Strike Pro hi hat behaving erratically

Just set up my strike pro kit yesterday. Unfortunately, the hi hat is messed up. The sounds are totally unpredictable. When I do a simple quarter not foot beat I get double hits, no hit at all, open hat, closed hat. Then it gets more chaotic when I use a stick, triple hits, open when it's closed, etc. It's random, chaotic. I called tech support and he couldn't help. Set up a call for Monday. So I've got my brand new strike pro kit that's basically unplayable the first weekend I have it.
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  • Mines been fine since I placed the felt washer in place but I will swap it for a more durable bush like the one you have next time I go to my local DIY store. I'm sure the felt will compress if left too long. I've really enjoyed (trying) to play my drums this last week, such a difference....... Even for late beginners like me.
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  • So I heard about some users turning their hi-hat around so that the word "Alesis" is backwards and closer to them. I tried this and had instant results. My hats went from a 2 to an 8. Still not perfect but I'm going to try the rubber grommet. Anyone else playing with the hi hat in this configuration?
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    • just remember that velocity settings are just part of it because if your trigger settings in your trigger menus are also choked off then changing velocities in the kit will have limited effect. Lower the threshold on your actual triggers as well. That sets the minimum amount of force needed to register a hit. for instance my ride had a threshold of 05. It makes it very responsive.
    • Benny, yes my hi hat is reversed and I think a lot of people play with them this way round as it is so much more responsive.
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    Lessons I learned:

    Go the the pedal voice window. Pick the closed sound you want.

    The bow and edge settings control the struck sound of the open hat. Threshold setting will keep the bow from triggering on the up rise especially when the pedal hits the top.stop.

    If you get lost pick a kit with the action you want and look at the factory pre-sets.

    Edge trigger is only on the opposite side of top hat from the logo. Make sure cables line up with exit hole in lower hat.
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  • I'm not having many issues with opening/closing the hi-hat, my issue is that the Hi-Hat edge sensor doesn't seem to work hardly at all. I have the alesis logo on the far side like I'm supposed to, I've tried tweaking the hi-hat settings (threshold and sensitivity) to no avail, I've reset the HH and recalibrated it, but still 90% of the time when I hit the edge, the HH bow is what triggers. I seem to only have about a 2-3 inch place where I can get the edge sound, but even then I have to really hit it HARD and it shouldn't be that way.

    I saw on the offical Alesis Strike product page it suggested switching the cable out with the Crash 1 cable by putting the Crash 1 cable on the hi-hat trigger, so I did that and had the same problem. Normally the crash bow and edge works great, but on the HH the edge wouldn't work.

    Is everyone having that issue or do I have a legitimately bad trigger?
    • I noticed the same thing. I think that plays a big part as to why I can't get that "closed to slightly open" sound. It's either closed or all the way open. No dynamics at all.
    • My slight temporary work around is I set the voice on the edge as the same voice I use for the bow. That way if I'm using the edge (which 90% of the time triggers the bow voice) I won't have a different voice trigger randomly when the edge decides to work. At least that makes my voices consistent. Of course I could just hit the top of the hi-hat all the time, but it's hard to reprogram 17 years of drumming habit lol
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  • Cradiac, I have done exactly the same as you and set both edge and bow to the same sound. I did it for exactly the same reasons as you. I have the same problem with my other cymbals but as a non professional setting them both to the same works for me.
    Benny, just an idea but if you haven't already put a spacer under your top hi hat I suggest you try that. If you have already done it then I suggest trying a thicker spacer. I had to put two felt washers under (2cm) and now I get open closed and transition.
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