DM5 Footswitch Problems

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I just got a great deal on a used DM5. I plugged in my pads including the Footswitch but can’t get it to respond to the hi hat. I can play an open hat just fine but hitting the footswitch gives me nothing. I know I have to set the pedal sounds to the proper notes but can’t seem to find a resource to tell me what notes those are. I’ve also read about grouping them together but can’t crack that code either. Any help would be appreciated.
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Zack Bliss

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Criss, Employee

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Hello, Zack

Thanks for posting!

Are you using the module as a source for audio? You only need to map things if you are using a VST in a music program. There is a chance the Hi-Hat pedal may be damaged, this is a plug n play scenario with the module and pads. 

Let me know!
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Zack Bliss

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Hey Criss. Thanks for the reply. The footswitch was in perfectly functioning condition before I switched to the DM5. The reason I switched was because my old module died, so I don't exactly have a way to test it for sure.

In the manual, it specifically says to make sure that the Footswitch is in hat mode, as well as making sure the footswitch "close" and "hold" notes are set to the proper notes. I believe F#1 is the default closed hat? It says to reference some sort of chart that is not in the manual. Can you tell me what the two notes should be set to?

Also in the footswitch section of the manual, it says to make sure the three sounds are grouped. Does this part only refer to a VST as well? I am just using the module for audio but am looking at MIDI output. Can you explain to me how to group just so I know? The display just isn't clear to me. It only shows one note in a group and I have no clue how to add, remove, or confirm a note in a group.

Regardless, if you say the footswitch should just be plug and play, maybe the problem is my pedal after all. Should it be using a mono or stereo cable?

Thanks for your help.
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Hello, Zack

Thanks for posting! 

If you are trying to get this to work with your DM5 module, don't worry about any VST's yet.

You need to assign sounds to the 3 positions of the pedal, you don't have to assign MIDI notes. Once the sounds are mapped THEN you can group the 3 voicings. See Page 31 on how to do this :)



If this still doesn't work, plug in the pedal BEFORE you power on the module, the DM5 will calibrate it properly from startup. Then try the following steps again, this sounds like a setup issue, your pedal may be working just fine. 



Hope this helps!