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Messages - Jay M

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ZenChat / Re: Zendrumdrive 2012
« on: January 06, 2012, 01:40:55 PM »
Does this system power the Zendrum, or do you still need to use the power brick?


ZenChat / Re: John Emrich on point at AES next month
« on: September 29, 2009, 11:07:32 PM »
For me it's not that BFD2 is hard to use, the problem is that I haven't done anything with midi since the early '90s.  Plus BFD2 is a very deep and powerful app.  One thing I had to do to learn the Zendrum was place the laptop out of reach so I would stop tweaking the software and just learn the instrument!


ZenChat / Re: John Emrich on point at AES next month
« on: September 27, 2009, 10:00:58 PM »
thanks... I'll have my eyes checked later ;)

I looked do hard, but didn't see it at the bottom.  Now I do... plain as day.  I'll give it a try later.  Thanks for your patience with me!  :)


ZenChat / Re: John Emrich on point at AES next month
« on: September 27, 2009, 02:54:48 PM »
Use the Midi Train feature to assign the panic button (it's an exclamation point in a circle at the bottom of the BFD window) to the sus pedal.  Start the midi learn feature by clicking on the word "Learn" (again, bottom of BFD window) and all available midi functions turn green.  Then, click on the panic icon... it turns bright green.  Press the Zendrum's sus switch, and you have assigned it.  now it will send an "all notes off" message, thereby choking the cymbals (and any other sounds that happen to be playing at the time).


I am having a hard time figuring this out.  I'm trying to use the button on the Zendrum to do this.

The panic button works, however I can't figure out how to get it to be controlled by the Zendrum button.

I clicked the Note Learn button on the upper left on BFD2, then the (!) panic button, then pushed the button on the zendrum.  Did I do something wrong?


ZenChat / Re: BFD2 CPU usage
« on: September 27, 2009, 02:50:30 PM »
Thanks for the help,

John,  Can you explain how I should use the Vel Amp setting?  Right now it is at 100% (the slider is all the way to the right)

With that is it best to turn off the anti-machine gun mode?


ZenChat / Re: Which Processor works the best with BFD2
« on: September 25, 2009, 04:20:24 PM »
BFD2 is a very taxing program!  I would consider spending a few hundred more on a PC from a professional DAW builder such as ADK or a tested Macbook Pro. 

I tried to use BFD2 on Vista and it wasn't very stable.  Maybe it's better on XP.  It has never crashed on OSX.  Stability is critical in a live performance.  I'm no fan of OSX, but BFD2 is solid on it.  Another plus with the Mac is that their Core auido drivers are very low latency so you can get away with using the built in sound card.


ZenChat / Re: BFD2 CPU usage
« on: September 25, 2009, 04:05:30 PM »
I don't have my Zendrum Handy, but I opened up BFD2 and Here's a little more detail:

BFD2 v2.1.0 build 41 MAC version
Macbook has 4 gigs of ram.

Synthesis CPU is normally around 60% when I play.  I get dropouts when it goes to 100%
Mixer CPU hover s around 25%
HDD CPU never lights up except for an occasional 10% blip.

Engine settings:

4096 Stream buffer
8192 RAM Buffer
64 max velocity layers

16 bit mode is checked
96 MAX cache buffers

96 voices

Anti machine gun mode is checked


ZenChat / Re: BFD2 CPU usage
« on: September 25, 2009, 02:11:55 PM »
I'm using the internal SSD drive.  Would that effect CPU usage?


ZenChat / Re: Hi Hat Pedals with Zendrum/BFD2?
« on: September 25, 2009, 12:32:16 PM »
I just watched John's video, it seems that the HAT KAT pedal will solve the problem I have if you have enough inputs.  I use the LT and there was only room for 2 inputs. :(


ZenChat / BFD2 CPU usage
« on: September 25, 2009, 12:30:41 PM »
I'm finally getting comfortable on the Zendrum and using BFD2 for sounds.  In fact tonight will be my first time playing it in front of adults.  I played for a group of children a few weeks ago and they loved seeing the BFD2 screen light up.

Most of the time it is flawless, but there are some situations where there is not enough CPU to play the samples and everything crackles and chokes.  The most common scenario would be a lot of toms and cymbals at the same time.

Is there a way to set up a BFD2 preset in such a way to use less CPU?

My Laptop is MacBook (not pro)
Intel Core2duo 2.4
256GB SSD drive internal
Mbox mini for sound via USB2
midiman/m-audio 2x2 midi interface via USB


ZenChat / Re: John Emrich on point at AES next month
« on: September 25, 2009, 12:20:52 PM »
Can someone explain to me that part about using the button as a panic button to stop the cymbals?

also, John, what do you use the momentary foot pedal for?


ZenChat / Re: Hi Hat Pedals with Zendrum/BFD2?
« on: September 25, 2009, 12:06:21 PM »
I am using the Roland FD-7 pedal with BFD2 and the new Z4 hardware.

The pedal doesn't quite work how I want it to. 

In theory you can do this:

-close the HH with a "chick" sound with the pedal.
-moving the pedal up and down changes how open or closed the HH is on the pad.

Here's where it isn't working for me. 
-I am a heel up HH player.  I usually bounce my HH foot to keep time.  That bouncing causes the "chick" to happen.
-I find it very hard to control a chick vs just closed.

What I have done is only use the pedal to vary how open or closed a pad is.  Another pad is used as closed tip.

I upgraded to the Z4 primarily for the HH functionality, but I must say the Z4 hardware is WAY better feeling than the old hardware.  Well worth the $400.


ZenChat / Re: Electronic percussion patches?
« on: September 03, 2009, 03:22:18 PM »

Sadly I am a pc user...

Why is that a bad thing?!    ???

Because no one will ever take you seriously as a musician.  ;)

I would get more respect using my cheap Chinese made Macbook, than a better musician with top of the line ADK PC notebook.

ZenChat / Re: Z4, BFD2 and the sustain button to choke cymbals
« on: August 31, 2009, 12:23:24 PM »
this is just a little bit over my head.

If I understand you right, you are saying I need a piece of hardware OR software that sits between the Zendrum and BFD2 to convert the CC64 sustain message to a midi note number?

Can this be done in BFD2?  Can the function of the sustain button be changed to a note number?

Are there any other options for choking cymbals?


ZenChat / Re: Modern Drummer review October '09 issue
« on: August 28, 2009, 03:26:24 PM »
Hey Everybody!

Cool News Flash!
Someone just brought this to our attention-
All three Zendrum models pictured, VERY complimentary write-up.
Thanks to MD magazine for noticing and for really being "modern drummers".


That's great, but I'm shocked they didn't contact you first.


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