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ZenChat / Ocean way drums
« on: May 08, 2008, 07:16:30 pm »
http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/OWDgold/

Has anyone tried these?
VERY pricey but sounds like a nice program.

Cheers,
Steve

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User Reviews / Battery 3
« on: January 12, 2008, 12:13:50 am »
I've been using Battery 3 for some time now so I thought I would post a run down of my thoughts.

I feel this is probably one of the most under rated pieces of software out there today. It's more "tweaker" oriented than most other drum software packages I know of. There's plenty of great preset kits to use but you will have to do some setting up to get them working good for you. It's not really a "plug and play" sort of package but I don't want to scare anyone off either.
Where Battery 3 really shines is that you can load your own samples for a truly open ended software package. It's a drum sampler.

Battery 3 is basically broken into three levels. Samples, Cells and kits.
You can have up to 127 samples in one Cell. That means 127 snare hits from soft to loud that will make up one Cell. Each of those samples have a MIDI velocity from 0-127 (soft to loud or however you want them). Then you assign the Cell a MIDI note number to trigger the sound. Your velocity playing will determine which sound is triggered. The velocity crossfades are totally adjustable. This is the "tweaking" part I mentioned above. You can use an existing "velocity map" from a preset Cell then replace it with your own samples. However, when I tried this I still needed to adjust the velocity map a little. Different samples act differently and needed to be adjusted to my playing dynamics. The benefit is a kit that responds to my playing. The overall volume and pan for each cell can be set too.

Once your cells are created, you make up a kit with them. Up to 127 cells in a kit.  8)  COOL.
You can then do things with the cells like alternating or cycling through. For example, one cell could be a left hand hit and the other cell a right hand hit. Both cells would be assigned the same MIDI note. When you trigger the MIDI note, the two cells will switch back and forth. This can give you a slight variation in sound similar to playing a drum with both hands. Or you can cycle through a number of cells for many different sound variations or different sounds all together. Many possibilities.

There are also effects you can add to each cell independantly. Lo fi, EQ and compression. There are also Master effects that effect the kit globally like reverb. I would have liked the reverb to be on the cell level rather than at the master or kit level. Still the effects are very good.

My favorite part is still the ability to load your own sound samples to make up your kit. There is an onboard waveform editor in Battery 3.
You can also load loops into Battery 3 and play them back. You can also trigger them as single shot loops or repeatable loops that latch. Hit your trigger once and the loop starts, hit the same trigger again and it stops.

Another good feature is the sounds are loaded into RAM so latency and a sluggish CPU hog program is at a minimum. Still I would recommend a dedicated computer as a drum module in any case.

Hopefully this is a good starting point for anyone interested in this software. I highly recommend it.

Cheers,
Steve

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ZenChat / Affordable MIDI wireless
« on: December 02, 2007, 08:21:25 pm »
I haven't seen this posted on the forum so forgive me if this is a double post.

http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_us/MidAir-main.html

Has anyone seen or tried this yet?

Steve

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ZenChat / Here we go again
« on: March 13, 2007, 06:13:42 pm »
I purchased my Zendrum around 1997 (I believe). The excitement was well worth the wait. I opened my box and almost didn't want to touch the thing. It was very beautiful. As the years went by I realized it was also very well built.
Well my new Zendrum Laptop arrived today and once again I had the same experience. I now share the same story many others have shared. It was worth the wait.

There is a reason you can't find these in stores. Stores don't sell instruments like this. They sell quick, cheap manufactured throw away stuff.
What you have with a Zendrum is a group of very talented people who quite literally pour their Hearts, souls, hands, hearts and lives into this. It showes when you open that box and see one and then play one.
It has been said before the pictures don't really show how great the Zendrum really is. Well It's true.

Zendrum does for drums what Sradvarius did for the Violin.

Thanks to everyone at Zendrum. You have another satisfied customer.
Cheers,
Steve

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ZenChat / Turn Key Receptor
« on: January 26, 2007, 12:14:10 pm »
Hey John (Mr. Tribal wizzard)
Any word on the new turn Key receptor?

Cheers,
Steve

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ZenChat / New gig
« on: January 19, 2007, 07:22:42 pm »
I have a great new gig with my Zendrum that I'm very excited about. Originally I wasn't sure how it was going to be but I thought I would give it a try. it's turned out to be one of the best things I have done.
I was approached by a friend of mine to join me in playing for a kids club at our church. I was a little aprehensive at first but then I heard the music he wanted to do. It was rockin and a perfect match with my Zendrum. The stage is fairly small and they also have drama, a robot, lights, video and other stuff going on. I need to be able to set up and tear down quickly (Thank you Zendrum). This has been so much fun and the kids really love it. Anywhere from 100 to 200 kids show up every week. Maybe I can get some pictures to post.
It's actually pretty good to play for kids.
Thought I would share a different instrument for a different audience.
Cheers,
Steve

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ZenChat / Mono or Stereo
« on: October 18, 2006, 02:48:40 pm »
For live work I'm running a mono output from my module into a Crate APM 75 powered monitor. From there it goes from a line out on my amp to a direct box that goes to the main PA. When I stand out front, it sounds good.

I was wondering if others use mono or stereo setups and if they can really tell the difference live? My setup sounds good live.

Opinions and why?

Cheers,
Steve

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ZenChat / New software
« on: October 06, 2006, 09:09:29 am »
New software coming out. It will include mappings for the Zendrum.

http://www.flyinghandpercussion.com/

My apologies if this has been posted before.

Cheers,
Steve

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