posted by chiggins
    Do triggers act up?
    Oh, Lordy! Yup, they sure do. Then again, anything you take a stick to is bound to act up evenually.

    I haven't ever used the Yamaha stuff, so I can't address your problem. But there's a wealth of experience on this board to help you. Just sit back and wait. And welcome to the clan!
    My website...
    VCustom kit,
    TD8 + Aphex Impulse,
    HDI Cymbals.
    A great site: eDrumming.com

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    • #3
      thanks- seems like most everyone is using other brands. I'm about to visit your page

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      • #4
        What's the brand and model number of your crash pad.

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        • #5
          pcy80s I believe

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          • #6
            I looked into upgrading my yamaha single zone pads but understood the new 80s pads to be dual trigger not dual zone. One sound only, but chokeable.

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            • #7
              I was unaware of the distinction- assumed it takes two triggers to have two zones. At any rate, I've had no problem up til yesterday assigning a bell sound to the center of the pad and a crash sound to the raised rim. Yesterday the rim began triggering the bell sound which is real unsettling when you wack that sucker at the end of a fill and get "tink" instead of "splash". I wonder if anyone has a cheat sheet for trigger and voice settings?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by chiggins
                ...which is real unsettling when you wack that sucker at the end of a fill and get "tink" instead of "splash".
                LOL! I bet that's true!

                The PCY80S is a dual-zone pad, which should be able to provide two sounds + choke. If it is a hardware failure then my guess would be that the FSR in the rim is breaking (or the cable is bad). It could be a software/settings issue, though. Had you changed any pad settings just before the problem began?

                I suppose cross-talk could be an issue as well, since your main trigger sound is 'bell'... if vibrations from, say, your kick pedal are triggering your pad via cross-talk it could play the 'bell' when you (and your stick) expected the rim (crash) sound.
                My website...
                VCustom kit,
                TD8 + Aphex Impulse,
                HDI Cymbals.
                A great site: eDrumming.com

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                • #9
                  You're right. I was thinking of the PCY65S.

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                  • #10
                    Actually... I had a few sets I liked in the user area. Triggers, voices, etc. Made no changes. This seems like a spontaneous change. The rim voice still works- but I'm as likely to get the pad center sound as the edge sound. ( this problem persists even tho I sacrificed my personal set-ups to the reset function) I guess I'm wondering where the instability is, since I'm much more interested in playing than messing with the world's worst user interface. Just want to set up a kit and play.

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                    • #11
                      here's what i'm going to try tonight after i'm done driving my kids all over the greater metro area. Try another cable;play with rejection settings; stick up a liquor store and buy some vdrums.

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                      • #12
                        Also check to see if you layered mulitple sounds. It's happen to me. The louder sound dominates. If that's not it...the pcy's make "deadly" boomerangs.

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                        • #13
                          That's been a puzzle to me- setting up voice 1 and voice 2. Do they play simultaneously? I appreciate your assistance.

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                          • #14
                            Yes. IMO, It's the best feature of the Yama brain. My $1300 plus TD10 brain doesn't do it? And it is really quite simple to use. Navigate to voice 1 and pick any sound, then navigate to voice 2 pick any sound. You're done. I blend finished sounds together with volume control. Need more help let me know.

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