Record Roland on Mac using drum's module, via jack


New member
Hi all, I'm very new here and quite a newbie in the electronic drums world as well, so I apologize if my question is overly dumb :)

I would like to register my electronic drums on Mac, using the sound coming from the module itself, rather than going through the MIDI output and use programs like Garage Band. Ideally I would like to record simply on Audacity.

The problem is simply that I cannot make my drum to be recognized by the Mac as an external input source.
I tried to get informed and read that indeed I cannot just plug a mic (or any other input, for as it matters) into the 3.5 mm jack port of the mac and get it recognized, but I first need to buy a Y cable splitter to split mic and headphones channels.
Nonetheless, not even doing so I'm able to see the drums as an external device.

My equipment is the following:
- MacBook Air, Mid 2012, with iOS 10.13.6;
- Roland TD-1KV (
- MillSO Audio Cable Splitter (
- a male-male 3.5 mm jack 2-ring cable (the only thing written on it is "AWM 2464 VW-1 80°C E154770 26AWGX2 LANSING 300V")

If I plug the double-male jack cable into any amplifier or speaker it works out of the box and I can hear the drums' sounds as it comes out of its module.
But I am unable to make my Mac recognize it (not with Audacity, nor with any other program, nor the system sound settings).

What am I doing wrong? Do I need extra equipment I am not aware of?
Many thanks for any help! :)

Vapor Trail

Junior Member
Hi there. I'm also totally new to electronic drums. Just ordered a set of Roland drums to facilitate quieter practice sessions and maybe do some recording. I think you need to use USB connection to the Mac.

Take a look at the product page for your set:

I didn't do a deeper dive on your particular model, but I know the kit I have on the way interfaces with Mac/PC via USB. You may need drivers on your computer as well for the drums to be recognized.

Good luck!


I'm plugging into an iRig adapter, then plugging that into my ipad. You need to make sure that you're using the correct plug. I think you need to use a three ring plug, at least that fixed my problems. GarageBand works OK. I thought it was a little tricky to set up. An iRig adapter sends a digital signal to my ipad, and that worked much better for my with my Alesis DM10.