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    Hi all, new to this forum and new to e drums in general. Having Just purchased a shiny new shell kit from Jobeky ive finally decided I want to go the vst route for sound quality etc. Now my downfall is im a complete techno biff so im here to find out whether my plan will work? buying a new desktop as my old crappy desktop just wont cut it. planning on buying a Mac mini with 4GB of ddr3 ram with 256Gb ssd option. can anyone suggest an audio interface around the 100 mark new or secondhand? And finally im looking at addictive drums 2 or superior drummer, what do you use/suggest Thankyou in advance

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    Focusrite 2i2, AD2 and a megadrum of course. Welcome.

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    • #3
      Thanks for the reply, so you would recommend a megadrum over a alesis trigger I/o or an old roland module? Will that speck of mac give me the low latency im after?

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      • #4
        I would recommend the MD because it is faster and has way more inputs (room for expansion) than any of the others you mention. Some are of the opinion that it is difficult to set up.
        I'm on windows so I can't say much about the mac.

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        • #5
          Thats the MD sold for me. out of interest what spec pc do you use? have only looked at macs as the majority of threads have mac book pros mentioned which are well out of my price range hence the mac mini.

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          • #6
            Cant get to anything to post lately. Let's see if this one gets through. Go up to 8G RAM if you want low latency. VSTs are memory hungry. The mini should do fine, but if you can wait a bit, there should be a refresh of the line soon. The minis CPUs are getting a bit old.
            DTX700, eDRUMin 4+10, A2E Dixon kit, Yamaha cymbals, FSR HH
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            • #7
              I went with a 4u rackmount case, I4770k, 32gigs of ram, 2 SSDs and 2 HDs. Windows 8.1 which seems to run fast even with Kontakt within cubase. I new very little about PCs before building this.

              I think the trick is to have a dedicated system (no wi fi etc) if possible. I get a lot more done without internet temptation!

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              • #8
                I think your pc spec is out of my price range! but I might be tempted to wait for an updated mini. my computer knowlege is lacking to say the least and id rather buy an off the shelf option if I can. will try and keep it as a dedicated sytem or at least keep everything else on a seperate HD. Thanks again for your Inputs!

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                • #9
                  No worries. Any issues with MD just give me a shout or angr77, who has made the MD/AD consummation very easy.

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                  • #10
                    Thankyou, im sure I'll be contacting you in the not too distant future

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                    • #11
                      Focusrite is a good choice, a Mac mini will work fine. I have an old MacBook Pro from 2010...8GB...500GB hd(not ssd) with mavericks and AD2. Works just fine! Angr77
                      Pearl CrystalBeat and Sonor Safari, Roland CY-14/13R/15R/12CR,RT-10/30,BT-1,VH-11/12/13 & KD-10, Dingbat,Triggera D14, D11, ATV AD-h14, PCY-155, 120MHz MD with PS board, 2box 3/5/5MKII, dd4SE, Yamaha DTX502, Addictive Drums 2.1.19. All ADpaks, Microsoft Surface PRO, Macbook, Pearl Throne Thumper, Zourman HH & Ride Conv Kit www.zourman.com

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                      • #12
                        Thats good to know, id be gutted if id spent a shed load of money and I couldn't use it. Would you recommend getting the ps board? is there a noticeable difference in the playing experience?

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                        • #13
                          Huge yes on the question of getting the PS board for Megadrum. I've said this before, but you really can't beat the value of Megadrum on that feature.
                          2box doesn't have PS, and only the old Roland modules like TD8, TD10, TD12, TD20 do - even so, you'd be paying more for less inputs and slightly worse latency for just a MIDI trigger.

                          I heard it cools the inputs a touch too for better setup of Roland parts. It is more work to configure - but will ultimately pay off once more VSTs start releasing more samples that support PS as standard. BFD3 has PS on the snare and even the toms atm, so it's certainly a feature VST makers will be looking to capitalise on, if only for the sake of feature competition.
                          ◾ Diamond Drums 4pc in Di-Noc carbon ◾ MegaDRUM
                          ◾ Roland UA-1010 / cymbals / KT-10 (x2) ◾ Tama / Gibraltar hardware ◾ JBL LSR3 Series 2.1 Monitoring ◾ Pearl THMP-1
                          PA Comparison Sheet

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                            Forum bug, double posted again.
                            Last edited by Kabonfaiba; 07-11-14, 09:55 AM. Reason: Delete this post
                            ◾ Diamond Drums 4pc in Di-Noc carbon ◾ MegaDRUM
                            ◾ Roland UA-1010 / cymbals / KT-10 (x2) ◾ Tama / Gibraltar hardware ◾ JBL LSR3 Series 2.1 Monitoring ◾ Pearl THMP-1
                            PA Comparison Sheet

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                            • #15
                              Cant argue at that for the sake of 25! never realised how much is involved with e drumming, by the time ive got set up I could have bought a second hand dw kit! couldnt play that at 3am mind!

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                              • Kabonfaiba
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                                Yes it absolutely makes sense at only 25 more - it's the maximum potential really! Even if you never use the features straight away, once you have learnt everything, with a Megadrum you'll pretty much set for life since you're essentially be chasing VST upgrades from now on instead of whole module hardware changes you would get with vDrums. Saying that, Roland kits are super easy to setup - about the same as any small acoustic kit.

                                We're certainly not happy with the shop offering though; we're chasing the pinnacle of eDrum technology here!

                                With that comes more complexity, more time consumption, more frustration, not at the kit but working with computers but damn that to hell!
                                We'll end up with the greatest eKit to give the acoustic guys a run for their money - and we'll do it in complete silence!
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