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Can you get cymbal "swells" with electronic drums?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Stinsok, Mar 30, 2014.

  1. Stinsok


    Dec 16, 2002
    Central Alabama
    I've had a couple of lower end electronic drum kits and was happy with the supplied patches. The only problem I had was cymbal swells. With the kits I had you just get "crash crash crash crash crash" with the sounds overlapping (and sucking big time.) So, building up in a ballad or the big finish to a song was not cool at all. Is it possible to do this at all with an electronic kit?
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  3. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    With kits that have individual outputs per instrument, you can put a volume pedal on the crash output. With kits that only have mono/stereo output, you can use a MIDI expression pedal to control the MIDI volume of the crash trigger. It still won't be realistic or nice sounding, but it can be adequate for a demo track. To get better results, use a sample of a cymbal swell, instead of a sample of a regular struck crash.
  4. BassChuck


    Nov 15, 2005
    bongomania has it right. Suspended cymbals are one of the most expressive instruments in a rock band. Electronics do many things well, but emotion is not high on the list.

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