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    my most compact Maximum-eKit (optimal for people with little space and small budget but desire for many sounds)......

    all those pads clear for the computer with only one old and cheap Roland module....basically this is a Roland-TD9 (you can get it at a quite low 2nd hand price) extended with 4 mono rubber pads and one cheap Medeli cym pad.

    The Alesis PercPad has a quite good midi latency (what you cannot find often with Alesis TriggerToMidi gear) and is one of the cheapest multi pads you can buy....

    The Alesis ControlPad is slower though and has crosstalk issues but it is very cheap (I paid about 90 dollars used) so you might excuse it ....

    I can get all this work without any crosstalk (even the ControlPad!) and double triggers with a great modular audio software having the most powerful midi features available: Bidule (can also work together with another DAW). If you only have one midi interface the little Kenton Midi Merge device will get it for you.

    Oh.. I forgot DSPTrigger - a very cheap virtual trigger device...for two of the mono pads I'm using two inputs of my audio device. Trigger quality is excellent and with a 2ms scan time and 64 samples audio buffer of a RME audio device (at 48 kHz) it is not slower than the roland-brain inputs.

    Buy using one of my fast audio interfaces like RME Fireface or Babyface or FocusriteSaffire my total software drumming latency is 7ms (via Bidule loopback 8ms). And it doesn't have to be an expensive RME: you can buy a used SaffirePro14 for about 80-100 dollars.

    This is just to show you what you can make from little means

    in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJGu8f59k0A
    Last edited by Nick74; 02-06-19, 12:34 PM.

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    Originally posted by Nick74 View Post
    my most compact Maximum-eKit (optimal for people with little space and small budget but desire for many sounds)......

    all those pads clear for the computer with only one old and cheap Roland module....basically this is a Roland-TD9 (you can get it at a quite low 2nd hand price) extended with 4 mono rubber pads and one cheap Medeli cym pad.
    Meanwhile I added 2 pads: a CY5 (above/behind the AlesisPercPad) and a further Roland rubber pad that fills the little gap between FloorTom, Ride and AlesisPercPad. Used splitter cables to integrate them to the TD9 inputs (only loss: the rim of the left Tom).

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Nick74 View Post

      Meanwhile I added 2 pads: a CY5 (above/behind the AlesisPercPad) and a further Roland rubber pad that fills the little gap between FloorTom, Ride and AlesisPercPad. Used splitter cables to integrate them to the TD9 inputs (only loss: the rim of the left Tom).
      Cool kit, solid playing

      How do you like the rubber pads vs mesh?

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      • #4
        The Roland rubber pads feel quite hard (even harder than the Yamaha ones). In the end it is all a matter of getting used to it. You'll have to adjust your technique playing on several surfaces that all feel different. I know several people saying: "I'm allergic to my sticks touching rubber pads --> so e-drums are nothing for me". I answer them: too bad, then your drums-playing probably will never let you enjoy the sounds coming out of my phones ...

        BTW, (e.g.) "PDX6" mesh pad are still far away from feeling great. The advantage is the compactness. With it I can change over pads very fast within my playing.

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        • #5
          I like that setup, for it takes advantage of the possibilities of e-drums without trying to look like a "real" drumset.
          Those Rubber Pads, especially Dual Zone versions, allow you to get a lot of sounds in very little space. Would rather use those than the PDX-6 Pads.
          ATV and Roland Cymbals and Pads with drumtec Diablo Snare. Audiofront eDrumIn Modules. Triggering AD2, SD3 and SSD5.

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          • #6
            When counting up the "zones" (= the sounds/articulations, I'm able to trigger with this setup) I get the sum: proud 36! (if I count only 3 for the hihat). I'm easily able to trigger a whole "Death&Darkness" or the GGD-"Invasion" kit on considerably less than 2 square meters... yippie yay!

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