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What is a Drum Trigger?

What is a Drum Trigger?

What is sound? Sound is anything that is transmitted by vibrations resonating at a given frequency. Be it a guitar, piano, or a drum kit, everything that you can listen to is due to those vibrations. Even while speaking, our vocal cords vibrate at a particular frequency that our ears pick up, and the brain then translates. The surface that you strike is called the trigger.

Different drum kits create a diverse array of sounds. A basic drum kit with a ride and hi-hat sounds different than a 30-piece monster kit with various cymbals with cowbells and tambourines adding more layers to the soundscape. But, what if while playing the acoustic drum, you could add electronic sound to it? This is where the Drum Trigger comes to play.

Drummers have been triggering their kits for more than 20 years now. But, triggering has improved recently in a tremendous amount. When drummers place triggers on the acoustic set, the set becomes a hybrid kit.

The main advantage of using drum triggers is that potential problems associated with using microphones can be overcome by triggering pre-recorded samples.

Although, there is an argument based on triggers that it is considered to be ‘cheating’. Some people say it is not the sound the drummer makes, but instead gives a processed sound. Countering this argument, many drumming personalities say that the drummer will still play his part, it is just that the signal is converted into a distinctive sound.

Here’s Craig Blundell showing you a few possibilities by adding triggers to your acoustic drums and combining them with a Roland percussion instrument.