£695 (Dru­mit Three), £89 (Trigit set) 2Box make a re­turn with an af­ford­able stand-alone e-kit mod­ule and trig­gers

Rhythm - - GEAR REVIEW - Words: Tom Bradley

Fol­low­ing on some years later from the Dru­mit Five e-kit, 2Box’s Dru­mit Three mod­ule has just hit the mar­ket with a host of new fea­tures up its sleeve. Boast­ing ‘Open Sound Ar­chi­tec­ture’ and a ‘Uni­ver­sal Trig­ger In­ter­face’, the DI3 prom­ises to make a wor­thy re­place­ment for your ex­ist­ing e-kit mod­ule or a pow­er­ful hub at the cen­tre of your hy­brid setup.


In terms of ap­pear­ance, the Dru­mit Three is a no-frills af­fair. The an­gu­lar body is black for the most part with text and other high­lights ap­pear­ing in the trade­mark 2Box or­ange. There is a small LCD dis­play on the right of the mod­ule with a ro­tary con­troller un­der­neath and other ad­di­tional but­tons cor­re­lat­ing to menu items on the screen. Nav­i­ga­tion works through a page up and down sys­tem un­der two main ‘kit’ and unit’‘ menus.

From the main kit menu we scroll through 100 kit slots of which there are a mas­sive 90 pre-pro­grammed kits. Im­pres­sively, these in­clude sig­na­ture kits from drum­ming gi­ants such as Marco Min­ne­mann, Si­mon Phillips and Randy Black.

In terms of con­nec­tiv­ity, we find the usual phones out­put and a line-in (both ¼" stereo jack), four mono jack out­puts (pro­gram­mable as mas­ter out­puts, bus sends or sub out­puts) and 14 trig­ger in­puts, which in­cludeA and B cym­bal trig­gers to ac­com­mo­date three-zone cym­bal pads. The mod­ule can han­dle kick, snare (three-zone), four tom pads (dual-zone), hi-hats and three cym­bals.

The Uni­ver­sal Trig­ger In­ter­face sup­ports many types of piezo and switch trig­gers rang­ing from 2Box’s own hard­ware to Roland, Yamaha, Ale­sis and more.

With an in­built 4GB me­mory and no ex­ter­nal ex­pan­sion avail­able, sur­pris­ingly, the mod­ule is al­ready at over 90 per cent ca­pac­ity straight out of the box. How­ever, due to the open source na­ture of the sys­tem, it is pos­si­ble to back up the orig­i­nal sounds via the com­puter and start afresh, should you wish to free up space. Us­ing the 2Box Dru­mit Ed­i­tor soft­ware it is pos­si­ble not only to tweak the ex­ist­ing kits but also cre­ate multi-lay­ered user sounds com­pletely from scratch. This is a huge fea­ture, es­pe­cially at this rel­a­tively low price point.

In­cluded with our re­view mod­ule is a set of five 2Box Trigit acous­tic trig­gers – one larger model specif­i­cally for bass drum and four smaller snare/tom (dual-zone) ver­sions. The satin chrome trig­gers have a sleek ap­pear­ance and fit snugly to the kit via drum key bolts.

"The sheer amount of cus­tomi­sa­tion pos­si­ble means that the DI3 comes into its own as a hy­brid tool"

Hands On

Af­ter ini­tially wiring in the mod­ule with our Roland e-kit, we ex­cit­edly dive into ex­plor­ing the kit pre­sets, only to find that some work is re­quired in or­der to set up our pads cor­rectly. Where mod­ules like the AT V aD5 have setup wizards with a list of kit or pad mod­els to choose from, the DI3 re­quires the trig­ger type to be se­lected for each in­di­vid­ual pad. Fol­low­ing this, there is still some ad­di­tional tweak­ing to be done be­fore it starts to feel com­pletely nat­u­ral.

With the ad­min out of the way, we get down to the busi­ness of check­ing out the in­built kits. Over­all, the sam­ples are of a high qual­ity, although in iso­la­tion some are a lit­tle noisy (we even find a ride sam­ple where we hear what sounds like a rick­ety cym­bal stand). The kits play very nat­u­rally and have great dy­namic re­sponse, par­tic­u­larly in the snare and ride cym­bals. Ghost notes move seam­lessly into ac­cented notes and rimshots while ride pat­terns are trans­lated well, even with our ba­sic dual-zone pad.

The toms have a nat­u­ral qual­ity to them and are far from over-pro­duced, although some are tuned rather high and some­times don’t feel quite right for the re­spec­tive kits. With the help of the drag-and-drop Dru­mit Ed­i­tor soft­ware, we man­age to put to­gether a cou­ple of kits us­ing our own sam­ples, which brings playa­bil­ity to the next level.

The sheer amount of cus­tomi­sa­tion pos­si­ble means that the DI3 comes into its own as a hy­brid tool. Pads can be pro­grammed to play back­ing tracks and loops, con­trol the metronome (start/stop or tap tempo) and ad­vance through kit patches. In ad­di­tion, there are mute group ca­pa­bil­i­ties and the vast rout­ing op­tions al­low you to choose an out­put des­ti­na­tion for each in­di­vid­ual el­e­ment. Im­ported tracks can even send the left and right chan­nels in­di­vid­u­ally for split click and track. Us­ing the 2Box Trigit trig­gers, we are able to ex­per­i­ment with bring­ing this func­tion­al­ity to the acous­tic kit and it makes for hours of fun. Us­ing only min­i­mal trig­gers to layer up the kick and snare also of­fers pleas­ing re­sults in terms of dy­namic re­sponse and works won­ders in beef­ing out the sound of our acous­tic kit.

Gen­eral nav­i­ga­tion of the mod­ule takes some get­ting used to and it’s def­i­nitely one where you’ll want to keep the man­ual close at hand.


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