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DTX790K Trigger Setup

The DTX790K is a kit configuration that uses the pad set and rack from the DTX900K with the DTX700 drum trigger module.  The DTX700 has preset trigger setups for the DTX700K and DTX750K.  To get the maximum expression from the DTX-PADS you should create a User Trigger Setup.

Just like you can create a User Kit with different instruments assigned to each pad, you can create a User Trigger Setup by assigning different “Pad Types” to different “trigger inputs”.  This is an important step, because there are different pad types used in the 700 series.   And just as you might create a User Kit by selecting and editing a preset kit, in this example we will select a preset trigger setup and edit it for the pads of the DTX790K.

The DTX790K has the same cymbals and hi-hat configuration as the DTX750K, so you can select any of the trigger setups for the DTX750K (Wide, Narrow, Normal) and change the tom and kick pad types for the XP100T and KP125W.  This article will explain how to edit the DTX750K Normal setup into a DTX790K setup and store it to your DTX700.

1. From KIT mode, press [F2] TRIGGER and use the data-wheel to select preset #4-DTX750K Normal.

2. Press [MENU] and use the data-wheel to select the “Trigger” menu, then press [ENTER].

3. Select “Pad” and press [ENTER], then select “Pad Type” and press [ENTER].  If necessary, scroll to page 1/6 (Pad Type page).

4. Kick the KP125W bass drum pad and note the current Pad Type is KP65.  Press [-] to select the KP125W/125.

5. Strike Tom1 and note the current Pad Type is XP80.  Press [-] twice to select the XP120/100 Tom.  Repeat this step for Tom2 and Tom3.

6. Before storing your user trigger setup, you can edit the name so you will know it is for your DTX790K.  Press [EXIT] to go back one level, use the data-wheel to select “Name” and press [ENTER].  Press [F1] or [F3] to move the cursor to the number 5 and use the [+][-] to change it to the number 9.

Press [STORE], and confirm your decision by pressing [ENTER].

Now that you have customized your trigger setup for the DTX790K you can return to KIT mode and start playing with a trigger setup that matches your pads.  This new setting will improve the overall playing experience of a DTX790K and will give you a "normal" dynamic range to provide good expression for general use with little chance of crosstalk.  The Wide setting is more expressive in the lower dynamic range, but there is a chance of crosstalk if played very hard.  You can repeat the above process for the “Wide” and “Narrow” DTX750K trigger setups if necessary.  In addition, you can store many different setups (up to 20 on the DTX700) to use in specific situations.  For example, you can take a couple of acoustic drum triggers and create a unique setup for use with your acoustic kit.  A friend who has a DTX530 might want try out your module because of the sample playback capability; you won't need to overwrite your settings, just set up a unique trigger setup for his Yamaha pads and store it for use anytime.

On the DTX700, the STORE function will save all current settings to the memory of the module, so that when you start up again after a power cycle, the user trigger setup you created and selected, as well as the currently selected kit, will be saved as "Startup Kit" and "Startup Trigger setup".  This is handy if you always want your favorite kit to be ready for play when you power on.
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