Electronic Drums, mono input, quick channel

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    Hi, I have a Roland TD-17 drum kit. I’m very new to electronic drums and to using a mixer. I only have L&R output from the drum module, I can’t send individual kit components. I see that there are quick channels for individual components and for overhead. Is there a CQ-20B quick channel setting that would make sense to use for the entire kit if I just send left(mono)? Maybe overhead? I’ll ultimately be sending the signal from the CQ-20B to a PA (2 QSC 12.2, 1 QSC KS112). Again, newbie here so if this doesn’t make sense its not you its me! Thank you for any suggestions.

    #117063
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    No, I get it. It’s a reasonable question.
    The channel strip will give you access to EQ, compression, high pass filter, and gate. With a single mono or stereo out for the whole kit I would argue that EQ will be unnecessary since you will tune your drum sounds within the brain and probably don’t want the CQ coloring that. You won’t need a gate since you don’t have any open ambient mics. You may or may not like the sound of some added compression but I probably wouldn’t start with it. Finally, it seems unlikely that you’ll want to use a HPF since all of your drum sounds come through (including kick). Although, some folks still like to apply a really low HPF to the kick (~20hz) as they feel it will clean up the signal from things that likely won’t be reproduced anyway.

    Bottom line is I would personally start with a completely flat traditional channel and see what you think. You could experiment with the low set HPF and compression if desired.

    Also, any reason why you wouldn’t want to run a stereo mix into two (linked stereo) channels on the CQ? Can you pan instruments within the brain? Will you run FOH in stereo? It can be nice to have some of the drum sounds panned while keeping kick and snare centered. Just a thought.

    #117064
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    Thank you! Yes I can pan within the brain, so will explore the stereo feed option. Will start without EQ, compression, high pass filter, and gate.

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