Virtual Drum Studio: Setup Instructions

Welcome to the Virtual Studio! Below you will find a list as well as further instructions how to best set up your Virtual Drum Studio with MusicPath. Once you have put together your hardware package and associated software, step by step instructions will guide you from how to properly connect equipment and app functions and how to quick start your app for which essential instructions are provided. More detailed MusicPath instructions can be found here.


Software required


Virtual Drum Studio Setup

Virtual Drum Studio set up: music stand, and iPhone’s camera to the left should cover the most part of drummer’s body and drum pads.
Figure 1.1 - Virtual Drum Studio set up: music stand, and iPhone’s camera to the left should cover the most part of drummer’s body and drum pads.

MusicPath virtual drum MIDI HARDWARE connection sequence

  1. Plug the Yamaha MD-BT01 Wireless Midi Adaptor into the Alesis drum midi I/O module as shown in figure 2.1 On the side of the Yamaha BT Adaptor, you will find an arrow that indicate if it is midi input or output, as shown in figure 2.2, plug ‘midi input’ into drum module’s ‘midi in’ and output for ‘midi out’.
  2. Alesis Nitro drum module midi I/O
    Figure 2.1 - Alesis Nitro drum module midi I/O
    Yamaha wireless midi adaptor
    Figure 2.2 - Yamaha wireless midi adaptor
    Figure 2.3 - Wireless MIDI Adapter
  3. Connecting the Alesis Nitro kit to MusicPath Mobile: Open the ‘Yamaha Digital Piano’ APP on the iPhone, choose the ‘wheel gear’ setting on the top right corner, as shown in Figure 3.1, then go to ‘information’ -> ‘Bluetooth MIDI Device’, shown in figure 3.2. Here you should see ‘MD- T01’ showing on the devices list in Fig 3.3, tap ‘connect’, Fig 3.4.
  4. Nitro Connect Fig. 3.1
    Figure 3.1
    Nitro Connect Fig. 3.2
    Figure 3.2
    Nitro Connect Fig. 3.3
    Figure 3.3
    Nitro Connect Fig. 3.4
    Figure 3.4

    MusicPath virtual drum SOFTWARE connection sequence

  5. 1st SYNC CHECK (Audiovisual): For MusicPath to become a rewarding experience, and as network conditions change we need to first confirm audiovisual integrity, followed by an adjustment of latency for the separate MIDI transmission of musical events to merge into a unifying perceptual experience: start a video session with you teacher on Skype/WhatsApp/Facetime VERIFY, for both sides, that the video connection is perceptually in perfect sync with audio. This is easily checked observing a visual tap with the drum stick, for example, on the snare while listening if both events line up perfectly. You must have perceptual sync for MusicPath to work properly. You cannot perform the 2nd step, MIDI latency adjustment check before you have established the MusicPath connection through the app.
  6. Open MusicPath App, if the Yamaha Wireless Adapter is connected, a green flashing button will appear, if the button is grey, it means the wireless adapter is not connected correctly.
  7. Log in with your MusicPath account, after successful login, the main page of MusicPath will appear, with a list of teachers or peers that are online at the moment. Now, click the “+” on the right top corner, select the teacher or peer and then ‘Start Session’, as shown in figure 4.2. If the call is being accepted, you will immediately advance to the ‘sessions” page selecting the clack “Start Session” bar. You are now ready to perform the MIDI latency adjustment check.
  8. Figure 4.1
    Figure 4.1
    Figure 4.2
    Figure 4.2
  9. Immediately upon connecting my MIDI in addition to audiovisual communication you might have noticed that the audiovisual and MIDI performance did not line up. However, this is easily achieved by opening up the “Latency” setting and, while carefully observing your remote peer’s tapping of the snare, adjusting the latency until both communication channels merge perceptually into one single experience. Please note that there are inherent limits within the system to tolerate timing differences between both channels, clearly indicated by frequent red “lost sync” MIDI status lights, as further explained in the technical part of the web site. If, however, green light prevails with an occasional yellow flash, your MusicPath system is ready to use!
  10. *Note the flashing squares on the right side indicate that you and your teacher now connected through a direct peer-to-peer MIDI data transmission protocol, effectively remote controlling each other’s electronic drum set, see figure 4.3

    Figure 4.3
    Figure 4.3
  11. Further information can be obtained from the MusicPath Technology manual