Reference Guide for Ver 1.3x

Reference Guide for Ver 1.3x
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Reference Guide
for Ver 1.3x

Contents
Top Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
9 Trigger setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Rear Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Zones corresponding to each trigger input. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Connecting pads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
1 Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Compatible other manufacturers’ pads and hi-hat control pedals 30
Home screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Trigger setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Common operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
<1> Crosstalk cancel setting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Before you play . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
<2> Trigger setting for each pad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Changing instruments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
<3> Hi-hat control pedal adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
Switching drum kits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Fine adjustments to the trigger setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Changing the pad level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Checking the pad model and the corresponding zones . . . . . . . . 38
Best Kit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Instruments and kits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
10 System parameters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
2 Main menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Entering the system parameter screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
3 Kit edit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
MIDI settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Option settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Information about the unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Entering the kit edit screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Changing the kit group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
11 Backup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Renaming the kit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Entering the backup screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Adjusting the volume of the entire drum kit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Saving a backup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Loading a backup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
4 Pad edit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Deleting a backup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Entering the pad edit screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Changing the instrument of each pad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
12 SD card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Rating an instrument . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Entering the SD card screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Specifying the volume and pan of a pad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Card information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Specifying the MIDI note number of a pad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Formatting a card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
5 Kit menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
13 Reset . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Entering the kit menu screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Entering the reset screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Cloning a drum kit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
System reset . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Managing drum kits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Restoring the factory-set sounds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Renaming a kit group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Drum kit import . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
14 Other information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
6 Instrument Import . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
List of messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Preparation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
ATV SOUND STORE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Import . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
7 Instrument edit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Entering instrument edit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Tone assign . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Adjusting the volume of each zone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Changing an instrument’s name, group, or icon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Creating a new or cloned instrument . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
8 Instrument menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Entering the instrument menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
• Read this in conjunction with the “Quick Start Guide.”
• The content of this document might differ from the aD5 unit you’re using due to
differences in its firmware version. Check the latest firmware update information at the
ATV website.
• All illustrations and screens appearing in this document are for the purpose of
explaining operation, and may differ from the actual specifications.
• Company names and product names appearing in this document are the registered
trademarks or trademarks of their respective corporate owners.
Managing instruments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Managing tones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Deleting unused instruments or tones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
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Top Panel
Power button
Function button
Volume
Long-press this button to turn
the power on/off.
The function of each button is shown in the screen.
These buttons are also used to select items in the
screen. Available buttons are lit.
Adjusts the volume of
the headphones and the
OUTPUT.
PHONES
[CANCEL] button
Connect your
headphones here.
[OK] button
Cancels a change made to a setting,
returning to the previous screen. This
button is also used in a confirmation
screen.
Value knob
Confirms a change made to a
setting. This button is also used in a
confirmation screen.
[HOME] button
Used to change
various settings.
Returns to the initial
screen (home screen).
The content you’re
editing is saved.
Rear Panel
SD CARD
USB
ATV LINK
QR code
You can use a card to
back up the aD5’s data
or to load sound data.
SD/SDHC cards with a
capacity of up to 32 GB
are supported.
The aD5 can be connected
to a Mac or Windows PC,
allowing MIDI messages to be
transmitted and received. Use
a USB 2.0 cable.
This has no function at the
present time. We plan to
provide a firmware update
that allows this to be
connected to other devices.
Use this to access the
manual, the latest firmware,
or sound data.
OUTPUT
These jacks output the audio
signal. Connect them to
powered speakers or a mixer.
AUX 1, 2
DC IN
Additional pads
can be connected
here to expand your
drum kit.
Connect the included
AC adapter here.
AUDIO IN
MULTI TRIGGER
Connect the included multi-trigger
cable here to input trigger signals
from the pads.
You can connect your music player
here and listen to its sound mixed with
the audio produced by the aD5.
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1 Home
1 Home
Home screen
The home screen is the screen that appears when you turn on the power.
From any screen, you can return to the home screen by pressing the [HOME] button.
When playing drums, make sure that the home screen is displayed.
Drum kit
Pad you struck
NOTE
‹‹ When playing in a screen other
than the home screen, notes
might respond more slowly.
‹‹ If you insert the SD card while
playing, the sound might be
interrupted.
Instrument group
Instrument
Instrument
“Instrument” (INST) refers to the instrument played by each pad, such as a snare drum or ride cymbal. You
can change the instrument for each pad.
Instrument group
The aD5 contains numerous instruments. The instruments are organized into instrument groups according to
their type.
Drum kit
All the pads are collectively called a “drum kit.” By switching between various types of drum kit, such as for
jazz or for rock, you can change the instruments of all pads in a single action.
What you can do in the home screen
Select a drum kit
Edit the drum kit
Change the
instrument
Change the
pad level
Turn side-stick
on/off
Favorite Main menu
drum kits
Select a drum kit
This lets you select a drum kit. The KIT SELECT screen appears (p. 6).
Edit the drum kit
This lets you rename the drum kit or adjust the volume of the entire drum kit (p. 13).
Change the instrument
This lets you change the instrument played by the pad, and adjust the volume and left/right panning of the
pad (p. 15).
Change the pad level
This lets you quickly change the volume of a pad.
Side stick (cross stick)
If you want to play side stick using a snare pad other than the aDrums aD-S13, turn [SIDE STK] on. You’ll be
able to switch between rim shot and side stick.
Even if [SIDE STK] is on, a strongly played rimshot will cause the rimshot sound to be sounded.
Favorite drum kits (Best Kit)
Drum kits that you use frequently can be registered for convenient recall. The BEST KIT screen appears
(p. 8).
Main menu
This accesses the main menu (p. 12).
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NOTE
‹‹ If you’re using the aD-S13 for
the snare drum, [SIDE STK] is
not shown. You can play side
stick at any time by striking the
side rim. The pad model (p.
32) must be set to “aD-S13.”
‹‹ Using [SIDE STK] to switch the
side stick is effective only on a
pad that is connected to the
“SN” trigger input.
For details on using side stick,
refer to the owner’s manual for
each pad.
1 Home
Common operations
Function buttons
Use the function buttons to select the corresponding items or functions in the screen.
Buttons for
which there is no
corresponding item
are unlit.
Moving between pages
If other pages exist at the left or right, press [ PAGE] [PAGE ] to access those pages.
If you press the page name in the upper left of the screen, a list of the available pages is shown. Use the
value knob to select a page and then press the [OK] button to confirm; you’ll move to the selected page.
Entering a name
In screens that allow you to enter a name, use the following buttons.
After you’ve entered the name, press the [OK] button to confirm. If you decide to cancel the change, press
the [CANCEL] button.
Function of each button
Button
Function
Moves the character input position to left or right.
A,a,1
INSERT
DELETE
CLEAR ALL
Value knob
Switches between types of characters.
Inserts a space at the cursor location.
Deletes the character at the cursor location.
Deletes all characters.
Selects a character.
On-screen help
Some pages provide help.
Press the [HELP] to see an explanation of the parameters in that page.
Use [ ][ ] to scroll, and use the [X] or [CANCEL] buttons to close the help.
Before you play
‹‹ For details on connecting the pads, refer to “Quick Start Guide” and “9 Trigger setup” (p. 30).
‹‹ Before using the system for the first time, specify the model name of all pads (p. 32).
‹‹ If striking one pad causes another pad to produce sound, execute the crosstalk cancel wizard (p. 31).
‹‹ Adjust the volume appropriately. If the volume is too soft, you’ll tend to strike unnecessarily strongly,
possibly injuring your hand or wrist. If the volume is too loud, greater stress is placed on your ears, possibly
causing hearing loss.
‹‹ The area near the striking sensor of the pad is extremely sensitive. It will be easier for you to control the
dynamics if you strike at a distance from the sensor.
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1 Home
Changing instruments
As an example, here’s how to switch the instrument of the snare pad to a different snare drum.
1Strike the snare pad.
The instrument assigned to the snare pad appears in the screen.
2Press [INST].
The INST ASSIGN screen appears.
3Use the value knob or [
][ ] to change the instrument.
Strike the snare pad to hear the sound.
4Press the [OK] button to confirm the setting.
If you decide not to change the setting, press the [CANCEL] button.
You can change the instruments of other pads in the same way.
Switching drum kits
By switching drum kits you can change the instruments of all pads in a single action.
The aD5 comes with various drum kits in its memory.
1Press [KIT].
The KIT SELECT screen appears.
2Use the function buttons to select a kit.
NOTE
Depending on the length of the
drum kit name, the entire name
might not be shown.
Select the kit group
NOTE
Next page
‹‹ Use [PAGE ] to see the next page.
