Having used EVERY major module out there over the years, it seemed to me that every one of them could do stuff no other could do, and I was constantly trying to get my Roland stuff to do Alesis features and vice versa. I have recently moved over to BFD2 and have discovered some ways to do tricks that I liked in other units. Hope these are useful to someone!
-I really like to play tip/edge style on HH on acoustic drums, but didn't want to dedicate 2 pads for this on my Zendrum. I have just lived with tip-sound-only for years. Now, I set my HH pad into Velocity Crossfade mode. Since BFD2 allows multiple mappings of individual sounds, I have the lowest 3 notes in the crossfade set to the HH tip sound, and the highest number set to the edge. When I use finger dynamics to play hi hat parts, it SOUNDS like I do when I play drums! Awesome! I am also using this technique on cowbell (side/edge), and I could see using it for snare drum/rim shot, ride/bell, bow/edge on crashes, you name it. Any sound with more than one articulation can be crossfaded, and you can map them within the 4 notes however you choose to fit the expressiveness you want.
-I also use the Zendrum crossfade feature to have 4 separate conga articulations available (although it ends up being somewhat random...still cool though) but it can sound a bit "naked". Since BFD2 allows layering of mapped keys, I layer a shaker on all the conga notes, so when I play a conga pattern, the shaker plays along. I also reduce the "velocity to amplitude" setting so the conga sounds are dynamic but the shaker is fairly steady. It really does sound like 2 guys playing!
-I find that my bass drum and cymbals rarely change song-to-song, but snare and toms can really set a different tone. I set 3 of the kitpieces for snares: a standard pop snare sound, a fatback ballad snare, and a piccolo. Then, I have 3 separate notemaps on my Zendrum with the exact same mapping but different snares... I can change snare drums WHILE playing; no load time. Same with toms; I load 5 toms, and use 4 at a time: the highest 4 with the piccolo kit, the lowest 4 for the fat kit. I also have a pair of timbales that can act as toms 3 & 4 when I need that reggae vibe. (Crossfaded with rimshot on top works well here too!)
-See previous posts about how to use the sustain button for cymbal chokes; it works in BFD2 as well.
More to follow!