Alesis Nitro high hat not registering all hits and takes a hard hit to register at all

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I just set up the Nitro kit yesterday. Had trouble with high hat immediately. I could hardly hear it. I increased sensitivity to the max (16) and it's louder now but it doesn't register all of my hits. I have to hit the cymbal pad very hard to register. Seems defective. I will be forced to return the kit. Shame because other than that it works well.
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b.c.

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Corey S, Official Rep

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Hi,

Thanks for posting!

That's actually a common misconception that sensitivity will make the trigger more susceptible to hits. It actually will only make the already registered hits play harder. Instead, you'll likely want to turn down the threshold and possibly turn down the crosstalk. Check out the top of page 8 for a full description of the available settings:

http://5a18fcdc5c8aa2617926-54d68a14e...

It would also be worth while to try a few different velocity curves, too.

I hope this helps!
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I'm also having this problem with my new Nitro kit. I have turned the threshold all the way to 0 on the hi-hat but it doesn't seem to help. It's not the cymbal itself, because I have swapped it with the crash cymbal and the problem has continued. It's also not the way the cymbal is mounted, because I've tried just changing the cable to run the hi-hat to the crash and vice versa, and still have the problem only with the hi-hat sound. It may be an issue with the hi-hat cable, or maybe not. But either way, I have to hit the hi-hat much harder than any other drum/cymbal in order for it to trigger. Please help!

b.c.: did you ever get this problem fixed?
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rhysT

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Does the hi hat response improve using velocity curve 5 or 6 (in Utility settings)?
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okaybenji

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No, doesn't seem to change anything.
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Bill R.

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Please check out this helpful guide that will walk you through optimizing your trigger settings: Alesis Nitro Kit - Adjusting Trigger Settings For Optimal Performance
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Tim Closs

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b.c. did you ever resolve this? I've just purchased a new Nitro Mesh kit and have a similar problem. All working perfectly except hi-hat... when the unit is first turned on it works fine, light taps and hard taps. But as soon as you tap hard, it stops registering light taps, and you have to tap hard to get any sound. Continues like that until some magic combo of hard hits manages to get it working again.

Basically makes the hi-hat unusable. It's not the sensor, as I've swapped hi-hat and ride, and makes no difference. It's not a sensitivity settings thing - the hi-hat works and then stops working, for the same strength of tap.

Have contacted Alesis support.
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Tomas Dorado

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Hey were you able to fix this? I just bought my kit and I'm having the same problem.
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Tim Closs

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I contacted Alesis support, who are currently sending me a replacement cable through their partner InMusic. I should get it today/tomorrow, after which I'll confirm if it fixed the problem or not.
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Tim Closs

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The new cable arrived and has solved the problem - I suggest you request the same!