‹‹ Use [GROUP] to change the kit group. If you select ALL, all drum kits are displayed.
Kit group
The drum kits are organized into four groups.
Use [GROUP] to change the kit group that’s shown. If you choose ALL, all drum kits are shown.
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It takes about 5 seconds for a
drum kit to be loaded.
NOTE
‹‹ You can use kit edit (p. 13) to
change the kit group.
‹‹ You can rename the kit group
(p. 20).
1 Home
Changing the pad level
In this screen you can quickly change the level of each pad.
1Strike the pad whose level you want to change.
2Press [LEVEL].
The PAD LEVEL screen appears.
3Use the value knob to change the level.
‹‹ Striking a pad will select that pad for editing. You can also use [ ][ ] or [PAD] to switch between pads.
‹‹ If you press [PIN], the pad being edited stays the same even if you strike a different pad. Press [PIN] again
to cancel.
‹‹ To uniformly raise or lower the level of all pads, press [ALL PAD -/+].
NOTE
For example, if you want to
further raise the level of the
snare pad even though it is
already at the maximum value,
you can use [ALL PAD -/+] to
lower the overall level so that the
level of the snare pad is relatively
higher.
4Press the [OK] button to confirm the setting.
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1 Home
Best Kit
You can register your frequently used drum kits so that they can be recalled easily.
Recalling
1In the home screen, press [BEST KIT].
The BEST KIT screen appears.
2Press [1-4], [5-8], or [9-12] to switch tabs.
NOTE
Depending on the length of the
drum kit name, the entire name
might not be shown.
3Select a drum kit.
NOTE
If you press the [CANCEL]
button, you’ll return to the home
screen without changing the
drum kit.
The home screen appears, and the drum kit is loaded.
Registering
You can register up to 12 drum kits.
1In the home screen, select the drum kit that you want to register.
2Press [BEST KIT] to access the BEST KIT screen, and press [ ] to access the page menu.
3Use the value knob to select “STORE,” and press the [OK] button.
NOTE
4Select the number in which you want to register the kit.
If you select a number in which
a drum kit is already registered,
the previous assignment is
overwritten.
To register the drum kit in number 5 or later, switch tabs.
The drum kit is registered in the selected number.
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1 Home
Deleting
1In the BEST KIT screen, press [ ] to access the page menu.
2Use the value knob to select “DELETE,” and press the [OK] button.
3Select the number that you want to delete.
To delete the registration of number 5 or later, switch tabs.
A confirmation screen appears.
4Press the [OK] button to delete the registration.
If you decide to cancel without deleting the registration, press the [CANCEL] button.
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1 Home
Instruments and kits
The aD5 contains a wide variety of instruments such as kicks, snares, and cymbals. You can assign these
instruments to the pads of each drum kit and play them.
Drum Kit
A
We’ll use just the kick and snare
for this example.
Kick 1
Kick 2
Kick 3
Kick 1
Snare 1
Drum Kit
NOTE
Inst
Snare 1
Snare 2
Snare 3
Snare 4
Snare 5
B
Tom 1
Tom 2
Tom 3
Tom 4
:
:
Kick 2
Snare 3
For example, if the instrument “Snare 3” is played from the two drum kits B and C, editing the “Snare 3”
instrument (for example by changing its level) will affect both drum kits B and C.
Drum Kit
B
Inst
Snare 3
Snare 1
Snare 2
Snare 3
Snare 4
Snare 5
C
Tom 1
Tom 2
Tom 3
Tom 4
:
:
Kick 3
Snare 3
You can clone an instrument. In the example above, if you want to edit only the snare of drum kit C, you
could create a clone of the instrument “Snare 3” and then edit it.
Drum Kit
B
Kick 2
Snare 3
Drum Kit
C
Kick 3
Snare 3B
For more about editing an
instrument, refer to Edit
Instrument (p. 23).
Kick 1
Kick 2
Kick 3
Kick 2
Drum Kit
NOTE
Inst
Kick 1
Kick 2
Kick 3
Snare 1
Snare 2
Snare 3
Snare 3B
Snare 4
Snare 5
Tom 1
Tom 2
Tom 3
Tom 4
:
:
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NOTE
‹‹ For more about cloning an
instrument, refer to Clone
Instrument (p. 25)
‹‹ You are free to assign a name
to the cloned instrument.
1 Home
Editing an instrument (INST)
The aD5 lets you edit an instrument directly. You can also create a clone of an instrument and save it as
another instrument with a slightly different tonal character.
You can create several variations of your favorite instruments and assign them to drum kits so that they can
be played easily.
You can also add instruments that you’ve downloaded from the ATV Sound Store (p. 22).
Tone
An instrument consists of sound data called “tones.”
Three tones are assigned to each instrument. These three tones correspond to zones A, B, and C of the
pad; for example, zone A is heard when you strike the head, and zone B is heard when you strike the rim.
Inst
Zone A
TONE
Zone B
TONE
Zone C
TONE
Pad
KICK
SNARE
TOM 1–3
HI-HAT
CRASH
RIDE
AUX 1–2
A
Head
Head
Head
Bow
Bow
Bow
Head (Bow)
Zone
B
Rim
Edge
Edge
Edge
Rim (Edge)
C
Side Stick
Foot
Cup
-
By editing an instrument, you can assign the desired tone to each zone. You can also modify the level and
other characteristics of each tone.
By creating and editing instruments in this way, you can build up a collection of your own customized
instruments.
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2 Main menu
2 Main menu
Most of the aD5’s many functions can be accessed via this main menu.
1In the home screen, press [
].
The main menu is divided into three tabs: “KIT,” “INST,” and “SYSTEM.”
KIT
CLONE KIT
MANAGE KIT
IMPORT
KIT GROUP NAME
Create a clone of the current kit.
Manage kits.
Import kits.
Rename the kit group.
p. 17
p. 18
p. 21
p. 20
Manage instruments.
Manage tones.
Import new instruments.
Edit instruments.
Delete unused instruments and tones.
p. 26
p. 28
p. 22
p. 23
p. 29
INST
MANAGE INST
MANAGE TONE
IMPORT
EDIT INST
DELETE UNUSED
SYSTEM
TRIGGER
SYSTEM
BACKUP
SD CARD
RESET
Adjust the trigger signal produced when you strike a pad so that the
signal can be processed correctly.
Make settings for the entire aD5.
Create or load backups of the aD5’s data.
Format an SD card or view information about it.
Reset the aD5, returning it to the factory-set condition.
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p. 30
p. 39
p. 41
p. 44
p. 46
3 Kit edit
3 Kit edit
Here you can edit a drum kit’s name or group, and specify the volume of the entire drum kit.
NOTE
To make settings for each pad,
use pad edit (p. 15).
Entering the kit edit screen
1In the home screen, press [EDIT].
The EDIT page appears.
2When you’ve finished editing, be sure to press the [OK] button. If you press the [CANCEL] button,
your changes will be discarded.
Changing the kit group
1Press Kit Group.
2Turn the value knob to select a group.
Renaming the kit
1Press Kit Name.
The name entry screen appears.
2Enter a name.
NOTE
A kit name can be up to 16
characters. Depending on the
screen, it might not be possible
to show all 16 characters.
Function of each button
Button
Function
Moves the character input position to left or right.
A,a,1
INSERT
DELETE
CLEAR ALL
Value knob
Switches between types of characters.
Inserts a space at the cursor location.
Deletes the character at the cursor location.
Deletes all characters.
Selects a character.
3Press the [OK] button to confirm the name you entered.
If you decide to cancel, press the [CANCEL] button.
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2 Main menu
Adjusting the volume of the entire drum kit
1Press Kit Volume.
2Turn the value knob to adjust the volume.
NOTE
Adjust the Kit Volume to about
90. If the setting is too high, the
audio output might be distorted.
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4 Pad edit
4 Pad edit
Here you can edit the sound, volume, and pan (stereo position) for each pad of the drum kit.
NOTE
The sound might respond more
slowly during pad editing.
Entering the pad edit screen
1In the home screen, press [INST].
The INST ASSIGN page appears.
2When you’ve finished editing, be sure to press the [OK] button. If you press the [CANCEL] button,
your changes will be discarded.
Changing the instrument of each pad
1Strike the pad that you want to edit.
The screen shows the current instrument.
2Use the value knob or [
NOTE
][ ] to change the instrument.
For example you can change the
instrument group if you want to
assign an instrument other than
a snare to the snare pad.
Number of instruments in
the instrument group
‹‹ To hear the sound, press [LISTEN].
‹‹ To change the instrument group, press [GROUP]. Use the value knob to make a selection, and press the
[OK] button to confirm it.
