Alesis Forge not sending Midi correctly

Hi

I connected my Alesis Forge e-drum kit to my laptop with the Midi USB cable. I made sure to use my ASIO Behringer UMC204HD for audio output, and fired up SampleTank CS. This is a setup that has proven to work with no issues on my piano.

The Forge uses Midi Channel 10, so sure enough, I added the drum samples to channel 10 and gave it a bash. In about 10 hits of, say: the snare, only 1 beat played a sample.

The Midi signal light in SampleTank lit up with every hit, so I know the kit is sending out the Midi, but the signal meter to indicate a sound plays, only lights up for some of the hits (subsequently playing the sound). However, while I can be sure that the Forge is sending out hits, the SampleTank was working fine with my digital piano just last week,

I don't think this is a standard latency problem, as the signal meter for the sound isn't lighting up either, which I think confirms it's not a latency issue,

Could someone please help me diagnose and fix?
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  • Hello,

    Thanks for posting.

    It sounds like you'll need to make some adjustments to your sensitivity and threshold settings. See below for more information:

    Sensitivity By increasing the Sensitivity setting for a specific trigger, that trigger will respond to lighter hits more forcefully.  Higher values let you produce louder sounds with less force. Lower values require more force to produce quieter sounds.  

    The Alesis mesh drum heads include an added physical knob to adjust the sensitivity of the piezo pickups inside of the head. The knob adjust how much the module will respond to the inner vs. outer pickups inside of the head.  Additionally, you can also adjust the Trigger sensitivity and many other settings within the Forge kit module as well.

    To adjust this setting, follow these steps:

    1.  Press Kit to enter the Kit Selection page (if you are not already viewing it).
    2.  Press Menu to enter the Kit Menu.
    3.  Use the Down and Up buttons to select Trigger, and then press Enter.
    4.  Hit the pad whose settings you want to edit. The pad’s name will appear at the top of the display. Alternatively, use the Down and Up buttons to select the pad’s name at the top of  the display, and then use the Jog Wheel or Left (<) and Right (>) buttons to change it.
    5.  Use the Down and Up buttons to select SENSITIVITY or RIM SENS which will allow adjustment of the pads rim if applicable. 
    6.  Adjust the sensitivity value using the Jog Wheel.
    7.  Once adjusted press the Save button.
       
    Threshold The Threshold setting is similar to Sensitivity in that if it is set to a low value, a very light hit will trigger a sound.  However, the difference is this: If the Threshold setting is increased, there will be absolutely no sound until the pad is hit with a certain amount of force.  This allows for accidental unintentional hits to automatically be eliminated in real-time.

    To adjust this setting, follow these steps:

    1.  Press Kit to enter the Kit Selection page (if you are not already viewing it).
    2.  Press Menu to enter the Kit Menu.
    3.  Use the Down and Up buttons to select Trigger, and then press Enter.
    4.  Hit the pad whose settings you want to edit. The pad’s name will appear at the top of the display. Alternatively, use the Down and Up buttons to select the pad’s name at the top of  the display, and then use the Jog Wheel or Left (<) and Right (>) buttons to change it.
    5.  Use the Down and Up buttons to select THRESHOLD.
    6.  Adjust the threshold value using the Jog Wheel.
    7.  Once adjusted press the Save button. 
       
    ReTrigger The ReTrigger setting focuses on how quickly one strike comes after another, rather than how much force a pad is being hit with.  By adjusting the ReTrigger setting higher, any accidental secondary hits that come immediately after the first intentional hit, will be eliminated.  The lower the setting, the more likely the second hit will be heard.

    We've found that putting this around "2" is usually sufficient for most playing styles, even when using a double-kick pedal. 

    To adjust this setting, follow these steps:

    1.  Press Kit to enter the Kit Selection page (if you are not already viewing it).
    2.  Press Menu to enter the Kit Menu.
    3.  Use the Down and Up buttons to select Trigger, and then press Enter.
    4.  Hit the pad whose settings you want to edit. The pad’s name will appear at the top of the display. Alternatively, use the Down and Up buttons to select the pad’s name at the top of  the display, and then use the Jog Wheel or Left (<) and Right (>) buttons to change it.
    5.  Use the Down and Up buttons to select RETRIG CANCEL.
    6.  Adjust the re-trigger value using the Jog Wheel.
    7.  Once adjusted press the Save button. 

    I hope this helps!
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  • Hi, I tried everything you suggested but with no luck. However, I managed to get the Forge working perfectly with another drum plugin, so I can confirm that this issue is not the Forge, but SampleTank.

    Thank you for your time anyway!
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