Do dual zone cymbals work with the Alesis Nitro?

I'm connecting to my computer through midi, and so far I absolutely love the Alesis Nitro but I'm looking to add a larger ride cymbal with dual zone capabilities. Before purchasing, I'm just looking to make sure the Nitro is compatible with dual zone ride cymbals. Thank you.
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  • Hello,

    Thanks for posting. No, this module is not setup for up dual zone on the Ride Cymbal input. You would need to upgrade your kit for this capability. I recommend checking out our DM10 kit, Crimson, Forge or Command kits for this feature.
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    That's not entirely correct. Which Nitro Kit do you have? Look at the module. If it is a DM6 then Bill R, is correct. If it is the more recent one, a DM7x in disguise then all the drums are dual zone and the cymbols should all be chokeable..Just plug the dualzone ride into where the tom 4 is supposed to go and set the sound in the user kit. The only issue you run into is the presets can't save so unless you are using your own saved kit, you'd have to change it every time you play. I would just copy the settings from a preset into my own user kit, just swapping where the crash 2, ride and tom 4 sounds are coming from.
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  • Excellent, thanks Pierre. It is indeed a DM7x, so that's great.

    I intend to use the kid solely as midi triggers, does that mean I am capable of attaching triple zone cymbals or would it still just be double zone capable?
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  • I don't think the module itself has triple zone capability. That said playing around with addictive drummer 2 I've managed (somehow or another) to get a single zone pad to register 2 different sounds based on on where and how hard I hit it. I'm still a newb drummer and even more of a newb when it comes to sound engineering. So you'll have to dig around google for some straight forward tips on how to achieve this.

    If you're feeling creative you can try hooking a splitter (female ends) to the tom 1,2 or 3 (male) and another to the end of the ride with 3 zones (so you have 2 inputs) coming off the ride, plug on into the tom4 as suggested earlier, and then the drum pad into one of the female ends on the splitter coming of the tom cable. Plug the extra ride cable into the other on the tom 1,2,or 3 (whichever one you hooked the splitter to.)

    There are a bunch of tutorials on youtube where ive seen people using splitters to split the dualzone drums into two single zone drums...If done properly I think the same principle can be applied adding a triple zone pad..Bear in mind (none of this includes opening and messing with module guts) Lucyferina is one youtube user that comes to mind.
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