TD-30 Pearl Mimic Pro Combo

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I don't see much on the net about combining modules. I originally owned a TD-11 then bought a TD-12 because I wanted positional sensing. I liked the TD-12 but the snares were pretty bad so I sold it and bought the TD-30 last year. I love the TD-30 but again the snares were better but not that good. There are a ton of affects and options for room size, mic placement, ambience ect. It seemed overwhelming. I did notice that a lot of the sounds were a little over processed for me. For the most part the TD-30 has a lot of amazing sounds, great 808 set, great timbales, steel drums, special affects and I love that, but I could never find that raw acoustic kit sound I was looking for. I bought some really good V Expressions packs and a Drum Tec Real Acoustics Sound Edition for the TD-30 and turned off most of the affects to get to the raw sampled sounds. The tom sounds really started to shine when stripped of affects. I have never been interested in running the module through a pc to get sounds from a VST so I decided to buy the Pearl Mimic Pro. I had heard some of the snare sounds and they were amazing. I worked with the Mimic a short time but really missed my tom, bass drum and cymbal sounds from the TD-30. My original plan was to sell the TD
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-30 to offset the cost of the Mimic Pro but once I actually played it I still liked the TD-30 sounds better for most everything but the snare drum. I now have an amazing sounding E-Kit with so many options. If at some point I decide I want the Mimic bass drums I just plug that in and I have it. Now I have more than enough inputs for as big of a kit as I want. I have multiple options to use sounds from either module. To do this I just plugged my snare into the Mimic input then ran the out of the Mimic into the mix in on the TD-30. This is finally the amazing acoustic kit I have been looking for with all the special affects and processed sounds I wanted from the TD-30 and by stripping most of the affects it really made the Td-30 shine for my taste. I do still have some really processed toms and bass drums with special effects for those times when I need that and combined with the great tight amazing snares from the Mimic. This is what I have longed for including the options to load my own samples if I need. I found that instead of buying a TD-50 (which is great for the digital ride and snare but lacks the amazing sounds of the TD-30) I have chose the best of both worlds. I have all the inputs I need and all the options anyone could want by using 2 great modules. I spent a total of $3374, $1300 Td-30 and $2074 for a new Mimic Pro. I decided to use my old TD-11 kit to sell piece by piece and upgrade by buying used mint pads. After selling the TD-11 and rebuying and upgrading I spent around $1100 if I ad that to the cost of the modules I am sitting at around $4,500. Cheaper than buying a TD-50 complete kit and way more versatile. I did buy also after the fact a TD-125x for a snare but I really wanted a Lauren specialty snare made in Canada the cost was around $180 new. It allowed me to put my own design on the snare. The snare is wrapped in laminated plastic but still super cool when you can design it yourself. It triggers very well also and can be made for positional sensing if you order it that way at no extra cost. Here are some pics. Let me know if anyone else has tried this combo and how it works for you. Thanks, Johnny Vance
 

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Nice. I also have a TD-30 and after watching the DrumTec video with the side by site of the 30 and the 50, the 30 still wins, IMO. Have you looked in to layering the TD-30 sounds on itself? Basically you run a midi cable from the input to the output on the TD-30 module then assign midi notes to the specific instrument on your kit (the kits on the module #'s 1-99 or however many you want). In this case it would be your snare head (and rim if you like). From there you program that midi note to correspond to another snare sound on the module which you can make some mild edits on (pitch, decay, volume, etc.). So you can basically use, for example, a wood snare sound edited you your liking, but if it doesn't have enough ring in its tone, you midi layer on a brass snare sound and edit that to give you that little bit of ring. Blend the sounds via the volume adjustment in the midi and bam, you have a wood snare with a touch of ring in it.

I have been using this method on my toms to remove some of the plastic sounding attack that the TD-30 has and layering in another tom sound that has the attack I like, but dialing in its volume so it's subtle enough to contribute to the sound, but not overpowering the sound like the base, single instrument sound can often do. It works great on cymbals as well to make some awesome sounding trash crashes or complex ride sounds. It's completely opened up a new world with the one module.
 

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Wow, thanks for the info I will check that out. I do agree that the TD-30 is much better than the 50 for my taste.
 

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Nice. I also have a TD-30 and after watching the DrumTec video with the side by site of the 30 and the 50, the 30 still wins, IMO. Have you looked in to layering the TD-30 sounds on itself? Basically you run a midi cable from the input to the output on the TD-30 module then assign midi notes to the specific instrument on your kit (the kits on the module #'s 1-99 or however many you want). In this case it would be your snare head (and rim if you like). From there you program that midi note to correspond to another snare sound on the module which you can make some mild edits on (pitch, decay, volume, etc.). So you can basically use, for example, a wood snare sound edited you your liking, but if it doesn't have enough ring in its tone, you midi layer on a brass snare sound and edit that to give you that little bit of ring. Blend the sounds via the volume adjustment in the midi and bam, you have a wood snare with a touch of ring in it.

I have been using this method on my toms to remove some of the plastic sounding attack that the TD-30 has and layering in another tom sound that has the attack I like, but dialing in its volume so it's subtle enough to contribute to the sound, but not overpowering the sound like the base, single instrument sound can often do. It works great on cymbals as well to make some awesome sounding trash crashes or complex ride sounds. It's completely opened up a new world with the one module.
Wow, thanks for the info I will check that out. I do agree that the TD-30 is much better than the 50 for my taste.
 


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