Drum Machine and Sequencing

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Member Since: Sep 10, 2010

I have an old Kawai drum machine which has served well for my purposes, but I am having trouble recording sequences on Master Tracks Pro on my iMac OS 10.5.8 via MIDIsport 2x4. I can get the drums to sync with the computer, but no data is recorded. Roland keyboard records and plays back sequences fine. Any ideas on what I'm missing?

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Since: Nov 27, 2007

Sep 10, 2010 10:17 pm

is the drum machine audio or midi?

i would think your daw would need a drum sound bank of some sort to be able to produce the drum sound coming from a midi signal.
If you do have midi drums in your daw then make sure its chosen as the sound source.

If its an audio drum machine, then just record straight in as an audio track.

Hope this helps.
Maybe give us your signal chain info.

Since: Sep 13, 2010

Sep 14, 2010 12:39 am

what type of yr drum?how long have u bought this;;) I'd love to listening drum especially Vnese music:D

Since: Sep 10, 2010

Sep 15, 2010 04:43 am

Thanks for responding.
When i used the term recording, I really meant sequencing, Master Tracks Pro is a software MIDI sequencer, not DAW. The Kawai R-50 is connected via MIDI cable to an M-Audio MIDIsport 2x4 MIDI- USB interface, which is then connected to the iMac. No sound is recorded this way, only MIDI data, which the sequencer then uses to play the drum machine or other sound module. For some reason, the sequencer program will pick up and play back the data sequenced from the keyboard synth, but not from the drum machine.
Transmit and receive channels match, but there is some other setting that I have wrong.

Since: Sep 10, 2010

Sep 15, 2010 04:59 am

To vincomgo,
I'm sorry. I don't understand your abbreviations, or what you want to know. The R-50 is an old machine. I've had it many years. It doesn't have the greatest sound, but it has been very useful in arranging songs. I then record better drum sounds from a Roland keyboard. For some reason, the R-50 does not seem to want to talk with the sequencing program. H'mm, another communication breakdown. . .

Since: Sep 10, 2010

Oct 07, 2010 06:25 am

Turns out my Roland keyboard is still not entering data into the sequencer except for piano. It will not enter strings, drums, Bass or anything else. I think the problem is GVox's Master Tracks Pro. I understand they have now put the Mac version on the shelf, and are supposed to work on Version 7. Seems like I've been complaining about this forever. Is there anyone who knows how to get MTP 6.8.3 working on an iMac?

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