Originally Posted by BlindRacer
Thank you everyone. I think I'm starting to understand what it is, and how it's used.
From what has been said here, and what I've learned from my previous research, It looks like picking up a complete kit with it's own module, might be a better start.
After I have a quality set up of rack/frame/pads/pedals...then I'll be able to plug the module into my computer, and go the VST route.
When using a VST, is there much of a difference between a middle of the road module, and a top of the line flagship module? At that point, it only seems like a trigger controller, and just sends the midi info to the comp.
If this is the case, then for instance, I buy a Yamaha. Would I have any differences between their DTX500 line vs the DTX900 line, when using a VST - Addictive or Superior etc? Same for a middle and high end Roland and any others.
I have around $2k that I'm setting aside to get the best kit that I can. Can possibly push that up a little if it's really worth it.
Another kit that I came across, that looks like it is supposed to be released in the US in the next month or so, is the 2box. If I'm understanding the DrumIt5 module correctly, It is almost like having a VST, but within the module. So it will play samples as opposed to synthesized sounds. Along with a vast amount of expansion.
I've not been able to find what the cost of the 2box model will be in the US. Does anyone know if it's near the $2k that I've got? And would it be worth it to get something along these lines?
Something else that I've seen regarding VST's, is that I could get a dedicated netbook or similar, and only use it to run one of the VST's, and keep it mounted to my rack. Would there be any issues with something like this? Given that I could find one with a good amount of ram and processor speed.
I use a macbook to run vsts.. it works but its all in how you use it.
If i record something and mix it down with Vsts i can make it sound better.
A basic set of samples is no big deal.. if you want to eq them, mix them down, have reverb, effects and all that, bleed in the mics, it starts to take up ALOT of memory.
not uncommon to be up to 4GB of memory used in my laptop running a vst... sometimes quite a bit more... without the memory you get latency issues which sucks.
you would need a decent laptop and you should be fine... a solid state drive helps too.
any module that has midi out should work.they all send the signal the same as the other. Roland vs 2box vs Yamaha. td10 vs td20 vs dtx500 . they are all the same ideal.
the only difference will be the ONBOARD sounds. if your going vst route that makes no difference. also.. search 2box. there is alot on this..
you can also put your OWN sounds on a 2box.. thats why they are like a "vst" but you will still be better with a real program like superior for sound quality.