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Recording Electronic Drums (Midi question I think)

Discussion in 'Recording' started by RFrecordings, Jun 4, 2007.

  1. RFrecordings

    RFrecordings Active Member

    Mar 23, 2006
    So I decided that I want to record all my drums using an electric kit. I also want to build my own out of Remo practice pads and piezo transducers connected to 1/4 female jacks.

    The problem I'm finding is how I'm going to actually get my computer to record the signals. I don't want to buy a hardware drum module because I all ready have plenty of software drum modules. I guess I don't understand why I can't connect each drum pad to an input on my firewire mixer, and then route each input to a specific sample on my software module. Can I do this?

    If not, then can someone please explain how I can record with electronic drums, or point me in the direction of a tutorial.
  2. ouzo77

    ouzo77 Active Member

    Jan 16, 2006
    Nuremberg, Germany
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    well, you could put a microphone on each practice pad (very close), record the hits to several tracks and then make it sound like drums with drumagog, or something like that, but i don't think the results will be very satisfying.

    you'll need a trigger-to-midi interface to record midi-drums. it's like a drum sound-module but without sounds, so you just plug your pads into the trigger inputs and it generates midi data which you can send to your computer.

    building drum pads from practice pads isn't as easy as it might seem. i'm sure they will work, but i'm also sure they won't work the way you like them to. manufacturers spend years of research to build pads that are playable and precise. they may look like practice pads, but believe me there's much more to it.
    i'd get some pads on ebay. they're not as expensive as you might think. but i wish you luck, anyway!

    hope this helps
  3. vdrummer

    vdrummer Active Member

    Jan 21, 2007
    You could use a Alesis IO with your pads to get the midi

    Or you could just use an Alesis control pad like this:
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    Just picking on the Alesis stuff because it is cheap. I don't recall but there was another trigger pad with midi for around $99 that you could get a Wal-Mart or Target I believe but don't recall details.

    For more info on e-drums and how to DIY visit www.vdrums.com

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