Drum triggering

by mike D
(baltimore maryland)

What does it mean to trigger a drum or drum set if you can?


Hi Mike!

A drum trigger is a device that you mount on a drum in much the same way that you would mount a microphone.

The difference is that, instead of amplifying the drum sound, the trigger senses a drum hit and "triggers" a sampled sound from a sound module. It is like adding the sound of an electronic drum kit to your acoustic kit.

The common use for drum triggers is to supplement the sound of an acoustic set in a live performance or recording situation. You might also want to use triggers to get a unique sound.

Best Wishes,

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