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  • Record Roland on Mac using drum's module, via jack

    Hi all, I'm very new here and quite a newbie in the electronic drums world as well, so I apologize if my question is overly dumb

    I would like to register my electronic drums on Mac, using the sound coming from the module itself, rather than going through the MIDI output and use programs like Garage Band. Ideally I would like to record simply on Audacity.

    The problem is simply that I cannot make my drum to be recognized by the Mac as an external input source.
    I tried to get informed and read that indeed I cannot just plug a mic (or any other input, for as it matters) into the 3.5 mm jack port of the mac and get it recognized, but I first need to buy a Y cable splitter to split mic and headphones channels.
    Nonetheless, not even doing so I'm able to see the drums as an external device.

    My equipment is the following:
    - MacBook Air, Mid 2012, with iOS 10.13.6;
    - Roland TD-1KV (
    - MillSO Audio Cable Splitter (
    - a male-male 3.5 mm jack 2-ring cable (the only thing written on it is "AWM 2464 VW-1 80C E154770 26AWGX2 LANSING 300V")

    If I plug the double-male jack cable into any amplifier or speaker it works out of the box and I can hear the drums' sounds as it comes out of its module.
    But I am unable to make my Mac recognize it (not with Audacity, nor with any other program, nor the system sound settings).

    What am I doing wrong? Do I need extra equipment I am not aware of?
    Many thanks for any help!

  • #2
    TD --> audio out --> audio cable(s) --> computer's line in --> software

    Computer won't "recognise" (and doesn't *need* to "recognise") the TD as it's connected with a dumb audio cable. Software will record any audio being fed into the line-in, be it a drums kit, keyboard, MP3 player - anything.

    If your computer doesn't have a line-in or the quality of the line in is not very good, then

    TD --> audio out --> audio cable(s) --> "audio interface" --> USB --> computer --> software

    Again, the computer won't "recognise" the TD. It'll see the "audio interface". The software will record anything being shoved into the "audio interface".

    This is the same for absolutely any audio source - nothing to do with edrums,

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    • #3
      Unfortunately, Apple has been taking out so many of the convenient ports it use to have over the years, especially with the Air versions, which was just an excuse to offer a gutted laptop.

      You do not have audio in with the Air, unlike previous MacBook and MacBook Pro models.
      So, you will need an audio interface. The cheapest are USB, and will cost you between $100-150.
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