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Recording to midi into Garageband with an electro drum kit?

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shippo_uk Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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Jan 3, 2013 1:32 AM

Hey all

I thought I'd have a play around with a few things this evening on Garageband after work, but wanted to confirm a few things before I start anything.

 

Ive got an electro drum kit with midi capabailities and also have a Midi to USB lead.

 

I am assuming I can take a midi in/out from the electro kits brain through the Midi to USB lead into my Mac.

Connect my headphones to my Mac and play with my kit using the in built Garageband drum sounds?

 

Moving on from this I am assuming I can record the drum midi notes too directly into Garageband (to edit later if necessary)?

 

I'm guessing that if the above is possible the pads on the kit may not correspond to whats sounds are being played in GB so I will have to remap?

 

Moving on further from this I also have a Akai EIE Pro interface with 4 channel inputs, so I was going to attempt to record a full live 3 piece band.

 

(2 vox, 1 guitar, 1 bass) with the Akai, and then also record the midi drums at the same time.

 

I am assuming that this is also possible?

 

Thanks

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • Christoph Drösser Level 6 Level 6 (11,270 points)

    I am assuming I can take a midi in/out from the electro kits brain through the Midi to USB lead into my Mac.

    Connect my headphones to my Mac and play with my kit using the in built Garageband drum sounds?

     

    Yes. Caveat: the Midi to USB "lead" that you mention is actually an interface that might need a driver to work with your computer.

     

    Moving on from this I am assuming I can record the drum midi notes too directly into Garageband (to edit later if necessary)?

     

    Yes.

     

    I'm guessing that if the above is possible the pads on the kit may not correspond to whats sounds are being played in GB so I will have to remap?

     

    Exactly. Does your drumkit allow to assign a midi note to every pad? Then you could adjust it to trigger the correct GB sounds. An alternative is a midi mapping software like MidiPipe that transforms the incoming midi signal (I haven't tried it personally).

    Moving on further from this I also have a Akai EIE Pro interface with 4 channel inputs, so I was going to attempt to record a full live 3 piece band.

    (2 vox, 1 guitar, 1 bass) with the Akai, and then also record the midi drums at the same time.

    I am assuming that this is also possible?

    Yes. Again: make sure you have the right driver for the interface that corresponds to your OS version.

    Happy playing around!

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