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How do I attach an electric drum kit to an iPad 2 to use garage band?

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May 21, 2012 1:36 PM

Hi guys,


I have recently discovered garge band on iPad 2 and really do think there's is heaps of potential with it! However I have come stuck with a few things... I want to use my Yamaha DTXplorer as a drum kit and have heard that this is possible with the right tools, problem is this is all new to me and I haven't got a clue how to do it...


My question is, is it possible to do this with the iPad 2 and with my Yamaha DTXplorer, and if so what do I need / how do I do it? Also what are the costs involved with doing this?


Thanks guys! :)

iPad 2, iOS 5.1.1
  • Colmanian Calculating status...

    Here's what I did. Alternative products and apps may be available but this worked for me



    • iRig Midi (physical device)
    • MidiBridge (app)



    • Connect the midi out of the Yamaha DTXplorer to the midi in of the iRig Midi
    • Connect the iRig Midi to your iPad
    • Now, here's the bit that made me think it was worth writing this post. The DTXplorer doesn't support custom midi mapping and it uses different midi notes than those used by GarageBand for iPad. To get around this you need to remap the incomming midi on the iPad using an app such as MidiBridge.
    • In MidiBridge, connect the iRig input to the MidiBridge output
    • Select the config icon on the iRig input and apply the Note Mapper. Here is what you need to remap to get things working
      • Bass Drum: A0 (33) -> C1 (36)
      • Low Tom: G1 (43) -> F1 (41)
      • Mid Tom: B1 (47) -> A1 (45)
      • Snare Drum: G0 (31) -> D1 (38)
    • The rest are mapped properly by default
    • In MidiBridge, you might want to save the configuration
    • Open up GarageBand and drum away!
  • timcason8 Calculating status...

    You need to take a look at Auria.  Very nice tool for recording on the Ipad.

  • mazg4182 Calculating status...

    What type of cable did you guys use?

    It looks like the cable that comes with iRig won't plug into the Yamaha DTX drum kit?


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