Making a drum set electronic

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Czar of Cheese
Member Since: Jun 09, 2004

My home studio has acquired a drum set, much to the chagrin of my wife and kids. I don't really know how to play it very well. (To their further chagrin...) It was free, so I couldn't pass it up!!

It's a crappy drum set (Percussion Plus) and doesn't sound like anything special. I would like to do my family a favor and make it electronic so I can play it without everyone in the house having to hear it. I remember recently someone talking about damping the sound and using drum triggers. Like this:??;bfmtype=gear

What would be the best way to damper the drums, and what other hardware do the triggers need to interface with in order to make noises with my drum machine or to record MIDI data into the computer?

My wife thanks you.


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I am not a crook's head
Since: Mar 14, 2003

Oct 21, 2005 10:12 pm

I dont think that triggers will actually do much dampening. But, they do make rubber pads that you can lay over the heads and cymbals that will damp it. I think they're called practice pads. Then you could use some triggers to send a signal to a sound module or your PC (maybe?). I often wondered if you can rig it up to send a MIDI signal to a drum sequencing program like Battery and use it as your sound module.

Since: Aug 17, 2004

Oct 21, 2005 10:29 pm

I think you'll still need something to convert the 1/4 inch triggers to MIDI data.

This roland module, for example, would work fine.

Its got 1/4 inch TRS inputs on the back for the triggers, and converts it to MIDI data. Also has some pretty funky (funky, not good) sounds. I have a TD-3 drum kit and take the MIDI out to trigger drum synths in cubase. Loads of fun.

Eat Spam before it eats YOU!!!
Since: May 11, 2002

Oct 21, 2005 11:35 pm

basically...but everything will need triggers including cymbols...or something to hit representing cymbols :) then to muffle it I would suggest an actual rubber muffeler on the snare and everything else can prettymuch be towels (including the cymbols)

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Oct 23, 2005 07:45 pm

If ya feed the trigger into a drum synth that has trigger inputs such as the Alesis DM 5 or the like. Even the older models with trigger inputs will work fine if ya get used.

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