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Hi just got the 4kx and looking for upgrades

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  • Hi just got the 4kx and looking for upgrades


    I'm a 14 year old drummer and have been drumming for about 4 proper years. I'm sitting for a Trinity Grade 3 exam and recently bought a used 4kx. It's great and I'm having a blast. However I want to do 2 things:
    1- Upgrade a cymbal so I can have a ride with 3 triggers (bell, bow, edge)
    2- Get my sounds on my computer via Midi.
    How do I do this?

    Roland TD4KX (2xPDX6, 2xPDX8, 2xCY8, 1xCY5+1xFD8, 1xKD8+Pearl pedal and a TD4 module)

  • #2
    Welcome to the Forums!!!

    For tech questions, better to post them in the Tech thread, more folks actually reading that one who want to help. The Foyer and Lounge are for Intros and anything else that's nonsense and NOT drum related necessarily.

    I don't know anything about your module so I don't know if it actually supports a 3 way cymbal. You can always cheat by using multiple inputs on the module but then you're losing those precious few inputs. Splitters help with this as well. And not ordinary splitter cables, you need special ones to split Roland inputs.

    As far as MIDI....if you have a MIDI out from the module, the easiest way is to get a MIDI to USB converter cable and plug the USB into your PC, then get a DAW that supports that kind of interface. Not really sure what you're doing with MIDI....I'd say half the folks asking about it or trying to record with it is kinda overkill. The other half it's exactly what they need. If you don't plan on replacing the sounds on whole drums tracks post processing, or aren't doing trik stuff with VSTs, you might not need MIDI at all. Check the Forum threads regarding MIDI and your setup...the search engine is your friend. Lots of folks can tell you how and why they are doing MIDI.

    K ;-)

    My bands: Alter Ego, Arcanum
    E Kit = Roland TDW-20s kit // Roland SPD-S// Pearl Demon Drives//
    A Kit = Tama Swingstar 5 pc (1981) w/roto toms (orig owner!) //Zildjians
    A Kit = Natal 6 pc with Paiste 2000 & Zildjian/MidiKNights/DrumSplitters


    • #3
      Welcome! I'm not sure how to help you with this stuff, but like Ken said, the tech forums should get you the answers you need.
      TD50 Digital Pack, TD30 and TD9 Modules, custom made pads, Gen16 crashes, and hats plus a few other things that I'm not sure what to do with or why they're still in my kit. Bands: Espada http://www.musicaespada.com/ and JamCo https://www.facebook.com/JamcoEntertainment, https://www.jamcoband.com/


      • #4
        Welcome to the forum, karatekireth!

        The TD-4 module doesn't support a three-zone ride out of the box, the way the bigger modules do, but there's a workaround/trick that you could try:

        For this, you have to utilize both the 'Ride' and 'Crash 2' input, and a cymbal-pad that offers three-zone capability. Connect the 'bell/bow' output to 'Crash 2', and the 'bow/edge' output to 'Ride', set the 'Crash 2 Usage' parameter to 'Ride-Bell' and the pad type parameter to either 'CY-12/CY-15'.

        To connect the module to your PC, use a MIDI-to-USB cable - like the M-Audio Uno, or the Roland UM-One:


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