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"Settings" for electronic drum kit
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What would be a good preset for a full electronic kit. Overheads? tnx
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Anything electronic (keys, drums) I'd go for flat first, if played by itself. If played in combination with vocals and/or other instruments look at cutting a little where something else needs to shine through. YMMV.
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It will benefit you a lot if you can, at an absolute minimum, break out the kick drum. Then you could mic the rest of the kit like an overhead pointed at the snare. It's hard to cover that wide of a range with an overall EQ and I agree with the aboveā€¦ if I had to mix it all as "a set" I would start completely flat and see what needs adding or taking away to your ear.
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We use a Roland TD20 with Zildjian Gen 16 cymbals; here's what I do (though I'm certainly no expert):

I separate out the Snare, Kick, and Toms, and run the cymbals on a separate channel since it's technically a different instrument. (I'd do the same if we were using the Roland head for the cymbals, except I'd separate out the HH as well). We just don't have another channel to dedicate to the HH, so I just make sure the head mix is "balanced" before playing. Your HH volume is more important than the cymbals in my opinion, if you're ever in doubt, because it can get really annoying to hear a HH too loud all night. A loud cymbal crash is gone fairly quickly.

Don't run any effects on the drums (from the drum head) at all, including reverb. If you want "something" do it from the board, as if it were a set of acoustics, however, if you pick good "patches" to begin with, I've found that Roland's engineers did better than I will ever do and I'm likely to just mess it up if I try to add effects beyond the basics like EQ or reverb. And: a sub is a must if you want them to sound natural.

Running a sub is a totally different forum topic, but we wouldn't play without ours.

I put all our drums and cymbals on a submix fader; it really makes it easy to adjust volume.
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I just realized your actual question was about "presets". I just used a preset for the 4 signals we were breaking out to separate channels. Snare, Kick, Toms, Cymbals. I don't remember which ones exactly, but they're fairly unaltered and work really well.
 
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