Alesis Strike Multipad - How to get Open/Close Hi-Hat response with a Single Pad!

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Hello Everyone,

As you are all aware the implementation of Hi-Hat groups for the Strike Multipad with the 1.1 Feature Update does require more than one pad in order to have multiple voices for your HH controller.

However, if you are looking to be more economical with your RGB pads, you do have the option of using the Footswitch inputs as a location for one of your Hi-Hat sounds. Meaning you have the option to only use one pad on the Strike Multipad for Open-Close response.

In order to access the Footswitch options on the SMP, you will need to connect a pedal into this input to note chase it, in this example we will be using Footswitch CTRL 1/2.

1. Once you have a pedal connected to this input, press on the pedal to note chase and select "Sound."
2. Scroll through your sounds and select an OPEN HI HAT sound
3. Go to PAD 1 on the SMP and select a CLOSED HI HAT sound (Pad on the bottom left-hand corner)
4. Press on your HH controller and select a CHICK sound.
5. Go to the "Pad" view and select "Group."
6. Make sure that PAD 1 and the Footswitch input are on the same "Hi-Hat" group.

You're done! You can disconnect the pedal from the Footswitch input, it does not need to remain connected but keep in mind you can only use the Footswitch CTRL 3/4 since there is a sound assigned to the 1/2 input. If you want to add a semi-open sound to your Hi-Hat group, you would have to add an additional pad into your Hi-Hat group OR make the Footswitch input 3/4 OPEN. 1/2 semi-open and Pad 1 Closed. Hope this helps!
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Gary Zimmermann

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Great.

But why does the Multipad have a hihat trigger input without the ability to simply select a sound that works as a hi hat?
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Hello, Gary

Thanks for posting!

The Hi-Hat function works this way to give you the option of adding more samples within your Hi-Hat group as opposed to just standard Open, Closed & Chick. Especially since you can use ANY sound within this group, so you can really fine tune your samples.

Hope this helps!
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yeah but not really. the problem is that if you are using a HH control pedal you can't get a sound from foot pedal down like with a real hi-hat. So you have to strike a pad to get the closed sound. This is a very poor implementation. I should be able to connect a Alesis or Roland HH control pedal and get fully functional HH sounds. Roland had that on the now 10 year old Octapad. Plug and play.
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Hello, WR Hughes

Please follow the 4th step in the setup guide I posted, you need to select a "Chick" sound to assign to the ACTUAL HH input. This will give you a regular chick sound just like a standard acoustic Hi-Hat. This is not a feature missing in the Strike Multipad. 

Hope this helps! 
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You are correct, but it's still a poor implementation tying up multiple pads and or triggers. It also cannot be easily calibrated to give the various position sounds and the hi-hat function does not send proper MIDI notes, it only sends the pedal down (close) and the pad strike notes, not the pedal position.
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So, I finally got around to trying this out. I can now get a closed and open sound on the same pad, plus the chick from closing the pedal. BUT, closing the pedal doesn't mute the open sound like a hi hat group should - it just continues to play the sample all the way through!!
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Hello, David

Make sure that you have a CHICK sound assigned to the actual HH trigger. When you press on this, you will hear the CHICK sound and it will Mute the Open sound. Also, make sure that the HH input is not set to a group. Sync Group should be set to OFF.

Hope this helps! 
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However, even if you get this to work and get the proper sounds, the MultiPad doesn't send the proper MIDI notes and CC for a variable hi-hat pedal, so you can't use it with a DAW like Ableton or a Drum VST like Superior Drummer.
Alesis could you please fix that and improve the hi-hat implementation?
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Hello, WR Hughes

We can definitely submit this to our team however, this is not the main objective of the Hi-Hat grouping function. Thank you for your feedback! 
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That seems very strange. What is the main objective of the Hi-Hat grouping function? Shouldn't the hi-hat just function properly, like on any other e-drum and send proper MIDI notes if you want to use it with a DAW?
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What means HH-Controller? Is it an Switch like this: https://www.thomann.de/de/millenium_h... ? Is this Kompatibel with MSP? Or is a Trigger needed. Witch one is recomanded???
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Hello, Zaphi67

Thanks for posting! 

This is the pedal we recommend:

Alesis Real Hat Pedal

Hope this helps! 
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Where can i buy some one? They are no Dialers in Germany. I cant find some one in the greatest German Musicstores like Thomann or Musicstore. Also on Amazon i cant buy it????
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Unfortunately, I can’t seem to get this to work with my Roland FD-8 yet that hi-hat pedal does work with the SamplePad Pro for some reason. I tried setting it to switch, also used TRS cable and 1/4” mono cables with no luck. Very strange that my pedal works with the older model but not this one. :(
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Hello, John

Please see this thread for more information regarding the FD8 pedal:

https://getsatisfaction.com/alesis/topics/alesis-strike-multipad-roland-fd-8-pedal-incompatibility?rfm=1

We appreciate your patience! 
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Thank you for the reply Criss! I understand now that a chick sound will not be possible but according to the post, it states that the FD8 should be able to offer closed and open sounds but I was not able to get this to work. Would you mind clarifying the exact directions for how to do so with the FD-8? I tried with mono 1/4” and TRS cables, it’s not registering the hi-hat controller at all unless I trick it by unplugging it from the input, but even then I can’t seem to get it to close/open a hi-hat sound. It’s a complicated process so perhaps I’m doing something wrong but I would love to figure that out otherwise I have to return the unit as I wanted to use it as a portable kit for small gigs. Thanks for your help!
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Hello, John

Setting this up with an FD-8 pedal is the exact same as it would be with any other pedal that is compatible with the Strike Multipad. 

1. Connect the FD-8 Pedal into the SMP
2. Load a Closed Sound on PAD 1
3. Load an Open Sound on PAD 2 
4. Go to PAD > GROUP
5. Put Pad 1 and Pad 2 on Sync Group 1 & Sync Mode HiHat

Thats it! Hope this helps! 
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Thank you, I tried that before and for whatever reason, plugging the pedal into the hi hat input on the back didn’t tie in to the hi hat group as you suggest so it just plain didn’t work. It would only give me the closed hat sound. Short of doing a factory reset and trying again, I simply returned the item sadly. Also the lack of certain features such as quantizing the loop, changing the bpm of loops, undo and redo of loop layers all lead to the decision. It’s such a shame as the Multistrike is so close to being a perfect multipad, and is really amazing in all other facets. Anyway, I thank you for your time. If these issues get resolved in the future, I will definitely re-purchase it.
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Hello, John

Sorry to hear that, we really appreciate your feedback! We hope you change your mind in the future. Rest assured I have logged your comments for our development team.
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The problem is, You can’t play the hi hats in 1 pad like SPD30. If you wanna play open/close hi hats you should group about 5 pad for this. I was sell my SPD30 to get Strike Multipad but right now, I have a little disappointed. Why you can make 1 pad to play hi hats normally?