It’s easy to create your own custom drum kits in the DTX502, and the best way to start is by editing an existing kit. Choose a kit from the 50 preset kits that is close to, or in a similar style, to what you want to create.
1. Start by pressing the [DRUMKIT] mode button to see the KIT1 page. Use the jog dial to select a drum kit (Kit #1 Maple Custom in this example). After selecting a kit, press the [>]
button to go to KIT2, the Voice Select page.
2. Strike pad (or kick the pedal) and it will be automatically selected for editing. You can now see the voice category and instrument already assigned to that pad. If you wish to change the voice category, check that the category letter is flashing, and choose a new category with the data-wheel. There are eight voice categories in the DTX502: K (kick), S (snare), T (tom), C (cymb), H (hi-hat), P (perc), E (effect), W (wave). If you are creating and new drum kit, then you probably will not have to change the voice category. But if you ever decided that you wanted a kit with four snares, two rides, and a sound effect on the kick pad, then you will need to reassign the voice category.
3. Press the [>]
button to move the flashing cursor to the voice number, and use the data-wheel to select a new instrument voice. If you are assigning a snare, cymbal, or hi-hat instrument to a multi-zone pad, the corresponding voices that make up that instrument will be automatically assigned to the correct zone of the trigger pad. This feature makes it quick and easy to reconfigure your DTX502 custom kit with professionally matched voices.
4. Press the [>]
button to go to the KIT3 page. Selecting a drum, percusion voice, effect or wave voice allows changing the tuning. Selecting a cymbal allows changing of the size. Use the data-wheel to adjust to the value.
5. Press the [>]
button to go to the KIT4 page. Depending on the type of instrument, this page allows you to adjust "Muffing" (kick, snare and toms), "Sustain" (cymbals), "Clutch" (hi-hat) and "Decay" (percussion, effect, wave voice).
6. Should you wish to change the Volume and Pan position, these parameters are on the KIT5 and KIT6 pages.
After you are finished creating you should SAVE your kit. Press the [SAVE/ENTER]
button, and select the destination for your user kit (51-100).
You may enter a custom name for your kit. This is a great feature, because when you make a variation to a preset you can give it a unique name so it will be easy to identify. Use the [<][>]
arrows to move the flashing cursor to the name in the lower row of the display, and set each character by using the data-wheel.
again to confirm you want to store the kit at the selected location. Before proceeding, make sure that you are not saving over any irreplaceable data. When you are sure, press [SAVE/ENTER]
to execute the save operation.