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ZenChat / Re: FORUM IS BACK!
« on: January 29, 2013, 09:45:13 PM »
I'm so happy to see the forum back up. This is a great place for information for any and all Zendrummers. I hope it can stay up and free from those that are malicious!? I think I have completely revamped my set- up since my last post (brand new Z4, first time around with ZenEdit, switched from module to computer based sounds, wireless midi)so I have some reading here to do.  Great to see thigs back up and running!


Tech Help / Re: TD-20 LCD Display
« on: May 18, 2012, 09:21:20 PM »
Well that is certainly good to know- I appreciate your I for on the V-drum lib.  I'm gonna bite the bullet for now, drop off the unit to alocalauthorized dealer, and see what price they come up with.  In the meantime it's the TD 12 for now....

ZenChat / Re: While I wait
« on: May 17, 2012, 08:39:13 PM »
You a gonna be in heaven. I love the extra triggers set up that you had installed. I need a few thing done to my Zendrum( upgrade to the newest version, and add a few triggers).... So many things, so little time....enjoy your zendrum!!

ZenChat / Re: Setting up the Zen through the Mixer...
« on: May 17, 2012, 08:35:05 PM »
I agree with David- the more control you have, the better.  My pit group ( we usually are the same few guys on local theater stuff, but the piano player is always the sound engineer, we are always in another part of the theater, upstairs, under stage,etc.... So I can almost always play completely out- and yes on acoustics- a miracle for theater work!)

Anyway, he uses a presonus digital mixer- and we have all gone completely to in ear monitoring(I think we all have the Sure 315's)- but the kicker is presonus has an app for your iPhone/iPad- where you can connect to the mixers network, and yes you can completely control your own mix - it is incredible. Anything you want more / less of, on the fly. So next to my music stand at every gig now is my iPad on another stand, ready for dialing up my monitor mix. Love it. And the in-ears block out alot of unwanted exterior sound (your drums if they are acoustic, the horns, etc) - and you can re-pull them up beautifully in your personal mix. I was amazed how good of a mix I could achieve once I had control over it-  opposed to saying- "yea, I'll take a little more bass, little less guitar", and so on...

Tech Help / Re: TD-20 LCD Display
« on: May 17, 2012, 08:20:40 PM »
Drum wagon- I do not use that, not sure what that is I might have to take a look at that.

Rsanto- my TD-20 is old I suppose, I got in April of the year it was introduced at NAMM. 

David- you are correct that is intact the problem so I can't really see what it is I am doing. My kits are rather edited/tweaked like mad. I really only utilize about 2-3 "drum" kits though, as I don't really use many more drum kit sounds if I have a couple of good kits already. I believe they are on that card that goes into the front of the TD-20 (my goodness it looks gigantic compared to today's media storage!). I don't mind going back to tweak out kits, as they are really for practice purposes anyway (although it's still nice to have the best possible sounding kits you can have)   

I got in touch with a local authorized dealer- 60$ to look at it, more if it takes longer than an hour.  If its just the LCD , it would be 60$ more bucks to put it in plus the cost of the board itself.  It starts adding up I suppose.....

Tech Help / Re: TD-20 LCD Display
« on: May 16, 2012, 07:44:15 PM »
By jumping around, I mean just one patch, say "Mike's V Kit" For example - is on the screen but it is kinda "blipping and shaking " all over the place. I have tried it with no triggers plugged in at all, a couple different outlets, and always the same result. I did try the adjusting the contrast already, and that simply did what it is supposed to do- it changed how bright/dark the screen was, but it was still littering all over the place.

I hooked it up to my zendrum, and it seemed to "play"fine- I just can't really make any modifications or adjustments anymore as I really can't read the screen!

David- I have a call in to a local authorized Roland repair technician- they called me back but I wasn't t available so I will touch base with them tomorrow- I'm hoping they are a decent price, as there aren't too many authorized dealers in my location.  I would hate to see the 20 just go to waste..

I actually dug up some info that this is a bit of a common problem in the earlier runs of the TD-20, not too sure how accurate that is though, but mine would certainly qualify as being from the early production runs.....

