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Joined: 11/18/2019 - 15:11
Electric drum kit as a midi controller

Hey, so I've got a Roland TD8 electric drum kit that I'd really (REALLY!!) like to be able to use as a midi controller for Caustic. I've already got, and regularly use, a generic midi usb keyboard that works perfectly with the app but I cannot figure out the drum kit.

I dont know whether it's the TD8 not sending the data or the app not recognizing it but either way nothing's happening.

I've tried opening up the midi settings so the app can learn the midi map but it just doesn't seem to see any midi data coming in at all. When I connect it, Caustic recognises it as a midi controller and displays it as connected but nothing more.

In all fairness midi is alien to me, I've never got my head around it, there's loads of settings in the TD8 module ("brain") that mean nothing to me, I purchased a midi to usb converter which may be the culprit but dont have anything else I can test with it.

I would really appreciate any help at all with this. I dont even specifically want to use it with beatbox, I'd actually rather use it to trigger a synth to add Harmonic and melodic colour.

I'm a drummer, I just want to hit stuff with sticks to make noise!!!

RobFarley's picture
Joined: 11/02/2013 - 16:43
So in theory it should work

So in theory it should work as a controller if it's class compliant. What it actually sends via midi is anyones guess!

And also as drummer, yeah, hitting stuff with sticks is very important!

paulovski's picture
Joined: 09/19/2012 - 06:13
So, Caustic is recognising

So, Caustic is recognising the MIDI>USB converter. Is the converter, definitely, receiving from the 'brain'? Any kind of, front panel, indicator?

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Joined: 08/30/2013 - 13:35
I have an Alesis DM6 that I

I have an Alesis DM6 that I struggled with for just a bit, until I realized it was the DM6's fault.  Read your kits manual carefully.  Chances are there is a simple configuration that needs to be done to get the TD8 to get sending the midi info correctly so Caustic can recognize it.  Good luck.

Joined: 11/30/2019 - 03:18
I just want the best drum

I just want the best drum ever

Joined: 11/18/2019 - 15:11
I've had a read through the

I've had a read through the manual but to be honest j dont really understand it. I took some photos of all the midi settings I could find but cannot for the life of me figure out how to post them on here (so I uploaded them here... https://m.imgur.com/a/d5jY1Ev ).

I believe the usb to midi converter is being recognised as the midi port logo thing lights up in Caustic when I plug it in.

SToons Music
Joined: 03/01/2018 - 02:48


Page 151 of the TD8 PDF manual "Sounding an External MIDI Sound Module by Playing a Pad" may help.

You might also try posting on a Roland forum as well.

SToons Music
Joined: 03/01/2018 - 02:48
Forgot to ask ... are you

Forgot to ask ... are you using an Android platform?


Whatever system, you might try using a MIDI analyzer/monitor to determine what if any input is being received.

Joined: 11/18/2019 - 15:11
Stoons you are a legend! The

Stoons you are a legend! The manual I was going through was about 20 pages long and all but useless. I never even thought there may be a more comprehensive one out there.
I'll post an update when I've had a chance to work with it all.