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  • Audio Interface or mixer for drum room?

    The story so far.....built a home practice room and plan to do a bit of recording with guitarists at some point.

    Bought a 2nd hand TD12 kit and superior drummer 3 and the plan is to have a tv connected to the MacBook so I can watch YouTube for drum lessons etc.

    Having never used an interface would I be able to create a headphone mix of the multiple audio sources with the interface alone or would I need a small mixer?


  • #2
    Just get a mixer.

    everything ---> mixer --> cans.

    Simples.
    *** Never buy a module without MIDI IN ***
    Yamaha & Roland modules. DTX,TM-2, EC-10m, SP-404. Multi12. TrapKat. ControlPads. Octapad, SamplePad, Wavedrum. Handsonic. Dynacord RhythmStick. MPC. Paiste 2002/Signatures. Cajons. Djembes. Darbuka. Windsynth. MIDI Bass. Tenori-on. Zoom ARQ. Synths. Ukes.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Paradiddle Dan View Post
      The story so far.....built a home practice room and plan to do a bit of recording with guitarists at some point.

      Bought a 2nd hand TD12 kit and superior drummer 3 and the plan is to have a tv connected to the MacBook so I can watch YouTube for drum lessons etc.

      Having never used an interface would I be able to create a headphone mix of the multiple audio sources with the interface alone or would I need a small mixer?
      An interface will be more likely to have multiple headphone mixes and be more useful for recording. What is your budget?

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      • #4
        Thanks for the replies, budget is about 100/$.

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        • #5
          I agree with Peter, get an audio interface. Focusrite is always a good choice.
          ATV aDrums, TD-50, aD5, Superior Drummer 3.0, Roland SPD-SX, Tama & DW Hardware.

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          • #6
            Yeah. A Scarlett solo goes for about a $100 and the new ones come with USB-C connections... Well worth it.
            Roland TD-30 & TM-6 Modules | Superior Drummer 3 on PC | Tama Superstar Hyper-Drive Maple A2E w/ R-Drums Triggers | ATV aD Cymbals | ACD Unlimited Pedals | Tama & Gibraltar HW | RME HDSPe AIO | Simmons DA200S Monitor | V-MODA Crossfade M-100 OEMs & Westone UM Pro 50 IEMs

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            • #7
              Great advice, trying to workout how many inputs il need....am I right in thinking the output from my DAW does not count as a physical input?

              So I’m thinking I’d need a physical input for;

              1.tv audio,
              2. my phone (to play along to songs etc)
              3. output from SD3 (for stand alone practice)
              4. guitar/vocals for recording

              Plus Midi from the TD12

              So a 4 input interface with midi would do the job??

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Paradiddle Dan View Post
                Great advice, trying to workout how many inputs il need....am I right in thinking the output from my DAW does not count as a physical input?

                So I’m thinking I’d need a physical input for;

                1.tv audio,
                2. my phone (to play along to songs etc)
                3. output from SD3 (for stand alone practice)
                4. guitar/vocals for recording

                Plus Midi from the TD12

                So a 4 input interface with midi would do the job??
                If your Tv and Sd3 are from the same computer, you could get by with 4 inputs.You would bypass the built in sound card on the computer. Cheaper interfaces may only have 1 headphone mix. Some of the ones over around $200 have a software mixer that can do more detailed mixes.

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                • #9
                  Great, thanks guys.

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