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"3 Tips for Mastering Trigger 2 in Your Drum Productions"

Updated: May 19

If you're looking for a fast and easy way to complement your drum productions, then look no further!

In this video, I'll show you three different ways to use Trigger 2 to enhance your drum sounds. Whether you're a beginner or an advanced producer, there's something here for everyone. So, let's get started!

Method 1: The Noob Solution

Cubase project open? Check! Insert Trigger 2 on the snare top microphone in your DAW? Check!

This is the easiest method to use Trigger 2, and it's the one I use all the time. Simply insert your desired sample, set the detail knob to the right level, use the mix knob to blend it with the original drum performance, and you're good to go!


  • Fast and easy


  • Less control over the bleed from other microphones

  • Less control over the shape of the sample.

Method 2: The Advanced Setup

This method gives you more control over the bleed and the sound of your sample.

Here's what you need to do: create a different track, (aux or a bus track, depends on your DAW) insert Trigger 2, and send the recorded top microphone of the snare drum to the left input of Trigger 2.

This way, you can send other sounds, like the kick and toms, to the right side, and Trigger 2 won't get triggered by them. Simply set the suppress button to the right level, and you'll have a channel with just the sample.

This setup allows you to EQ and shape the sample, and even remove the original snare sound if desired. You can also send the sample through reverb for a more consistent sound.

  • Send the signal which Trigger needs to react to to the left input

  • Send all the signals which Trigger 2 doesn't need to react to to the right input

Refer to your DAW's manual how to do this, in the video you can see how I do it in Cubase


  • Doesn't trigger on the bleed of other microphones


  • Takes more time to set up

  • You need to understand how it works properly.

Method 3: The Pro Tip

This method is, to say it politely, a lot of work. But if you're going for a professional end result where you don't want to leave anything to chance, then this is the way to go.

Basically, you cut out all the space from the close-mic recordings.

This way, you eliminate all the bleed from the microphones, leaving you with only the actual hits on the tracks, which Trigger 2 needs to react to. You can even normalize the hits so that the triggered sample is as consistent as it can be.


  • Full control over the sounds

  • No False triggering

  • Get a more consistent performance


  • Time consuming

In conclusion

Using Trigger 2 to complement your drum productions is a great way to enhance your sound. Whether you choose the fast and easy noob solution or the more advanced setup, you're sure to achieve great results. So, go ahead and go to our product page to download FREE high quality Trigger 2 Expansion packs and give it a try!

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