Best Electronic Drum Triggers in 2020



Roland Drum Set Clamp (RT-30K) Review:


After all the years of building my own triggers, I got tired of it. I need reliability. This is! Plus, a WIDE range of dynamics. I wasn't expecting that. I DO NOT REGRET buying quality ever. When you buy quality, you only buy it once. This is quality. Simple, solid, excellent performance. I use this with my Strike Pro Alesis drum set.



Roland Drum Set Clamp (RT-30HR) Review:


Works great right out of the box as advertised! I use the SPD-SX to control it and the Remo Silent Stroke head. Rim & head trigger perfectly and independently. I had to play with the sensitivity and threshold when I used the trigger on a regular drumhead, there were some sympathetic vibrations that caused rogue triggers but once dialed in all was well. I doubted triggering based on lower quality models, but Roland made a great product here. Two more RT 30H triggers and I've got a full hybrid kit!



Gibraltar SC-3261 Felt Bass Drum Beater Review:


I put these beaters on my two Tama Flexi Glides, the model with the yellow Kevlar straps, and behold my doubles were at 220 bpm on the nome just hauling some speed with tone on the two 24" kicks I use. Tama's beaters are nice. Perhaps with smaller bass drums I can get the same effect as I am getting with these on my larger 24X18 Yamaha Maple Absolutes. These have become my favorite new beater. The Yamaha beaters are a bit larger and lighter, as they seem to lack the dense weight that this Gibralter beater here has And this Gibralter beater is heavier and the felt seems more dense. This make for some noise and feel that is on the level with me! Also, when I pull the snare wires off and mess with the famous hand routine on my kit, I still have the felt tone that helps me pull back slightly with my feet power so my hands blend in better. This beater is heavy enough to pack a punch that keeps up with wood, yet soft like felt for slowing down or changing it up. Man this is cool!



Yamaha DT-50S Metal Body, Dual-Zone Acoustic Snare/Tom Trigger Review:


I bought this after using a Roland rim-mounted trigger. That trigger left a gap about the thickness of a sheet of paper between the foam cone and the mesh head. No matter what I tried, I couldn't get it to trigger accurately and consistently unless I jammed something between the bottom of the housing and the side of the drum to force it to "lean in" toward the drum and contact the head. I tried this Yamaha trigger and there is NO problem with the foam contacting the head. Also, I like the metal housing a little bit better. I use regular triple-flanged metal hoops on my drums, so I don't know why the Roland trigger didn't work for me. The Yamaha trigger is accurate and consistent and functions well after fine-tuning my drum module settings.



Goedrum Pack of 5 Prewired 35mm Piezo Disc Review:


Using these in digital drum trigger pads & so far they are excellent. I see other people complaining about these as well as other units not holding up but in my opinion these are better than all the others I have seen. The wires are much heavier gauge than all others I've seen used for this purpose as well as the solder holding the wire to the sensor is much more substantial compared to the others.
I would highly recommend these.



Roland (TM-2) Acoustic Drum Trigger Module (TM2) Review:


The Roland TM-2 is a great trigger module. I use it on the kick drum. You can upload a custom wave file downloaded to an SD card for your unique custom sound and it has ready to play sounds. Dimensions are 5 1/4 by 5 1/4 by 2 1/4. It's battery powered too, I use the power supply that comes with it. It has 2 trigger inputs and outputs. You can add more with Y cables. You can connected the left mono output to a interface input for recording to a computer software or out to a DI box to a mixing board for live. Setup was very easy to program and save my uploaded settings (SD card). You don't have to, I would make sure all your settings are good with your playing style. Easy to custom go to new kit and set. Everybody's setup will be a little bit different take time and learn yours. Curve- liner is ok (regular) loud 2 is better for me (it's louder then liner). Threshold- might loop if to high or low (stops double hits from happening). Sensitivity- (might not pick up your hits if it's not set high or low enough). X talk cancel I leave at the (default). Instrument edit is important too. Here Level is set to 100 (maximum output) and Dynamics is set to- Max not liner. Max elemonates all dynamics so all hits are the same for my kick drum. Make sure your drum heads are tuned right so you sound good acoustically and digitally! Good luck in drumming and finding your sound!



