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JimmyTheSaint

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request: backup sound module recommendations
« on: November 03, 2013, 07:38:39 PM »

I'd like to buy a sound module to keep as a backup whenever my Mac isn't available to use BFD2. I'm looking for convenient, and will go beyond cheap if it's worth it. I'd at least like to get as close to the feel of BFD's 128 layers as possible, and can sacrifice the number and variety of patches: I don't need to be picky about the sound as long as it sounds generally like a drum kit. I don't really know this kind of gear, but I suspect if I want BFD-like playing response, I have to pay more, and the unneeded extra sounds and functions will be included in the higher price. But I do really want a small footprint: if I have to go 19" rackmount form factor just to stay in the ballpark of what I want, I won't bother because then I might as well use my keyboard/workstation's drum sounds.
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Re: request: backup sound module recommendations
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2013, 12:49:53 PM »

I'm told these are really good and the midi is especially quick
http://www.gak.co.uk/en/2box-drumit-5-mkii-module-only/45469?gclid=CIiQvvTinrsCFWzHtAodTHMAEg

I believe these are reasonable too
http://www.alesis.com/dm10
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JimmyTheSaint

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Re: request: backup sound module recommendations
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2013, 09:02:58 PM »

Thanks. I forgot about latency. Does anyone know if these modules' MIDI connections will give a feel as good as using BFD2 on my MacBook Retina? For my present backup purposes, any delay that you can sense while you're playing would be worse than mediocre drum sounds.
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Re: request: backup sound module recommendations
« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2013, 10:27:21 PM »

I'm told these are really good and the midi is especially quick
http://www.gak.co.uk/en/2box-drumit-5-mkii-module-only/45469?gclid=CIiQvvTinrsCFWzHtAodTHMAEg

I believe these are reasonable too
http://www.alesis.com/dm10
I have looked into the 2box, but found it not zen-friendly.
One significant issue with the 2box is the HH settings. The default HH setting is open, not closed as you find with Roland, Yamaha or Alesis. so there's no way of getting a closed HH sound association with a trigger as you have to send the note and CC message simultaneously - which the Zendrum can't do.
There is a way around this, but it involves editing the HH samples in every kit - no universal setting.
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