– Create an account on akaipro.com, register the device and then download and install all the software and firmware updates that they suggest.
– If you’re planning on changing the note value of the pads (only neccessary when your Drum Software does not support MIDI learn), you want to get the MPD218 editor. I recommend just following the easy guide below and not change the note value of the pads at all.
– With MIDI learn and Addictive Drums, the process is very fast and easy. Exactly as exlained in the Pad Layout lesson.
– Below is an Addictive Drums 2 guide. If you want to use other drum software, like Superior Drummer or Native Instruments Abbey Road kits, check out the special lesson about other software drumkits later on in this course!
– Make sure Addictive Drums has your audio interface enabled and your MPD controller connected and enabled as incoming controller.
– I made the screenshot below with my RME Fireface audio interface and a Presonus Atom as controller, so that’s why you see those in the screenshot. You should see the names of your controller and your audio interface.
– Also, make sure the harddisk that you installed your Addictive Drums 2 kits on is plugged in, in case you installed the samples on an external HD.
– Now Press, Top right corner menu >> Map Window
– Navigate to the sound you want to select, press “Learn” next to it and then hit the pad you want to link to the sound.
– On certain (smaller) screen resolutions Addictive drums looks a little different and the “Learn” button is only an “L”.
– Go through all the sounds that way so you end up with this pad layout:
– Addictive drums has a lot of different choices to pick from within the “snare” and “hihat” categories. So just to be clear, here’s a list of the exact sounds I would pick for your basic setup if you’re using AD2.
– Kick: (just a kick)
– Snare: Snare Open Hit
– Sidestick: Snare Sidestick
– Hihat: Hihat Closed 1 Tip
– Open Hihat: HH Open A
– Ride: Ride 1 Tip or Ride 1 Bell (whatever you like, I switch a lot)
Toms from left to right: Tom 3, Tom2, Tom 1.
Standard would be open hit but I regularly switch to rimshot for sound.
Cymbals I just switch based on what I need. This changes from song to song, but it does not really matter what cymbal you put where in the beginning!
– You probably want to turn “Cymbal chokes on aftertouch” off for now. When enabled you’ll end up choking your cymbal hits accidentally a lot.
– Now save the map and set it as you default map when you boot up AD2, so you can immediately start playing next time.
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