8 Replies Latest reply: Jul 25, 2010 12:10 PM by 45rpm
macspwnwindows Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hi, I was hoping, with a midi to usb cable, to connect my roland V-drum kit to logic pro and have each drum trigger a different channel on logic so that I could eq each one and get the best sound. If so, where would be a good step by step guide? And do I need any additional software or will this work? [hoping additional software would only be free]

Macbook, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Bee Jay Level 6 Level 6 (10,895 points)
    No, MIDI does not carry audio. MIDI just carries your performance ("I hit this pad this hard at this time").

    You will either need to record your MIDI performance, then connect the audio outputs of your module into your audio interface and record each drum part to audio on independent tracks (if you have multiple inputs/outputs you can do more of the kit in each apss), or use the MIDI info to trigger a virtual drum instrument and have each drum coming up on it's own channel for processing.
  • macspwnwindows Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Yes, I'd like to "use the MIDI info to trigger a virtual drum instrument and have each drum coming up on it's own channel for processing."

    How can I do this? Is there a good step by step guide I can use?

    Thanks so much!
  • 45rpm Level 3 Level 3 (795 points)
    Have you connected your Roland sound module to your computer? You could do this with a midi-to-usb cable, as you mentioned. Have you done this?

    If this connection is working, you should see midi activity in the Logic transport bar when you hit your drums. Let us know if this is working, and then some other steps can be explained.
  • macspwnwindows Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Me and a friend are going to attempt this tomorrow, we're going to Guitar Center to buy a midi to usb cable
    if it doesnt recognize this right away, do I need to download any drivers?

    From there we go to the EX24 in Logic yes?

    Thanks again!
  • 45rpm Level 3 Level 3 (795 points)
    we're going to Guitar Center to buy a midi to usb cable


    I realize that the people at GC have to make a living, but it's possible that what they sell for $29.99 is not worth six times more than what you might be able to get for under $5 elsewhere.

    On the other hand, getting it right away is nicer than waiting for it to be shipped from China, and it's also nice to be able to return the thing (if it doesn't work for whatever reason) just by walking in.

    if it doesnt recognize this right away, do I need to download any drivers?


    The devices we're talking about don't include drivers, and shouldn't need any drivers that are not already a standard part of your Mac OS.

    You connect the device to your computer (via USB), and its power LED should illuminate. Then launch Audio MIDI Setup. It's here:

    Macintosh HD/Applications/Utilities/Audio MIDI Setup

    In Audio MIDI Setup, look for where it says "MIDI Devices," "MIDI Window" or "MIDI Studio" (the exact words might vary, depending on the version of your OS). In the MIDI Window, an icon representing your midi adapter should appear automatically. You shouldn't need to change anything in there. You're just taking a look to verify that your Mac sees the device.

    You probably won't need it at all, but extra information about Audio MIDI Setup can be found here, here and here. Those links explain how to do various things you probably will never need to do, but it might be interesting background, and certain ideas might be helpful later. The program also has a good help system.

    From there we go to the EX24 in Logic yes?


    That's probably a good place to start. You could load the EXS24, and load a drum kit in it. Make sure this track is selected, and this will automatically make it record-enabled. Now hit pads, and you should see midi activity in the Logic transport bar (in the place that says No In - No Out when the system is idle). And you should hear sounds.

    It's also a good idea to verify that you can make sounds by using the Logic Caps Lock keyboard to play that EXS24 kit.

    Let us know how it goes, and then we can deal with other questions that will probably pop up.
  • macspwnwindows Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    We got everything connected, but we werent able to map drums to different channels (to be able to fully eq and stuff) but we found out how to after recording the midi, separate the midi notes by pitch, and each channel was created with a different sound. Is there a better way of doing this?

    Thanks again!
  • redlogic Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
    macspwnwindows wrote:
    Is there a better way of doing this?

    Open the EXS24 as Multi Output.
  • 45rpm Level 3 Level 3 (795 points)
    Yes, what he said. And if you need any help with that, just ask.