Right, so this is not a sysadmin post by any means BUT, I still faced some technical difficulties while setting up some features on my new V-Drums set so I figured posts on these things could find a place on a tech blog :)
I am now (finally!) a very happy owner of a Roland TD-11K, but I think this post should apply even if you have a TD-11KV or perhaps even a TD-15K. I had some issues trying to get it to recognize my USB drive so I could play along with my songs or record myself, and this is what I found out about how this drums set works when it comes to USB drives.
This is all you need to make your Roland TD-11K V-Drums Set recognize your USB pendrive.
Initially, I would just plug in the USB drive and nothing would happen. I would get no message saying that I connected something, so I thought maybe I had formatted the drive in the wrong way. The problem was that, even if I went into the menu under USB options, so I could format the drive, I would get a message that no drive was inserted.
This is something that you absolutely must do to get your TD-11K to recognize your USB drive, something that I haven’t found in the Roland manual: you need to plug in your USB drive before you turn on the drums. If you plug the drive after the drums are on, you won’t be able to do anything.
Just to give you some extra guidance, these are all the info about the drive I am using at the moment so you can see a real-world example of what really works (when I was looking for information online I found them quite lacking):
- The drive is a Kingston DataTraveler 101 Generation 2 16 GB USB 2.0 drive
- I formatted it in FAT32
- Block size 4096
- The songs I put on there are in .wav format
If you use the same settings as me, once you turn on your drums set you should see it going straight to your USB drive root folder:
At this point, just press the Play button on your sound module and you should be good to go.
I have also tried recording myself and the track was successfully saved inside a Roland folder that was automatically created.
I hope this clears out some confusion about this, I hope you found this helpful. Oh, and if you want to Skype-jam together or something, please feel free to drop a comment below and we’ll see what we can do :D