Old 03-02-2021, 06:26 PM   #1
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Default EZ drummer in reaper with e-drums - how to map

Hello,
I hope I can ask an intelligent question here. I've been fiddling with EZ drummer for a couple days, and I'm getting close to actually using it. But I could use some help.

(1) I have installed EZ drummer and it is recognized in Reaper, and it mostly works.
(2) I'm using a Yamaha DTX kit - and I believe I have figured out how to connect this as a midi input that interfaces with EZ Drummer
(3) I'm able to play the drums along with a recording, to a degree.

I'm trying to simply map my drum pads to EZ Drummer sounds. Where I get confused is where EZ drummer uses channels for the drum kit. I picked a kit and I get channels 1-16, and they include most of your typical drums, plus OH, Amb, Amb Mono, Comp, One Shot, Shaker, Tamb, Perc. Amb. First of all, I don't know what those are. But more importantly, what they don't have it multiple toms, they don't have a floor tom, and they don't have a channel from crash and ride.

Maybe someone who knows better can tell me what a channel is and how do I assign actual drums to the channels? And how does a channel work with a midi map?

Thanks
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Old 03-02-2021, 06:50 PM   #2
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Quick question...

Does it look like you ticked off everything in this article so far?

https://www.sweetwater.com/sweetcare...ctronic-drums/
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Old 03-02-2021, 07:02 PM   #3
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Yes. Like I mentioned, I have it working. I just have a mapping issue. This is so foreign to me that I don't what I should be asking. I don't have enough background information on this to know what to ask. And everything I read is topic specific. It is one of the flaws of internet information.

But I would have expected any drum set to include a kick, snare, high hat, hi tom, low tom, floor, tom, crash and ride. I guess I'm just surprised that I see options like AMB and OH?
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Old 03-02-2021, 07:13 PM   #4
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Ok.

Another question -

If you take a look through this pair of videos is there a "Hey. That's It..." moment?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHl2jd278Po

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptTlCTLOcPY
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Old 03-02-2021, 07:19 PM   #5
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Thanks for sending those. Actually, I used one of those videos to get started.

What I need is to find someone who understands how this works and to explain it to me so that I can stop guessing. There are too many unknowns for me to ask a decent question, but I don't know where to learn enough to ask a good question.
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Old 03-02-2021, 07:23 PM   #6
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What about this?

It looks something like what you are describing, so I suspect that you need to do some MIDI mapping tweaking to get to where you want to wind up.

https://forums.acoustica.com/viewtopic.php?t=24387
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Old 03-02-2021, 07:26 PM   #7
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This also might help.

Seems like it could be an "On The 'Yamaha' End..." issue.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2kU1eW0m3Q
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Old 03-02-2021, 09:46 PM   #8
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Having watched it(that final YouTube video...) a couple of times now, I would put a whole box of jellyeans down that says that dealing with the specific note mapping inside of the Yamaha would sort this right out.
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