Rejection Time

Ok, so time for another setting you might have seen inside you module that you might not be 100% clear about. Lets look at Reject Time. Lets imagine you put a trigger on an acoustic drum. And lets say (just for fun) its a big, low tuned 16” tom. Now, lets say that you dont

By | 2018-04-30T23:12:03+00:00 April 30th, 2018|Categories: Seriously Wired|Comments Off on Rejection Time

Polyphony and the Pitfalls of Non-Placid Playing

Uh oh! BIG audience... cue BIG polyphony problem... Okay, so here's our next subject – polyphony. So what on earth is polyphony? Well, it comes from two Greek words, 'poly' meaning 'many', and, 'phony', meaning notes, and for us drummers it just means how many notes can your drum module play at the

By | 2018-03-31T23:33:56+00:00 March 31st, 2018|Categories: Seriously Wired|Comments Off on Polyphony and the Pitfalls of Non-Placid Playing

Curvaceous Dynamics? Err… No… Dynamic Curves

Okay, so here's another subject which might initially seem rather boring and inconsequential, but is actually very important for the feel (not so much sound, importantly) of your electronic kit. So what we actually mean by a dynamic curve? Well, if you think about playing an acoustic drum, when you hit quietly, the drum responds

By | 2018-02-28T17:37:18+00:00 March 1st, 2018|Categories: Seriously Wired|Comments Off on Curvaceous Dynamics? Err… No… Dynamic Curves

Over The Threshold

  THIS is a threshold... of sorts I know I mentioned that we'd look at Velocity Curves this month but having had a think about it, it would make much more sense to look at those interestingly named Thresholds. Thresholds? Ok, so you've probably seen that in your module (although it may be

By | 2018-01-31T22:16:57+00:00 February 1st, 2018|Categories: Seriously Wired|Comments Off on Over The Threshold

Pump Up The Volume (or turn it down if necessary…) – Gain

Well, that's a weird thing to be writing a blog about surely? Gain? Are you sure? Absolutely. Its one of the most misunderstood things when it comes to electronic drums. Get it wrong and your pads act like switches – hit them and they make a noise at one level. Get it correct and you

By | 2017-12-31T13:44:23+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Categories: Seriously Wired|Comments Off on Pump Up The Volume (or turn it down if necessary…) – Gain

Carry On Learning

  Time to Read The Flippin' Manual? (ahem!) Is owning an electronic drum kit (or any electronic drum product for that matter) the pinnacle, or aim, of wanting one? What I mean is, if you've been hankering for the best bit of electronic gear you can afford, is the moment you actually get

By | 2017-12-01T00:38:09+00:00 December 1st, 2017|Categories: Seriously Wired|Comments Off on Carry On Learning

“Thats it, son! You’ve gone and crossed the threshold now!”

Yes, this really does have relevance to the piece - it beeps when I leave the door open. Have you ever wondered how your electronic drum pads work? No! Stop! Don’t hit the back button! This might be something which could be useful. Honest! Hopefully a little bit of knowledge in this area

By | 2017-11-01T01:16:00+00:00 November 1st, 2017|Categories: Seriously Wired|Comments Off on “Thats it, son! You’ve gone and crossed the threshold now!”

You’re Too Loud! (well, your cymbals are…)

Nobody likes a sound limiter... I heard a track the other day which made me really think. It was put up onto social media by a drummer who presumably had just got his first serious electronic kit and had replaced all the drum parts on his function bands web site music with new

By | 2017-09-30T19:38:56+00:00 October 1st, 2017|Categories: Seriously Wired|Comments Off on You’re Too Loud! (well, your cymbals are…)

IN THE BEGINNING…

Does this leave you cold...? Welcome to the first 'Seriously Wired' Blog for mikedolbear.com. In this series I want to look at electronics, how they can be used, and most importantly how they can help you! For most drummers, electronics are a bit of a (as we say in the UK) 'Marmite' situation

By | 2017-08-31T22:45:28+00:00 August 31st, 2017|Categories: Seriously Wired|Comments Off on IN THE BEGINNING…
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