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I have the Simmons SD9K electronic drum kit. I really love it, but I have two seperate issues. First, I sometimes get a snare pop out of the blue while playing a beat and sometimes just after I stop playing. I have the sensitivity set really high, so high I can't get buzz rolls and I have to hit it real hard to get a sound. I also have the crosstalk, rej time and all other settings set very good I believe. Second, I have been doing alot of recording into the brain module and can't figure out how to do overdubs. After I record a beat and want to throw in some toms, cymbals or cowbell, It won't let me listen to the beat I had just recorded when I go to percussion or parts 1 thru 5. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated. I have only had the kit a little over a month and like I said I really love it, but these two problems are frustrating. Thanks very much, Jamie Darnell.

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With the sensitivity set very high, you might be getting false triggers from static discharges. It sounds like your snare trigger is either bad or possibly the cable from it may have a problem as you should NOT have to set the sensitivity so high.
It will take an oscilloscope to test the pad unless you can find a system to do a sensitivity comparision. The second problem regarding the recording/overdubs I cannot help you solve.

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