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    Hi, having had my td11kv for over a year now and pretty much just playing it, I've decided to try and get the best I can from it and was wondering what purpose the midi port serves. Can I utilise this to give me more options for anything useful, thanks, Dusty. Please keep it simple as I'm not very technical with this stuff.

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    Hi,
    MIDI is your TD-11s Musical Instrument Digital Interface. It allows your TD-11's sound generator (which is a computer in of itself) to "speak" to other devices. You can use your TD-11 kit to play other instruments that have a MIDI IN port. It also allows you to record into a computer that has a MIDI In connection. That said, since it also has USB/MIDI, this is unnecessary. It's simpler to use USB/MIDI for the computer connection, since it's two-way (In and Out). Bear in mind that recording via MIDI doesn't record audio information; it's just the data your TD-11 used to play its internal sounds in the first place. It's sort of like the old-fashioned player piano roll (see image) with the little spikes on the spool in a digital format.

    So you can actually use your TD-11 to play a synthesizer, or any other MIDI keyboard, and any other drum module that has MIDI In. Other than that it doesn't do anything useful that I can think of. That said, when MIDI first came out it was an amazing thing to be able to play other instruments as a drummer, and it still is. It's just lost its "Wow" factor.

    Hope this helps.
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    • #3
      Ok thanks, it sounds like it's pretty null and void then with a USB connection on the module.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by dusty605 View Post
        Ok thanks, it sounds like it's pretty null and void then with a USB connection on the module.
        Null and void? This gives you the opportunity to play the best samples in the world.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by airflamesred View Post

          Null and void? This gives you the opportunity to play the best samples in the world.
          Yep...you just need the correct hardware/software combo running from your PC so that latency is not an issue. Homework is definitely a must for this venture.....but the fruits of labor and money can be quite satisfying when done correctly.
          8 piece DIY Acrylic, 2x2Box DrumIt5, Gen16 4xDCP, DIY Acrylic&Gen16 Conversions, Sleishman Twin-QuadSteele hybrid, Gibraltar&DrumFrame rack, DW9502LB, Midi Knights Pro Lighting
          http://www.airbrushartists.org/DreamscapeAirbrushRealm

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          • #6
            Ok, so where do I start, I really don't have a clue?

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            • #7
              http://www.vdrums.com/forum/forum/ad...all-vst-primer

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