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OK. I see. Thanks for the response and the info.
You will have to make sure
A. that the MIDI cable is OK. (If it's new, probably it is.)
B. that the Roland is set up for MIDI Output. (Necessary!)
C. that the MIDI cable is connected to the MIDI OUT on the Roland - right? or wrong? OK, probably the MIDI IN. But make sure you're clear on that point, as to which is supposed to be producing MIDI signals, and which is to receive them. Normally the PC would be receiving, I'd think.
D. what's the MIDI app called, please?
OK. So what you're aiming at is
Drum Kit ---> MIDI IN on Roland (right?) (1)
Roland MIDI OUT ---> PC (right?) (2)
(3:) What input on the PC are you plugging up to? from the Roland MIDI Out.
So, does the MIDI cable used to the laptop have a MIDI-to-USB converter/adapter function?
That would be needed. If you need ref.s, let me know.
A MIDI to USB adapter cable, plus probably driver for the computer (no doubt provided with the adapter cable) is what you might be needing here.
What laptop do you have? by maker and model #. It might have a MIDI input/output of an obscure type on its sound card, if it is one of certain (not terribly frequently encountered) models.
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I'm looking that up...
I'm looking that up too...
(Meanwhile, what does the 'direction' LED indicator on the MIDI -to-USB adapter indicate?)
(Also, given that there are two MIDI plugs on the adapter, which one of the two are you using? and are they distinguished as one of them IN and the other OUT? in which case you have to use the right one of the two.)
The Lenovo has no fancy sound card inputs, no. One point: you might want to try using the USB 2.0 plugs on it, not the (blue-marked) USB 3.0 plugs, in case that matters to the hookup working. Not everything works with USB 3.0.
That sounds as if the problem is elsewhere.
Is the drum kit recognizably sending signals to the Roland mixer? can you verify that?
The Roland device in question is a mixer isn't it?
Sorry if I lost track... oh, it's a drum kit. OK! that straightens that out.
So how many devices are involved? just the drum kit and the laptop? or is there something else?
drum kit ---> laptop
is involved, then you connect the MIDI Out of the drum kit to the MIDI-to-USB adapter, and the USB plug of the MIDI-to-USB-adapter to the USB 2.0 jack on the laptop.
Set the drum kit to MIDI Output (if that is necessary, if it isn't just a default status).
Don't connect to the MIDI In on the drum kit. I don't think that's needed, nor right.
Set the adapter cable (if it has a switch) to direct MIDI Input through it to the USB. (I'm not sure which setting that is, I don't have that exact cable)
Just power down the drum kit, after making these connections and being sure the adapter is set to the right direction (MIDI signals going toward the laptop.)
Then wait a half minute or longer, and turn On the drum kit. See if that gets to the PC software properly.
The TD9 series doesn't seem to have any 'configuration'... you just plug the right cable to the MIDI OUT on the TD9 series. Nobody mentions anything else ... except that a MIDI Interface box is sometimes needed (in which case, hopefully your adapter cable works in its place) between the drum kit and the computer, and also the TD9 series drum kit needs to be selected in your software as a MIDI IN source in the software on your computer.
Also the software on your computer needs to select USB as the source of the MIDI signal coming IN.
That cable, the Amazon page for it, is supposed to not need a driver.
That could be the case. Adapter cables are problematical.
Make sure the direction light on the cable's 'dongle' or thick portion, is indicating the right direction of MIDI signal flow!
And after that you might have to give up and get a small MIDI Adapter box.
The software on the laptop, yes. But not MIDI OX. There's no output to the drum kit as yet. So the software should be set to MIDI IN.
But - does your TD9-series drum kit have a USB port?
The software you mentioned before:
I have downloaded a a MIDI application which is designed to recognize a MIDI signal, but it just doesn't seem to be picking up any signals.
As for the USB port... is it the littler 'house-shaped' type? if so, get a USB cable with that (type B, I think it's called) USB end, it's also known as a USB printer cable, and connect the drum kit to the PC using that. It might solve all problems, and also prove the adapter cable you got is bogus or flakey or no good.
USB A to USB B involves nothing more than a differently shaped jack, but the wires are the same, and no adapter function involved. Much more foolproof.
This might help too, if not too basic, esp the part labeled
MIDI PORTS: How we get MIDI data into and out of the computer
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That's fine! let's have a break on this. And if you could get the USB A to USB B ('USB printer cable') first and try it, that would make sure my advice is A-OK.
Correct! Roland drum kit USB port to USB (2.0) port on laptop. Cable to match each end.