Getting Started With Freedrum on macOS

This tutorial will walk you through the basics of getting started with Freedrum on macOS

If you need any assistance please send us a email at support@freedrum.rocks our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

1. Charge The Sensors.

Your sensors must be charged using the supplied cable before use.

  • Charging can be done with the supplied dual USB cable

  • LED shows solid red when charging

  • Charging will take just over 1 hour

  • When charging is completed, the red LED will turn off

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2. Download Our App Sensorware for iOS or Android

  • Sensorware allows you to update Freedrum wirelessly with the latest sensors firmware.

  • The latest firmware is V9. If you do not update to the latest firmware you can not connect the sensors and play using the Freedrum App. If you already have your sensors updated move to step 3.

Sensorware Download:

Sensorware | iOS

Sensorware | Android

3. Update Your Sensors

Freedrum Firmware is the technology that runs in your Freedrum sensors. We make frequent updates to this technology and so it's good to make sure you have the latest version!

  1. Open the Freedrum Sensorware app

  2. Turn on your Freedrum Sensors

  3. Select a sensor from the list in the app

  4. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and select "Check for Sensorware Update"

  5. Select "Update"

  6. The app will update the sensor. This will take about 90 seconds

  7. Do not turn off the sensor or close the app during this time

  8. Repeat this process for all sensors

  9. You will need to restart the Sensorware application to reconnect to the updated sensors

Now that your sensors are updated let’s finish connecting and setting up.

Latest Firmware: V9

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4. Slip The Sensors On

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Slide the sensors on the sticks as shown. Keep these things in mind when slipping them on:

  • The square button/LED is closest to you.

  • The smaller straps are for you the sticks.

  • The larger straps are for your feet.

  • If you only have 2 sensors you can order 2 additional sensors by ordering a Starter Kit.

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5. Turn On The Sensors

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Turning on your Freedrum sensors is done by shortly pressing the square button once. Avoid holding down on the button when turning them on. This will cause the sensor to enter update mode. 

  • Press the square button on each sensor once to turn them on

  • The LED will pulse blue to show that it is searching for a device. 

6. Download the Freedrum App 

Freedrum app allows you to play using your Freedrum sensors. It features 12 pads to configure any way you like. Place your instruments where you want with over 3 million possible configurations. Add Reverb to your experience and metronome to play in time.

 

7. Connect sensors to macOS using Midi over Bluetooth

Freedrum works with macOS Yosemite and later. This tutorial shows you how to connect to your Mac and play using our Freedrum app.

  • Open up "Audio MIDI Setup" in your applications folder or search by using command + spacebar.

  • Or press connections in the settings of the Freedrum up to open the Audio MIDI Setup.

  • This app allows you to connect to Freedrum as a MIDI device.

  • Go to "Window".

  • Select "Show MIDI Studio".

  • Or press command + 2.

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Select "Bluetooth" from the menu.

 
  • For latest macOS users press the bluetooth icon in the window to get to the bluetooth menu.

  • A Bluetooth configuration window will open.

  • Turn on your Freedrum sensors by pressing the LED button on them once.

  • Your sensors will appear as FD1 V9.

  • Connect to each sensor by pressing "Connect" on the right side of each sensor.

If your sensors do not show up as FD1 v9, which is the latest firmware, please update your sensors using Sensorware. iOS & Android.

  • You've now connected your Freedrum sensors to your Mac and are ready to play using the Freedrum app!

8. Set Sensors as Foot or Stick Sensors 

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  • Move one of the sensors and you will see a red bar appear next to the sensor in the Sensor Menu on the left.

  • If it is on your stick then make sure to tap the box next to stick in the menu on the right.

  • If it is on your foot then make sure to tap the box next to foot in the menu on the right.

Depending on which option you choose is what type of configuration you will be able to use with the sensor.

9. Configure Your Drum Kit

Now that the sensors are updated, charged and connected all that is left to do is configure your drum kit. In this latest version of the Freedrum App you can configure your kit in many different ways. Placing the drums and cymbals where you want gives you the chance to play left or right-handed and personalise your experience.

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  • Start by pressing the drum icon on the top right. This will put you in edit mode.

Now that you are in edit mode you can start adding how many pads you want in your drum kit. We will setup a standard 7 piece kit as an example.


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  • First start by pressing the pad addition button for the top layer 3 times. Now we have 4 pads on the top layer of our kit. Now let us add some instruments.



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Let’s start by adding instruments to our kit.

  1. You first need to select the pad you want to configure. Let’s select the left most pad and add our Crash to the top left.

  2. Now the mid tom next to it to the right and the high tom next to that.

  3. Let’s finish the top right layer by adding in the Ride cymbal. Great the top layer is configured and ready to play.


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Now let us focus on the bottom layer.

  1. Let’s start by pressing the pad addition button for the bottom layer 2 times. Now we have 3 pads on the bottom layer of our kit. Now let’s add some instruments.


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Let’s start by adding the instruments to the lower layer of the kit.

  1. Select the pad on the bottom left pad then look for the hi-hat.

  2. Select the next pad in the middle and add the snare.

  3. Finally the the floor tom to the right pad and your bottom layer is complete.

  4. If you have 2 foot sensors then add the kick drum and hi-hat on the 2 remaining pads on the bottom.


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Once you have set up the kit press the check mark button where the drum icon was and it will send your configuration to the sensors. Test out your new kit by tapping on each drum with your finger? How does it sound?

Having trouble connecting, configuring or understanding how to play? Don’t worry, you can reach out to our support team who would gladly get you back up and playing again. Email us directly at support@freedrum.rocks or send us a message on the live chat. Someone will get back to as soon as they are available.


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