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    I have had my td9 for several years and I often play along with drumless tracks. I recently purchased an iPad and I want to be able to use the drum kits available in the td9 to record my own drum loops into garage band. I also want to be able to record myself drumming to drumless MP3 tracks I have.
    i am very new to recording but I want to take advantage of my iPad and my td9 to record.
    any help would be appreciated.

  • #2
    Hey, you didn't specify which model of iPad you're using, but if it's a 2,3 or 4, a good option might be an Alesis IO dock II (not the dock I, it was buggy)
    If you have a newer iPad, then the FocusRite dock with a USB-MIDI converter cable may work as well.

    I use my TD-11 module connected to an IO dock II to record BOTH the audio from the module and the MIDI events into separate tracks in my iPad 2 DAW
    I use Cubasis as its way more flexible than Garageband and is super stable on my old iPad 2.
    Recording both formats allows me to either use the module sounds, or substitute an iPad drum kit, or even layer the two for depth and richness!

    Unfortunately the TD-11 is NOT a USB class-compliant device... boo! Roland
    ...or otherwise I could plug the TD module directly into the iPad via the Apple CCK and get both audio and MIDI (I think the latest Roland kits do actually support this)

    let me know if you have any other questions about my setup, it works quite well for my purposes...
    (a bonus is the IO dock charges the iPad)


    • #3
      In terms of midi interfaces for the ipad,I bought a Griffin StudioConnect unit to connect midi instruments to my ipad. I actually bought it to use my zendrum to trigger the thumbjam app - possible but it wasn’t close to the kind of solution I was looking for. I’ve never connected my TD9 to the ipad this way but I could. The StudioConnect seems to be out of production now but you can still pick them up if you hunt around a bit - I was able to find a second-hand one with a lightning connection. They’re not a bad little unit. There might be better options out there but my experience with it has been good.
      TD9 v1 > Scarlett 2i4 > SD2 in Garageband / Scarlett 6i6 > SD2 in LogicX // Zendrum > Stompblock / Scarlett > SD2 // ATH-M30x / Yamaha DBR10 // Mapex Meridian 4-piece acoustic // self-compiled one-carry acoustic 3-piece kit (10” snare and tom in 14” bass drum) // Zildjian Ks, with a few As and Sabians