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Messages - eDrummer53

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ZenChat / Re: Zendrums w/ Sounds: A Dissenting Opinion
« on: October 28, 2009, 02:07:20 PM »
That is waaaay good to know!  My fav setup is Zen for out front vocals midied to the TrapKat when someone else has the spotlight!

ZenChat / Re: Zendrums w/ Sounds: A Dissenting Opinion
« on: October 27, 2009, 02:21:34 PM »
I still have my TrapKat and use it a lot!! ...and Mario seems to be single handedly keeping Alternate Mode going, but mostly refurbing units?  I wasn't aware that any new manufacturing was being done.  In any event - I still (even with my old DrumKat) wanted a smaller footprint for sound modules and would pony up some cash if there was something really compact that could be attached to my Zen.

ZenChat / Re: Zendrums w/ Sounds: A Dissenting Opinion
« on: October 19, 2009, 01:49:20 PM »
Since I "warmed up" the forum a little by bringing this back up again, let me put a little logic behind my thoughts. (...could be a first for me).  There have been times and opportunities when I would have been able to use my Zen if I didn't have to carry the "rest" of my stuff around with me (...plug n play opportunities) that would make some sort of on board stuff really appealing at the moment.

If there were such a thing as on board memory and the capability of loading samples, I could load my favs onto my Zen and carry them with me.  I would definitely not be in favor of this being the main function on my Zen ..but if I could have my favorite kit(or kita) loaded up and toted around it would really be great. ...either as a backup on a gig or as a means to be ultra mobile.  I repeat - In my blue sky it would all fit, would not add too much weight, and would not become obsolete by limiting it to "factory" sounds.

I'm still REALLY Happy with what I have in my Zen but no progress could make thing go the way of the DrumKat - Best MIDI controller around but no longer being manufactured?


ZenChat / Re: Blue Sky suggestions to the engineers
« on: September 29, 2009, 01:21:25 PM »
This may open up a little controversy but it would be great if the Zen had the capability to include a rudimentary set of common sounds in addition to being a midi controller. It would allow you to carry just the Zen and plug in anywhere without having to bring a rig or separate sound module. This would really kick up the jam factor. (Kind of like including an onboard "DM5")

...Don't shoot me ...I just have had opportunities that I couldn't take advantage of because I needed to drag around extra stuff.


Tech Help / Re: Sound Module of Choice
« on: November 11, 2008, 11:49:28 AM »
Has anybody used the Roland FantomX, and if so, how does it compare to some of the other setups? I have found that the velocity settings really line up well with the Zen's capabilities without a lot of "tweaking".  I thought it was a little ironic that Roland gives better samples/settings for drums to their keyboards than they do to their drum modules (...at least according to one of their engineers that I talked to).


ZenChat / Re: Full-time Zendrummers?
« on: November 11, 2008, 11:43:14 AM »
If I'm just playing drums/percussion, I'll use my acoustic set primarily and add electronic grooves with the Zen.  However, if I'm singing and covering drums, I definitely use the Zen exclusively.  It is SO much easier to connect with my congregation by using the Zen.  Also, when I play out in the community as a singer/drummer I always use the Zen.  I can carry my whole setup (Fantom XR, Zen) in one trip !!


Media / Re: fair warning
« on: July 17, 2008, 02:35:17 PM »
Here's the thing Jeff -- There are many drummers out there with full use of every part of their body and many of them can't even come close to keeping a straight beat, let alone maintaining a consistent tempo (myself included at times!) as you demonstrated.  I am proud to call you a tribal brother!  I have a drummer friend that is paralyzed from the waist down due to a construction accident and I have been trying to get him interested in a Zendrum ...but he likes acoustics so much that he invented a bass drum trigger he can play using his mouth, keeps the hi-hat in closed position, and really can lay into a song!

I probably don't have to tell you this but you have found the key to allowing you to play as well as any other drummer out there by using the Zen LT !!

Keep rockin !!



