Record edrum in Audacity via USB

I am new with edrums, I got the edrum xdrums DD-516.

I can connect the edrum via USB (Printer-USB-Cable) with my laptop, and my laptop recognizes my edrum.

Audacity doesn’t recognize it, or I don’t know where to setup the edrum.

I have no possibility to record via Cinch, because my laptop doesn’t have cinch.

By the way, I tried it with NCH Mixpad, he recognizes my edrum, but when I record something, he records not everything I play.

Best regards


Yes. According to the DD-516 manual, the USB port “receives and transmits MIDI messages”.

While Audacity does have some very limited MIDI capabilities, it does NOT currently recognize USB MIDI devices. It DOES recognize USB Audio devices.

So to use Audacity with these drums you would need to, for example, connect the headphone output to another USB device.

There are several other DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations), that DO recognized MIDI over USB. You could check out, for example, Reaper and Cakewalk.

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Thank you, I will try out these two mentioned programs.

Hi, Cakewalk works fine, after I watched a video howto, but I have to activate Cakewalk, didn’t try yet, is it for free?

According to Cakewalk’s web site,

Cakewalk by BandLab is free.

Following the acquisition of certain assets and the complete set of intellectual property of Cakewalk Inc. from Gibson Brands on 2/23/18, BandLab Technologies announced the relaunch of SONAR as Cakewalk by BandLab - available free-to-download to all BandLab users worldwide.

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