‹‹ To edit a different pad, strike that pad. You can also change pads by pressing [PAD]. Use the value knob to
make a selection, and press the [OK] button to confirm it.
NOTE
Rating an instrument
You can assign a rating of 0—5 to each instrument. This is a helpful way to find your favorite instruments or
frequently-used instruments among the large number of instruments that are provided.
1Press [RATING] several times to change the rating.
The screen shows the rating.
Rating indication
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The instrument rating is stored
not for the pad but for the
instrument. This means that
the rating is shown even when
you’re editing a different drum
kit.
4 Pad edit
Specifying the volume and pan of a pad
1Press [PAGE ] to access the LEVEL page.
2Press [Level] or [Pan], and use the value knob to specify the setting.
NOTE
‹‹ Adjust the Level setting to
about 90. If the setting is too
high, the audio output might
be distorted.
‹‹ The Pan setting cannot move
the panning completely to the
right or left.
You can strike a pad to change the pad that you’re editing. You can also change pads by pressing [PAD].
Use the value knob to make your selection, and press the [OK] button.
Specifying the MIDI note number of a pad
1Press [PAGE ] to access the MIDI page.
2Press the zone that you want to edit, and use the value knob to specify the note number.
You can strike a pad to change the pad that you’re editing. You can also change pads by pressing [PAD].
Use the value knob to make your selection, and press the [OK] button.
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NOTE
If the same note number is
specified more than once, only
one of the zones will produce
sound when that note number is
received.
NOTE
When the aD5 is used to
communicate via MIDI with
electronic drums from another
manufacturer, your performance
may not reproduce correctly
due to differences in velocity
messages and hi-hat control
protocols.
5 Kit menu
5 Kit menu
Entering the kit menu screen
1In the home screen, press [
2Press the [KIT] tab.
CLONE KIT
MANAGE KIT
IMPORT
KIT GROUP NAME
].
Create a clone of the current kit.
Manage kits.
Import kits.
Rename the kit group.
p. 17
p. 18
p. 21
p. 20
Cloning a drum kit
Here’s how to create a clone of the drum kit that’s shown in the home screen.
1Press [CLONE KIT].
The name entry screen appears.
2Enter a name for the cloned drum kit.
Function of each button
Button
Function
Moves the character input position to left or right.
A,a,1
INSERT
DELETE
CLEAR ALL
Value knob
Switches between types of characters.
Inserts a space at the cursor location.
Deletes the character at the cursor location.
Deletes all characters.
Selects a character.
3Press the [OK] button to confirm the name you entered.
NOTE
A confirmation screen appears.
4Press the [OK] button to clone the drum kit.
If you decide to cancel without cloning, press the [CANCEL] button.
The home screen appears, and the cloned drum kit is loaded.
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If you enter a name that is the
same as an existing drum kit, the
following message appears.
“Another kit with the same name
has been found.”
Enter a different name.
5 Kit menu
Managing drum kits
Here’s how to view a list of the drum kits. You can clone or delete drum kits.
1Press [MANAGE KIT].
NOTE
The KIT LIST page appears.
Drum kits are listed in
alphabetical order.
2Use the value knob or [
][ ] to select a drum kit.
‹‹ Use [GROUP] to change the kit group that is shown. If you select “ALL,” all drum kits are shown.
‹‹ You can press [EDIT] or [OK] to enter the kit edit screen. There you can edit the kit name or change the
group (p. 13).
Cloning a drum kit
Here’s how to create a clone of the drum kit that’s selected in the kit list.
1Press [
] to access the page menu.
2Use the value knob to select “CLONE,” and press the [OK] button.
The name entry screen appears.
3Enter a name for the cloned drum kit.
Function of each button
Button
Function
Moves the character input position to left or right.
A,a,1
INSERT
DELETE
CLEAR ALL
Value knob
Switches between types of characters.
Inserts a space at the cursor location.
Deletes the character at the cursor location.
Deletes all characters.
Selects a character.
NOTE
If you enter a name that is the
same as an existing drum kit, the
following message appears.
“Another kit with the same name
has been found.”
Enter a different name.
4Press the [OK] button to confirm the name you entered.
If you want to cancel without cloning, press the [CANCEL] button.
The cloned drum kit is added to the kit list.
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5 Kit menu
Exporting a drum kit
Here’s how the drum kit that’s selected in the kit list can be exported to the SD card. The exported kit data
can be loaded into the aD5 by the Kit Import function (p. 21).
1Press [
] to access the page menu.
NOTE
The exported kit data does not
include the sound data of the
instruments. If you import the
kit data into a different aD5 unit,
the instruments might not be
found and sound might not be
produced.
For details, refer to Kit Import
(p. 21).
2Use the value knob to select “EXPORT,” and press the [OK] button.
The name entry screen appears.
NOTE
3Enter a name for the exported drum kit.
If you enter a name that is the
same as an existing drum kit
data, the following message
appears.
“Another kit with the same name
has been found.”
Enter a different name.
Function of each button
Button
Function
Moves the character input position to left or right.
A,a,1
INSERT
DELETE
CLEAR ALL
Value knob
Switches between types of characters.
Inserts a space at the cursor location.
Deletes the character at the cursor location.
Deletes all characters.
Selects a character.
4Press the [OK] button to export.
If you want to cancel without exporting, press the [CANCEL] button.
The kit data is exported in the “Import” folder on your SD card.
NOTE
If the SD card does not have
sufficient free capacity, the
following message appears.
“Not enough memory on the SD
card.“
SD Card
ATV
NOTE
Import
The exported kit data is written
to the “Import” folder so that
it can be imported without
change.
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5 Kit menu
Deleting a drum kit
Here’s how to delete the drum kit that’s selected in the kit list. The instruments are not deleted.
1Press [
] to access the page menu.
NOTE
You can’t delete the drum kit
that’s currently selected in the
home screen.
NOTE
2Use the value knob to select “DELETE,” and press the [OK] button.
We recommend that you make
a backup (p. 41) so that you
don’t lose important data by
accidental deletion.
A confirmation screen appears.
3Press the [OK] button to delete the drum kit.
If you decide to cancel without deleting, press the [CANCEL] button.
Renaming a kit group
NOTE
Here’s how to rename a kit group.
1Press [KIT GROUP NAME].
If you execute Reset System (p.
46), the kit group names return
to the factory-set names.
The KIT GROUP NAME screen appears.
2Press the button of the kit group that you want to rename.
The name entry screen appears.
3Enter a new kit group name.
NOTE
‹‹ A kit group name can be up to
10 characters long.
‹‹ Depending on the screen,
the kit group name might be
shown entirely in uppercase
characters.
‹‹ You can’t assign a name that’s
identical to an existing kit
group name.
Function of each button
Button
Function
Moves the character input position to left or right.
A,a,1
INSERT
DELETE
CLEAR ALL
Value knob
Switches between types of characters.
Inserts a space at the cursor location.
Deletes the character at the cursor location.
Deletes all characters.
Selects a character.
4Press the [OK] button to confirm the name you entered.
If you decide to cancel without renaming, press the [CANCEL] button.
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5 Kit menu
Drum kit import
Here’s how a kit exported by the aD5 (p. 19) or a kit file downloaded from the ATV website can be imported.
1If you downloaded a kit, place the kit file (xxxx.ad5kit) in the Import folder of the SD card.
NOTE
While a backup saves/loads all
kits of the aD5 together, the Kit
Export/Import operations save/
load individual kits.
NOTE
SD Card
If there is no “Import” folder,
insert the SD card into the
aD5 once, and the folders will be
created.
ATV
Import
2In the home screen, press [ ].
3Select the [KIT] tab, and press [IMPORT].
The IMPORT KIT screen appears.
4Use the value knob to select the kit file that you want to import.
‹‹ If you want to import multiple kits, add a check mark to each file that you want to import.
‹‹ If you press the [ALL] button, all files are selected. If you press the button again, all selections are cleared.
Check/Uncheck
5Press [IMPORT].
The import is executed.
A progress bar is shown during the import.
If a kit of the same name already exists, a message appears.
[RENAME]:
Rename and import.
[SKIP]:
Skip importing this kit.
When the import is completed, the screen indicates “Completed.”
NOTE
Kit data does not include the sound data of the instruments. In the following cases, the instruments might
not be found, and sound might not be produced.
‹‹ If an instrument was deleted after Kit Export
‹‹ If an instrument was renamed after Kit Export
‹‹ If kit data was imported from a different aD5 unit
‹‹ If kit data downloaded from the ATV website was imported, and the necessary instruments were not
purchased
If an instrument is not found, the home screen shows the “NO INST FOUND” icon.
