You’d gather from my rather desperate rhetoric in the subject line, I’m SOL insofar as what do to about my DIY roland/hybrid drum set with Superior Drummer 3 (in Pro Tools) using anything EXCEPT the dreaded D-Drum trigger i/o’s, For some reason, having two of these bad boys seems to just mess it all up. I cannot seem to get repeatability. Meaning, simply, in scientific terms, you have to be able to repeat the same thing over and over again or its worthless. Sometimes, I hit my roland snare pad and i hear a signal/sound. Other times nothing. I hate the d-drum trigger i/o’s but so far all I’ve found is a $2200 dollar Pearl Mimic Pro which albeit is nice but I’d be paying for a ton of stuff I simply don’t need i.e. Steve Slate drums (please i’ve purchased every SDX and EZ Drummer Expansion kits known to man – I love toontrack why would i want to spend that much on a lot of stuff I don’t need? All I like about it is it has like 16 + hi-hat controller trigger inputs). I don’t know if its a trigger i/o issue, Pro Tools issue, or what. Any ideas? Help? Surely others are out there who choose to go overkill with 2 kicks, 1 snare, 1 hi-hat, 3 rack toms, 2 floor toms, 3 rides, 3 crashes. Thats my setup. Cheers. Well, not till I BEAT THIS THING.
To reiterate – I need a trigger i/o easy to use that can take 1/4 TRS roland cables from the cymbals/pads > a single trigger i/o with at least 14 inputs – connection = USB straight into iMac Pro > Pro Tools DAW. I had no earthly idea the pandora’s box I’d open while trying to impress John Bonham from beyond the grave. Or so I’d like to think Bonzo would be proud.
Hopefully you’ve got this figured out already… If not, try eBay. I was in a similar boat and ended up with a Roland TD-30 second hand that I have to admit I’m quite happy with. I don’t use it for anything but triggering SD3, but the fact that it has copious I/O and allows me to leverage the positional sensing on my snare and ride cymbals is fantastic. I play with ATV cymbals so the 50 was overkill and I’m not a fan of the SSD libraries either. Hence the TD-30. You can find one for about $1400 shipped in most cases. It’s a lot, but well worth it in the end.
The DITI by Alternate Mode has 24 trigger ins (supposedly). Not sure how they do it since there are only 12 inputs. I guess they are three pin connectors. Like stereo headphone jacks. It also has a crazy amount of bells and whistles that each input can do, like layers, alternating notes, chords and delays.