Do I need to use 2 cables to use the crash cymbal on my DM8 kit?

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Does I ABSOLUTELY need 2 jack for crash cymbal?

No sound if only 1 cable
I just need the crash sound and choke
No bell needed on crash (only ride for me)

I just want to add extra cymbal but no more input
Because crash and ride no sound without my 2 cable..

Can I use a tom1 cable to plug extra cymbal pad?
(its a Roland Cy8) 
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Bill R., Employee

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Hi Jonathan,

Thanks for posting. 

No, you will only need to use one cable for your crash cymbal. In order for you to use the bell and choking functions of the cymbal, you will need to use a TRS 1/4" cable. 
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Ok perfect, That's what i was thinking!
So its a problem of triggering (set-up)

When I hit my crash, I hear two sound of crash..
If I choke it, only one choke..
Second cymbal sound continue...

Have u an idea?
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Just to make sure I'm understanding your last post correctly, are you saying that only one of your cymbals is triggering? Can you please clarify and also attach a video that shows what's going on?
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I mean, when I hit my crash cymbal, I hear like two crash sound (in stereo)..
If I choke it, only left side works..
The right side sound still there (not choke)

Its probably the crosstalk?
I think the problem is when I hit the crash, the ride sounds too! That's make sense to me

But no crash sound if I have only one cable plug
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Yes, this does sound crosstalk-related. Follow these steps below to optimize your crosstalk settings:

Optimizing Crosstalk Settings 

Every time you strike a pad, the whole kit vibrates. Vibrations travel through the kit rack and can sometimes trigger other pads. This tendency is known as ‘crosstalk’, and due to the physical nature of drums, it is unavoidable (even on an acoustic kit). The DM10 Module comes prepared with a “Crosstalk” (or ‘Xtalk’) setting. A more accurate description of this setting would be “Crosstalk compensation”, as there really isn’t a way to prevent the physical tendency for vibrations to travel. This setting, however, uses an algorithm to separate intentional hits, from unintentional crosstalk triggers; the result, when tweaked correctly, is that you only hear sounds you want to hear. 

1. Press “Ext. Trig” 

2. On top of the screen, rotate the value wheel to select the trigger you’d like to adjust 

3. Press ‘F2’ for ‘Trig’ 

4. You’ll notice three ‘Xtalk’ settings: ‘Xtalk Send’, ‘Xtalk Receive’, and ‘ZoneXtalk’. ‘Xtalk Send’ describes the trigger’s tendency to cause adjacent pads to trigger when struck. ‘Xtalk Receive’ describes the trigger’s tendency to be triggered when an adjacent pad is struck. Lastly, ‘ZoneXTalk’ affects how likely a dual zone trigger is to cause crosstalk upon itself. For example, a Ride Bell and Ride Bow. 

5. Here’s where things get tricky. Each of these settings can be adjusted from 1-7. Since the setting is really ‘Crosstalk Compensation’, the higher the value, the less likely the pad is to send or receive Crosstalk. Here’s the catch: It may be tempting to simply turn it all the way up. But remember that the DM10 is using a smart algorithm to try to ‘weed out’ crosstalk from intentional hits. If you turn it all the way up, you may find that it mistakenly mutes some of your strikes, writing them off as crosstalk. Try to find a balance (ideally somewhere in the middle) with any problem pads, as well as their surrounding pads that are sending crosstalk. 

6. Don’t forget to press the ‘store’ key to save your settings each time you make a change!
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Alright thank you so much!
I'll trying that this week-end!
Cheers