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  • roland FD8 please help

    I bought a roland fd8 hi-hat control pedal and i have the alesis dm5 drum module.Can i combine them and if yes what do i have to do for calibration?

    thanks anyway

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    Yes, the FD8 can be used with the DM5. In terms of calibration, what do you mean...physical adjustments on the FD8 itself or calibration in the module? If you mean the module...not much. The DM5 does not have variable hihat capability. Open and closed only. To get full advantage of your FD8 , you'll need a module that has variable hihat. As to what you can do with the DM5, here's the extent of it (quoting from the manual):

    An acoustic hi hat produces three main types of sound:

    • Open hi hat. The pedal is up so that the upper and lower cymbals do not touch.
    Striking the upper cymbal causes it to ring until it is struck again, or until the
    pedal begins closing.

    • Foot closed hi hat. This is the sound generated by pushing down on the pedal; it
    is not initiated by hitting the hi hat with a drum stick, but by the sound of the
    upper cymbal striking the lower one.

    • Closed hi hat. Once the hats are closed (pedal down), then striking the upper
    cymbal with the drumstick produces the closed hi hat sound.

    To replicate these individual effects:

    1. Patch a drum pad (the “hi hat” striking surface) into DM5 Trigger input 1 and a
    footswitch (for “opening” and “closing” the hi hat) into the footswitch input. Hi
    Hat Pedal must be selected for the footswitch mode.

    2. If it isn’t assigned already, assign an open hi hat sound to the note triggered by
    Trigger Input 1.

    3. Press the [EXT TRIG] button until the display shows the Footswitch
    Close note. This is the note that will be played when the footswitch is pressed.
    If it hasn't been assigned already, assign a closing hi hat sound to this note. This
    will give the hi hat a realistic closing sound, as opposed to an abrupt switch from
    an open sound to a closed sound.

    Note that you don’t necessarily have to use hi hat sounds while using this mode. If
    you wish, you can use any sound available in the DM5.

    5. Press the [EXT TRIG] button until the display shows the Footswitch Held
    note. This is the note that will be played when Trigger 1 is struck AND the
    footswitch is held. If it hasn't been assigned already, assign a closed hi hat sound
    to this note.

    6. Using the Group function (see page 31), assign all the hi hat sounds to Group 1
    so that you can’t have two different hi hat sounds ringing at the same time. (The
    hi hat sounds could be assigned to Group 2 if you’re already using Group 1 for
    other drum sounds.)

    If you strike the hi hat pad while the footswitch is not pressed, you’ll hear the open
    hi hat sound. Pressing the footswitch triggers the foot closed sound (at the same
    velocity as the most recent open hi hat hit); just like a real hi hat, you don’t have to
    strike the pad—simply “closing” the hi hat by pressing the footswitch triggers the

    Striking the pad while the footswitch is held down plays the closed hi hat sound.
    Last edited by Fullback32; 07-01-08, 10:58 AM.
    Hawk snare, toms, and bass; Hart ECII crashes & ride; VH-10 Hihat; Iron Cobra double-bass.
    "I never play the same thing twice...sometimes because I simply can't remember it." - John Paul Jones


    • #3

      do i have to calibrate it from the dm5?these are including in the dm5 manual.i have done these steps but in the footswitch mode when i change the notes and press the pedal nothing hapens.in the group menu you sed i have to put then in all one group?how can i do that?i did not do this step.

      thanks for your help and your time