Hi - probably a very basic question, but I’m new to this: how can I send a recorded performance from the memory of my Roland TD9 into Audacity via the USB port on my laptop (it doesn’t have a mic or line input, so I have to use a USB)?
That USB port is NOT an audio port. (It’s also not a USB-MIDI port.*) I found a couple of things on the Roland website:
Use the USB port to play along with audio files of your choice (WAV, MP3), back up your data, or save a “quick record” performance.
USB Connector (for USB Memory)
Check your owner’s manual for how to “quick record” onto a USB thumb drive. Then you can plug the thumb drive into your computer and copy the file(s) to your computer and/or open it in Audacity, etc.
I’m not 100% sure, but it looks like “quick record” only records/captures MIDI (or something similar) so I don’t think you can create an MP3 or WAV file. If you do get a MIDI file you’ll probably want a MIDI application (such as a DAW). Audacity is not a MIDI application and it has only [u]very limited[/u] MIDI capabilities.
You’ll probably need a USB audio interface with line-inputs (The Berhriner UCA202 is popular and inexpensive or there are lots of higher-end audio interfaces with switchable mic/line inputs. Do NOT get a regular “USB soundcard” because they are like laptops with only mic-in and headphone-out.)