Even in this case, the kit will sound correctly if you import the necessary instrument later, or change to a
different instrument.
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6 Instrument Import
6 Instrument Import
Here’s how an instrument that you download from the “ATV Sound Store” website can be imported into the
aD5.
ATV SOUND STORE
This is a website where additional sounds for the aD5 can be purchased for download.
http://store.atvcorporation.com/
NOTE
For the product ID that is
required when you register an
account, refer to “10 System
parameters” (p. 39), “Information
about the unit” (p. 40).
Preparation
1Place the downloaded instrument file (xxxx.ad5inst) in the Import folder of the SD card.
SD Card
ATV
NOTE
If there is no “Import” folder,
insert the SD card into the
aD5 once, and the folders will be
created.
Import
Import
1In the home screen, press [ ].
2Select the [INST] tab, and press [IMPORT].
The IMPORT INST screen appears.
3Use the value knob to select the instrument file that you want to import.
‹‹ If you want to import multiple instruments, add a check mark to each file that you want to import.
‹‹ If you press the [ALL] button, all files are selected. If you press the button again, all selections are cleared.
Check/Uncheck
4Press [IMPORT].
NOTE
The import is executed.
A progress bar is shown during the import.
The downloaded instrument file
can be imported only into an aD5
of the matching product ID. If the
product ID does not match, the
following message appears.
“Cannot import this data. This
aD5 doesn’t have permission to
import “xxxx.”
If an instrument of the same name already exists, a message appears.
[RENAME]:
Rename and import.
[SKIP]:
Skip importing this instrument.
When the import is completed, the screen indicates “Completed.”
5Assign the imported instrument to a pad.
For the procedure, refer to “4 Pad edit” (p. 15).
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7 Instrument edit
7 Instrument edit
In the instrument edit screen you can change the tone that’s played by each zone of the pad, and change
the level of the tone. You can also rename the instrument, and change the group or icon.
Entering instrument edit
1In the home screen, strike a pad so that the instrument that you want to edit appears in the screen.
2Press [ ] and select the [INST] tab, and press [EDIT INST].
The INST EDIT screen appears.
You can strike a pad to hear the sound that you’re editing. You can hear the sound of the drum kit by striking
pads other than the one you’re editing, but this does not switch the instrument that you’re editing.
NOTE
The sound might respond more
slowly during instrument editing.
NOTE
When you edit an instrument,
your edits affect all drum kits
to which that instrument is
assigned (p. 10).
Similarly, when the same
instrument is assigned to
multiple pads of a single drum
kit, editing one instrument will
affect the others as well.
To avoid this, you can clone the
instrument before editing it.
3When you’ve finished editing, be sure to press the [OK] button. If you press the [CANCEL] button,
your changes are discarded.
NOTE
Tone assign
Here you can change the tone that’s sounded by each zone (such as the head or rim) of the pad.
1Press [PAGE ] to access the TONE ASSIGN page.
2Press [ZONE] to select the zone that you want to edit.
The icon shows the portion of the pad that corresponds to zones A—C.
**You can also switch zones by striking the pad.
Zone icon
3Press [Tone], and use the value knob to change the tone.
Tone group
Number of tones within
the tone group
‹‹ You can audition the sound by pressing [LISTEN].
‹‹ You can change tone groups by pressing [GROUP]. Use the value knob to make a selection, and press the
[OK] button to confirm it.
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You can also access instrument
edit by pressing [EDIT] in the
INST LIST page of MANAGE
INST.
6 Instrument Import
Adjusting the volume of each zone
1Press [Level], and use the value knob to specify the volume.
NOTE
Adjust the Level setting to about
90. If the setting is too high, the
audio output might be distorted.
2Press [ZONE] to select the zone that you want to edit.
The icon shows the portion of the pad that corresponds to zones A—C.
**You can also switch zones by striking the pad.
Changing an instrument’s name, group, or icon
1Use [
PAGE] [PAGE ] to access the NAME page.
2Select parameters, and use the value knob to edit them.
When you press [Name], the name entry screen appears. Edit the instrument name, and press [OK].
NOTE
An instrument name can be up
to 20 characters. Depending
on the screen, it might not
be possible to show all 20
characters.
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6 Instrument Import
NOTE
Creating a new or cloned instrument
You can also create a new
or cloned instrument in the
MANAGE INST screen.
Here’s how to create a new instrument, or clone an existing instrument.
1Press [
] to access the page menu.
NOTE
It takes approximately 20
seconds to copy an instrument.
2Use the value knob to choose “NEW” or “CLONE,” and then press the [OK] button.
NOTE
If you choose NEW, an
instrument without any tone
assigned is created. In order
for the instrument to produce
sound, you must assign a tone.
The name entry screen appears.
3Enter a name for the new instrument.
Function of each button
Button
Function
Moves the character input position to left or right.
A,a,1
INSERT
DELETE
CLEAR ALL
Value knob
Switches between types of characters.
Inserts a space at the cursor location.
Deletes the character at the cursor location.
Deletes all characters.
Selects a character.
4Press the [OK] button to confirm the name you entered.
If you decide to cancel without creating a new or cloned instrument, press the [CANCEL] button.
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NOTE
If you enter the same name
as an existing instrument, the
following message appears.
“Another inst with the same
name has been found.”
Enter a different name.
8 Instrument menu
8 Instrument menu
Entering the instrument menu
1In the home screen, press [
2Press the [INST] tab.
MANAGE INST
MANAGE TONE
IMPORT
EDIT INST
DELETE UNUSED
].
Manage instruments.
Manage tones.
Adds (imports) new instruments.
Edit instruments.
Delete unused instruments and tones.
p. 26
p. 28
p. 22
p. 23
p. 29
Managing instruments
Here you can view a list of instruments, and clone or delete instruments.
1Press [MANAGE INST].
NOTE
The INST LIST page appears.
Instruments are listed in
alphabetical order.
2Use the value knob or [
NOTE
][ ] to select an instrument.
If you enter instrument edit from
the INST LIST page, striking
any pad will sound the same
instrument.
‹‹ Use [GROUP] to change the instrument group that’s shown.
‹‹ Press [LISTEN] to audition the sound.
‹‹ To enter the instrument edit screen, press [EDIT] or [OK] (p. 23).
Viewing instrument information
1Press [INFO].
The INST INFO page appears.
Parameters
GROUP
RATING
USED BY KIT
TYPE
Instrument group
Rating. You can press the [RATING] button to change this.
Indicates whether this instrument is used by a drum kit.
Type of instrument
PRESET: A factory-installed instrument
USER:
A copied or imported instrument
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8 Instrument menu
Creating a new or cloned instrument
NOTE
Here’s how to create a new instrument, or clone an existing instrument.
1Press [
It takes approximately 20
seconds to clone an instrument.
] to access the page menu.
2Use the value knob to choose “NEW” or “CLONE,” and then press the [OK] button.
NOTE
If you choose NEW, an
instrument without any tone
assigned is created. In order
for the instrument to produce
sound, you must assign a tone.
The name entry screen appears.
3Enter a name for the newly-created or cloned instrument.
Function of each button
Button
Function
Moves the character input position to left or right.
A,a,1
INSERT
DELETE
CLEAR ALL
Value knob
Switches between types of characters.
Inserts a space at the cursor location.
Deletes the character at the cursor location.
Deletes all characters.
Selects a character.
NOTE
4Press the [OK] button to confirm the name you entered.
If you decide to cancel without creating or cloning an instrument, press the [CANCEL] button.
Deleting an instrument
1Press [
If you enter the same name
as an existing instrument, the
following message appears.
“Another inst with the same
name has been found.”
Enter a different name.
NOTE
We recommend that you make
a backup (p. 41) so that you
don’t lose important data by
accidental deletion.
] to access the page menu.
NOTE
The following type of instruments
cannot be deleted.
‹‹ Instruments of TYPE=PRESET
2Use the value knob to choose “DELETE,” and press the [OK] button.
A confirmation screen appears.
3Press the [OK] button to delete the instrument.
If you decide to cancel without deleting, press the [CANCEL] button.
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8 Instrument menu
Managing tones
Here you can view a list of tones. You can also delete tones.
1Press [MANAGE TONE].
NOTE
The TONE LIST page appears.
Instruments are listed in
alphabetical order.
2Use the value knob or [
][ ] to select a tone.
‹‹ Use [GROUP] to change the tone group that’s shown.
Viewing tone information
1Press [INFO].
The TONE INFO screen appears.
Parameters
GROUP
USED BY INST
TYPE
REVISION
Tone group
Indicates whether this tone is used by an instrument.
