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I just purchased a Roland TD-1 V-drums unit, and I can't figure out how to get it to work.

It's connected to my laptop through a USB port, but when I add a MIDI channel and try to select it as the input, it doesn't show up. I've tried setting the track to Channel 10, and I've also added the SI Drum Kit instrument plugin, but that ends up creating its own track and I can't map that to the controller either.

I'm sure there's some simple thing that I'm missing, but I've never done this before and I can't figure out how to set it up so that I can play and record drums through Cakewalk.

Any tips? If more information is needed, I'm happy to provide whatever I can. 

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Okay, this is getting really annoying. Is anyone else using the TD1-DMK unit through Cakewalk and if so, what is their experience?

It's inconsistent in recognizing when the device is connected, and in playing the soft synth drums when it does recognize it (i.e., half the time there's no sound produced, even when I can see that the soft synth is being triggered when I hit one of the pads). 

And when it is "working," there's a major delay that makes it impossible to use.

So at this point I'd be interested in hearing if anyone else is using them and, if so, what they've had to do to get them to work well.

Edited by Ann Ominous

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I don’t have a Roland but I use a Yamaha kit. They are all the same watch this video which covers the details of troubleshooting midi issues 

 

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18 hours ago, John Vere said:

I don’t have a Roland but I use a Yamaha kit. They are all the same watch this video which covers the details of troubleshooting midi issues 

John, thank you very much! GREAT video! A couple of comments:

  • You could make a short video of how to connect your MIDI drums if you're an idiot. The steps  would  be:
    1. Watch the above video on how to connect MIDI instruments in Cakewalk
    2. Once you've connected your MIDI instruments, CHECK TO MAKE SURE NONE OF THE OTHER TRACKS ARE SET TO SOLO! 

            Yeah, I'm an idiot. Turns out it was working fine from the very outset, I just had one of the tracks set to solo so none of the other tracks could actually output any sound. 🤦‍♂️

  • Even though I figured out what the problem was, I'm still really glad I watched your video. It was incredibly helpful. So much so that I'll have to watch it again. I'm very impatient, and I immediately set the playback speed to 1.5. I do this with all instructional videos I watch, and usually it's exactly what I need. But in this case about halfway through it became evident to me that there was a ton of great information in this video, and I was going to have to watch it again at normal speed so I could truly learn how to really get started with MIDI.

Again, thanks very much, REALLY appreciate the help! 

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Thanks for the positive feedback. I just posted another that’s all about setting up your VST’s. 
 

 

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