I'm trying to make dual zone metal cymbals with touch choke

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I'm trying to make dual zone metal cymbals with touch choke

Postby 22878 » Thu May 28, 2020 4:56 am

I've spent a lot of time researching how to make metal e-cymbals, but I'm still not quite sure how to make a dual zone metal e-cymbal with a touch choke like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Apv0N1Ypfk. The first problem is trying to add an edge trigger. Normally a switch is used, but I read that those have to be used on top of the cymbal, and I don't want to put it on top. If you look at the Smartrigger design, they use a switch on the bottom of their metal e-cymbals. I have attached a picture showing this. I contacted Smartrigger and they confirmed that the switch works perfectly fine as an edge trigger and choke. Has anyone ever tried to use one of these switches on the bottom of a metal cymbal before? And does anyone have any suggestions for making a dual zone metal cymbal with touch choke? I have seen the designs where they use a piece of a second cymbal to make the edge trigger and choke, like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npnuaguzq6Y&t=773s but the choke isn't a touch choke. Currently, this is the closest thing I can find to what I want. Does anyone have any ideas on how to make a 2 zone (bow / edge) metal e-cymbal with touch choke?
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Re: I'm trying to make dual zone metal cymbals with touch ch

Postby ignotus » Thu May 28, 2020 6:42 am

You can either have a dual zone with a regular choke (by squeezing), or a single zone with touch choke, but not both. If you configure the edge zone as a switch and look for the right threshold setting, it can be activated just by touching metal connected to ring (the cymbal itself or a strip of metal under it). But that threshold setting will be different to what is needed to trigger a switch when struck.

My guess is that those Smartrigger cymbals will not trigger the edge with light hits. Of course they'd say it works perfectly, but that's a subjective term.
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