Type of tone
PRESET: A factory-installed tone
ATV:
A tone downloaded from the ATV sound store
Tone revision
Deleting a tone
1Press [
NOTE
We recommend that you make
a backup (p. 41) so that you
don’t lose important data by
accidental deletion.
] to access the page menu.
2Use the value knob to choose “DELETE,” and press the [OK] button.
A confirmation screen appears.
3Press the [OK] button to delete the tone.
If you decide not to delete the tone, press the [CANCEL] button.
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NOTE
The following type of tones
cannot be deleted.
‹‹ Tones of TYPE=PRESET
‹‹ Tones used by an instrument
8 Instrument menu
Deleting unused instruments or tones
You can delete instruments that are not used in a drum kit, and tones that are not used in an instrument. By
deleting these, you can decrease the amount of internal storage that’s being used.
1Press [DELETE UNUSED].
The DELETE UNUSED screen appears.
NOTE
We recommend that you make
a backup (p. 41) so that you
don’t lose important data by
accidental deletion.
NOTE
Instruments or tones whose
Type=PRESET will not be
deleted.
2Press [INSTS] or [TONES] to select what will be deleted.
3Press [DELETE].
A confirmation screen appears.
4Press the [OK] button to delete the data.
If you decide to cancel without deleting, press the [CANCEL] button.
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9 Trigger setup
9 Trigger setup
The aD5 is designed to realize its full potential when it is played from connected aDrums series drum/cymbal
interfaces.
Compatible pads made by other manufacturers can also be connected, allowing you to make use of pads
that you already own.
Zones corresponding to each trigger input
The aD5 has ten trigger inputs and one hi-hat control pedal input. The following table shows the zones (such
as head and rim) to which each trigger input corresponds, and how you can play them.
aD5
Corresponding Choke
trigger input zone
method
KICK (K)
Head
SNARE (SN)
Head, Rim
TOM 1 (T1)
TOM 2 (T2)
TOM 3 (T3)
Head
Head
Head
HIHAT (HH)
Bow, Edge
YES
CRASH (CR) Bow, Edge
YES
RIDE (RD)
AUX 1
AUX 2
Bow, Edge,
Cup
Head, Rim
(Bow, Edge)
Head, Rim
(Bow, Edge)
YES
Notes
‹‹ Supports the side rim of the aD-S13 aDrums snare drum.
‹‹ Choke technique is supported if a cymbal pad is connected
‹‹ Rim is not supported for aDrums aD-T10/T13.
YES
YES
YES
‹‹ Bell (cup) is not supported for the aD-H14 aDrums hi-hat. Connect EDGE
jack only.
‹‹ Bell (cup) is not supported for the aD-C14/C16/C18 aDrums cymbal.
Connect EDGE jack only.
‹‹ Supports bell (cup) of the aD-C14/C16/C18 aDrums cymbal. Connect both
EDGE and BELL jacks.
‹‹ Supports rim of the aDrums aD-S13, aD-T10, and aD-T13.
‹‹ The side rim is not supported for the aD-S13 aDrums snare drum.
‹‹ Connect either EDGE or BELL jack for the aD-C14/C16/C18 aDrums
cymbal.
Connecting pads
Check the connection destination printed on each plug of the aD5’s multi-trigger cable, and connect each of
your pads.
K
SN
T1
T2
Kick (bass drum)
Snare drum
Tom 1
Tom 2
T3
HH
CR
RD
Tom 3
Hi-hat
Crash cymbal
Ride cymbal
BEL
CTL
Ride cymbal bell
Hi-hat control pedal
‹‹ Connect the CTL plug to the hi-hat control pedal or to the hi-hat open/close sensor.
‹‹ Use the included cable to connect AUX 1 and AUX 2 to your pads.
‹‹ When you use the aDrums aD-H14 hi-hat, also connect the included AC adapter. For details, refer to the
owner’s manual of the aD-H14.
Compatible other manufacturers’ pads and hi-hat control pedals
For compatible pads and hi-hat control pedals made by other manufacturers, refer to the “Pad Compatibility
List” PDF.
The “Pad Compatibility List” can be downloaded from the following URL.
http://products.atvcorporation.com/drums/ad5/
**For details on connecting and playing pads made by the respective manufacturers, refer to the owner’s manual of each
pad.
**Roland multi-trigger cable does not work right with the aD5.
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NOTE
If an unconnected plug of
the multi-trigger cable comes
in contact with metal, false
triggering might occur. Use tape
to protect the unconnected
plugs.
9 Trigger setup
Trigger setup
Trigger setup is a very important step that is required in order for the different strike signals of each pad to be
correctly interpreted, allowing you to perform comfortably. Trigger setup is required not only when setting up
your drum kit for the first time, but also when you change pads or when you change the mounting location.
You must set the following three items.
<1> C
rosstalk cancel
setting (p. 31)
<2> T
rigger setting for
each pad (p. 32)
<3> H
i-hat control pedal
adjustment (p. 35)
This prevents the “crosstalk” that can occur when the impact of striking a pad reaches
another pad, unintentionally triggering it.
Complete this setting simply by striking each pad as instructed by the crosstalk cancel wizard.
** Start with this wizard when you set up your drum kit for the first time.
** Crosstalk might occur when you change pads or change the mounting location. In this
case you should also execute this wizard.
These settings specify the response of each of your pads to ensure that the sound accurately
reflects the output of the pad sensor.
** Make these settings for each of the pads when you set up the drum kit for the first time.
NOTE
If you purchased the aDrums
artist <Standard Set> or
<Expanded Set>:
When it is shipped from the
factory, the aD5 is adjusted to
typical trigger settings. Adjust
the crosstalk cancel settings
and hi-hat control pedal as
necessary.
You can make these settings in either of the following two methods.
Specify the model name of each pad (p. 32)
‹‹ Simply select the model name of each pad, and the typical response is specified.
Specify using the trigger setup wizard (p. 33)
‹‹ When you strike each pad as directed by the wizard, the sensor output of each pad is
analyzed, and the pad response appropriate for the player is specified.
Make adjustments so that the hi-hat control pedal operates correctly.
Acoustic drum trigger
If you are using a drum trigger, you must also set “DRUM TRIG ADJ” (p. 37) in addition to the above items
<1> and <2>.
<1> Crosstalk cancel setting
This prevents the “crosstalk” in which the impact of striking a pad reaches a different pad, causing it to be
inadvertently triggered.
NOTE
An acoustic drum trigger is a
sensor that is attached to an
acoustic drum. It detects strikes
on a bass drum, snare drum,
or tom, and triggers sounds on
the aD5.
1In the home screen, press [ ].
2Select the [SYSTEM] tab, and then press [TRIGGER].
The TRIGGER SETUP screen’s WIZARD page appears.
3Press [Crosstalk Cancel Wizard].
4As directed in the screen, strike the specified pad strongly three times.
Specified pad
NOTE
If you press [RETRY], the
previous strikes are discarded.
OK indication
5When the screen indicates “OK” press [NEXT] to proceed.
6Repeat steps 4—5 in the same way.
NOTE
We recommend that you play a
rimshot when striking the snare
pad.
The aD5 calculates the state of crosstalk for all of the connected pads.
KICK > SNARE > TOM 1 > TOM 2 > TOM 3 > HIHAT > CRASH > RIDE > AUX 1 > AUX 2
**If the specified pad is not connected, press [SKIP].
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7When the following screen appears, play the pads to verify that there is no crosstalk, and then press
[EXIT].
**If there is crosstalk, press [YES] and repeat the wizard once again.
In some cases, it might not be possible to completely eliminate crosstalk. The following actions might
improve the situation.
‹‹ Increase the distance between the pads.
‹‹ Mount the pads on separate stands.
‹‹ Place the system on a stable floor.
‹‹ Adjust the tension of the mesh pads.
<2> Trigger setting for each pad
These settings specify the response of each of your pads to ensure that the sound accurately reflects the
output of the pad sensor.
Make these settings for each of the pads when you set up the drum kit for the first time.
You can make these settings in either of the following two methods.
Specify the model name of each pad
Simply select the model name of each pad, and the typical response is specified.
1In the home screen, press [ ].
2Select the [SYSTEM] tab, and press [TRIGGER].
3Press [PAGE
].
The MODEL page appears.
Pad being configured
4Strike the pad that you want to configure.
5Press [Pad Brand] to select the manufacturer, and press [Model] to select the model name of the pad.
**When making settings for the hi-hat pad, you’ll also specify the model name of the hi-hat pedal.
Model name of the hi-hat pedal
6Repeat steps 4—5 in the same way, and configure for all pads.
7Press the [OK] button to confirm the setting.
If you decide not to change the setting, press the [CANCEL] button.