Tech Help / TD-20 LCD Display
« on: May 15, 2012, 07:49:00 PM »
Well, I am a little sad to report that I set up my electronic drums for the first time in a while, and when I went to turn on the TD-20, the Kit Names on the LCD screen were jumping all over the place, and from about halfway down it was just blank (ie can't read any of the soft key commands...)

Has this happened to any other TD owners? This is the first big problem that I have had with a Roland module ( and I've had or have just about everyone prior to the 20).

From reading other sites it sounds like it might be just be an LCD replacement, which is still in the "couple hundred bucks" range (amazing)...  The Zendrumdrive just might be closer on the horizon...

ZenChat / Re: TD-30 anyone?
« on: April 17, 2012, 09:51:00 PM »
Thanks David, it's good to be back. So if I am getting what you are suggesting, the ZDD can be in between the zendrum and the TD-20, and I can use one or the other, or a blend of both?  I had talked with my guitar player about trying to blend the TD- 20 with his BFD in a recording session and see what the result was- unfortunately we never ended up trying that ....

This may not be the right place for this question, but does the ZDD have other sounds such as bells/timp, etc?  Lately. I have been having to drag around my malletkat, and I have one of the old ones with sounds built in.  The ease of use/set up is great, but for shows that run a couple of weekends where I can be set up/stay put for a while, it would be nice to have a better sound source.  I'm sure this question is answered somewhere on the site already, but I just haven't taken the time to research it out too much as of yet....

ZenChat / TD-30 anyone?
« on: April 16, 2012, 09:52:13 PM »
Hey guys- how's everyone been?  It's been a while since I have posted, I wanted to stop by and see what was new in Zenland!  Sooo....  TD-30- anyone get their hands on one of these little buggers yet?  Anyone who knows about me knows that I was a full force Roland guy for a long time ( have or have had TD-everything up til now...). I'm curious as to if anyone has actually played with one yet....  Fellas at another forum are already making decisions on the good/bad of the unit, but of them no one has seemingly played it personally yet. 

My gut instinct is that it is just another (basically) upgrade of the TD-20, and doesn't have anything all that groundbreaking that could persuade me to lay out that kinda $ on another module. The playability of software has seemingly just overtaken the module ....yet I still find myself using a module on gigs because of the sheer ease of it. 

I am going to eventually (I hope) get something along the lines of the Zendrive  or Receptor, and I think that will be the death of the module for me?  I love the modules for so long, and I want to be able to "back" them.... But I feel as though they are just the same "thing" lately (TD-12,  20, and perhaps the 30?) I don't know, maybe someone here has gotten their hands on the 30 and will say it is "that" much better....  Anyone?

ZenChat / Re: Zendrums w/ Sounds: A Dissenting Opinion
« on: January 30, 2010, 09:05:14 AM »
I'll chime in for what it's worth...

    I would be one of the guys that would be interested in internal sounds if available (whatever that may be-ie: via a thumb drive, a small portable device, etc.)

My theory is that Zendrum has been an awesome company, and stands very strong behind their product.  If they were to go forth with this, I believe they would have put the time in to making sure it's worthy of putting the Zendrum name on it.

I'm in tune with the guys that like the ease/portability of having the ability to just plug and play, whatever that may be for (small gig, theater, writing, fun, practice, etc..).  I would use it most certainly.  I have the Malletkat (WS) that has the loaded sounds - and I do so many gigs with that for simple xylo runs or timp rolls, it's just so nice and easy - not set up- just bring it with my drumkit (or Zendrum).

Don't get me wrong,  I would LOVE to have a receptor, with those beautiful BFD sounds... and for now my TD-20 (and TD-12) does the job.  But if there were and internal option, I'd like to check that out too, especially if the sounds were good.  And like the Malletkat- I think it would be an "option" - kinda satisfying those that want the sounds, and those that don't at the same time.

ZenChat / Re: cymbal choke
« on: January 29, 2010, 01:31:50 PM »
Great Idea-- I will have to try this.

