« on: July 10, 2009, 04:45:40 am »
Last summer I jumped in with both feet when I bought my Zendrum LT and Ableton Live. This was my "entry" into e-drumming. A musician friend suggested that I use Ableton Live (7 at that time) and I'm sure glad he did! Also, fellow Tribesman Jeff Sanders explained Zendrum/Midi/software concepts to help me get started, and from there it was no looking back (A big thanks to Jeff.) Ableton had/has a steep learning curve for me, but now I am Zendrumming -> learning/experimenting/and using only Live 8 Suite.
As you know, Collision certainly allows much experimentation changing the mallet choice, noise filters and resonator selection, for real (or imagined objects.) With so many available options, settings and variables in every Section/Instrument of Live there have been several times this year when I have been completely stuck and needed help. I never saw anyone on the Ableton forum specifically speak about the use of a Zendrum. I was glad to see this post from Zendrumdude and Timecutter's response. I hope to be able to ask for help from time to time...??
I am running Live on an older MacBook 1.83 GHz and only 2 GB, using an M-Audio ProjectMix firewire audio interface/control surface and an external HD for all samples. So far, buffer set way low and no latency problems yet... With the ProjectMix and an Octane Preamp, I also record acoustic drum parts into Live to add to the e-mix.
I look forward to communicating and learning with others in more detail about the connection between the Zendrum and the wonderful world of Live.
With the Rhythm of Life,