Hi-Hat integration

Hello all, so… i have an old Roland FD-8 HH controller… i no longer have a drum or trigger module (or cymbals for that matter - but am willing to pick up a roland CY5 or 8).
I’ve got the KT-10 kick pedal going with the portal and SP2.
What’s the best way to get HH’s with control going here? Should I be looking to do this outside of SP2 or is there a recommended way to add HH+control without buying a drum module or dedicated trigger module?
Apologies if this is a silly question! drums arent my main instrument.

from what i am finding it seems, either you dont use HH in the traditional fashion, you use analogue HH and mic up OR you use eHH with a drum/trigger module… unless i am missing something!?

When you say HH + Control, do you mean foot control?
If that is what you mean, I would think you have to pass trough a more conventional drum sound module / trigger interface.

If you had 2 outputs, one on the cymbal, and one on the pedal (like a roland FD8 + a cymbal pad) you could sort of program a change in sound in the cymbal triggered by the foot controller, but I don’t think it would be very natural.

Most likely the best way to program a hihat with SP would be to assign different zones on a pad. Like a blend from closed to open from center to edge, with the rim being a fully open sound - you wouldn’t have any foot control in this case.

(or get a real hihat, acoustic cymbals are difficult to emulate electronically)

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Thanks for that. that is basically the conclusion i have come to. I’ve picked up a used roland TM6 Pro trigger module and will use it in conjunction with SP2

And I will definitely be picking up a real HH in the future when I have a proper space to setup

Yes, with the TM6 Pro and electronic hi-hats, you should be able to get different sounds for open/close, splash, stomp, etc. You can then plug the output of the TM6 into one of the Portal’s line in inputs and use the pedal as an analog input so you can process those hi-hat sounds alongside the sounds in your Sensory Percussion set.

You could also plug the Roland FD-8 directly into one of the Portal’s line in inputs and train it as a sensor input, but that’s a bit of a hack method and we can’t guarantee that you’d be able to train different zones. You’d definitely be to train one zone and reliably trigger sounds with your left foot inside of SP that way, though.

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Great thanks all. It’s starting to come together!

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Killer setup!

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