It can indeed be confusing or might seem a complicated process to record your audio from electronic drums using Audacity or other recording software in your computer.
There are several ways to record electronic drums, both during professional sessions or during practice. The internet might even be flooded with too much information, and you might struggle to find the right information about what exact steps to follow.
To assist you in the process, we will be describing, in the simplest terms, what steps you need to undertake, to record your electronic drums, using Audacity, which is one of the most convenient, readily available and popular program for the purpose in the world of today. You can follow the guide to record your audio fast, and with the minimum hassle possible.
Audacity is free audio software, which is compatible with almost all the leading operating systems, (to name- Windows, Mac and Linux). You will need a few things before getting started. We will elaborate about these.
Recording the audio using the audio interface- Audacity
Some drum systems do not come with the ability to transfer audio using USB to the pc. That is when you need to opt for the option of recording the drum’s output by making use of an audio interface, such as Audacity.
Your drum system will usually consist of a headphone output and you will be easily able to keep an eye on the practice and performance of the kit.
Let us do on step by step about what you will need in the process and how you can make the recording work.
The Computer with the compatible OS (Windows, Mac or Linux)
This is the basic requirement for the process, as you may have already imagined. However, the computer you use does not have to belong to a very high-end. Any average level computer can be useful and good enough.
All you need to do is ensure that it meets all the requirements that Audacity requires.
Audacity (Free Audio Interface or Software)
As mentioned above, this is one of the most popular and widely compatible free software for audio recording in your computer. Some computers already have this pre-installed,. If not, you can help yourself.
You will need a pro Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), such as the Logic Pro X or Cubase, in order to make the recording using Audacity work. There are, however, several DAWs to choose from.
The Audio Interface
As you may expect, this is absolutely necessary in order to be able to transmit the signals of audio from the electronic drum module to a digital version which can be read by the computer.
The interfaces can usually be connected to your pc using the USB. You will not have too much difficulty in installing the drivers for these audio interfaces. Audacity will be easily able to detect the signal from the audio interface and record it.
Once again, before purchasing the interface, you must ensure that it is fairly compatible with the computer’s operating system as well as the other requirements of the system. It is advised that you invest well on this part of the process- for instance, the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (3rd Generation) will be a good option. The quality is pretty importance in this regard.
These are necessary for making the connections for the output on the back of the drum kit. You can check the user manual of your drum module if you are unsure which cables to go for.
When you find two separate ¼ phone jack outputs, for the two sides of the drum module- the right and the left, you must get two ¼ inch tip-sleeve or TS cables and attach these from the module to the interface. If your drum consists of only one stereo output, you have to use Tip-Ring-Sleeve (TRS) cables.
The Steps To Follow
Now that you have all the equipment ready, let us go straight to the steps that you need to follow in order to record the audio from the drum module.
- First, turn the computer on.
- Take the audio cable(s) and connect the outputs of the audio from your electronic drum module to the input section of your audio interface. At this point, you must ensure that the volume is turned high up, or the gain is increased in the audio interface. This will assure you that the audio signal is being transmitted through.
- Next, you should connect the USB output from the audio interface to the USB input in the pc.
- This is when you have to start or launch the Audacity recording application software on your computer.
- It is where you need to follow the recording steps for audacity. Depending on what DAW software you are using, the next steps have to be taken. Usually, the DAW software is made up of several tracks in a single project.
You will only have to select the track of audio, make a selection of the name for your audio interface as the input audio for the track you have chosen, ‘arm’ the selected track to start recording, and then simply click on the button that says ‘record’.
Though the steps might slightly be different when it comes to the different software, but we assure you it will be pretty much the same.
- This is when you start drumming. The audio signal generated will be represented visually through the audio recording. When you see it, you can be sure that your audio signal is being properly recorded in Audacity.
You are now aware of the basics you need to have and the main steps you need to follow when trying to record the electronic drums using Audacity. If any sort of troubleshooting issues arise, it will usually be with the audio interface and not Audacity, hence, check the system requirements well beforehand.
You can also read: How to Drum Faster?