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Electric Drum Kit in GB, HELP!

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Vinny554 Calculating status...
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Mar 15, 2013 11:59 PM

Ok, I have no idea what's going on, but it's really really ticking me off.

 

So I just blew a few hundred bucks on an electric drum set, a Simmons. A few weeks ago, my friend who just bought one plugged it into my MacBook Pro via USB, and when I opened up Garageband, the set was detected and we were able to record immediately. I just bought one for myself, set it up correctly and everything. So I plugged it in via USB and opened up Garageband, and wham, it says my MIDI device was detected. However, NOTHING I do comes up on the Mac. It detects none of my drum playing or anything. It gives me no other options than "System Setting" or "Built-In Microphone", in preferences for the audio input, but it says "One MIDI input detected". And the option is grayed out when I start a new Software Instrument track. Nothing is registered on the computer.

 

*** IS GOING ON!

  • Christoph Drösser Level 6 Level 6 (11,270 points)
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    Mar 16, 2013 2:42 PM (in response to Vinny554)

    You'll have to understand the difference between audio and midi tracks. In order to use midi, the audio input doesn't matter - just create a software instrument (green) track with a drum instrument, and it should pick up your drumset's signals.

  • Christoph Drösser Level 6 Level 6 (11,270 points)
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    Mar 17, 2013 4:30 AM (in response to Vinny554)

    And the option is grayed out when I start a new Software Instrument track.

     

    What option?

  • mdee Level 2 Level 2 (220 points)
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    Mar 17, 2013 7:05 AM (in response to Vinny554)

    Not knowing all the details of your system I will ask you a few questions that you can use as a checklist.

     

    You are wanting to use the Simmons as a MIDI Drum Controller ONLY. Correct? You plugged the USB cable from the Drum Module to your Mac and you went into your Audio Midi settings found inside your Utilities folder to make sure the device is recognized and you have the proper MIDI receive Channel(s) selected right? Midi Channel 10 is the standard channel for Drums in most cases.

     

    If there is a selector switch on your Drum Module for USB MIDI Out you made sure it is transmitting the MIDI info out the USB Bus and not selected (if any) for the MIDI Out 5 pin Din Connector correct? And if need be you selected the device in GB's preferences and then selected a Midi Drum Kit on a midi track, put it in record ready and what?

  • mdee Level 2 Level 2 (220 points)
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    Mar 17, 2013 1:25 PM (in response to Vinny554)

    Ok so if the green light is not flashing then either your drums are not transmitting the MIDI signal or the Mac is not receiving it. Are there any Global MIDI Parameters/Menu's on the Drum Module? I'd check that first.

     

    Next by any chance do you have another USB cable you can swap out? Finally do you by any chance have an Audio Midi Interface? I ask because I have a Yamaha DTX500 Module that is MIDI out only (no USB). #1. I have a MIDI cable going from the Drum Module into my MOTU Audio Interface. The MOTU shows up in the Audio MIDI Settings and #2. I created a DTX500 Instrument that is physically plugged into it.

     

    In the #3. Garageband Preferences I select the MOTU Audio Interface and for Drums #4. I select Addictive Drums.

     

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  • mdee Level 2 Level 2 (220 points)
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    Mar 17, 2013 3:39 PM (in response to Vinny554)

    My set up is: Yamaha DTX500 Drum Module's MIDI Out --> to MIDI In on my MOTU 828. MOTU 828 is FireWire 800 Out --> to iMac FW800. I had to create the Generic Module in my Audio Midi Settings for my DTX500. To access it I double clicked on it. BUT I have a Keyboard controller that is USB and it just floats inside the Audio Midi Setup. (see picture) It doesn't show those same settings so most likely this is how you see your Drum Module? My final advice to you is to get with your friend and copy down his exact settings from the Drum Module settings Menus to the Audio Midi Settings in the Mac and the Preference Settings inside Garageband. Good Luck!

     

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    GarageBand (Mac) '11, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3)

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