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NOTE
For the model names of the
pads used in drum kits of
various manufacturers, refer to
the “Pad Compatibility List” PDF.
9 Trigger setup
Specify using the trigger setup wizard
When you strike each pad as directed by the wizard, the sensor output of each pad is analyzed, and the pad
response appropriate for the player is specified.
1In the home screen, press [ ].
2Select the [SYSTEM] tab, and press [TRIGGER].
NOTE
If you use the trigger setup
wizard to make settings, and
then change the pad model
name, the settings you made
using the wizard are discarded.
The TRIGGER SETUP screen’s WIZARD page appears.
3Press [Trigger Setup Wizard].
4Lightly strike the pad that you want to set up.
The pad you strike is shown.
5If the indicated pad is correct, press [NEXT].
**If the wrong pad is shown, strike the pad again. If the wrong pad is still shown, check the pad connections.
6Specify the manufacturer and model of the pad.
NOTE
Select the item, and use the value knob to specify the correct setting.
For the model names of the
pads used in drum kits of
various manufacturers, refer to
the “Pad Compatibility List” PDF.
7Press [NEXT].
**When making settings for the hi-hat, you’ll also specify the model name of the hi-hat pedal.
8Using the softest shot (pianissimo) that you will play during performance, strike the head three times.
When the display indicates “OK,” press [NEXT].
In the case of a cymbal, strike the bow.
Pianissimo is the softest shot during normal performance. An example of this is a single shot in drum roll.
If you fail to hit the head properly, press [RETRY] and you can do it again as many times as needed.
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NOTE
‹‹ Typically, the region near
the pad’s strike sensor has
extremely high sensitivity.
It is easier to control the
dynamics if your strikes are
some distance away from the
sensor.
‹‹ In this manual, we refer to
the strongest shot you’ll
use during performance as
“fortissimo” (ff), the weakest
shot as “pianissimo” (pp), and
a medium-strength shot as
“mezzo-forte” (mf).
9 Trigger setup
9Using the strongest shot (fortissimo) that you will play during performance, strike the head three
times. When the display indicates “OK,” press [NEXT].
Do not deliver a rimshot, but hit the head part. In the case of a cymbal, strike the bow.
Fortissimo is the strongest shot during normal performance. Usually, strikes in the climax part of a
performance are fortissimo.
You do not need to deliver the strongest possible shot which you will not use during performance.
If you fail to hit the head properly, press [RETRY] and you can do it again as many times as needed.
10 In the same way, use the strongest shot (fortissimo) that you will play during performance to strike
the specified zone three times. When the display indicates “OK,” press [NEXT].
When striking the rim, play a rimshot (the method of striking the head and rim simultaneously).
You do not need to deliver the strongest possible shot which you will not use during performance.
If you fail to hit the rimshot properly, press [RETRY] and you can do it again as many times as needed.
Specified zone
11 Setup is completed. If you want to set up another pad, press [YES].
Make settings for all pads in the same way.
If you are finished, press [EXIT].
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9 Trigger setup
<3> Hi-hat control pedal adjustment
Here’s how to make adjustments so that the hi-hat control pedal operates correctly. You can also adjust the
foot-close and foot-splash volume.
1In the home screen, press [ ].
2Select the [SYSTEM] tab, and press [TRIGGER].
3Press the [PAGE
Meter
Effective working
range
] several times to access the HIHAT PEDAL ADJ page.
Top hi-hat cymbal
Bottom hi-hat cymbal
4Advance the hi-hat pedal to the closed position, and press [Set Close].
NOTE
‹‹ If you feel that the hi-hat sound
does not open even though
you reduce the pressure on
the pedal, you might be able
to improve the situation by
pressing [Set Close] while
applying fairly strong pressure
on the pedal.
‹‹ If you apply too much pressure
on the pedal, it will be difficult
to close the hi-hat sound.
5Remove your foot from the hi-hat pedal, and press [Set Open].
**Only hi-hats made by a different manufacturer
NOTE
If you’re using the aDrums
aD-H14, [Set Open] is not
shown. All settings are adjusted
automatically just by [Set Close].
6Press [Pedal HH Sens] and adjust the foot-close and foot-splash volume.
7Press the [OK] button to confirm the setting.
If you decide not to change the setting, press the [CANCEL] button.
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9 Trigger setup
Fine adjustments to the trigger setup
If the relationship between the force of your strike and the resulting sound is not to your liking, or if
unintended notes are sounded, you can adjust the following parameters for each pad.
Situation
‹‹ Volume is small even for a strong strike
‹‹ High volume is hard to reach even with a strong strike
‹‹ Sound is fairly loud even with a soft strike
‹‹ Sound changes unnaturally between soft and strong strikes
‹‹ Only the volume in the mf region is too soft or too loud
‹‹ Notes are omitted when you play a roll at pp
‹‹ Unintended notes occur in response to sound from a nearby
monitor speaker
‹‹ Unintended notes occur in response to sound from a nearby
acoustic drum
‹‹ Unintended notes occur in response to floor vibrations
‹‹ The head also sounds when you play a rimshot
‹‹ The rim also sounds when you play a head shot
‹‹ The rim shot also sounds when you play on the side rim
‹‹ The side stick also sounds when you play a rim shot
‹‹ The rim sound is too soft or too loud in comparison to the head
‹‹ The edge or cup sounds are too soft or too loud in comparison to
the bow
‹‹ An acoustic drum trigger produces duplicate (retriggered) notes
Parameter
Notes
Sensitivity
You should also adjust the
volume of the aD5.
NOTE
Each parameter is reset to its
default value when you change
the model name of the pad or
when you execute the trigger
setup wizard.
NOTE
Curve
Threshold
Head-Rim Adj
Side Rim Adj
If extremely soft shots (pp) do
not produce sound, execute the
trigger setup wizard once again.
In this manual, we refer to the
strongest shot you’ll use during
performance as “fortissimo” (ff),
the weakest shot as “pianissimo”
(pp), and a medium-strength
shot as “mezzo-forte” (mf).
This parameter is available only
for a mesh head.
This parameter is available only
for the aD-S13.
Zone B Sens
Zone C Sens
Retrigger
Cancel
This parameter is available only
for a drum trigger.
ADJUST
1In the home screen, press [ ].
2Select the [SYSTEM] tab, and press [TRIGGER].
3Press [PAGE ] to access the ADJUST page.
4Select parameters and use the value knob to adjust them.
Shot meter
The most recent shot is shown at the far right.
Previous shots move toward the left.
Curve
Parameters
Sensitivity
Curve
Positive (+) values increase the pad’s sensitivity; negative (-) values decrease the pad’s sensitivity.
While watching the shot meter in the screen, adjust this parameter so that the shot meter indicates ff
when you play the strongest shot (ff) you’ll use during performance. If the reading is above ff, lower the
sensitivity.
** This changes the sensitivity of all zones A/B/C.
** In case the sensitivity adjustment range is insufficient, re-execute the trigger setup wizard.
This parameter compensates the response so that the dynamics of your strikes will correspond linearly
to the dynamics of the sound.
Adjust the parameter so that the meter indicates mf when you play a medium-strength shot (mf).
NORMAL : No compensation
+1—3
: Increases the sound of a mf strike.
-1—3
: Decreases the sound of a mf strike.
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NOTE
Typically, the region near
the pad’s strike sensor has
extremely high sensitivity. You’ll
be able to make adjustments
more accurately if your strikes
are some distance away from
the sensor.
9 Trigger setup
FINE ADJUST
1In the TRIGGER SETUP screen, press the [PAGE ] to access the FINE ADJUST page.
2Select parameters and use the value knob to adjust them.
Parameters
Threshold
Zone B Sens
Zone C Sens
Adjusts the minimum strike level above which the pad responds.
With lower settings, the pad responds even to softer strikes.
If the pad responds to sounds in the environment, increase this value.
Adjust the sensitivity of zone B and zone C.
Watch the shot meter in the screen, and adjust the setting so that the shot meter indicates “ff” when
you play the strongest shot (ff) you’ll use during performance. If the meter indicates higher than “ff,”
lower the sensitivity.
RIM ADJUST
1In the TRIGGER SETUP screen, press the [PAGE ] to access the RIM ADJUST page.
2Select parameters and use the value knob to adjust them.
Parameters
Head-Rim Adj
Side Rim Adj
This parameter is for a mesh head. It adjusts the boundary between head shots and rim shots.
If a rim shot is sounded when you strike the head, adjust this parameter toward H.
If you find it difficult to play rim shots, adjust this parameter toward R.
