Hybrid Drums – FAQ

A Hybrid Drumset combines acoustic and electronic elements, giving you access to the best of both worlds.

In this video, we will provide quick solutions for common issues that you might encounter while performing live or in the studio.

Contributed by Roland US Team

FAQ 1: The snare trigger sounds when you play a tom.

This is a common problem that’s similar to a snare wire resonating when you strike a tom.  You can easily solve this issue by increasing the snare trigger’s threshold value on the TM-2 until the unintended triggering stops.  As you set the threshold value higher, soft hits on the drum will not trigger a sound.

FAQ 2: Multiple sounds are triggered when the drum is played only once.

This is a problem known as retriggering. You can solve this problem bu raising the TM-2 trigger cancel value until the retriggering no longer occurs.

FAQ 3: How to connect more than two triggers or pads.

The two trigger inputs on the TM-2 support dual trigger pads that play separate sounds on the head and rim.  These pad types can be connected with the single TRS stereo cable.  By using the Y cable with the TRS stereo plug and 2 TS mono plugs, you can connect up to 4 triggers or pads to the TM-2 and play 4 different tones using the single trigger configuration.

FAQ 4: Playing even more sounds.

You can connect an additional TM-2 with a single MIDI cable to increase your number of sounds.  When you change the kit on the first TM-2, the second TM-2 follows automatically.  A convenient feature for live performance.

FAQ 5: Monitoring the hybrid drum system while rehearsing with your band.

We suggest connecting the TM-2 to an amplifier and placing it close to your drumset to hear a good mix with your acoustic drum sounds.

FAQ 6: Using an external PA mixer when performing live.

The TM-2 sounds can be panned completely left or right, providing isolated outputs for two different sounds.  For example, you can pan the kick drum from input one to the left channel and the snare drum input two to the right.  This give a sound engineer independent control of the two sounds at their PA system.

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Created by Roland V-Drums specialist Simon Ayton, these patches were designed using the internal factory sounds and many of the techniques covered in the TD-50 guide. Enjoy exploring the possibilities!