Tips and tricks to help you record electronic drums
As a musician, one of the best parts of making music is being able to share that music with as many people as possible.
Obviously, you’re only ever going to be able to reach so many people playing live shows – regardless of how large the venue may be – but recording your music and distributing it digitally opens up a world of listeners that might not have ever had the opportunity to hear you play.
If you’ve always dreamed of recording your music on your electronic drums (as a solo piece or as part of music that you produce on your own), you’re going to want to know the tips and tricks we’ve included below to help make the process a bit more simple and straightforward – how to record electronic drum kits.
Get a handle on your sources
One of the first things that you need to do – long before you purchase any recording or producing equipment – is establish the sources that you’re going to use to record your music from.
Electronic drum kits have two options to use as audio sources – the on board performance available through the built-in sound module, or in outside the box type of solution triggered by a drum synthesizing software.
Until you determine exactly how you want to capture the audio that your kit produces you aren’t going to be able to go forward. This is step one.
Invest in a quality drum module
If you want to make the electronic drum recording process as straightforward and simple as it can be, you’ll want to invest in a top-of-the-line drum module and use it for all of your drum audio collection and processing needs.
Simply hook your drum module into your kit (and then into your sound capturing system – usually a computer) and then begin to play. Every time you hit one of your drum pads a note will be triggered, a signal will be shot through the drum module, and the sound will then be split directly into your audio interface before making its way to the actual collection and processing point.
It might not be an ideal setup for everyone, but it is as streamlined a process as it gets and probably where you’ll want to start.
Do everything in your power to manage and eliminate latency
At the end of the day, any time you were talking about any electronic instrument (any electronic instrument, not just drums) you’re going to be forced to contend with latency – lag between the actual playing of the instrument and the electronic reproduction of the note.
It’s impossible to eliminate lag completely because of the mechanics and physics behind everything that makes these instruments possible, but it’s your responsibility to cut down and eliminate as much latency and lag as you can.
Invest in a quality kit, streamline your wiring system and audio collection methodology, and use only the highest quality components throughout. This is the only way to cut down on your latency and enjoy as close to “delay free” music as possible.