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Drum triggers are a common sight on metal kits, both in the studio and onstage. Ever wonder how the world’s best players get that incredibly consistent, in-your-face death metal kick drum sound? Or that searing snare tone? It’s more than likely a combination of acoustic response and a triggered sample or modelled sound.
Triggering allows engineers to achieve the kind of super-defined drum sounds that metal needs - no matter how good your technique there will always be an extra consistency that only electronics can deliver.
Is it cheating? Absolutely not, it’s using the right tools for the job. And you can get started without splashing out on triggers for every drum you own, or indeed the most expensive module currently available. A good starting point is to ‘electrify’ just your kick and snare, and even older modules will have usable bass and snare tones you can tweak to add some bite.
As you’re not looking for super dynamic acoustic emulations and you’ll likely layer the electronic with the acoustic, you don’t need a £5K brain to get an awesome tone.
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