Goedrum Pack of 5 Prewired 35mm Piezo Disc and Double Sided Adhesive Foam Circle Review:


Came in a nice container with each piezo wrapped in bubble wrap. The solder attachements were well done and I was pleased with the wire gauge (i.e. not too flimsy). You can find lots of reviews for the version of these for sale without foam disks, so a few comments on the foam specifically... fairly firm material, very sticky - adheres strongly to plastic, metal, mylar drum heads, etc. I'm using these for a set of DIY drum triggers, and found that with the foam I was getting a lot of secondary triggering. I probably could have tried more settings on the electronic trigger interface, but instead I attached the piezos to the drum head with a piece of moon gel and that worked great. In summary, I like the foam (and used it to mount a piezo to a wood block), but I found it to be non-ideal for using these on a drumhead.



Pintech Percussion TC10 10" Trigger Cymbal Review:


I use this as the high-hat with my tricked-out Ion Drum Rocker. It's a good, solid cymbal trigger.

It's quieter than the Ion cymbals (but then again, so is my garbage disposal). With the foam strike pad, it has a more solid "thunk" where the Ion cymbals are all klonks and thwacks.

Being an awesome drummer in my own head, I tend to play it a little hard sometimes. When this one stopped working, I removed the pad and soldered the trigger wires back on. You can get replacement triggers and foam pads online, and Pintech has great support.

I've ordered a second one and have it waiting in the wings.

My only "gripe" is the HUGE gold label with PINTECH TC SERIES ELECTRONIC TRIGGER CYMBAL. Weirdly, this pro-quality cymbal looks more like a toy than the rest of my kit. I think it's a little too much, so 1 star off for that.

But it's no toy. The TCs are well made, and the price is right. Even the 14s and 16s are super affordable. And Pintech is a great company. These came highly recommended on the RB forums, and I can add my recommendation as well.



ddrum AcousticPro Kick Trigger Review:


FYI: I Have a Pearl Export series kit that I bought in 2007 (Joey Jordison model). I'm using an old DM5 for tone. I use a double bass pedal on a single bass drum right now. I run the kick and the rest of the mics through a little sound board and then into the mic jack of my laptop. I regularly use it to record on Bandhub.com... fun.
Problem #1. The trigger didn't fit on the rim. I did not make contact with the head. I tightened it all the way with a drum key, but - no dice.
I thought it was useless, but it came with a little rubber sticky thing that I used to bridge the gap. It has adhesive on one surface but I just tape it to the batter head so I can remove it and re-attach the trigger later. I'm not sure what the rubber thing is supposed to be there for but it works.
So, as far as I know it is working like it is supposed to. Is it less sensitive because it is not contacting the head directly? I don't know. I have nothing else to compare it to.
Problem #2. Performance issues. The best case scenario is to deliver good strong strokes with normal beater height, when you go fast and your strokes get smaller, you run the risk of skipping notes. Two beaters on one head are okay until you get to about 180-200 bpm and your stokes get smaller. I tried to play "One" by Metallica and my usual toe/ankle strokes that put the notes out accurately failed to produce all the notes in the DM5. I had to re-invent a kick technique to get the right strokes to make the trigger fire. Two beaters on one head at high speeds will be hard to track.
The best case for extreme guys is to have 2 Kicks and 2 triggers to get all your notes out there.
Problem #3. I have a million 1/4 inch cables ready to go from the old electronic set... but this trigger uses a cable with one XLR end on it. So I had to cough up another $15 just to get off the ground. That was cheesy, but welcome to 2016, loser.
Recommendations: Get it as a hobby/enthusiast thing. If you are a pro, learn a new skill like how to mic a kick drum. If you're playing live, just mic the thing, unless you are playing extreme, then use 2 kicks and 2 triggers and you will pound your enemies into oblivion, no problem.
I have attached a picture of the rubber thingy in action.
If you are uncomfortable with tweaking and troubleshooting gear issues, or you think you may blow a gasket if it doesn't work like you hope ... then you shouldn't be a drummer. Kidding.... kidding.
The trigger can't play the drums for you either. You still have to do that.



Pintech Percussion PC14 14" Crash Cymbal Review:


I'm using this cymbal with an older Roland kit. I'm a rather hard player and had broken the Roland cymbals that came with the kit. The included Aquarian cymbal springs are an excellent companion. I used Aquarian springs with real cymbals before to minimize wear, but never thought about them for electronic ones. They are a fantastic match. The action of the trigger cymbal is more natural. It provides enough feedback that I feel like I have played through the it instead of just hitting it and pulling back immediately. I knew this cymbal did not have choking when I purchased it, but I rarely choke a cymbal so I don't miss that functionality. I didn't pay attention to the sizes of my Roland cymbals and was surprised at how large the Pintech was when it arrived. I had to do some reconfiguration of my kit to accommodate it. But, after making some adjustments, I am happy to have a larger cymbal as it has increased my range of motion. I have another one on order right now to replace my other broken Roland one.