Can anyone give me any tips or a walk tru of some good ways to record an older drum machine. I have a Roland R-70, which has midi out, stereo out ect. Any suggestions would be cool or reference to a good site.
The whole point of using older drum machines is to capture that crunchy sound. Midi cant help there. You have to plug the output into a DI.
If its a stereo drum machine, and you have a stereo mic pre with 2 DIs, plug it in there and mess around with the gain and output on the mic pre until you get a nice sound. Also, a compressor or EQ can help get the sound there quickly on the way in.
My favorite units for this trick is are:
1) Vintech 473 --> Fatso
2) Langevin DVC
Although going straight into the inputs on your audio interface and using plug ins is an option, it probably wont sound as good as using some hardware upfront first.
1. Sync the R70 to your DAW using midiclock and record the midi out of the R70 to get the MIDI into the computer
2. RECORD AS AUDIO, Use all FOUR outputs on the back of the R70 to separate out your parts, Kick Snare, HH and maybe your TOMS on the last one. Each pad on the R70 is assignable to which of the four outputs on the back of it.
Or you can just use the main outs and turn down the volume on all the pads except the one your recording at the time while syncing to your computer. Either way works. Depends what your wanting
3. Put a microphone in front of your monitor to record the audio from the drum machine through the speakers to give it a more REAL sound, just like recording a guitar cabinet if you will
4. cdog is on the money there, run that baby through some good pres or DI boxes to make it come to life
< Hey guys I got a pretty good sound out of that thing. I hooked it up to my audio interface, than I synced it to tempo on the song I was working on and it sounds pretty good. I'll try to get a clip up for more input. thanks!