Recording drums on Sonar X1 Studio with Roland TD-4K

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2012/12/15 14:36:24 (permalink)

Recording drums on Sonar X1 Studio with Roland TD-4K


I have tried unsuccessfully to record drums on an older version of Sonar. I have recently upgraded to the Sonar X1 Studio software and I am hoping to have more success recording drum tracks with my Roland TD-4K E-Drums.

Has anyone used this combination to record drum tracks? Did you record it as Midi or directly through line in on an Audio Interface? Did you use the 2 outputs from the TD-4K drums into the Audio Interface to record in stereo or just the single connection for mono? Were you satisfied with the results?
Sonor X1 Studio, Art tube MP studio V3 microphone preampM-Audio 2x2 Midi interface, Audio Technica ATH-M50 Headphones, Roland TD-4K, Yamaha YPT-200, Sennheiser E835 S (Dynamic), Shure SM58 (Dynamic), MXL 990 (Condensor), Epiphone Sheraton II VS, Fender CD-140SCE


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    Re:Recording drums on Sonar X1 Studio with Roland TD-4K 2012/12/15 20:15:24 (permalink)
    I last recorded e-drums using a Roland SPD-8 or SPD-11 way back when I still was on Sonar 4.

    IIRC, I just connected MIDI out to my interface's MIDI in, and MIDI in to the interface's MIDI out. I'd manually created a boom-chick track and did fills and incidentals with the pads over it.

    I probably had the audio outs of the SPD and the interface connected to an external mixer initially, then when it was all correct, I recorded the lot back into Sonar.

    Again, IIRC, it was necessary to manually offset to the recorded track.
    Was I satisfied? From a technical viewpoint, yes, although it was fiddly setting it all up.

    You say you had no success on an older version of Sonar.
    What specifically failed to work?

    Recording MIDI is preferable, allowing corrections afterwards.

    But there is no reason not to record the stereo output directly if you have the skill to play a song correctly right through. Technically the easiest, too. Just record like you would any stereo synth.
    Edit: I just remembered: I successfully recorded a friend's album using Cakewalk 4 for DOS (MIDI only. I forget what sound module he had). Unlike me, he WAS a drummer and he had a Roland octopad. Using only sticks and doing several passes, the results were very good.
    post edited by JazzSinger - 2012/12/15 20:22:10
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    Re:Recording drums on Sonar X1 Studio with Roland TD-4K 2012/12/15 20:32:10 (permalink)
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    Re:Recording drums on Sonar X1 Studio with Roland TD-4K 2012/12/16 05:33:45 (permalink)
    I've recorded drums on both X1 and X2 (somewhat) successfully using that same drum kit (which is just awesome isn't it?). Damn, I was about to write how I accomplished this, but I saw that SONAR X1 Studio doesn't have Session Drummer 3, which is quintessential to my drum-recording set-up... Sorry to say I can't help you there, in that case... I would strongly suggest you upgrade to the Producer Edition if you're serious about recording e-drums, though, because it's a really cool bit of software.
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