This parameter is for the aD-S13. If the rim shot is heard even though you strike the side rim, then
adjust this in the “+” direction. If a rim shot causes the side stick to sound, then adjust this in the “-”
direction.
DRUM TRIG ADJ
This parameter can be set only for a trigger input to which an acoustic drum trigger is connected.
1In the TRIGGER SETUP screen, press [PAGE ] to access the DRUM TRIG ADJ page.
2Select parameters and use the value knob to adjust them.
Cancel time bar
Retrigger
Parameters
Retrigger
Cancel
When using a drum trigger, a single strike might produce two notes (retriggering).
Retrigger Cancel prevents retriggering by ignoring any additional trigger signals that occur within a fixed
time interval from the first trigger signal.
The graph in the screen makes it easy to see the time at which retriggering occurs, and to determine
the setting that is required for retriggering to be ignored.
Procedure
1. Minimize the value.
2. Strike the drum.
3. If the graph shows two or more strikes (retriggering), increase the value until the cancel time bar
covers all of the retriggers.
** The occurrence of retriggering changes depending on the force and location of the strike.
** If you increase the value excessively, rolls and flams will be affected.
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9 Trigger setup
Checking the pad model and the corresponding zones
Here’s how to check the model of pad that is assigned by the wizard, and the zones that can be played from
that pad.
1In the home screen, press [ ].
2Select the [SYSTEM] tab, and press [TRIGGER].
3Press [PAGE
] several times to access the INFO page.
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10 System parameters
10 System parameters
Here you can make settings for the entire aD5.
Entering the system parameter screen
1In the home screen, press [ ].
2Select the [SYSTEM] tab, and press [SYSTEM].
The SYSTEM screen OPTION page appears.
Option settings
1Use [
][ ] to select a parameter, and use the value knob to edit the setting.
Parameters
LCD Contrast
Adjusts the contrast of the display.
LCD Brightness Adjusts the brightness of the display.
Adjusts the output gain of OUTPUT and PHONES in a range of 0—+6 dB.
The default value is “+3 dB.”
Depending on your playing style, distortion (clipping) might occur in the drum sound. If this occurs,
lower the Output Gain.
Output Gain
** This does not affect the gain of the audio that is input to AUDIO IN.
** Starting with firmware version 1.20, the output gain was increased by 3 dB. If you want the gain to
be the same as before, set Output Gain to 0 dB.
The aD5 automatically turns off the power to save electricity when it has not been played or operated
for 30 minutes.
Here you can specify the time until when the power automatically turns off.
Auto Power Off
30 mins : The power turns off after 30 minutes.
4 hours
: The power turns off after four hours.
DISABLE : The power does not turn off automatically.
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10 System parameters
MIDI settings
1Press [PAGE ] to access the MIDI page.
2Use [ ][ ] to select a parameter, and use the value knob to edit the setting.
Parameters
MIDI Channel
Local Control
Parameters
PRODUCT ID
SERIAL NO
FIRMWARE
KITS
INSTS
TONES
STORAGE
USED
When the aD5 is used to
communicate via MIDI with
electronic drums from another
manufacturer, your performance
may not reproduce correctly
due to differences in velocity
messages and hi-hat control
protocols.
Specifies the MIDI channel used to transmit and receive. Normally you’ll set this to channel 10.
If this is set to INDIVIDUAL, each pad transmits messages on a different MIDI channel. You can’t
individually change the MIDI channel of each pad. For reception, sound is produced in response to note
messages of all channels (omni mode).
HINT
MIDI transmit channels for the INDIVIDUAL setting
Pad
Ch
Pad
Ch
KICK
1
HIHAT
6
SNARE
2
CRASH
7
TOM 1
3
RIDE
8
TOM 2
4
AUX 1
9
TOM 3
5
AUX 2
10
If you set MIDI Channel to
INDIVIDUAL, each pad can be
recorded on a separate track
when you record MIDI into your
DAW.
If this is OFF, sound is not produced when you strike the pads; sound is produced in response to
incoming MIDI note messages. Normally you’ll set this ON.
NOTE
‹‹ When you’re MIDI-recording
into a DAW, and the MIDI
messages sent from the aD5
are looped-back, notes will be
triggered in duplicate. Be sure
to turn off MIDI loopback in
your DAW’s settings.
‹‹ If you turn the aD5’s Local
Control OFF and MIDI-record
into a DAW, the aD5 produces
sound in response to the MIDI
messages that have been
routed through the PC (DAW),
meaning that there will be
latency (notes will be delayed).
We recommend that you leave
the aD5’s Local Control ON,
and turn MIDI loopback off in
your DAW.
Information about the unit
1Press [PAGE
NOTE
] to access the INFO page.
Product ID
Serial number
Version of the firmware
Number of saved drum kits
Number of saved instruments
Number of saved tones
Amount of internal storage used
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11 Backup
11 Backup
The contents of the aD5’s internal storage can be backed up to an SD card.
Insert your SD card into the aD5.
Entering the backup screen
NOTE
To avoid losing important data,
we recommend that you save a
backup regularly.
1In the home screen, press [ ].
2Select the [SYSTEM] tab, and press [BACKUP].
The BACKUP screen MENU page appears.
Saving a backup
1Press [SAVE].
2Specify a file name, and select items to be saved.
Remaining amount on the
SD card
Parameter
File Name
Saving Items
Enter a file name for the backup. A name entry screen appears.
Selects the data that is included in the backup. Items for which the check box is selected will be saved.
KIT
:All drum kits in the aD5
INST
:All instruments and tones in the aD5
TRIGGER :Trigger setup
** If you select INST, the KIT check box is always selected as well.
** If you want to save a drum kit individually, use the Kit Export function. (p. 19)
Saving all data in the aD5
Select all three check boxes. The backup will occupy a larger size, and it will take longer to save or load.
If the backup includes instruments that you downloaded from the ATV Sound Store, the backup cannot
be loaded into a different aD5 unit.
Shortening the time for saving or loading
Save without selecting the INST check box. Even if the backup includes instruments that you
downloaded from the ATV Sound Store, the backup can be loaded into a different aD5 unit.
If this backup is loaded into an aD5 unit that lacks the appropriate instruments or tones, some
instruments might not sound.
Saving only the trigger setup
Select only the TRIGGER check box. This lets you switch between trigger setups according to the
configuration of your pads.
3Press [SAVE].
If you decide to cancel without saving, press the [CANCEL] button.
A progress bar is shown while the data is being saved.
When saving is complete, the screen indicates “Completed.”
NOTE
It will take more than fifteen
minutes to save a backup that
includes instruments.
This will vary depending on the
amount of instrument data.
NOTE
‹‹ If a backup of the same name
already exists, the following
message appears. Press
[OK] to overwrite the existing
backup.
“A backup with the same
name already exists.
Overwrite?“
‹‹ If the SD card does not have
sufficient free capacity, the
following message appears.
“Not enough memory on the
SD card.“
NOTE
Do not turn off the power or
remove the SD card while data is
being saved.
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11 Backup
Backup save location
NOTE
SD Card
Do not change the file in the
backup folder.
ATV
aD5BK
Backup0001
Backup0002
Backup0003
The backup is saved as several files in a folder.
If you copy the backup, copy the entire folder.
Loading a backup
NOTE
1Press [LOAD].
All data in the aD5 will be
deleted.
2Use the value knob to select the backup file that you want to load.
NOTE
In some cases, a backup that
includes instruments that were
saved on a different aD5 unit
cannot be loaded. The following
message appears.
“Cannot load this data. This aD5
doesn’t have permission to load
“XXXX.ad5bk”.
Number of saved backups
File size of the selected
backup
Items to be loaded
Trigger setup loading
on/off
If you want to load only drum kit and instrument data into another aD5 unit, turn trigger setup loading off.
3Press [LOAD].
If you decide to cancel without loading, press the [CANCEL] button.
A progress bar is shown while the data is being loaded.
When loading is complete, the screen indicates “Completed.”
4Press the power button to turn off the power, and then turn the power on again.
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NOTE
It takes more than fifteen
minutes to load a backup that
includes the instruments.
This will vary depending on the
amount of instrument data.
11 Backup
Deleting a backup
1Press [DELETE].
2Use the value knob to select the backup file that you want to delete.
Number of backups that are saved
Information for the currently selected backup file
3Press [DELETE].
A confirmation screen appears.
4Press the [OK] button to delete the backup file.
If you decide to cancel without deleting, press the [CANCEL] button.
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12 SD card
12 SD card
Here you can view information about an SD card, or format the card.
Entering the SD card screen
1In the home screen, press [ ].
2Select the [SYSTEM] tab, and press [SD CARD].
The SD CARD screen MENU page appears.
Card information
1Press [CARD INFO].
