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  • Aquarian On-Head Rimshot Trigger - Solution

    One of the drawbacks to using the Aquarian on-head pads is that they sit on top of your drum head. This presents a problem for the snare because the pad is now higher than the rim, which does not allow for well you guessed it - rimshots. I purchased the BeatBar on eBay ($30 shipped) and test mounted it this evening. The fitment is just about perfect with the top of the bar being just above the edge of the on-head pad. I will test it tomorrow but Allen (digitalDrummer) said it was a great trigger, so I am certain it will work out nicely. Just sharing my Aquarian journey with my fellow edrummers. I cant express enough how incredible these pads are compared to all the other triggers I have used thus far.



  • #2
    I didn't like the pads sitting on top. So I put a mesh head on top then put my bottom rim on top of my top rim to create some space for the onhead to go into and bought the aquarian rimshot which works perfectly with the onhead. I have those tube things also but I put them on my kick and toms and asign a cross stick if I need one.
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    Deacon Daniell
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Deacon Daniell View Post
      I didn't like the pads sitting on top. So I put a mesh head on top then put my bottom rim on top of my top rim to create some space for the onhead to go into and bought the aquarian rimshot which works perfectly with the onhead. I have those tube things also but I put them on my kick and toms and asign a cross stick if I need one.
      That is a great idea! You got any pictures of the pad inside the stacked rim?

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      • #4
        Here ya go
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        • #5
          I like it also because it never feels like the pad is going to bounce off the drum. I tape a rolled up piece of black tape on the inside of the rack tom rim to keep the onhead nice and snug.
          Deacon Daniell
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          http://adventuresinmodernrecording.com/index.html

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          • allanjohn
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            Neat solution.

        • #6
          Hey Chris or Daniell, How is the feel of these ? Do you like them better than Roland Mesh heads and do they trigger as good ? Also do you have to do any dialing in the module to get the best triggering ?

          Man these have me very interested as I hate the mesh feel.

          Rick
          Roland TD-12 Ludwig A2E 5pc kit, VH-11
          Studio Drummer, Abbey Road 60's 70's 80's, AD2, SSD4, SD3
          Komplete Audio 6, JBL Eon 515XT, Mackie FX12, DAW Studio One 3

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          • #7
            They feel great. Not bouncy. Very close to a real head. They trigger better than anything I've ever tried.
            Deacon Daniell
            http://bleedingdeacons.com/
            http://adventuresinmodernrecording.com/index.html

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            • #8
              Man.... You got me VERY interested in going this route.. I must really be out of the loop as I have never heard of these yet. What exactly would I need to get for the snare and kick.

              Thanks, Rick
              Roland TD-12 Ludwig A2E 5pc kit, VH-11
              Studio Drummer, Abbey Road 60's 70's 80's, AD2, SSD4, SD3
              Komplete Audio 6, JBL Eon 515XT, Mackie FX12, DAW Studio One 3

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              • #9
                These trigger better than any edrum heads that I have every owned, and I have owned both Roland and Yamaha mesh, rubber, and silicon. No hot spots, no x-talk, and no double triggering - EVER. They feel like acoustic with maybe a tad more rebound but nothing like mesh. I cant praise these enough - SERIOUSLY.

                Go to Guitar Center and just search for Aquarian on-head. You need the heads that are around $140-$150 because they come with the control box which is required. If you buy the $80 one, it is just the pad. I have not used the kick pad but it doesn't look very good. I use the Pearl Tru-Trac which I like.

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                • #10
                  The upside down head thing was discussed in a vid when these came out. Maybe just the camera angle but they still look like the extend over the top of the rim a bit. Looks like it's a much better solution though. Too bad these don't come in 8".
                  8 piece DIY Acrylic, 2x2Box DrumIt5, Gen16 4xDCP, DIY Acrylic&Gen16 Conversions, Sleishman Twin-QuadSteele hybrid, Gibraltar&DrumFrame rack, DW9502LB, Midi Knights Pro Lighting
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                  • #11
                    Chris, How does the rim shot and cross stick work with the control box ? does it send both signals or just one ? and I suppose I would have to also get what you have in order to have it work correctly ?

                    Rick
                    Roland TD-12 Ludwig A2E 5pc kit, VH-11
                    Studio Drummer, Abbey Road 60's 70's 80's, AD2, SSD4, SD3
                    Komplete Audio 6, JBL Eon 515XT, Mackie FX12, DAW Studio One 3

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                    • #12
                      Originally posted by Deacon Daniell View Post
                      I didn't like the pads sitting on top. So I put a mesh head on top then put my bottom rim on top of my top rim to create some space for the onhead to go into and bought the aquarian rimshot which works perfectly with the onhead. I have those tube things also but I put them on my kick and toms and asign a cross stick if I need one.
                      You guys are making it VERY hard for me not to splash out on at least one of these (now that I've finally spotted them on ebay).
                      Daniell- is this method just basically the upside down head trick to accommodate the onHead pad and does it really feel better than mesh (I've used mesh for so long now anything else might feel a bit weird)?
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                      • #13
                        It is totally better than the mesh. It is instant sound, like when you are playing on an actual drum. On a piezo trigger pad I always felt like there was whatever milliseconds of delay before you actually hear the hit. With these I don't feel that delay, it just feels instant. The head isn't upside down. It's two rims on top of each other to create the space for the on head pad to go into. That way I can hit the rim like you would do on acoustic snare. Not for a cross stick sound but for a crack sound. You can put whatever sound you want on the rim though.
                        Deacon Daniell
                        http://bleedingdeacons.com/
                        http://adventuresinmodernrecording.com/index.html

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                        • #14
                          Hey Chris, How do you like the feel of the Tru Trac bass drum head and how do you install it ? Do you believe this is the best and most reliable route to go with kick triggering ? Looks like you cut a hole in a normal drum head and fastened it to the head.

                          Man, I am going nuts on the verge of spending some coin on a snare and kick setup going this route !! I haven't been this excited about anything Edrums in a long time !!

                          One thing I hate about my DIY Roland set up is I have a monitor set up close to my kit during live play and other instruments in my monitor trigger my snare drum all the time !! This would cure that problem for sure !!!!!!!!
                          Roland TD-12 Ludwig A2E 5pc kit, VH-11
                          Studio Drummer, Abbey Road 60's 70's 80's, AD2, SSD4, SD3
                          Komplete Audio 6, JBL Eon 515XT, Mackie FX12, DAW Studio One 3

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                          • #15
                            And how about acoustic nosie? Are they quiet like Yamaha Silcion Pads or more like mesh heads?
                            Would they work on a megadrum?
                            Thanks

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