Owners Manual / Reference Guide

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FIELD electronic cymbals and drums produce no sound themselves and require an external sound module in order to produce sounds.  FIELD electronic drums and cymbals can  be used to trigger unlimited MIDI instruments or devices by using a “Trigger to MIDI” interface.

FIELD electronic drum and cymbal triggers are uniquely designed to be plug and play compatible with the wide range of sound modules available on the market today that recognize piezo triggers including sound modules made by manufacturers such as: Roland™, Yamaha™, Alesis™, Pearl™, D-Drum™, and Nord™.

FIELD electronic drums and cymbals are designed to be used with standard pedals, sticks, brushes, mallets, and mountable on any standard drum stands, cymbal stands, drum racks, or mounting arms.  FIELD cymbals should be mounted using  standard cymbal stands, mounts, and felt washers.  FIELD drums come standard for use with L-Rod mounts on stands and drum racks.

Cables are needed to connect FIELD electronic drums and cymbals to a sound module or “Trigger to MIDI” interface.   “Right angle” (1/4″) quarter inch TRS cables are recommended.

NOTE:  10-inch Splash Cymbals and 16″ China cymbals can only be connected using “Right Angle” (1/4″) quarter inch TRS plugs due to the shape of the cymbals.


  1. Setup necessary drum stands, cymbal stands,  and pedals. 
  2. Place the drum or cymbal onto your stand or mount.
  3. Insert a RIGHT ANGLE 1/4″ TRS plug into the trigger output jack on the side of the drum or underside of the cymbal.
  4. Connect the other end of the cable to your drum module.
  5. Turn on your sound module and use the default settings.
  6. Plug headphones or speakers
  7. Play!!!  Have Fun!
  8. Depending on your playing style, you may need to change your sound modules default settings to better respond to your playing style.  Refer to your sound modules owners manual for instructions on how to change your trigger settings.  *Common settings to adjust are: Sensitivity, Threshold, and Cross-Talk.  See your drum modules owners manual for more information. 


FIELD electronic drums are designed to be mounted on any standard 10-12mm L-Rod mounting arm.  Drum stands with L-Rod mounts are typical and readily available.  Your FIELD drums should be mounted securely with the wing-nut tightened to the L-Rod.


FIELD electronic cymbals are designed to be mounted on any standard cymbal stand or mounting arm.  Typical cymbal stands come with a 6mm or 8mm threaded mounting rod, felt washers, and a wing-nut.
Your FIELD cymbal should be mounted between two felt washers with the wing-nut screwing on top.


FIELD electronic hi-hat cymbals are uniquely designed to be mounted on a wide variety of standard hi-hat stands with pedals.  FIELD electronic hi-hat cymbals come fully assembled including a top and bottom cymbal and a standard hi-hat clutch.  Simply take your FIELD hi-hat out of the box, place it on a standard hi-hat stand, and you are ready to plug it in and play.  

FIELD offers a traditional hi-hat and a fixed hi-hat.

The FIELD 14″ HH-1 Traditional Hi-Hat has a built in controller.  The internal controller is responsible for the difference between “open” and “closed” hi-hat sounds.  The hi-hat needs to be mounted on a standard hi-hat stand that uses a standard hi-hat clutch or standard drop clutch for double bass players.  Super clutches with a set screw lock are not needed and should not be used due to FIELD’s unique internal controller configuration.

To mount the hi-hat, slide the top and bottom hi-hat cymbals along with the clutch over the hi-hat stand mounting post.  Raise the top hi-hat cymbal up until it stops and then tighten the wing-nut to the hi-hat post as you would any standard hi-hat.

The intended striking area of the hi-hat cymbal is located on the opposite side of the cymbal  as the FIELD logo.  Position the hi-hat so that the FIELD logo is located directly across from where you are striking the hi-hat for optimal triggering response

Plug in the hi-hat and foot control jacks to the corresponding inputs.

Follow your sound module’s instruction manual for any further setup or calibration need for optimal playing. 



There are many factors that will affect the playability and triggering response on a wide variety of sound modules.  

The main factors in determining how well your electronic drums and cymbals play and respond are matching the SENSITIVITY (GAIN) and VELOCITY CURVES to your playing style.  You may find that you need to make no adjustments at all unless you are a significantly hard or soft player.  Switching from drumsticks to brushes to mallets may also require  some minor adjustments.   The following information is a starting point for setting your module for use with FIELD electronic drums and cymbals.

Start with the default recommended trigger input settings and then adjust your module’s settings to best match your needs. If you are a heavy hitter and use heavy sticks, you will most likely need to set the GAIN/SENSITIVITY lower so that you can achieve full dynamic range (most variation between soft and loud sounds).  When setting GAIN/SENSITIVITY parameters, the meter on your sound module that shows you how hard you are hitting the device should barely peak out when you are striking the device as hard as you will ever play it.

We recommend starting with a LINEAR CURVE.  This means that the velocity at which you strike the trigger device directly correlates to the output on a MIDI scale. 


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