I have a big release show coming up, and my whole drum setup is 75% SP2, and acoustic kick/snare/hat.
Now, preparing all the kits for the show has been a TON of fun, but I’m noticing a lot of problems when working the set in an actual rehearsal room with real drums, other musicians, and all other intricacies that are introduced when moving out of a very controlled studio situation
Note that I’m constantly adjusting the thresholds/sensitivity etc. to combat initial false triggering. Also, I play all my other drums when I’m training a void zone for a specific drum, just to teach it not to listen to any of that.
Things I’m noticing,
It seems like SP gets a little confused by live sounds: even though when I retrain, when play acoustic hi-hat/snare (no sensors), some other zones stop triggering… especially when you’re hitting them at the same time (hitting a snare WITHOUT sensor + hitting a mesh floor tom center zone)…
Maybe the added overtones of the snare drum in the room confused the floor tom sensor, and now it doesn’t recognize the floor’s trained frequencies anymore?
Playing open hi-hat will just trigger all sorts of sensors, even with upping thresholds, and playing the hi hat when I’m training all the void zones
When hitting a loud crash cymbal, my kick sensor will usually miss its mark as well. So, my big 808 bass will usually not play on the downbeat if I hit a crash a bit anti-climactic in my rehearsal yesterday hah. Again, taught the kick sensor to void all cymbol input…
anyway… Maybe I need to rethink how I’m approaching these live sets, and maybe be less reliant on wanting super accurate triggering when in a live setting, and allowing more for improvisatory kits instead? I moved all my essential one-shots back to the SPD-SX (as a MIDI controller inside of SP2) to trigger tracks and chokes etc.
Would LOVE your input/workflow/hacks