Hybrid Drumming – Roland Drum Triggers & Modules

We recently took a look at Roland’s range of percussion pads and the value they can bring to a drum or percussion setup. But there is a another world of electronically enhanced acoustic drumming awaiting exploration – hybrid drumming.

Today we’re going to explore Roland’s world of hybrid drumming, specifically related to drum triggers and sound modules that you can add to your standard acoustic drum kit. Simply put, they allow you to add sonic variety and interest to a standard acoustic drum kit’s sound by layering digital sound samples over, or even replacing, the drum sounds in your live or studio mix.

What Is A Drum Trigger?

Put simply, a drummer trigger is a unit that attaches to an existing acoustic drum that sends a electrical pulse or signal the moment that drum is struck. This allows you to combine multiple add other sounds or samples to your drum sound, as you trigger them in real time.

RT-30HR Dual Trigger

Ideal for use on snare drums, the RT-30HR supports independent head and rim triggering for playing two different sounds from the same drum. It also incorporates a new self-guided mount that automatically sets the sensor in the optimum position against the drumhead.

RT-30K Kick Trigger

 Developed specifically for use on bass drum, the RT-30K provides fast and accurate triggering in a robust unit that’s simple to install. Being a part of the RT-30 range, it also includes the innovative automatic mounting sensor for easy installation.

What Is A Drum Module?

The signal sent by the drum trigger has to go somewhere, and something has to produce all those extra sounds or samples that make hybrid drumming so interesting. This is where drum modules come in.

Essentially, when the attached trigger is struck, the drum module will, in unison, play the sample or sound you have specified.

TM-1 Module

With 2 trigger inputs, 15 ready-to-play kits, and easy editing and sample import through the included app, the TM-1 Module is built around ease-of-use and simplicity.

TM-2 Module

The TM-2 is a compact professional unit. Studio-quality multi-effects are on tap to process your kits, and you can even trigger your own custom WAV sounds, loops, and backing tracks via an SDHC card.


TM-6PRO Module

The TM-6PRO represents the top-tier of drum trigger modules offering effectively limitless options for sound and sample triggering and layering, with 500 samples included, as well as V-Drums sounds – all controlled by up to 6 triggers!

Putting It Together

The fundamentals of hybrid drumming are simple. But the world of exploration and experimentation that it allows and encourages is endless.

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