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Using MIDI w/ Firepod

Discussion in 'Recording' started by enjoirock, Mar 29, 2006.

  1. enjoirock

    enjoirock Guest

    Hey guys,

    Maybe not the correct forum, but I figured I'd try here. I'm running Cubase SX with a firepod and blah blah blah. Evey once in a while I'll run a keyboard through the firedpod and record some MIDI, although I use a VST called Hypersonic for all the sounds. Basically as I see it, the keyboard just triggers sounds already stored in the program, Hypersonic. I haven't really explored the whole world of MIDI yet, so I'm a little confused on things. My main question here is, well, recently I purchased a Yamaha DTXTREME IIS electronic drum kit. It has MIDI out and in, and when hooked up to the firepod, you can see it's triggering within Cubase. Only problem, you can't hear anything. Now if I run hypersonic, the drums will trigger on some sounds but not others. Is there an easy way to hook up and use the Yamaha or even my keyboard; with it's own, already stored, sounds? Or do I have to run it through a program like Hypersonic?

  2. pr0gr4m

    pr0gr4m Well-Known Member

    MIDI IS NOT AUDIO. It is computer data.

    If you want to hear the audio from those devices, you need to hook up the audio ouputs of the devices, (drums or keyboard) into the Firepod the same way you would do with a microphone.
  3. enjoirock

    enjoirock Guest

    Ok, I understand that MIDI isn't audio. I guess my question here is: Is there a way to get the stored sounds from a device, to your computer so that the device triggers it's own sounds? That still sounds a little confusing. Alright, is there Yamaha DTXTREME IIS software that you can load? Or do you have to just find a program that works (something like Hypersonic)?
  4. KyroJoe

    KyroJoe Guest

    Record the Midi data on the midi track and the Audio on audio track at the same time from either digital (spdif) or L/R 1/4" jacks into firepod.

    Once you have the midi data you can manipulate it and/or route firepod midi out to the kit controller midi in and re-record audio back to firepod through the digital (spdif) or L/R 1/4" jacks.

    Kyro Studios
  5. pr0gr4m

    pr0gr4m Well-Known Member

    The devices should already be triggering their own sounds. On the keyboard, if you have the audio outputs hooked up to some speakers, you should hear the sounds on the keyboard. Same goes for the drums. You need to plug in the audio outputs of the devices to the audio inputs of the Firepod so that you can record the audio from these devices.

    Test with headphones. When you play the keyboard or drums, do you hear anything in the heaphones connected to the device?

    If you don't, then you will want to look through the setup for a MIDI setting called LOCAL. LOCAL refers to the controller device. When LOCAL is set to ON, when you play a note on the keyboard, you should hear sound from the keyboard. If LOCAL is set to OFF, then the note you play on the keyboard will only transmit MIDI data. It won't transmit data to the sound generator of the keyboard. Normally this mode is used when you are using the device as a master controller.

    There is no software you need to load. The sounds exist within the devices themselves, not on the computer.

    Now, if you are recording MIDI data and playing it back and want it to trigger the keyboard and drums, you'll need set the MIDI channel on the devices to whatever MIDI channel you have the MIDI transmitting on.

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