Hello! I do not own my own studio, nor am I a sound engineer of any kind. However, I figured homerecording.com might be the right place to answer my question:
What is the best/easiest way to record my electronic drums to my PC?
- I would like to be able to offer recorded drum tracks from my home, and email them to producers.
Here's what I have:
- Roland TD-11kv Drumset
Here's what I've tried:
- I first tried saving my recordings from the drumset on a flash drive and then copying it directly to my PC. This didn't work because it saves files in MIDI format.
- I then had to learn about MIDI and found that I need a program to import MIDI files
- I tried Hydrogen because it is free, but I couldn't figure out how to import
- I then tried the demo version of Finale Songwriter because it would be two birds with one stone (record my playing and save it as an audio file, and it would be nice for lessons because it prints out sheet music)
- Finale worked for the most part, but I found that it's not 100% accurate when I play more complicated patterns (like a crush roll .. or anything really fast). Also, when I would export the song to an audio file, the sounds changed. I submitted an email to finale about that - I figured they should be able to help with that, and I might want to buy the program anyway for lesson purposes.
Here's what I'm thinking:
- I'd like to stay away from MIDI if at all possible (unless someone has an easy solution)
- The TD-11's have stereo left and right outputs. Obviously I could come out of these and go into a mixer board, but like I said above, I don't own my own studio.
Are there any devices or programs that anyone recommends? Is anyone currently doing this? What setup do you have? Maybe there's an android app? (Roland made an i-phone app) Any advice would be extremely helpful. Thanks!