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Connecting your electronic drum kit.

Many electronic drum kits should work fine with Melodics in their default setting, however they can be tricky things – If your kit isn’t working correctly, or we can’t see it, try the following.


Default Connection

First, make sure you have Drums selected as your instrument in the top left corner next to the ‘Switch Instrument’ button.

Most electronic drum kits will work with Melodics in their default settings. It’s best to use our default mappings, as these are designed and tested to work with Melodics. Check to see if your controller is on our supported devices list.

Check the Settings menu first, your kit should appear under the “Connected hardware” dropdown menu. If not, try the following troubleshooting tips:

Manual Connection

If Melodics doesn’t automatically recognise your drum kit then you’ll need to manually map it:

  1. Open the Settings menu in the top right of the screen.
  2. Select ‘Map your controller’ from the right hand side.
  3. Follow the onscreen instructions to map your kit.

Hi-hats may not behave properly with manual mappings. If you’re having issues with this, refer to MIDI Settings below.

Connection Issues?

If Melodics doesn’t register any of your inputs, try connecting it through a different USB port.

If you have another USB cable, try using this instead.

If you’re using a USB hub, try connecting directly to your computer.

You might also want to check that your drum kit isn’t currently being used in another audio application or DAW. If you have multiple MIDI devices connected at the same time, try disconnecting these to check if there is a conflict.

Drivers & Firmware

Check that you have the latest drivers and firmware updates installed for your drum kit. Check the manufacturer’s website for the latest drivers and updates.

Make sure you restart your computer once installed before reopening Melodics.

MIDI Settings

Most drum kits will have GM (General MIDI) and LOC (Local) controls under the MIDI settings. You will want to make sure that GM is set to ON and LOC is set to OFF. This will ensure your kit strictly sends out GM values (GM on), and that the pads aren’t triggering the internal sound generator (LOC off).

If some drums are working and others aren't, it's likely because we're not getting the standard MIDI values from your kit. If you’ve changed anything with your kit that might mean that it's not sending general MIDI on channel 10, you can try resetting it. (You may need to check out your manual to find out how to do this.)

To check if your device is actually sending MIDI, you can either download MIDI Monitor (for Mac), or MIDI-OX (Windows). Install this, open the application and hit a few drums to see if any notes are being registered – you should also see the MIDI notes and channel here.

Hi-Hat Issues?

This may be an issue with what pedal your kit is expecting to use. You will need to change the hi-hat pedal settings to match the pedal that you physically have connected.

If the open hi-hat is working but the closed hi-hat isn’t, check what notes are being sent out by your kit using the MIDI software mentioned earlier. Then get in touch with us and we can get this working for you.

Audio Settings

Some drum modules will allow you to route audio from Melodics back through the module. If you do this, be aware that this can potentially introduce some additional latency.

We would also recommend setting your module’s “local” controls to “off” to ensure the pads aren’t triggering the internal sound generator. Melodics drum sounds are designed with the lesson content and backing track in mind, and using your module’s sounds instead may cause a conflict.

If you’re still having trouble connecting your drums, get in touch with us and we can help!

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