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  • Superior Drummer 3 with TD17

    Hi,
    I'm new to vdrums and have a question regarding superior drummer 3 and the Roland td17.
    Will I need to buy an audio interface to go between my td17 module and my laptop.

    Also, does it matter that I don't the 'stock' setup with my td17? I have a pd125 as a snare, a pd108 and 2 pd120s

    Cheers

  • #2
    Hi, same setup as you. I don't think the pads matter, you can edit each pad within SD3.

    Lets assume your laptop is Windows?

    All you need is a USB cable from the Roland TD17 module to the laptop. Its basically a printer cable (I had a spare one lying around, plugged it in and hey presto you have MIDI)

    So, now you can use the TD17 as a MIDI trigger for SD3.

    There are a couple of useful tips I have picked up of fellow members on here.

    Under Setup (on the TD17 module) make sure you go to MIDI and turn off local control, this will turn off sound output through the module but allow you to output the SD3 sounds through the module itself (very handy)

    Also under Setup (on the TD17 module) also need to enable the VENDOR driver and increase both of the GAINS to max DB (you can play about with these but I found it helps the output volume to SD3)

    I'm still figuring this out but the settings above got me going to a degree.

    Ps. If you haven't discovered the VExpressions kits for the TD17, make sure you read up on them. Definitely worth the 37 I paid for them.

    Scott
    Roland TDK17KVX + VExpressions Series 3 Kits
    Mapex H800 Hi-Hat
    Mapex P800 Single Pedal
    Mapex Throne

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    • #3
      Cheers Scott, thanks for the great advice

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      • #4
        Pads don`t matter, if they work for the TD17 they will work with SD3.

        badboybubbys advice is absolutely Right.

        If you fall in love with Software Drumming you got to get an dedicated Audio Interface. I use the Zoom UAC-2 and it lowers Latency and increases Sound Quality significantly.

        If Money is lying around just begging to be spent, buy an Interface from RME.

        RME Interface + Roland Module + SD3 seems to be the Rolls Royce of Real Time Software Drumming
        I use Zoom Interface, Roland TD11 and SSD5/AD2. Nice car, too. *g*
        Roland TD11 Module, Pearl Forum, Sonor Snare, Drumtec Design Mesh, 2Box Triggers, Roland Cym., GoEDrum HiHat Ctl with Yamaha PCY135. Trigger ing AD2 and SSD5.

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        • #5
          Thanks, I'll definitely look in to the zoom interface. Funds won't stretch to a RME one
          do I need any specific settings for my vh10 hihat? Through the td17 module alone I'm having a trouble getting it to feel natural, and play with any finesse... if that makes sense? Softer strokes sometimes dont register. With the pad being relatively thick it does feels like I'm hitting a plastic pad.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Drummerstuart View Post
            Thanks, I'll definitely look in to the zoom interface. Funds won't stretch to a RME one
            do I need any specific settings for my vh10 hihat? Through the td17 module alone I'm having a trouble getting it to feel natural, and play with any finesse... if that makes sense? Softer strokes sometimes dont register. With the pad being relatively thick it does feels like I'm hitting a plastic pad.
            For what it's worth, I have a dedicated interface, but I haven't felt the need to use it when playing SD3 with my TD-17 module. If you're not happy with the latency or sound quality, then it would make sense to look into an interface (provided you've already experimented with buffer size and all that good stuff, and also that you have a nice set of headphones), but just wanted to note that I'm pretty happy with the module's monitoring capabilities.

            As for your hi-hat, yeah, it's a tough thing. I have a VH11 going with my module, and while I've more or less adjusted to electronic hats, I too wrestle with finesse and precision. Regarding the specific problem of softer strokes failing to register, that's potentially an easier fix. Assuming you've selected the VH10 for your hat in the Pad Settings--if you haven't, start by doing that--toy around with Sensitivity and Threshold. I'd probably start by bringing Threshold down, and if that doesn't get you there, pull Sensitivity up. It might take some combo of the two.

            Good luck!
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            • #7
              I'll have a fiddle with it once everything is setup.
              do you know whether or not it's possible to play along to songs on Spotify whilst connected to sd3?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Drummerstuart View Post
                I'll have a fiddle with it once everything is setup.
                do you know whether or not it's possible to play along to songs on Spotify whilst connected to sd3?
                I think so, but that may take some experimentation. Have a look at this thread: https://www.vdrums.com/forum/advance...ong-with-music

                It makes the case for getting an interface, but that seems to primarily be for Windows users. Anyway, fodder to include in your research.
                Check out The Stewards on any major streaming platform, including the ones below.
                Soundcloud - https://soundcloud.com/the-stewards
                Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/artist/4DkksGVF7ujfj7KupB6wdD
                Deezer - https://www.deezer.com/us/artist/51527662

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