Setting up my PercPad in Garage Band '11

Hi, wonder if I can get in on this topic without having to create a new Topic.

I have a Perpad, i know it's old and the samplepad is newer, but I have never been able to successfully connect and use it with my MacBook on GarageBand. I have a USB Midi cable, I connect the USB to the Mac and the INPUT Midi cable to the OUTPUT on the back of the PercPad.

Garageband recognises the midi input, but me and some friends have never been able to trigger anything using the pads

Software track, drums ? Cant get anything :(

I am asking a lot, but can anyone give me a step by step guide lol This has been baffling me for years.

I'm using Garageband '11

PLEASE SOMEONE HELP

Note: This conversation was created from a reply on: Percpad MIDI OUT - Hit two pad at the same time - What is being sent?.
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  • Hi James,

    Thanks for posting! I'll be happy to help!

    Make sure you open a new track for software instruments and choose Drum Kits.

    On the Percpad, press Select until MIDI lights up. Hit one pad, and then use Value to press to channel 1-99 for the sound of your choice. Hit next pad and choose new sound etc... 

    Hope this helps!
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  • Hi Bill, I have tried this already and had no luck. It sounds all straight forward but I must be doing something wrong as I get no sound :(
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  • Hi James,

    Let’s run a test to see if the controller is sending Midi Data correctly.  MIDI-OX, you can also use Send SX (Windows) or MIDI Monitor (Mac).  This program will let you know if and what MIDI information the controller is sending.
    If you see that your Perc Pad is sending information to MIDI Monitor, this tells us it is working properly, and the issue lies within the software. In that case, you will need to get in touch with Apple to determine the proper setup in order for you to get sound.

    If you find the Perc Pad is not sending any MIDI information try with another cable. If it continues to not send MIDI, contact your nearest Support Office. Their contact information will be found on that page. 
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  • Hi Bill, I appreciate all your help here.

    I downloaded the MIDI Monitor, eh, how does it work ?

    I see in my mac 'Audio MIDI Setup' that the Alesis PercPad does register but I don't know what to do with that software you recommended.

    Thanks in advance.

    James
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  • Hi James,

    MIDI Monitor is going to show us whether the PercPad is sending MIDI data properly to your computer. You can follow the steps below to learn how to use MIDI Monitor:

    1. Open MIDI Monitor.
    2. Click on the Sources tab to view MIDI devices. Confirm that your USB/MIDI device is listed.



    3. Once you confirm your MIDI device is connected and listed, strike the pads on the PercPad to confirm each pad is sending data to your computer. If your device is working you will see a message with data like below. If the device is not sending data you may have a hardware issue.

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    Let me know how this works out!
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