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Russ Miller Signature "Work Horse" DCP Tone Shapes 


“When Zildjian asked me, to create this signature palette of Tone Shapes for the Gen16 DCP system, I immediately thought of calling them the “Work Horse” patches. I wanted to make solid, versatile Tone Shapes that could work in a variety of musical situations and get you started utilizing the Gen16 system in your everyday playing situations. Of course, these can be interchanged (they are leveled to do so) and you could just use a couple of sounds and not the entire setup. I programmed these while playing the full kit in the studio. Everything was referenced through the studio console and used in music tracking to confirm levels and projection qualities. I believe it represents some of the best tones possible from the system and I hope they are as effective and inspiring to you, as they were to me!”




Click here to download all the Gen16 Tone Shapes which includes 10 Factory Tone Shapes, Russ Miller’s “Work Horse” Tone Shapes and Simon Edgoose’s “Essential Sounds” Tone Shapes. 




For best results Russ recommends the DS sensor be placed at the base of the bell

Remember; the O-Ring goes between the sensor & the cymbal (underside of cymbal)


Simon Edgoose Signature DCP Tone Shapes 

“These Tone Shapes are designed to give a selection of simple sounds that can be used for everyday playing. Some tone shapes are more general use such as the Bright, Classic and Dark, while others such as the Low Short and the Low Pass/ High Pass are designed for more electronic uses. When it comes to positioning the pickup I generally use the sixth line of holes below the bell for the ride, and a similar position for the crashes and the splash. The hihat is different in that I set the pick up about one third of the distance along the bow from the bell to the edge, closer to the bell. I have found that the placement of the pickup can dramatically change the sound of the cymbals. In my experience, most of the high frequencies of a cymbal come from the bell; therefore if the pickup is mounted close to the bell it will give a brighter sound. If I want a darker, dry sound, I generally move the pickup more towards the edge, never more than half way from the bell to the very edge of the cymbal. You also have to remember that moving the pickup closer to the edge will dampen the cymbal. I have used electronic drums for many years now, but in my experience, no pads feel like Gen 16 cymbals, because they are real cymbals, not plastic and rubber. They feel very natural and very comfortable to play.”





Click here to download all the Gen16 Tone Shapes which includes
10 Factory Tone Shapes, Russ Miller’s “Work Horse” Tone Shapes
and Simon Edgoose’s “Essential Sounds” Tone Shapes.






When your DCP is connected to your computer via USB, with the DCP Access Tool you can check your Cymbal Processor's software and hardware version numbers, check the Gen16 servers for available upgrades, upgrade your Cymbal Processor's firmware, and upload new cymbal and reverb DSP presets to it.

The Access Tool application can also display a variety of information about your Cymbal Processor such as its firmware and hardware versions, which may be important if you ever need to contact Gen16 Tech Support.

The Access Tool will automatically check for DCP firmware updates on launch if a DCP is connected and an internet connection is available. You can also check manually at any time by selecting "Check for Updates" in the Access Tool's "Help" menu. If updates are available, the Access Tool will guide you through the download and installation process.

System Requirements:
- Macintosh OS X v10.4 (Tiger) or higher, Intel processor only
- Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7/8

Current Access Tool Version Available for Download: Version 3.2.0, Released June 29, 2013.
Access Tool Release Notes for Version 3.2.0:
Mac Version
PC Version
Complete Version History

- Mac Version 3.2.0 Download
- PC Version 3.2.0 Download


Download the file below and open it with the Access Tool while the DCP is connected to your computer
The installation wizard will guide you through the update process.
Note: The last update firmware that the Access Tool will recognize through automatic updates is 2.1.3. Any updates after this need to be installed manually.
Release Notes:

DCP Firmware 3.1.0

The presets in this update require DSP firmware 1.5.8 or higher. If your DSP firmware needs to be updated, the auto-upgrade system will notify you separately.

Access Tool 3.2.0 or later must be used to administer this update.

The update includes 10 presets and 13 reverbs designed for the Direct Source Pickups.

 "Cym3" and "Cym4" contain crash tone shapes
"Cym5" contains china tone shapes

Changes since v2.1.3:

-  DCP output is briefly muted when changing tone shapes
-  AE Microphone Pickup tone shapes have been removed
-  10 improved presets for the Direct Source Pickups

DCP Firmware Updater Release Notes: View
Current Versions:
DCP: 3.1.1 Click here for the updated Firmware
DSP: 1.5.8
Bootloader: 2.6.1

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