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SD 3 and hi hat
January 9, 2018
4:22 am CEST
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keith andrew
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Can anybody tell me where to find a comprehensive breakdown on how to get my hi hats to sound smooth in SD3? It's a constant struggle. The transitions are just not smooth. I have a TD-30KV with the VH-13 hats. Thank you.

January 9, 2018
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There's an excellent video with exactly that information:

Also, I wonder if the Smoothing parameter affects transitions between hi hat articulations. I think it instead controls only secondary (and tertiary and so on) hits on an already vibrating snare or tom shell.

January 9, 2018
5:28 pm CEST
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Thanks man. I've watched this like a hundred times already :). I just feel like when it comes to adjust the little slider things (openness 1,2,3, etc.) I'm just farting around and not really getting it right. I wish toontrack would really break it down, like A/B what happens when you do X and Y and so on. I wondered about the smoothing effect too. I cranked that up all the way to 12 (past 11!!) and it didn't seem to do much. It seems like the certain HH's on certain kits work better than others as well. The 15" Paistes seem to be the smoothest. I don't get why that is the case either. It seems like on the the thinner hats on the drier kits the transitions just have these huge jumps between the open settings. SD3 rocks over all it's just so frustrating to be so close with everything and then the HH's are this constant battle. First world problems to the extreme 😉

January 10, 2018
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Struggle for me too! I have to switch between the Generic HH and Roland HH to get the presets to take. Wish I could help you.

January 10, 2018
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keith andrew said
I wondered about the smoothing effect too. I cranked that up all the way to 12 (past 11!!) and it didn't seem to do much.

Hi Keith:
https://www.toontrack.com/manual/superior-drummer-3/?type=manual_sd3&search=Smoothing

Perhaps you could record when you are playing your HH and save with a Project and attach it here, so someone may take a look at your setup and the triggering data?

BR,
John

January 15, 2018
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Thanks John here is a sample. The kit here is a modified 70's dry kit with 14" Zildjian K's. In the audio I am hitting the Hats on the top (not the edge) and slowly opening the hats with my foot. Where it becomes noticeable is when it gets to the last couple open sounds. Then I hit it and open and close with my foot at the same time and you can hear the lack of smoothness. The transitions seem to 'jump' from one to the next. Thanks!

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January 15, 2018
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I can't comment on the td30/vh13 combo, but I had the exact same issue with my td15/vh11 combo. I switched back to using a cy5/fd7 combo and the HH sounds and plays awesome. I wasn't a huge fan of this switch, but Im totally on board with it now. Very happy with the sound and smoothness.

January 16, 2018
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Thanks Keith,

but I would really like to have a look at that Project file. Preferably with that HH triggering MIDI on the Song Track.

BR,
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January 18, 2018
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Hi John,

I will happily give you whatever you need I am just not sure exactly how to post what you're asking. Can you please explain How to provide what you need? Thanks!

January 18, 2018
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Hi,

please open your SD3 Project and record when hitting the HH the same way as in the MP3 example, so you demonstrate your issue.
Next, Save this Project as an .sd3p file at a convenient place, like the Desktop.
ZIP archive this .sd3p file by right-clicking (or Ctrl+click since you're on Mac) and 'Compress'. This is a file format that can be attached to a post here.
Reply to this post and click 'Upload Attachments', add the file by drag and drop or clicking 'Add Files', then 'Start Upload' followed by 'Submit Reply'.

BR,
John

January 19, 2018
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Hi John,

Here it is. Let me know if this is sufficient. I can always try other sets or whatever. It seems to be more of an issue with some HH's than others. Paiste 15" seem to be the smoothest. Thanks!

January 19, 2018
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Thanks,

I will have a look.

BR,
John

January 30, 2018
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Any luck with looking at my project John? Thanks.

January 30, 2018
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Hi Keith,

I have but I have asked my colleagues for a 2nd opinion.

BR,
John

January 30, 2018
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OK,

you have a shortened Level Envelope release in the OH Dyn Mic in the Mixer, which makes the HH sound cut off in that microphone. Turn this off. You can solo the HH mic and hear the difference.
Also, since the Open Edge 5 is totally open and very different in sonic character, I'd recommend turing it off if you are going to open and close the HH slowly like this.

I hope this helps.

BR,
John

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