Hi all - I've had my Yamaha DD65 for a bit over a year now and I really can't say enough good things about it. I have a small apartment where sound is an issue (i.e., I wouldn't even be able to play a normal electronic kit, as the electronic bass drum with pedal would make too much noise). So, options to play drums on a daily basis are extremely limited. I tried out this inexpensive "toy," and for a year now, I have been able to play drums on a daily basis. I do have a few small gripes (I wish I could adjust the sensitivity of each pad separately, for instance), but overall, it really gets the job done. The bass "pedal" does not really allow for double strokes, but I'm mainly a double bass player that likes working on my single strokes, and the pedals allow me to play as fast as I physically can without missing a beat.
Anyway, I want to start recording from this thing, but I don't have a laptop, and my desktop is in my room. I would LOVE to be able to record from the DD65 to my iPod Touch, and then transfer from my iPod to my computer to edit, but I'm running into some roadblocks. I bought the iRig yesterday hoping that it would be as simple as plugging a guitar cable from my DD65 to the iRig, then plugging headphones in the iRig and the iRig to my iPod. However, I realized that you actually NEED to have the iRig app Amplitude open on the iPod in order for any sounds to be triggered (at least I think that's the case). Plus, when it is open, the sounds are low and distorted. I'm not sure if that's because the app is putting in effects, or if it's just not compatible. I did see that there is an iRig Midi on the market, but for now, I actually want to try avoid recording Midi and just using the sounds that come in the kit (trying to crawl first, then walk later).
Anyway, I wanted to see if anyone had any suggestions to help accomplish what I'm trying to do. Thanks a lot for your help!
Update - I downloaded apple's garage band app, and that seems to allow me to do anything and everything I was hoping for with the iRig and my DD65. I have one small gripe that is annoying me a little bit; maybe you guys know how to fix it. When I have my DD65 and headphones hooked up to my iRig and select to "monitor" the recording (i.e., have the Garageband app play through my headphones what I'm playing on my drums in real-time), the volume is pretty low. If I increase the volume on my DD65 itself, it doesn't allow me to go too high before it starts getting distorted, and there seems to be a similar effect when I increase the volume in the app. When I play back the recording on my computer, the volume is fine. It's just when I'm actually recording and trying to hear what I'm playing through my headphones - that's when the volume is low. I also have my headphones set to "high," so that's not the issue either. Any suggestions for this? Thanks a lot.
You might need to find a pre-amp for the headphones, so you have the feed from the ipod into the preamp and then into the headphones. Sounds like the output volume setting is a bit low whilst recording.
I have no idea why, but plugging the ipod into an amp and then into headphones sounds like the solution. Maybe plug the ipod out into a hifi stereo in, then plug the headphones into the hifi stereo?
try to connect your MIDI usb to powered USB that might help. in fact, i have yamaha dd65 also and trying to use it to garageband, i can set the volume high or low.. but everytime i play it, some pads wont work. the only pads that work is the first 4 pads on the right, the rest of the pads is not working. hope u could help me too.. thanks.