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How do I set up my drumset?
There is no right or wrong way to set up your drums: it all comes down to your personal preferences, playing style and what you find comfortable.  The most common way of setting up your drums is to have your snare in the center between your legs with the bass drum slightly to right of center on the floor, and the hihat stand on your left.  Toms are mounted above the bass drums on a bass mount or on tom stands, usually going left to right in order of size (and descending pitch), with the floor toms following same principle to the right of the bass drum.  (Assuming you're right-handed: left-handed players sometimes reverse the positions, but a lot of lefty players also play on right-oriented setups.  Feel free to experiment with what works for you).  
How do I tune my drumset?
Common practice is to tune batter heads (the striking side) to a slightly higher pitch than the resonant head (the bottom side), which makes the pitch bend downwards as the sound decays after striking the drum. Tuning is mostly about getting the drumhead at an even tension at your desired pitch, which will be up to you: the higher the tension, the higher the pitch.  To tune, seat the head properly, making sure that it sits perfectly flat and even on the edge of the drum and that the tension rods are finger-tight.  Lightly tap the drumhead at each tension rod about an inch in from the counterhoop, and slowly tighten them with a drum key. It's common to move across the drum to the opposite tension rod from the one you started, then to an adjacent tension rod to the right or left, then across the drum again to its opposite, repeating as many times as necessary until all the tension rods have been tightened.  What you want is for the pitch at every tension rod to be the same: go to every tension rod and fine tune it from one to the next.  It's recommended that you tune the bottom head first before flipping the drum to use the same tuning pattern on the batter head.  Note that bass drum heads are tuned much looser than toms or snare: just tight enough to get rid of wrinkles on the drumhead is usually enough.  At the end of the day, it's about taste and getting the right sound for the gig: don't be afraid to experiment!  
Do I have to use the NFUZD Audio USB Drive?
Yes, not all USB Drives are the same. NFUZD Audio has produced the correct USB Drive to work with this system. If you use another drive you run the risk of losing your data.

Although there is no official list of USB Drive matches for our NSPIRE I/O Module, please visit our Forum for a running list of potential USB Drive options.

Note: Manufacturers of USB Drives are constantly changing their internal components, if you are using a 3rd party USB Drive with the NSPIRE I/O Module, test the USB Drive by copying previously saved files onto the USB Drive to ensure your USB Drive will work with the NSPIRE I/O Module.

The format for the USB Drive is FAT32.
Does it matter what kind of sticks I use?
No. Play the sticks that you like. You do however want to make sure the sticks are new because a splintered stick can and will ruin the silicone and rubber playing surfaces over time.
What is the difference between 2-Zone and 3-Zone trigger pads?
The cymbals are three zone with Bell, Bow and Edge used to trigger sounds.  The 13" and 14" Snare/Tom pads are also three zone with Head, Rim and Cross Stick sounds available when plugged into the Snare and Percussion trigger inputs.  The HH and tom trigger pads have 2 zones with Bow and Edge for the Hi-Hat and Head and Rim for the toms.
How do I know the trigger pads are mounted correctly?
The snare and tom pads float on the rims of your acoustic drums. With flanged hoops they will feel like they snap on, similar to a plastic food container. They sit directly on Die-cast hoops. Make sure you use the Spin Stoppers on the cymbals. That will keep them from spinning. The HH uses the supplied customized Clutch to keep the cymbal from spinning as long as the pull rod is tightened down.
Can I play along with my own music?
Yes. You have two options. There is a 1/8" Aux input on the left side of the mYes. You have two options. There is a 1/8" Aux input on the left side of the module with a volume knob on the top right of the module directly under the Headphone Volume knob. You can also play music from your computer directly through your module using BFD Eco NFUZD and the Jukebox function. You can also set the NFUZD I/O Module as the sound card for your computer to play audio files. The audio files use the Direct 1 and 2 outputs. The Headphones will monitor both the Main and Direct outputs.odule with a volume knob on the top right of the module directly under the Headphone Volume knob. You can also play music from your computer directly through your module using BFD Eco NFUZD and the Jukebox function. You can also set the NFUZD I/O Module as the sound card for your computer to play audio files. The audio files use the Direct 1 and 2 outputs. The Headphones will monitor both the Main and Direct outputs.
Which end of the trigger cable do I use to connect the pad?
The trigger pads and cymbals are design to use the right angle side of the cable to plug into the trigger.  The straight end goes into the module or extension cable.
Can I use other brands of trigger pads with the NSPIRE system?
No. The NSPIRE system is design to use the NSPIRE pads for optimal performance.
How do I adjust the volume?
The headphones are controlled by the knob at the top left of the NSPIRE module. The Main output is digitally controlled. Press the MIXER button and use the Data Dial to adjust the volume.
I hear a popping sound when I power the NSPIRE I/O Module on and off. Is this correct?
Turning on any electronic instrument can cause a popping sound if the speaker system is on or if the headphones are plugged in.  Please make sure that you have muted the channel on your outboard audio gear.  You also may not want to have the headphones on when powering on or off.
I have everything set up and plugged in but I do not hear any sounds.
First, if you are using headphones, make sure the volume knob on the top left of the NSPIRE is turn up. Next, look at the screen on the KIT Menu. Make sure it is not set to 01: Computer. That preset is designed for playing sounds from the computer. All of the module voices are set to blank instrument voices.
Can I listen to drum sounds without playing the NSPIRE Set?
Yes, Press the SEQ Menu button on the left side of the NSPIRE I/O Module. You must have the NFUZD Audio USB Drive plugged in. Then you will see different drum sequences that can be played. Press the Play button directly under the SEQ button and the file will start playing. Press the KIT Menu button and use the Data Dial to scroll through different sets.
Can I incorporate the electronic drums along with my acoustic drums?
Yes, that is commonly referred to as hybrid drumming. With the NSPIRE system you can add the trigger pads quickly to your set at any time, on top of any acoustic drum you like for a combination of acoustic and electronic.
What is a Firmware update?
From time to time we will announce firmware updates for the NSPIRE I/O module. This is a file that updates the settings in the module and are important for optimal performance.

