Electronic drums are really amazing if you want to record your music easily. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a beginner or professional – it takes a few steps to make a smooth and pleasant sound. Today we will dispel some myths and discover interesting ways to record electronic drums music.
Step 1: Get All Equipment You Need
First of all, you need the electronic drums. They can be professional-level tools as well as beginner kits, or, for example, electric snare drums. You can use your computer or laptop for recording. Also, you should get a USB cable – it is suitable for most devices, so you aren’t required to search for something else. Most electric drums also allow MIDI and audio recording from the same output. The last piece of equipment you need is the headphones. It’s better if they completely isolate you from external sounds.
Step 2: Install the Application
To work with the drum (or any other instrument) recordings on your laptop, the best thing is to have a digital audio workstation. Such applications as Logix Pro X or Cubase are perfect for this case. There are also some good free DAW’s, for example, PreSonus studio and Zynewave Podium Free. You can also use the simplest programs such as Audacity or Garageband (only for Mac).
Of course, professional applications have many useful features and can create awesome compositions – but sometimes you should simplify your life. Don’t worry if you start working with the simpler DAW. The result can still be interesting and high-level.
Step 3: Connect the Drums
You ought to set the cable to the drums module and your computer. It takes a few seconds, but it’s not all you need. After that, you should download the drivers. They are required to transform the drums sounds into the signals your laptop can detect. You can find suitable drivers on your manufacturer’s website.
Besides the drivers, you also should choose the right setting in your applications. There is no universal guide for this, but you need to assure that the program detects your drums, and you can make some recordings, which you see on the sound tapes. It will be more convenient to work with the headphones.
Step 4: Record the Music
Now that everything you need for the music recording is ready, I will give you some tips on how to do this more successfully. First of all, discover which features your application has. You won’t understand how it works at one time – it’s a continuous investigation, which allows you to transform your music to better sounding each time. Also, the headphone extension cord won’t be a bother. And try to combine the drums with other instruments – it will sound great!
Make a Step Forward in Music Recording
You may think that music recording is not for you, but at least you can try it. You don’t need any professional equipment to do this. If you follow this guide and start recording, you can discover many new things about playing and creating music.