Roland are the market leaders for electronic percussion, and they’ve recently been focussing on products that bring digital versatility to the acoustic drum world. The all-new BT-1 “bar trigger” is one of the most useful innovations in the field so far.
Not dissimilar in design to Russ Miller’s Yamaha Groove Wedge, the rubber-topped BT1 contains an acoustic trigger attached to a TRS jack output – compatible with all current V-Tour kits. The obvious use is for acoustic drummers who need a variety of electronic sounds within easy reach. However, the ability to add a virtual cross-stick, second snare sound, selectable percussion, and other digital sounds barely scratches the surface of the possiblites.
Coupled with a sampler or MPC (such as Roland’s SPD-SX or octopad), the BT 1 can trigger start/stop commands for loops, sample phrases, sounds, and multi-step sequences. It can even be used to select kit patches on the fly, or set a tap tempo for sequencers, delays, and backing tracks.
The versatile mounting mechanism and compact design also allow the bar trigger to be used as an additional pad (or pads, with multiple BT-1s) within a V-Drum setup, expanding your electronic arsenal with almost infinite possibilties.