This example uses the Roland HD-1, but can very easily be adapted to any velocity based midi inputs.
The goal here is to provide a more dynamic playing experience though triggers that don't provide added benefits of cymbal chokes, snare/tom rim shots, and ride bell sounds. This is accomplished using Midi-Ox (a midi utility that can transform midi signals based on various criteria) and LoopBe1 (A midi virtual loopback driver). Both of which can be found FREE in the following links, and should be downloaded and installed prior to continuing.
After installing both of these programs, hook up your system as you would normally play.
Open Midi-Ox and choose "Options, Midi Devices". Select your normal midi interface as the input, and "LoopBe Internal" as the output (You just have to highlight them to make them active). Click OK
Next in your VST host, make sure you select LoopBe1 as your midi input
Next Select the "Midi Data Mapping Transforms" icon on the toolbar in Midi-Ox(Just hover over each one for the tool tip)
You will see something like this.
However, you will not have all the mappings I have in the image.
When you select "Insert" on the "Translation Map" window, you will be presented with the top screen. Here you define what note you want to apply the transform to (38 is snare for the HD-1, see your manual for the midi note numbers for your kit). Next you see the velocity start and velocity end to apply the transform to. The bottom section "Send output to:" is which note you want to transform the input into. In the case in the image, I am making the 127 velocity (100% for midi) trigger note 37 (which is mapped to rimshot in AD).
I've found this useful for many different things, for example if you were to take the cymbal crash, and set the velocity between 0-15, and the output to cymbal choke, in most cases grabbing the cymbal after striking will result in a small velocity, and mute the cymbal. Neat huh?
I will include links to my midi-ox transforms, and AD mappings for velocity settings for a normal 5 piece operation of a Roland HD-1. These mappings work best when setting your HD-1 to the lowest sensitivity (#1, see manual for instructions).
With these two mapping you should have:
* Open Snare, and Rimshot @ max velocity 127
* Highhat tip @ 0-69, HH Shaft @ 70-126, and HH Bell @ 127
* Open Tom (1,2,3), and tom rimshot @ max velocity 127
* Ride Choke @ 0-15, ride tip @ 16-79, Ride Shaft @ 80-126, and Ride Bell @ max velocity 127
* Cymbal choke at 0-15, normal cymbal above 15
* Kick, well. Its still just a kick
With that should be enough information for you to implement on your own setup, and customize the velocities and mappings to your preference. If you have questions, or something here doesn't seem clear, please let me know.
Here are the Mappings and transforms as promised.
Addictive Drums Mapping for Velocity Transforms
(Save in your AD "User Maps" folder)
Midi-Ox transforms for Roland HD-1
(Load from the Midi-Ox "Transformation Map" window)