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Recording your electric kit with midi

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I am trying to record my Alesis DM10 Studio mesh kit using midi. i am not getting any signal to receive for midi in protools 12. I want the midi data to use the drum kits sound also.

When setting midi through in protools, there is signal, but there is latency issues

what can I do to solve this?
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  • Corey S (Official Rep) July 14, 2016 14:24
    Hi James,

    Thanks for posting!

    To start, MIDI and audio are not the same. When you connect the module to PT via USB or MIDI cables, it's simply sending MIDI data, not audio or actual drums sounds. It's just control and trigger data that will trigger sounds in a virtual instrument plugin.

    If you want this to trigger sounds on the DM10, you'll need to send the MIDI data back to the DM10 and record the audio outputs of the DM10 to an audio track. Or simply record the audio outputs directly INSTEAD of MIDI.

    But, I'm not exactly sure what your plan is here so I have a few questions:

    If there is no MIDI signal in PT, than what's telling you there are latency issues? Can you clarify?

    What are you using to determine if PT is receiving signal or not?

    How are you connecting the kit to your computer? USB? MIDI cables and interface?

    For the most part, latency would be caused by the audio out and not necessarily the MIDI In. So what are you using for an audio output/interface?

    I'd recommend starting with the guides below and I think they may help you troubleshoot:

    Pro Tools - Not receiving MIDI signals

    Optimizing Your System, Improving Performance and Managing Latency

    I hope this helps!
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  • I’m clueless
    Hi Corey

    Thank you for replying to post,

    Through speaking to the alesis support team, microsoft (im using windows 8.1), and Toshiba (my laptop make) checking the drivers for the usb connection, the device driver as stated in device manager has an error with it.

    oddly even the use of midi cables does not work.

    there were certain points where i did manage to get midi at the time of my original post, but triggering software vst drums, it was at this point I was experiancing latency issues, (sounds were triggering multiply times but not in sync when i beat a pad..

    My kit is connected by usb directly in laptop, but my midi cables are,connected to my external soundcard/audio/midi interface (M Audio M-track quad).

    A member suggested i use Bome midi translater, but i did to have any midi information being received nor sent.

    Through speaking to the support help, it seems the problem is a driver issue, i appreciate the links i will certainly take note, and understand more of the problem or hopefully solve it!

    I am sure people have achieve what I am struggling to achieve, be that mainly a midi keyboard, but why not Electric drum kits?

    best regards and thank you for helping with me trying my issue.

    James Langston
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  • just get reaper daw and a usb to midi plug 2 wires out to in, use a printer cable from the back of your nitro kit into your pc, in reaper goto options audio devices look for midi input click enable on the alesis nitro and the usb 2.0 enable. right click in reaper on the left side. insert virtual instrument on track, find superior drummer or ezdrummer, it will ask to add 32 tracks click no. let it load up. then right click down below your track, select midi select alesis nitro. make sure you have monitor input checked. record input audio or midi checked. and input midi checked, also i believe you'll need to cut off dm in alesis module to hear the kits of toontrack or superior drummer. or check out my video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ixypu... and this one to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cZN3...
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  • Hi All, Need a suggestion to record better audio and video from the Alesis nitro mesh kit. In the last few days I have gone through videos and reviews of how to improve the quality using MIDI, USB and headphone jack. To start let me put in points.

    1. Alesis nitro mesh kit has midi in and out options, should this be a better option to connect to the PC or Ipad to record better sound and video quality?

    2. Alesis nitro mesh kit has usb port behind the module, should I use a connector and connect module USB to the pc?

    3. Out of the above mentioned points, which option would provide better quality? Please suggest and explain how.

    This would help me to kick start. Thank you in advance.
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