Tech Help / Re: Setting up a PC for Zendrum use (Have a DM-5 too)
« on: April 18, 2008, 10:03:45 AM »
My advice is use the DM-5 for a while to get used to playing the Zen.  Once you start down the software trail you get into a lot of techno-toil-and-trouble unless you have lots of money to spend. In the PC world, latency is always a problem and you have to practically dedicate a stripped down hardware boot config to get anything close to decent.  If you have the money for a Turbo receptor, John Emrich and company have done all they can with a PC to make it a decent (but expensive) choice.  You get a lot better result with MACs but, then again, that's money spent.  I just use a Fantom X Rack mount and I get any sound I need VERY easily and I can edit sequences, add sounds, etc. through a connection to my PC.

I've tried various methods of trying to get my laptop to work but it really is pretty klugie right now with all the extra stuff you have to do to get single drum sound triggered from your beautiful Zen that delivers everything but the sound.



ZenChat / Anything new yet on the Zen Chip Upgrade?
« on: April 15, 2008, 01:29:03 PM »
...just wondering how the chip upgrade project for the Zen is coming along?

Anyone have any update information on new features?


ZenChat / Re: Going back to lurking...
« on: April 09, 2008, 10:03:10 AM »
ooops ...just read you post in another thread.  Looks like you pretty much covered it.  Just curious ...you said you've been a drummer for 20 years and it's a hobby, why would you opt for a zap instead of a more "mobile" setup?

ZenChat / Re: Going back to lurking...
« on: April 09, 2008, 10:00:16 AM »
It's a bummer when your pumped and there's no one to share it with you !!!!  I don't have a Zap but I'm sure lovin my ZX!!!  Maybe you could share your setup, you know, what sound module you use, PC/MAC/Other equipment.  and I know that videos/demos are really popular arounf here.

Anyhow, It's always great to have new Zenner's in the tribe!!



ZenChat / Re: FutureDrum Update
« on: September 20, 2007, 02:19:36 PM »
...I had my wife all talked into it and was ready to register when i found out I had a gig I couldn't miss this Saturday and Sunday!!!!! :'(

I'm really glad to hear that there will be some video.  I was really looking forward to some interactive sharing of techniques for maximizing those 24 triggers we have!

Thanks Michael for all the effort and initiative on this.  If there's another, I'll plan a little better!



Tech Help / Re: KD-7 trouble
« on: August 23, 2007, 10:46:30 AM »
I went down the same path when I first got my Zendrum because it just didn't "feel" like drums.  I even had the FatKat and it worked great as a trigger.  .....but after playing out a few times experiencing the freedom to roam and get closer to my audience, I found myself leaving the pedals behind and, after a few months I didn't even look back.

With all that said.  This whole Zendrum thing is all about setting us free creatively and I've seen a couple of videos that really showed pedals adding a lot to a performance.

....just give it a try for a few gigs without the pedal and you may find you can live without it?

...just my 2 cents


Tech Help / Re: Crosstalk with laptop
« on: December 18, 2006, 08:44:39 AM »
You may want to nudge the "floor" a little higher???


I don't have a Zendrum, but... / Re: What is the trigger mechanism
« on: December 06, 2006, 11:55:58 AM »
Well, I'll jump in here with my 2 cents.  If you want an exact replacement for your acoustic drums, there aren't any.  If you are looking for a highly portable midi controller with what I would consider to have one of the best and most sensitive triggers, then that would be the Zendrum.  Another comment I would make is that your sound source becomes critical when you want sensitivity and dynamics for percussion/drums.  If your sound source can't respond, then it won't matter how dynamic you are with the midi controller.

Using my Zen and a Fantom X Rack mount unit has given me the best overall dynamics I have ever had with electronic drums (been using electronics since the mid-80's).  There are many options on this board for excellent sound sources such as BFD and a Muse Receptor (if you have the money to spend).

However, playing a Zen is not at all like playing a drumset or any of the drumpad/trigger setups sucha s the Vdrum and/or DrumKat where you use sticks.  On the other hand, you get a LOT more control over velocity using your fingers on the hard plastic Zen midi triggers than you can using a pair of sticks.

...Just my thoughts



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