Alesis Nitro triggering multiple notes for one hit, is this normal?

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Curious, I am new to e-drum kits

I use reaper, its connected via usb, i have read many of the how-to setups and sensitivity guides, but they dont seem to address what i'm getting

sometimes when i hit the snare, for example, in reaper i get 4-5 not triggers, one being loud, and the others being very quiet. is this an attempt to simulate real drumming by repeating the sample at different volumes? i am confused. i'm not a great drummer and it makes cheating (quantizing) very difficult, if not impossible

i'll add an image to show what i mean

thanks!

tons and tons of triggers there for single note hits
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Ryan M

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That is known as "Cross-talk" or (X-talk). Your module should have a setting somewhere in the menu to block it out. refer to your user manual for accessing it.

basically you need to turn down the cross talk value. your drum rack will vibrate slightly with every hit, thus triggering near by drums. Be careful not to turn it down too low though, or else you will not be able to get two drums that are located next to each other to sound off simultaneously when you purposely hit both. Cross-talk (X-talk) value being too high is your issue. Mine ranges from 1-15. I have mine set at 7, but everyone's is different.

let me know if that is clear enough and if it solves the issue.
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thanks for your reply

i turned cross talk down to 1 on all of them for an experiment and i'm still getting all kinds of inputs

in fact it almost seems worse

thoughs?
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Ryan M

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Wow, that's a first for me. Have you tried a firmware update on the nitro module?

For experiment sake, you could unplug those drums you aren't hitting and see if reaper still triggers that drum. At least it would narrow down the cause and point to the culprit as either the hardware or software.

You might also try setting up another software (free trial) and see if the problem transfers.

And then for optimum troubleshooting sake, if you could do that on a different computer, you'd know for sure if it's the module, the computer, or the software causing the issue.

If your Nitro module is less than a year old and under warranty, they're pretty good about sending new replacement without any hassle. go here for the all support including: tech support, warranty claim, firmware downloads...etc: https://www.alesis.com/support

Keep me updated and I'll keep racking my brain and maybe come up with more ideas as time passes. Also, I'd imagine an employee with alesis will chime in soon... Best of Luck!!!
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haha i'm a fool

its how i play drums

i feel silly, i let the drum stick rest on the snare more than i realize and i often hold the bass pedal down without realizing it

thanks for your input, user error :)
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Hello ba,

Thank you for posting!

Ryan is definitely correct in suggesting to adjust the cross talk. Since the effect got worse when you adjusted that, I would've asked you about your play style next.

I'm glad you got this sorted out!