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  • #2
    First thing's first:
    To get you a little more versed in and around e-drums (terms, features, pieces it consists of, etc...) take a look at an article dubbed 'Your First E-kit', published in the May 2013 issue of 'Digital Drummer' magazine, pages 6 through 11:

    http://issuu.com/digitaldrummer/docs...rummer_may2103




    Next, your idea going with a quality brand is a good one. This will mean Roland or Yamaha, most likely. Also, at your suggested budget, this means going second-hand, and maybe streching the budget a little!


    A few possible options:
    - Around $260: Yamah DTX-502 (new)
    - Anywhere between $200-400: Roland TD-4
    - About $400-450: Roland TD-9





    I even found a Yamaha DTX-500 module (...the predecessor of the 502) for a mere $65 'or best offer', so options are there...

    HTH


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      Last edited by hairmetal-81; 03-01-14, 06:27 AM.


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    • #4
      I don't think any of the low-end modules are continuous with the hat, they are stepped. The TD-9 for example has 4 steps, closed, 1/4, 1/2, and open. It takes a more expensive Roland or Yamaha to get you continuous, the TD-30 is continuous, probably the TD-20, and the TD-12 also.

      This thread has some more info:
      http://www.vdrums.com/forum/forum/ge...2-module/page2

      They quote Yamaha as saying it takes a DTX700 or better to get CC.

      Mini-kit: TD-9 + Alesis Control Pad + Alesis Sample Pad + PDX-6 snare
      Micro-kit: Handsonic HPD-20 + an old pair of hands.
      Speakers: QSC-K10 "thumper", DBR-10 "little thumper"

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      • #5
        Not quite. It seems the DTX-502 is capable of CC ...via USB, but just not with the internal tone-generator!


        A bit further down the thread, Grog has written something interesting:

        "Okay, over the weekend, I sat down with three modules and HH rigs and did some comparisons. (...) My reaction? There wasn't all that much difference really. Sure, I could hear more "range" in moving from open to closed (...) but that was only if I was very slow in pressing down on the pedal and hitting the cymbal. In regular play, I'll be damned if I could hear all that much difference between [three different rigs, some cc, some not]. Now, what makes a *huge* difference is using a dual zone HH. There's far more sound variations and dynamics. That being said, the CC part of it was still awfully subtle, so much so that I doubt I'd miss it if I had a module, like the DTX502, that supported a dual zone HH."


        I think Jman mentioned a number for the hihat-steps that can be detected; by software like SD and BFD3. The exact number escapes me atm, but I think it was around 7. [I will have to look this up once again].

        This aside, a module that provides variable hihat functions (cc or not) will be a vast step upwards from the 'hihat-switch'-modules OP is currently using!



        HTH

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        • #6
          Addictive drummer has 6 steps as far as I can tell. Four for open and two for closed.

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          • #7
            How about a Roland TD-6?

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            • #8
              Brad, why would you go with old tech?


              The TD-6 is old. Period. Depending on which version we are talking about, you are looking at 2001 or 2003 as the introduction-year. That's not current, by any means. The TD-6 won't save you much bucks, if that's your goal. Used one's on ebay go for 250 to 280 dollars. (For comparison: that's about the same price you could have a new TD-4 for.)



              For that amount of money, you could have a current (2013) and brand-spanking new Yamaha DTX-502 module (!!!)
              Evidence (from Kraft Music):

              http://www.kraftmusic.com/yamaha-dtx...bonus-pak.html




              (You'll get a multi-clamp and cabling with it, too. Which is a nice bonus!)


              HTH







              "My best friends' name is J-SON. They used to call him 'Mr. Parse.' He has an 'Error'..!"

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              • #9
                Originally posted by hairmetal-81 View Post
                Brad, why would you go with old tech?


                The TD-6 is old. Period. Depending on which version we are talking about, you are looking at 2001 or 2003 as the introduction-year. That's not current, by any means. The TD-6 won't save you much bucks, if that's your goal. Used one's on ebay go for 250 to 280 dollars. (For comparison: that's about the same price you could have a new TD-4 for.)



                For that amount of money, you could have a current (2013) and brand-spanking new Yamaha DTX-502 module (!!!)
                Evidence (from Kraft Music):

                http://www.kraftmusic.com/yamaha-dtx...bonus-pak.html




                (You'll get a multi-clamp and cabling with it, too. Which is a nice bonus!)


                HTH




                Indeed I am leaning towards the DTX-502

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                • #10
                  that old
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