Originally Posted by carayo
Yes, velocity is important, but in this case the drum machine serves as sort of an effect to add to the real drum, it doesn't need to be too articulate.
150$ sounds like a lot for the purpose it serves. I could probably find a used drum brain for that amount.
Anyone with a cheap alternative?
I used to do this a lot myself - triggering electronics from my acoustic kit. My rig was an Akai sampler with the trigger input card, I made custom samples and had different ones for different songs. I used them to boost my live drum sound -pretty much instead of micing it through the PA, but also because of the variations I could get.
Even though the sounds were only augmenting my acoustic volume, I think it would have been a nightmare
if they did not follow my playing dynamics. Fortunately, I don't think there are many trigger devices that would NOT have velocity.
I certainly don't think you could find one cheaper
because velocity was "left out".
Maybe a used Alesis D4 could be found for around that same money. It has 500 on board sounds and sensitivity adjustments for each trigger, etc. so you might like it better than your drum machine as a sound source.