Product Information

Are the NSPIRE pads the same size as the heads on my acoustic kit?
Yes. Tom trigger pads are 10", 12", 13", 14", and 16" just like an acoustic kit. The snare trigger pad is 14" and the kick trigger pad fits bass drum sizes of 18” and larger. 

This means you will no longer be forced to adapt your technique and style to conform to smaller targets and tighter setups. Because the NSPIRE System uses real sized trigger pads that fit on top of any acoustic drum kit, it allows you to maintain your acoustic setup and spacing. There is zero change in the range of motion or disruption of muscle memory when you switch between your acoustic kit and the NFUZD set-up. Additionally, each pad has a soft silicone real sized surface that is comfortable to play
Are the NSPIRE pads easy to install?
Yes. The NSPIRE Series trigger pads install on your acoustic drums quickly and easily, allowing players to convert to electronic surfaces in minutes. Tom and Snare Trigger Pads fit snugly on the rims of the acoustic drums. There is no need to remove the rims or heads so your acoustic drums stay completely intact. The kick trigger pad mounts on the bass drum hoop just like any standard bass drum pedal.

The ride and crash trigger pads mount just like acoustic cymbals, utilizing the included cymbal spin stopper which allows the natural motion of a cymbal while preventing the pad from spinning. 
What is the quality of the NSPIRE System acoustic sounds?
The NSPIRE System utilizes 16-Bit/44.1 KHz CD quality onboard WAV samples, allowing for superior acoustic sounds with a wide dynamic range. Each sample was recorded with a variety of head combinations, and with the snare strainer on and off to truly capture the acoustic experience. 

Rather than use loop points and false fades to create theimpression of sustain, the NSPIRE cymbal samples are full stereo WAV files with a natural decay, producing a truly realistic acoustic cymbal sound.

Bass drum sounds in the NSPIRE Series I/O Module are true recreations of their acoustic counterparts. Bass drum samples possess a much wider frequency response throughout the length of each note compared to typical electronic drum kits. This results in a much fuller sound with more power.
Can I import samples into the NSPIRE System?
Yes. The NSPIRE Series I/O Module features open architecture, allowing the easy import of new samples and presets from BFD Eco NFUZD Edition, or other VST software. A drummer can now have access to a virtually limitless palette of uncompressed sounds. The I/O Module includes MIDI maps for the most popular VST drum programs.

All MIDI assignments are separate from internal sounds. This allows for creating very flexible sound palettes when using additional hardware and software. And when using the included NSPIRE 8GB USB Drive, you can take your favorite samples and presets with you and leave the laptop at home.
What is Advanced Drum Emulation?
The NSPIRE Advanced Drum Emulation (A.D.E.) system allows drummers to play real drum sizes, allowing a player to maintain their exact acoustic setup. The NSPIRE A.D.E. has the most realistic sounds possible for any electronic drumming product due to the use of uncompressed WAV files. The open architecture of NSPIRE and the easy installation of the pads make the NSPIRE A.D.E. system the easiest to use, best sounding system on the market today.

BFD Eco NFUZD Edition Software

What is BFD Eco NFUZD Edition?
The power of the NSPIRE system comes from a custom version of the award winning BFD Eco. This BFD Eco NFUZD Edition is an acoustic drum software that provides multi-sampled instruments played with a variety of different articulations and recorded with multiple microphones, including real ambient channels. The stereo ambience provides the actual sound of the drums within the room they were recorded in.
How do I install BFD Eco NFUZD Edition?
You can view brief instructions within the NFUZD NSPIRE User Manual. You can download a PDF of the User Manual here: nfuzdaudio.com/support/manuals/

For a complete instruction guide, please visit FXpansion:  www.fxpansion.com/nfuzdeco_install
Is there a manual that explains how to use BFD Eco NFUZD Edition?
You can view brief instructions within the NFUZD NSPIRE User Manual. You can download a PDF of the User Manual here: nfuzdaudio.com/support/manuals/

The full BFD Eco NFUZD Edition manual is available at: www.fxpansion.com/nfuzdeco_manual

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