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BillRayDrums Oct. 18, 2012 @ 11:13 a.m.

Here's something that every drummer who uses these drums needs to know. Oftentimes the sound crews don't even know this. If you play an instrument it's incumbent upon you to "keep up" with what will help you perform better.

http://billraydrums.com/stuff/td20-offset.png

When using the VH-12, the “VH Offset” needs to be set up.

1.Loosen the clutch of the top hi-hat and let it sit on the bottom hi-hat. * Do NOT touch the hi-hats or the pedal.

2.Hold down [KIT] and press [TRIGGER]. The “VH offset” parameter is set automatically. (approx.3 seconds) [TRIGGER] stops flashing and remains lit.

If you need, make further adjustments to the parameters. Hi-Hat Settings [F3 (HI-HAT)] (p. 46)

And therein lies part of the problem; operator error. They should provide a detailed simple list of instructions on how to make the most of these tools because 90% of the drummers I know do not understand how these things work.

Hey, here's a link to the user manual for the TD-20. However, it's a ton of stuff that will glaze over the eyes of many but it's all there. Download it to your "Smartphone" and keep it handy.

http://billraydrums.com/stuff/TD-20-manual.pdf

One thing you cannot remedy via settings is a "busted" pad. It must be replaced. But you can "cheat" a little on a dying PD-105 (the snare pad) by reassigning the rim sound with a snare sound so you don't get that annoying "ping" that is synonymous with a rim strike. Just patch the snare sound through and through and it'll strike solid every time.

Any other questions? Double triggering bass drum as in "it is too sensitive?" Gotta go into Trigger>kick the bass pad then dial up the "Threshold" setting. If you click "Lock" on the brain (It's one of the two buttons under the dial control) then you can kinda work on that trigger as you are playing; bump it up and down a little while you're playing and eventually it will feel natural.

Once you dial everything in you'll most likely want to save it so go and dig through your old electronics drawer and find an old CF card under 1gb (newer brains can use those larger ones but the older brains max out at 512mb). Push the card in, select "Card" over on the left then "Save Kit" or whatever the dialogue box says. Now when you go to another casino you can slide the card in and select "card" and "Load" then scroll to the kit you want to load in.

As a courtesy I always make a backup of what's there and leave things like I found them.

CAUTION If you do use your own card at Valley View their brain is set up a bit different and there's a feedback loop that will occur; make sure Bill or any of those guys out therer are aware of your intentions and they'll walk you through getting your kit live. Also, you'll want to save a copy of that Valley View kit.

OK, I hope this helps. Hey if I didn't give a damn I would not be spending all this time trying to get things fixed for us all; we'll see how it all turns out from here.

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bobsale Oct. 18, 2012 @ 10:32 a.m.

It needs to be known that Bill Ray is VERY pro-active and not out to bitch and moan. He made the V-drums at Pala Casino very playable this week - the first time in at least a year. He should be paid by the casinos to come out every few months to tweak their kits.

It's pretty much a given that cover bands are expendable - caliber of musicianship or the seriousness of the players matters little to management in bars and casinos. Not that good and serious players aren't noticed and appreciated by staff and management - they often are, and it makes playing that much more rewarding. But this is secondary to other priorities that clubs have. This is fine - none of us really expect more.

But, spending a lifetime building and mastering a musical vocabulary only to have every third or fourth note snuffed out (which is what happens when a drum pad is not working) can be infuriating. Indeed, imagine having a serious conversation with someone but having every third or fourth word you speak muted. It's aggravating, and at times worrying, especially when your parts aren't translating and you feel the need to explain to the other musicians why certain things came out (or didn't come out) the way they did. In a sense, job security could be on the line, and that sucks.

On the funny side, it's hilarious to think what the cameras above casino stages have picked up over the years when drummers get pissed off because their parts aren't translating! Some good footage there!

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