The INFORMATION page appears.
Parameters
BACKUPS
SIZE USED
SIZE FREE
Number of backup files that are saved
Amount used
Amount remaining
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12 SD card
Formatting a card
WARNING
1Press [FORMAT].
Executing the format operation
will delete the entire contents of
the SD card.
The FORMAT page appears.
2Press [FORMAT].
A confirmation screen appears.
3Press [OK] to execute formatting.
If you decide to cancel without formatting, press [CANCEL].
When formatting is completed, the screen indicates “Completed.”
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13 Reset
13 Reset
Entering the reset screen
1In the home screen, press [ ].
2Select the [SYSTEM] tab, and press [RESET].
The RESET screen MENU page appears.
System reset
This returns the following parameters to their default values.
‹‹ System parameters (Option, MIDI)
‹‹ Trigger setup parameters
‹‹ Best kit registrations
‹‹ Kit group names
1Press [RESET SYSTEM].
2Press [RESET].
A confirmation screen appears.
3Press [OK] to execute system reset.
If you decide to cancel without resetting, press [CANCEL].
When reset is completed, the screen indicates “Completed.”
4Press the power button to turn the power off, and then turn the power on again.
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13 Reset
Restoring the factory-set sounds
To completely return the aD5 to its factory-set state, you can restore the factory sounds.
To do this, you’ll need an SD card and a factory sound data file which you can download from the ATV
website.
Steps on your Mac/PC
1Download the factory sound data file from the ATV website.
NOTE
All of the data in the aD5 will be
deleted.
To safeguard against accidentally
deleting important data, we
recommend that you make a
backup (p. 41).
http://products.atvcorporation.com/drums/ad5/
2Decompress the downloaded file “aD5Sound.zip.”
Decompressing the file creates a folder named “aD5Sound.”
3Place the “aD5Sound” folder in the “ATV” folder of the SD card.
NOTE
If there is no “ATV” folder, insert
the SD card into the aD5 once,
and the folders will be created.
SD Card
ATV
aD5Sound
Steps on the aD5
4Insert the SD card into the aD5.
5Press [RESET FACTORY SOUND].
A message appears, informing you that the drum kits and instruments will be erased.
6Press [NEXT].
The screen shows the steps for the reset.
7Press [NEXT].
The screen shows the steps for the reset.
8Press [RESTORE].
A confirmation screen appears.
9Press [OK] to execute the factory sound restore operation.
NOTE
If you decide to cancel without restoring, press [CANCEL].
It will take 15 minutes or more
for the factory sound data to be
restored.
When the restore is completed, the screen indicated “Completed.”
10 Press the power button to turn the power off, and then turn the power on again.
The factory-set sounds are restored.
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14 Other information
14 Other information
Troubleshooting
Problem
No sound / Insufficient volume
A specific pad produces no sound or
insufficient volume
A specific zone’s sound is not played, is not
loud enough, or is the wrong sound
A specific drum kit does not produce sound,
or is not loud enough
No sound from OUTPUT
Pad/Trigger
When you strike a pad, other pads also
sound
When you strike a pad, two or three notes
are sounded
Sound is not produced when you strike softly
Sound is soft even when you strike strongly
It’s difficult to play a rimshot on a mesh pad
Striking the head of a mesh pad produces
a rimshot
When you strike a drum to which a drum
trigger is attached, two or three notes are
sounded
Can’t control hi-hat open/close.
Foot-close won’t sound.
Backup / SD card
SD card is not recognized /
Saving to SD card is too slow
Can’t load a backup
Import
Can’t import an instrument
You imported a kit, but some pads don’t
sound
Points to check, or action to take
‹‹ Could the pad level be lowered? “Specifying the volume and pan of a pad” (p. 16)
‹‹ Is an instrument assigned to the pad? “Changing the instrument of each pad” (p. 15)
‹‹ Is the pad’s trigger setup appropriate? Correctly specify the model name of the pad. ”Specify the model name of each
pad” (p. 32)
‹‹ Is the trigger cable connected correctly?
‹‹ Are you using the included multi-trigger cable?
‹‹ Could you have changed the instrument’s tone assign setting? “Tone assign” (p. 23)
‹‹ Could the instrument’s tone level be lowered? “Adjusting the volume of each zone” (p. 24)
‹‹ Correctly specify the model name of the pad. ”Specify the model name of each pad” (p. 32)
‹‹ Could the kit volume be lowered?
“Adjusting the volume of the entire drum kit” (p. 14)
‹‹ Check whether there is sound from PHONES.
‹‹ Make sure that the System setting Local Control is ON.
‹‹ Execute the crosstalk cancel wizard.
“MIDI settings” (p. 40)
”<1> Crosstalk cancel setting” (p. 31)
‹‹ Correctly specify the model name of the pad. ”Specify the model name of each pad” (p. 32)
‹‹ Execute the trigger setup wizard. ”Specify using the trigger setup wizard” (p. 33)
‹‹ In trigger setup, adjust Head-Rim Adj toward the R side.
“Fine adjustments to the trigger setup” (p. 36)
‹‹ In trigger setup, adjust Head-Rim Adj toward the H side.
“Fine adjustments to the trigger setup” (p. 36)
‹‹ In trigger setup, adjust Retrigger Cancel.
‹‹ Correctly specify the model of your hi-hat control pedal. ”Specify the model name of each pad” (p. 32)
‹‹ Adjust the hi-hat control pedal. ”<3> Hi-hat control pedal adjustment” (p. 35)
‹‹ Format the SD card on the aD5.
“Formatting a card” (p. 45)
‹‹ If instruments downloaded from the ATV Sound Store were imported into the aD5, a backup of that aD5 unit cannot be
loaded into a different aD5 unit. If the “INST” check box is cleared when saving the backup, that backup can be loaded into
a different aD5 unit as well.
‹‹ An instrument file downloaded from the ATV Sound Store cannot be imported into a different aD5 unit.
‹‹ Since the kit file does not include the sound data of the instruments, instruments that the aD5 does not have are shown as
“NO INST FOUND” and will not sound. “Drum kit import” (p. 21)
List of messages
Message
The preset Inst/Tone can not be deleted.
Cannot delete. This tone is used by inst.
Illegal name
Another kit/inst/backup with the same name
has been found.
The same group name has been found.
Cannot import this data. This aD5 doesn’t
have permission to import “xxxx”.
Cannot load this data. This aD5 doesn’t have
permission to load “XXXX.ad5bk”.
Not enough memory on the SD card.
File not found.
Unformatted.
SD card error.
Internal Storage Full.
Internal Memory Error.
Meaning / Solution
Preset instruments cannot be deleted.
Tones used by an inst cannot be deleted.
The name is not valid. You can’t specify the following names.
‹‹ Names that start with a period
‹‹ Names that end with a period
‹‹ Names consisting of only spaces
A drum kit, instrument, or backup of the same name already exists. Specify a different name.
A kit group of the same name already exists. Specify a different name.
The instrument file cannot be imported into this aD5 unit.
The backup file cannot be loaded into this aD5 unit.
The free space on the SD card is insufficient.
The necessary file cannot be found. Check the following items.
‹‹ Is the file correct?
‹‹ Is the file in the specified location?
The SD card has not been formatted. Format the card.
Failed to read data from the SD card. Try the operation again.
There is insufficient free space in internal storage. Delete unneeded tones.
Try restarting the aD5 several times. If this message continues to be displayed, upload a previously-saved backup, or restore
the factory-set sounds (p. 47). If this message is still displayed, it could be that the internal memory has malfunctioned.
Contact your dealer or ATV support.
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14 Other information
ATV SOUND STORE
Numerous additional sounds (instruments) for the aD5 are available.
By downloading these and importing them into your aD5, you can immediately play the new instruments.
http://store.atvcorporation.com/
Support
Refer to the following URL for frequently asked questions, firmware updates, and other information.
http://products.atvcorporation.com/drums/ad5/
Specifications
Electronic Drum Sound Module
Model: aD5
Item
Specifications
OUTPUT L/R: mono phone x 2
PHONES: stereo phone
AUDIO IN: stereo mini-phone
MULTI TRIGGER INPUT: dedicated multi-connector
Connection jacks /
AUX TRIGGER INPUT 1/2: TRS phone
Interfaces
USB 2.0: type B connector (High Speed)
ATV LINK: RJ45 LAN connector
SD CARD: SD/SDHC card
DC IN: only for the included AC adapter
Power supply
DC 12 V
Current
600 mA
consumption
Dimensions
197 (W) x 144 (D) x 73 (H) mm
Weight
1.1 kg
**Specifications and appearance of this product are subject to change without notice for improvement.
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