This question was asked to me a couple of times, so I figured I would post it here and it can be out there for those who might be interested -- There's a way of "layering" a kick sound (or any sounds really) on the TD-12 or TD-20, so you can get a "kick" along with your crash sound which you play (or should I say, I play) 90-some percent of the time anyway (again, really any sound layered with any sound)-- -- speaking of anyway -- here ya go all you fellow TD'ers --
The Tap feature is a cool way to add a kick to your cymbal sounds w/o hogging up another trigger -- and opens a few doors to the possibilities of putting cymbals where you want them on your Zen-- as oppesd to always having to be right next to a kick drum….
Ok-- here you go:
Hit PATTERN > then NEW (F5), then FUNCTION (F3)- (lets just say its patter 155) then I name it, then exit.
Hit SET UP (F1), Set Pattern length to 1, the hit the record button. I set the quantize to and 8th note, then when ready hit the blinking green play button. I hit a kick drum on the downbeat after the 4 count off clicks…. Then hit STOP. Be precise in recording it right on the downbeat.
Then I go back and hit FUNCTION (F3), and double check it is still on Pattern length = 1. (not sure if that even matters, but I do it.)
Then Hit TYPE (F2), and set play type to TAP (important!)
Then go back out (hit KIT), , then hit INST. Button, turn off the HEAD & Rim feature (F5) so it isn’t hi-lighted)—then hit whatever cymbal you want to assign the pattern to.
Then hit CONTROL (F4), and assign PadPtn (remember 155 as our example) or whatever pattern you used….. Viola -- you should have a kick sound along with that cymbal!!