My gosh-- it's been way too long since I posted on this forum.  I miss my friends here at the Zendrum forums.  I got seriously inspired the other day, as I saw another fellow Zendrummer (Jeff Gordon- not the racecar driver) play his laptop at one of the schools I teach in.  He was covering a gig that I normally do for the school- but couldn't make any rehearsals for.  I eneded up catching some of their morning dress rehearsal when I got there- and saw he was a Zendrummer!  I was lovin' it.  He ran BFD on a Muse Receptor-- and o boy-- I am sold.  It honestly sounded like a nice, CD quality drumset coming out of his amp. Just beautiful.  I don't know if he's on this forum, but if you are Jeff--  great sound, great playin', and we've got to get together to go over some stuff.

(I had some serious elbow problems that have held me down for a while -- but I had the surgery in August, and man I am healin', and healing well- I missed playing and look forward to getting the new 4.0 in my Zendrum- cause it really looked responsive from what I saw...)

ZenChat / Re: "Peter Pan" Musical Perfomed Entirely on ZD-LT!
« on: March 20, 2007, 09:11:13 AM »
That is great.   The Zendrum is an awesome tool in the pit.  I did a show called "Once On This Island",  and the Zen was almost necessary for the show.  By remapping alot of the sounds,  I was able to play so many more percussive sound together than just Right foot/Left foot/Right Hand/Left hand stuff....

  My MalletKat is another great tool for pit stuff--  one instrument,  yet you have bells/xylo/marimba/timpani/chimes/ or whatever you need at your disposal  (I have the one with the sounds on board)

Tech Help / Re: Amplifier Reccomendation
« on: March 09, 2007, 11:23:00 AM »
This is a long debated question for "electric" drummers--   I can't even count the amount of threads over at Vdrums.com on this topic.   I'll just give my experiences:

--Mackie SRM450's--   some say they lack thump.   I think if your playing a big room-- agreed.   but for small shows/personal monitor/practicing/ or at "home" use--  I love 'em.   I have a pair of them now as well.

--I use the Bose PAS for some stuff--   basically "like" a PA System  very loud,  decent bottom end,  great top end, and very compact/versatile considering it's "like" a PA  (4 inputs,  some different sound shapes for the inputs...)  Drawback--  very pricey...

Roland TDA 700's-  They are big.  But they have wheels.  They sound really,  really good for electronic drums.   But I use a pair of them.   One is Great for a stage monitor or for practice/home use..  but for playing out you would need more/pair...  again,  pricey-  and in-fact,  I think they are discontinued.

--  ISP Tecnolgies Tripower 15 --   basically it's a PA speaker that's Powered.  WOW.  that's all I can say --Price -wise I think it is very comparable to anything of it's make.

I've heard nothing but good things about the db Tech. 405's--  but have no personal experience with them.

I think alot of it has to do with "what" you are using them for,  for the majority of your time.  Your style of music comes into play,  how loud you need to be/etc..  there's so many variables--   do a search on Vdrums and you'll have a few hours of reading for yourself...

ZenChat / Re: My Lesson with Tribal Wizard!
« on: March 09, 2007, 10:17:05 AM »

I'm uncomfortable sharing John's laptop layout for several reasons, not the least of which is that it may be contrary to his wishes.  He did tell me, during our session, that he has not posted his layout because he feels that, absent the proper techniques, it might actually be counterproductive. 

   Hmm.  Well,  I find that a little strange.    I guess I'm a a share what I've got and everything I've got--  and let the person decide if they can use any of it to thier benefit.  But that being said--  that is just me.  John has no obligation to tell people his layout either.  If anything,  it has peeked my curiosity on his layout.


ZenChat / Re: Fantastic
« on: February 16, 2007, 11:11:16 AM »
Does anybody use anything other than dedicated drum modules out there?  I am looking at either the Roland 2080 or EMU Proteus 2000.  I am a hardware kinda guy.  That software stuff looks great but it is above my head (and wallet.) I don't interface well with computers when it comes to music. I learned my lesson when I tried to switch from a DAW to PC recording software (Cakewalk).  I think I missed the buttons.

  I Use a Korg Triton (not often,  I mainly use a drum module), but for melodic stuff--   I don't even mess with the switch on the Zendrum for holding notes out--  I keep the swith in regular polarity position (so it is a sustain switch),  so the notes are short--   then I just use a sustain pedal right out of the Triton,  just as you would if you were playing it as a Keyboard....

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