Take the 2-minute tour ×
Musical Practice & Performance Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for musicians, students, and enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I know that cymball rolls is a common issue on electronic drum kits. I tested different kits (Yamaha and Roland) and I can't achieve to create a good and smooth cymbal roll. The sound suffer of a 'gunshot' effect (chopped).

Also, it is almost impossible to start at a piano dynamic.

The last high end kit I tested is the Yamaha DTX950K and same problem.

Is there any technique to create a good e-cymbal roll effect ?

Are the electro-accoustic cymbals suffering of the same behavior (like Zildjian ones) ?

Or any e-kit who do the job correctly ?

share|improve this question
I haven't ever tried this, but perhaps you could run the cymbals through a thick reverb effect when you do the cymbal roll? This would soften and blend their attacks and allow the roll to ring for quite a while after you stopped. The trick would be finding a way to easily turn the reverb on and off. –  Kevin May 16 at 18:28
Thanks :) If about effect you mean sound processing, it is not very convenient :( But yeah in the same logic and as Stephen said, if the module can handle this directly it could work -at least partially- but I don't think modules are designed for this even if I didn't look much about high end modules functionnalities ;) –  JoeBilly May 16 at 19:44

1 Answer 1

I've got a pretty modern yamaha dtx setup. I'm still new to the thing. But there are a =LOT= of settings you can tweak about hit recognition and what is fed to the sound module.

It might be that from the factory, they're set kind of unsensitive to keep duplicate/ghost hits (vibrations that should trigger the pad still triggering the pad) from happening.

I'd say dive into that manual and see what you can tune. And, really, you can't expect it to be exactly like an acoustic drum set. It's digital. It's got limitations, but it's also got extra capabilities.

share|improve this answer
I guess it is a good point and while writing this question I was thinking about "what the module can do". I still hope that somebody will contradict me but there's not enough sophisticated e-cymbal which can deal with it nowdays. I'll take a look about what Roland and Yahama modules provide. I haven't asked to a vendor in shop also, I'll ask them :) –  JoeBilly May 16 at 19:32

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.