I've been getting busy filling my 10 User kit space on my new TD-9. I'm leaving 1 of the kits free to use for copying back and forth. As soon as the 9 are filled Ill try out VDrumLib to back them up, and reorganize. Kits so far...
90 V-Compac: Recreation of the TD-4 V-Compact Kit.
91 Vintage: Recreation of the TD-4 V-Vintage Kit.
92 Electron: An electronic kit of my own, reminiscent of the sounds heard on Duran Duranīs Arena album.
93 Fiber: Recreation of the TD-4 Fiber Kit.
94 Pop/Rock: Recreation of the Toon Track kit that comes with EZDrummer.
95 Prince: Reminiscent of the sounds heard on Princesīs I Wonder U.
In all cases the closest possible instruments have been selected for each of the drums, then pitched, sustained/muffled, volumed, panned and ambience added.
So far the results have been excellent - being able to edit and save ALL of the instruments was the main reason I upgraded from the TD-4 to the TD-9.
The biggest downfall so far has been the hi hats. Roland could have dropped a few of the Snares and Bass drums from the v2.0 upgrade for the TD-9 and added a couple of new acoustic hi hats... am missing a nice full / hollow sounding hi hat!
Anwaysup... does the community have a system for sharing our kits?
I also have a VERY useful Microsoft Excel file I have started creating to write down my TD-4 kit settings (seeing as how you cant save them externally). The Excel file has a sheet per kit, all of the pads appear as cells with pull-down values, for the instrument assignation, pitch, muffle pan etc - very useful for any TD-4 owner who likes creating their own kits. I have already added the values for the factory V-Compact, Coated, Fiber, Electronic, Reggae and Vintage kits.
Can we upload files here somewhere?
I looked into the TD-9 backup a bit more, and I've read that using VDrumLib you dont need to create a backup file with ALL of your TD-9 99 (or is it 100?) kits. The kit librarian lets you create a backup file starting at No 90 - as I understand it, if you then restore this via USB to your TD-9 your first 90 Factory kits wont be touched, you'll just fill up / overwrite the User slots. That seems like a great way to share our own creations.
Well guys let me know, Ill be more than happy to share anything I work on, and it would be great to hear what other creative minds are up to - especially any clever tricks to really squeeze some juice out of the TD-9.
Next kits up will probably be a few more of my favourite TD-4 kits, some more EZ Drummer simulations (good if you are planning to record a track with one of those kits but need to practice or play live without a PC), a couple of drum machines (other than the 808, or 909) Hmmm I used to love the 707 and 727! Some latin percussion kit, Paul Young, Nick Kershaw, Depeche Mode any 80s stuff that had a very distinctive sound... Thomson Twins always had interesting rhythm tracks.