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An innovative, reinvented trigger system from Trick Drums.
The SB-1 Laser Kick Drum Trigger System from Trick Drums was developed after years of hearing concerns on triggering from some of the fastest, heaviest drummers on the planet. Trick set out to not only make an accurate trigger, but also a trigger that would work in any conditions without flaw. The goal of the SB-1 was make it compatible with any format of drum brain* and with any configuration of drums be it single or double.
The SB1 Foot Switch is the nerve center of the operation. This unit powers the laser housings, collects all of the data from the triggers, and sends it all out to the drum brain. This is also the switch for Ludicrous Speed - a feature that detects both forward momentum as well as backwards momentum allowing for a double trigger.
There are 2, 1/4 inch outputs for the brain, these can be put into a cable and combined if your brain only supports one input. There are 2, 5 pin cable inputs that go to the triggers. These are not MIDI cable and any attempt to plug them into midi devices can cause component damage.
The trigger housing has a simple single point screw to tighten them to the pedal and a 5 pin cable port to connect to the foot switch. This housing is home to the SB1 Laser Board. This board parses all of the data recorded by the laser and of course houses the laser eye that reads the pedal movement.
The "FIN" is the only adjustable part on this setup. The fins, Dominator on the left and Pro1V on the right, is the component that the laser uses to calculate the movement and the point of trigger. These are just modified beater rings and still allows for beater ring angle adjustment without compromising the laser functionality.
Like everything else at Trick, this setup is made of high-quality materials and designed, assembled, and tested in the United States.
The SB1 is currently available for the Trick pedals only and is compatible with all versions of the Trick Pro 1-V, Bigfoot and Dominator.
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Comments about Trick Drums SB1 Laser Trigger Double P1V & Bigfoot:
I've been using triggers for my kicks for about 10 years. I've tried Roland, DDrum, Kickzone, Axis eKit and now these bad boys.
The Kickzone I have found to work the best for the trigger type that sticks to your bass drum head. Axis eKit was a godsend of genius as the trigger attaches to the pedal.
I have the Kickzone as an emergency backup in case something happens to the SB1 setup.
I still use the Axis but the only minor complaint is that you have to calibrate them every time and kind of be aware of the calibration.
These Trick caught my attention because I love the idea of high tech and I usually search for what I consider the best out there.
The installation process is easy but you do have to be careful. Even a clutz like me was able to install these and there are many helpful videos out there as well.
Let me also state the Trick staff is absolutely top notch, superb and willing to go above and beyond to help with any issues you might have.
Once these are installed and setup, you never have to mess with them again. With my particular drum brain (Yamaha DTX 900) I had great difficulty in setting up the parameters to have the triggers react the way I wanted them to.
I tried just about every setting possible until I finally had to contact Trick. What we discovered was that in comparison, the axis trigger sends out a very hot signal and the Trick, not nearly as strong. This turned out to be an issue in my particular case. Trick was able to max out the signal strength and also by tightening my bass drum head a little I was able to achieve the desired performance results.
Since then, these triggers have performed flawlessly. I like that I can have a "normal" acoustic bass drum sound and feel along with having them triggered.
Soundmen have nothing but praise on my kick drum sound. It is perfect every time, both kicks are identical (because that's how I want them) and I can play as fast as I want and have every kick hit solid and articulate instead of the usual low end hum with no definition.
These triggers work differently then any other trigger previously invented which also appealed to me.
Anyone who has experimented with Kick Triggers for a number of years will have a history of "issues." Certainly overall trigger technology has improved considerably but with most other triggers you have to usually make extreme sacrifices to make them function as desired and even then there are moments.
As good as the Axis have been, these Trick have been perfectly flawless, at every speed, all the time. It triggers exactly what I play.
I think these are the best kick triggers yet invented and certainly by far the absolute coolest. Quite expensive but if you can afford them worth it. If you've experience kick triggering issues that have you frustrated then get these.