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Old 12-31-2012, 04:28 PM
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Hello, I recently purchased a Roland TD-11kv V-Drumset and I'm looking for the best way to record what I play to the PC. I'd like to record drum tracks for producers in the studio.

So far I've tried Hydrogen and Finale Songwriter. I couldn't get Hydrogen to work but I had a little success with Songwriter. The problem with Songwriter is that it was difficult to record the patterns 100% accurately. I could go through and change notes but that's fairly time consuming. I also found that when I export the song to an audio file, the sounds change. I sent an email to Finale about that to see if they could help.

Aside from using MIDI, I can come out of the TD-11 module with left and right cables. Is there a way to use this with the PC? And what program would you use?

Any advice with recording electronic drums to a PC would be extremely helpful. Thanks!

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Old 12-31-2012, 11:56 PM
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You need an input, you most likely could use the microphone in on yiur sound card but it may not be the best quality.

Try it and see what you think


You can use any software you want, Audacity is free.

Cubase, pro tools, logic, etc...

I use cubase and record audio and or midi from my TD-20
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Hey man, I feel it's actually best to record audio AND midi tracs at the same time. You would need an audio/midi interface for this, but I believe you'll get the best results.
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I agree, then you have nothing but options ;-)
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Hey man, I feel it's actually best to record audio AND midi tracs at the same time. You would need an audio/midi interface for this, but I believe you'll get the best results.
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I agree, then you have nothing but options ;-)
I'm sure this is the best option, but for me it's not the easiest. After reading some threads I found that a program I already had works well. AVS4YOU has a recording program, along with a studio-full of edit/mix options. Plus I can save the file to just about any format I want. It was as easy as plugging the usb cable into my PC, turning on the drums, and then opening the program. It recognized the drums right away and all I had to do was click the record button. Check out a song I just did the other night. You can find it on the studio sessions tab on my website. I'm still sort of working on it - not happy with the kick drum; but because I also recorded it to my TD-11 sound module I don't have to actually play it again .. I can just make my adjustments on the kit, and then hit record on the PC, and the play button on the drums and it'll play exactly what I did with the new settings.

However, MIDI proved to be helpful with teaching drum lessons. I recently got my hands on a copy of Finale, so now because of MIDI I can play my drums and have Finale do all the notations for me. It's a great teaching tool for anyone who writes music.

Thanks for the suggestions!
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What are you guys using for Mac? I have Lion 10.7.5. I do have iMovie, I guess that's good enough?

I want to simultaneous record me playing with the iSight camera and audio out from the TD-8.. I assume to the Mic In on my Macbook Pro?
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for recording midi:

i've used a TD10 module in the past which worked fine.

an interface - i have used this in the past with no problems;http://www.google.co.uk/products/cat...ed=0CFkQ8wIwAQ

Superior Drummer (software)

Reaper (recording software - has free neverending trial/is as suitable as anything else).


that interface (plus a texas instruments chipset firewire card if necessary) will give you a latency low enough to hear yourself whilst you play (with no lag/pops/etc).

that being said i'm sure other methods are just as suitable.
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I actually figured it out for the Mac. Got simultaneous video and audio in iMovie HD, sounds great.

MIDI recording is next, I think GarageBand can also do that, if not I'll try Reaper.
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