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  • How to set up 2 modules, TD20 & TD9?

    Hi guys, this may have been asked already, but after a long search I didn't find any references in the forums. So here it goes...

    How do you connect 2 modules? I have a TD-20 and just purchased a TD-9. The purpose of the TD-9 was to be an expansion for my TD20. What I can’t seem to figure out is how to connect them properly.
    Right now, I have the TD9 Midi In connected to the Midi Out/Thru of the TD20. With this set up, there are no sounds from the TD20, only the TD9.
    I also have a Mallet Kat connected to the Midi In of the TD20.

    Any help would be appreciated!

    EDIT: I found a great thread that had a nice solution. Everything is working like a charm thru the mix-in method. The only thing that's a bit strange is that the mix in on the TD20 only works when the jack is slightly out of the connection. Otherwise there's a bit of static!?!
    Last edited by TB Biggs; 07-21-08, 06:34 PM.

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    you could also connect the midi out of the 9 to the midi in of the 20...this way any hits on the 9 pads would result in playing of the 20's sounds....now you are using the 9 sounds, which is fine if that is what you want....I dont know how you can daisy chain the Mallet kat with the td9, though...
    TD9+6v with Diamond Electronic pads, and cowbell.
    ATH-50m headphones, VEX packs
    not to mention keyboards, guitars, basses, and cats

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    • #3
      Have you tried different cables? There shouldn't be static.
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      • #4
        Very cool. I didn't relize you could do this.
        :D

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Michael Render View Post
          Have you tried different cables? There shouldn't be static.
          Thanks for taking the time. Your kit absolutely rocks! BTW, I went to school at U of Akron

          I agree and that's what I'm going to try out is a new cable (although the one I'm using is basically new, I have just never tried it out before this).

          The way I ended up setting this up was using the head phone jack from the TD9 to the Mix In of the TD20. Later I'll be connecting trigger to the 9 to see how well it works b/c I like many of the sounds from the 9 better than the 20. Especially the bass drums!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by TB Biggs View Post
            BTW, I went to school at U of Akron
            Sorry to hear that. So did I!

            Also make sure it isn't a volume problem. i.e. the TD-9 out could be too loud.
            I use an insert cable to take the main outs into the mix in.
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            • #7
              I would buy a small mixer (Tapco is a good brand, Yamaha MG is even better) and run each module output to the mixer. The output of the mixer can go to a PA, recording interface, and headphones.
              Dave
              Sonic Orb Studios
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              My kit is custom running 10, 12, 14" toms, a 12" snare, 2 crash, 1 ride, 1 splash, and dual kick drum all plugged into a
              Roland TD-6V module which runs MIDI to Superior Drummer 2

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              • #8
                Originally posted by weldman View Post
                I would buy a small mixer (Tapco is a good brand, Yamaha MG is even better) and run each module output to the mixer. The output of the mixer can go to a PA, recording interface, and headphones.
                Is the advantage more control with the Yamaha MG vs the mixer's on the module? Or something else?

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                • #9
                  Yes to more control and also better separation (isolation).

                  I concur about the Yamaha MG mixer - I have an MG16/4 and it is excellent for such a small mixer - good for stage or home studio.

                  I recommend keeping the MIDI channels for triggering of sounds between the modules and go through the mixer for the audio component.

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                  • #10
                    Connections

                    I use two modules. In most settings I have them going through a Yamaha MG10C mixer (love it, works great, mounts easy). I also MIDI the modules together in a few different ways. Best thing to do is play around with cable/mixer/MIDI setups to see what you can do.

                    BTW - I also MIDI a MC-303 to my two modules using MIDI Solutions Merger and Thru boxes.
                    Frequent GAS Sufferer


                    TD-9, RMP-12, RMP-5 & SonicCell on Gibraltar Quad Stands.

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                    • #11
                      It looks like the price is reasonable for the Yamaha MG10C . I appreciate the product review and the idea! Thanks.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Michael Render View Post
                        Have you tried different cables? There shouldn't be static.
                        Oh yes...turns out the new (new) cable works perfectly in tune w/o static! Thanks Rebel Akron Leader!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by TB Biggs View Post
                          Thanks Rebel Akron Leader!
                          Hey, if you're Biggs (Red Leader), does that make me Porkins (Red 6)?
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Michael Render View Post
                            Hey, if you're Biggs (Red Leader), does that make me Porkins (Red 6)?
                            http://www.geocities.com/athens/acropolis/6774/

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                            • #15
                              I have a TD 30 and won a TD 6 on ebay for 135 bucks. What thread is it that you read to figure it out on how to link them together. I also have a Beringer x2442 mixer if that helps on how to help me set this up.
                              Roland TD-30KV, Alesis Strike Pro Kit, Tama HW, QSC K10x2, Logic Pro, Toontrack Superior Drummer 3, Focusrite Clarett 4Pre Thunderbolt Interface

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