Hmm, that all sounds pretty complicated to me, I am not very familiar with recording techniques, DAW's, VST's and the like. I understand the principles of what you are both saying, but it seems a rather cumbersome route to recording a decent sound for drums. I'm thinking, when folks record acoustic drums, they mike them, record them, and then tweak the sounds to get what they think is best. Or is that different now? One thread said the drums we hear on pretty much all recordings now, are remixes of an acoustic set that was miked, then engineered as you were saying Darren, using VST to make the drums electronically sound different, better, more suited to what the band/engineer wants to hear.
If I understand what is being said, the MIDI sends a signal, not a sound, and that signal can then be recorded as a 'data track'. Then take that track and send it back through either a module (Roland) or a PC using BFD, SD, or whatever software I am using; that track would then be edited and further tweaked to get the sound wanted, then THAT recording would have to be sent to the board for a final mix in with the vocals and instruments.... is that about right? Would that still allow for an engineer to do a mix, bringing volumes up or down of certain drums/cymbals, etc., during certain portions of the song? Or is that better addressed using the 8 'outs' for separation of drum sounds?
Thanks for the info. I am SO not technically proficient! The guys in the band are pretty good with all this stuff, but electronic drums are not their forte, they are looking to me for answers.