Hey y’all, so i’m trying to record drum covers for my YouTube channel and I have an electric kit (Alesis Nitro Mesh) I went and bought a USB cable and downloaded Audacity so I could record it but when I go into the program, the USB cable doesn’t show up as a microphone. How can I fix this?
I have an electric kit (Alesis Nitro Mesh)
The USB connection is [u]MIDI[/u], not audio. Audacity is not a MIDI application.
With MIDI, the drums send a “MIDI message” telling the software which drum was hit, and how hard it was hit. Then, the actual drum sounds are generated by a virtual instrument and MIDI software. Later after capturing (“recording”) you can change the sound of the various drums/cymbals and/or change/correct the timing, etc.
If you have a desktop/tower computer with a regular soundcard or if you have an audio interface you can record the analog line-outputs. (The microphone input on a laptop is not “correct” for a line-level or headphone-level signal.)
There is a headphone jack for private practice, plus stereo outs to connect to a PA system, amplifier or recording console.
Bingo. Now all you need is a nice Behringer UCA202 as a stereo sound interface…
…and you’re in. This has the additional advantage that it’s certified for overdubbing.
You can try to force your computer sound connection to work, but unless you have a full-on desktop machine you only have about a 25%-30% chance of success.