Module Adjustments for Drumsplitter Optimization
Set the pad type in your module to a PD-120 or PD-125 for the pad type, even though that may not be the pads you actually have connected to the splitter (my splitters work better on my TD-20 set to a PD-120. Test out different pad types on your module to find what triggers best). Work on the pad of the splitter which is triggering the HEAD of the input first, because the rim gain is affected by the basic sensitivity set on your HEAD.
BASICS Starting with the pad connected to the HEAD side of the splitter.
Sensitivity: Set the SENSITIVITY so that your hardest hits (or I like to make it my almost hardest hits) peak the velocity meter. If you peak your velocity meter on every average hit, lower the SENSITIVITY, because that is where your dynamics come in.
Threshold: Next, check your THRESHOLD. Very lightly play the HEAD pad and set the THRESHOLD up a little at a time until your lightest hits (like you would hit a light drum roll) are no longer are sensed. Now lower the THRESHOLD just enough so that your lightest hits are sensed. This helps to keep your drum sensitive, but less subject to false triggering or crosstalk. On a snare that is not attached to the rack, I usually set the THRESHOLD to 0 or 2 and a little higher on the toms.
ADVANCED Now it is time to set the trigger settings...RIMSHOT ADJUST and RIM GAIN are your key adjustments for the pad connected to the RIM side of the splitter.
Rimshot Adjust: If you set RIMSHOT ADJUST to 0, you will find that you get no RIM sound. If you hit the RIM pad, it will trigger the HEAD sound. Raise the RIMSHOT ADJUST all the way up and you will get inconsistent response on the HEAD pad (somewhere between 1.5 and 4 will give you the right response on most pads). The most important thing is to get only HEAD sounds whenever you hit the HEAD pad and only RIM sounds when striking the RIM pad. Find the best result for your RIM by raising RIMSHOT ADJUST from 0 un til your RIM pad response is sufficient without triggering HEAD sounds.
Rim Gain: This is similar to the SENSITIVITY setting. On the RIM pad, adjust the RIM GAIN so that the pad's velocity works similarly to the HEAD pad. Your hardest (or harder) hits should just peak the velocity meter.
FINE TUNING Now, if necessary, fine tuning the HEAD pad response.
Scan Time: This should be raised from factory default, if the HEAD pad response is inconsistent on equal velocity hits or if you hit it at the same velocity several times and the velocity meter is all over the place (ex. loud one hit…soft the next), then raise the scan time.
Retrig Cancel and Mask Time: Raise the RETRIG CANCEL and MASK TIME if a single strike produces double triggering. MASK TIME is most useful for kick triggers. Not only can you control errant double triggering this way, the MASK TIME can be used on the kick drum to correct extra unintentional beater bounce