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Recognized external device not creating audio in S1 (electronic drum kit)

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asked Jul 13, 2021 in Studio One 5 by edwinvondermans (120 points)

Hey guys and girls from the PreSonus forum,

Unfortunately, I've been running into some trouble trying to record my Roland TD-17 in Studio One 5 (Artist). 

I have connected the drum kit with a USB cable. After an automatic Windows setup, I followed these steps, according to the Studio One guide:

- Opened "Options" under "Studio One" in the top-left toolbar

- Went to the page where you manage External Devices

- Clicked "Add" to add a new one, and selected New Instrument

- Named my device accordingly

- Set Receive From to my Roland TD-17

- Set Send To to my Roland TD-17

- Left the MIDI Channels on default

- Did not touch any further settings

After adding the External Device, I went on to set up the AUX channel according to these steps in the guide:

  1. Click [External] in the Console Navigation column to open the External Devices panel.
  2. Click the menu arrow for the external device.
  3. Select Edit from the menu to open the control mapping window.
  4. Click the Outputs button (image).
  5. Select Add Aux Channel at the bottom of the window. An Aux Channel appears in the Console.
I also clicked save default as mentioned in the guide. Now, there's another step in the guide which wasn't exactly clear to me:

"Route the Aux Channel to the desired output. Your external device is now available the Console."

I wasn't sure where to define the output routing. Anyway, I created an Instrument Track for the AUX channel.

When I hit one of my drum's triggers, I can see in the bottom left corner that the MIDI is responding. There is a small spike in the red "Performance" box, and I can also see an orange arrow blinking when contact is made with the drum triggers. However, when I press record and play.... nothing happens. No output. 

So, I'm quite sure I've configured something wrong here. Would you be so kind as to help me? Many thanks in advance.

1 Answer

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answered Jul 16, 2021 by aka_busker (32,890 points)
If you only want the drums to control a VST like Ezdrummer you must add it as a keyboard, not an instrument.
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