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is it possible to hook up an electronic drum set to garageband 08 and record in real time?

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is it possible to hook up an electronic drum set to garageband 08 and record in real time?
Yes.

There are several ways depending on what type of drum kit you had in mind.

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oh I'm not sure what kind of port the kit had I think it was midi or something so would I need some midi to usb converter or something?

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oh I'm not sure what kind of port the kit had I think it was midi or something so would I need some midi to usb converter or something?
Yes, something like:

http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_us/Uno-main.html

Would be sufficient.

A word of warning though if you are using midi for drums, sometimes the midi note-on trigger is not followed by a note off. For simple instruments this does not matter because the sound has a pre-determined duration but if you use the drums with more complex instruments like synths you can get notes that just play forever!

The cure for this is to use something like junXion ...

http://www.steim.org/steim/junxion_v3.html

... to insert note off commands into the midi stream. It can also be used to change the levels from the pads so if you had one pad more sensitive than another you could balance them out. (very useful with cheaper drum kits like the *ion d05 kit)

In fact I'd recommend junXion anyhow because you can use it with wireless devices like Wii controllers or mice to control midi notes.

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Wow, thanks for the fast and great reply. Just wondering do you use your mac for music, just curious since you know alot

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Wow, thanks for the fast and great reply. Just wondering do you use your mac for music, just curious since you know alot
I do but only as a hobby, maybe one day I'll make the charts. ;-)

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I'm pretty sure you can even use the drums from the game 'rockband' google it!
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/yeah that's really cool! Too bad I don't have rock band tho. I got Guitar hero

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