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ZenEdit / Re: Upcoming release, plus road map
« on: September 17, 2011, 11:14:39 PM »
Wow, Incredible....note duration and Pitch bend...excellent.

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ZenChat / Re: Alesis DM10 Pro Kit
« on: July 22, 2011, 10:08:02 AM »
Although I've never had an electronic failure with my gear, I design my "gig-rig" with a backup module. I think I described this set up in response to the YouTube videos I posted a while back.

I designed this for a simple vocal duo with guitar and Zendrum but I revel in overkill. I currently use a DMPro and the original Alesis D4, layered via midi for more robust sound options. They are housed in a rack with a 12R Mixer for drums and bass and discrete routing to a sub woofer: The Stereo outs from the 12R go into an Edirol Digital Mixer that serves as my Front of House system. The Edirol also allows me to record Live Gigs to a laptop via USB.  I'm hoping the DM10 will soon replace the D4.

The Guitar goes directly into the Edirol mixer, no guitar amps! We also use a Roland GR-30 Guitar synth for mystery and suspense. That runs stereo in to the Edirol. We use two mic's and have a spare channel always ready for guest guitarist\vocalist

I'm thinking of housing the DM10 inside a separate rack case, on a rack shelf or rack drawer. I'll be using the DMPro as both a backup module and an addtional layer for "Bass Guitar ".

I plan on adding a half space line mixer to mix the multiple outs of the modules into a clean stereo out to the Front Of House. I'm planning on using volume pedals to control the melodic sounds. I can always take the DM10 out of this set up and play it standalone for smaller giigs-rehearsals.

People sometimes ask me what I do in my spare time.

Wilson

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ZenChat / Re: Alesis DM10 Pro Kit
« on: July 21, 2011, 11:25:12 AM »
This is good to know...prevents me from making another questionable purchase. Perhaps the rack draw solution, or a rack shelf with enough slack in cables to bring out the DM10 to the top of the rack and access it there.

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ZenChat / Re: Alesis DM10 Pro Kit
« on: July 20, 2011, 08:40:22 AM »
I was thinking of using the SKB Laptop based rack in this link:
http://www.americanmusical.com/Item--i-SKB-RSF2U-LIST

I could keep everything plugged in, add a back up DMPro, as well as a line mixer if needed.
The DM10 is almost the same "footprint" as a lapotp.

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ZenChat / Re: Alesis DM10 Pro Kit
« on: July 18, 2011, 12:31:17 PM »
I just picked up the DM10 and love the basic sounds, although I would have preferred a rack set up. My main concern is that I can't get a bass guitar patch to work in tendem on the same channel with drum sounds. They have an "accompompaniment" section reserved for sequencing and playing sounds, and that is where you can trigger bass, but so far I can't separate (or blend) the two. If anyone is interetsed in helping me figure this out please respond.
In the DMPro, I have the ability to do play drums and bass on the same Channel 10.

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Media / Re: Videos on youtube from WB_Drumz and Zebrawood ZX4
« on: May 12, 2011, 09:20:51 AM »
Thanks all, for the comments. The primary video was shot with two extremely different cameras, a Zoom Q2 on "my side" and a Sony DV Mini Cam on my Brothers side. I mounted both on tripods. I also used the Sony as a "Center Shot" and handheld "cutaway" camera during our Sound Check, where we performed the same songs. I used Final Cut Pro to edit them all together.

My Zendrum goes into the Rack, and I use a DMPro and older Alesis D4. The DMPro also has a Pop Rock card, and I've tweaked the bass sounds using the buillt in DMPro and Pop Rock card's "bass". Every bass note that is played on the dmpro also triggers variable hi hats on the older D4. The "Bass" is isolated on Aux 3 out of the DMpro, goes into a basic processing pedal (for volume and eq) The Drums are submixed and layered through an Alesis 12 R rack mixer. THAT signal goes to an Edirol DMX16 Digital Mixer (This is a terrific device that sold poorly) This is an Analog\Digital mixer, where the Docking unit is rackmounted, has four MIC in's and the rest line ins. The Digital mixer is connected by a single cable and I am able to record multi track "Live" performances via a usb out to a laptop. I use Reaper to record "Live", and export the files to Sonar at home to mix.

We use a Digitech Vocal Harmonizer, whcih works well if you sing in tune and play the right guitar chord. If you mess up it freaks out on you. Great for doo wop, Beatles and Eagles triad style harmonies. I also have my brother go through an ancient GR30 guitars Synth to fatten up his guitar sounds. So we get a pretty full sound going through two JBL Eon's and a powered 10" Sub. That's about it.

Wilson

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Check out or new video celebrating Fenway Park's 100 Birthday. Go to youtube and search for "wbdrumz" or click on the link below

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5RBDl4bds8

and our "Live" Videos from last year:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PuMqypbAxc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6z5Q7jAoCU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSfeLUNHFCM


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Media / Re: Call for Live Performance videos!
« on: May 11, 2011, 12:56:33 PM »
Here are two videos I just put on youtube. I'm (obviously) playing basic pop\rock drums with my Z4 and a Kick pedal trigger....but I've also developed simple bass style with the right hand. This is more of a demo for my Brothers Duo than a true peformance highlight for the Zendrum. Enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSfeLUNHFCM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6z5Q7jAoCU

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ZenEdit / Re: Possible new features
« on: February 16, 2011, 07:55:26 AM »
Whoah! That's really imaginative. I had spoken with Dave about Pitch bend functions on the new model. I can see where the FC-300 can be a powerful tool. I had also considered using the analog signal of a meldoic instrument through a stomp box that allows pitch bend would be a good alternative. Thanks. This is all great.

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ZenEdit / Re: Possible new features
« on: February 15, 2011, 02:52:12 PM »
The note duration would be an excellent resource for those of us playing melodic lines such as bass. When I was having my Z4 built, we tried to come up with a pitch bend solution, but alas, we were unable to...I don't know if that would be possible, but it would sure be interesting. Could a pitch bend signal of let's say a half step be assigned to the sustain button?

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ZenChat / Expression pedals, midi foot controllers
« on: April 18, 2007, 03:29:51 PM »
Hello everyone...I use an older zendrum in a duo, and have started triggering simple rock bass patterns into my dmpro, while playing standard rock drum grooves.  I'd like to implement pitch control using an expression pedal...and although I've looked into the behringer-roland etc midi foot controllers, the CME GPP-3 caught my eye, as it has usb AND midi in a smaller footprint than the other controllers.  Anyone using pitch control via expression pedals?

Thanks in advance
Wilson

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