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. Download Our App Sensorware & Freedrum on iOS or Android.

The Sensorware & Freedrum apps can be downloaded on 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.

  • Freedrum app allows you to play using your Freedrum sensors.

  • 12 pads to configure any way you like. Place your instruments where you want with over 3 million possible configurations.

  • Reverb to add to your experience and metronome to play in time.

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2. 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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3. Slip The Sensors On.

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 the your feet.

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

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4. 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. 

5. 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.

  • 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!

 

Are you still having issues connecting? Don't worry we can assist you Send us a email at support@freedrum.rocks or check our FAQs.

 

6. Set Sensors as Foot or Stick Sensors 

  • 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.