I own a pro studio, and use a partially-electronic drumkit. - Just two kicks, four toms, a pole pad, and an auxilliary snare drum. I have been using a DDrum2 brain since 2003.
I'd like to upgrade to better & cleaner sounds, but I'm very worried about trigger time.
note: The term "latency" is often used for this, and I guess we could here, but that sometimes leads to discussions of computer throughput, and that is NOT my concern at all. Please bear this in mind
I am JUST concerned (right now) with how fast audio comes out of the module, after the pad is hit.
This is because, even if I later replace the sounds, I want the absolute fastest response for the drummer & band while they are recording.
In 2003, I had tried a top-end Roland Pro kit, but the response time was absurdly bad. IIRC, the kick was around 15 ms! I therefore bought a used DDrum2. It has worked great with HART Pro pads. Less than 2 ms for every pad.
So, as I said above, I'd like to upgrade, but only if I don't get more than maybe 4-5ms maximum.
I don't really need bells & whistles, so I'm considering an old DDrum3 brain. However, I'm reading pretty positive things about the newest modules from Roland & Yammy. Still, I can't seem to find hard, verifiable data on exact trigger times, anywhere. I'm kind of amazed about this.
I also love that these modules (if I am reading correctly) can pass all of the stick data to a computer via USB, which means (again, if I am understanding correctly) that I would no longer need preamps and audio interface channels for each pad. That would be lovely !
1: Does anyone have a list of verified numbers, listing trigger response-times for various "newish" modules (and maybe when using various pads? ) I'm referring to the TD30, TD50, DTX900M, etc. - Also maybe current but lower-cost modules as well, which might have less features but be be just as fast.
2: Am I correct about how the USB communication works with the latest modules? - Because if that is NOT the case, then I'll just go with DDrum.
Edited by Cableaddict, 22 August 2017 - 10:53 PM.