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ZenChat / SPD30 help
« on: July 30, 2012, 07:21:01 AM »
Anybody know their way around one of these?
Got a cry for help from a new Zendrummer in the wilderness.
I haven't got a clue about the Roland OS MIDI toggles or protocol anymore.
(the last Octapad I had was in 1985...)
Thanks in advance!

Tech Help / EZ Drummer HiHat control
« on: May 05, 2012, 08:58:52 AM »
Here's one I can't answer cause I don't know-
Any help? Thanks guys! 109
I've inserted parts of an email I received below-

Having trouble getting my Roland FD-8 hi hat pedal to coordinate with the hi hat samples in EZ Drummer. I have followed the calibration sequences in the (zendrum) manual but still seem to be stuck.
At this point Logic is reading the full range of the pedal, but i am not hearing any change to the hi hat samples while triggering.

109's response-
Go to the NO page menu on the Zendrum.
Press + to show [  ] brackets
wiggle the pedal to show it's current cc message value.
Hihat cc should be #4. It's probably on either 3 or 9 now, so change that number to 4 and store the change.

already set it to 4. I notice there is a control change from a closed hi hat sound to an open  when the pedal is being released, around 90 on the 1-127 scale. But does work the opposite way. Also no sounds are made when the pedal is fully depressed or opened.

ZenChat / Bishop Ian Throws Down!
« on: April 29, 2012, 04:00:00 PM »
Just got this email and I thought- You guys have to read this!  *priceless*  Thanks Ian!

Dear Zendrum,
I was at a drum clinic a couple of weeks ago and I watched a demo put on by a guy on your Zendrum. I don't know if he works for you but I am a Bass Player for a local band and I went with our drummer Mark who gave your guy a really hard time about the drum. I thought you might like to know that your guy (I forget his name) put on one hell of a demo. He challenged Mark that he could play anything in the Zendrum that Mark could on regular drums.  I thought you might like to know that your guy smoked him. He was cool about it but he really put Mark to shame.  Is this guy local?  I wanted to let him know that even though Mark got his butt kicked, the demo of your drum is all he has been talking about.

ZenChat / Tough Under Pressure
« on: April 15, 2012, 07:05:39 AM »
Just did a gig yesterday that tested the limits of what I have designed Zendrumdrive to be all about.
Played Atlanta Steeplechase for 1000 sponsors under a huge tent in the middle of a field with the entire band running off one small Honda generator. Full-out rock show for three hours using wireless Zendrum. If ever anything was going to kill a Zendrumdrive or make a wireless unit act screwy, this was going to be it. I've played this gig for many years and amps and mixers usually go crazy with the little jobsite generator's unstable brown power. Happy to report we all survived without incident or any problems except for gasoline fumes and dust in my lungs today.
Crowd went home after two encores buzzed and happy.
We were hired again on the spot for next year.
I win.

This is the moment I've been waiting for to announce that ZenEdit will come standard and will be included with every new Zendrum. It is the missing link to access the true power of the Z4 circuitboard and is too important not to be an integral part of the Zendrum going forward. I can't believe how well my ZX plays now, and I want to be the first to congratulate Darin Kadrioski on a superb effort. Many, many thanks from all of us who will benefit from the labor you've put into pushing the art of Zendrumming farther into the future.

ZenChat / Zendrum is pleased to announce a full line of Pro Audio Gear
« on: March 14, 2012, 03:02:27 PM »
We can now offer great prices and package deals on many of your favorite brands of amplification, monitors, mixers, mics, and stage and studio accessories.
Contact orders@zendrum.com for a catalog link to your best deals anywhere online.

ZenChat / TRS Core Library for Battery 3 now available for $100
« on: March 14, 2012, 02:51:43 PM »
Available as additional sounds for Battery 3, we are pleased to announce that our core library of TRS drumset samples can  be purchased as a download.
It includes all of the vintage 1937, 1962, and modern instruments featured in the Zendrumdrive VST player.
Contact orders@zendrum.com for details.

ZenChat / A word to the wise
« on: January 05, 2012, 09:22:37 AM »
Hey Everybody,
Anyone considering a Zendrum - our published rates for goods and services
are scheduled to increase on Feb. 1, 2012. Now is your very last chance to
lock in your purchase at our current catalog prices.

ZenChat / Our Brother, Tom Roady
« on: November 28, 2011, 01:19:39 PM »
Dear friends,
Tom Roady passed away last night doing what he loved to do most.
He was starting a tour with Ricky Skaggs on the way to the first gig, fell asleep on the bus.
We will all miss him and everything he meant to all of us through the years.
He was family.
Rest In Peace.

ZenChat / Zendrumdrive 2012
« on: October 27, 2011, 11:17:25 AM »
We Are Pleased to Announce the ZENDRUMDRIVE for 2012!

ZENDRUMDRIVE is the Supercharged Audio Computer Built for the Real World
Stage or Studio.  Simple, Reliable, Customizable.

Just Plug Up, Turn On, and Play...
Or Expand ZENDRUMDRIVE to Suit Your Specific Needs. 

$1999 Standard
$2199 with Additional 2 TB External Hard Drive

NEW Features Include:
Intel i5 3.1 Ghz Quad Core Processor
8 Gigabyte DDR3 Ram
Super-Rugged/Super-Fast 80 Gigabyte Internal Solid State Hard Drive 
Optional 2 Terabyte External eSata/USB 2.0 Hard Drive (+$200)
Windows 7 64-bit Professional
Will Run Any Windows 7 Compatible Programs (BFD2, Superior, etc...)
Battery 3 Drum Sample Software with Zendrum TRS Drum Library Included
FREE Lifetime Zendrum TRS Sample Library Expansions
Two eSATA Ports for Extra Large Capacity External Hard Drives
Up to 8 Audio Outs for Super-Flexible Routing, Mixing, and Processing

ZenChat / You can tell them I said so-
« on: May 20, 2011, 11:23:22 AM »
Go NOW buy the new Flecktones record- Rocket Science.
These guys have raised the bar again. I'm just stunned.
Did I mention that Futureman is Jimi Hendrix for drummers?
They've never sounded better AND The original 4 lineup with Howard.
More Grammys, anyone?

ZenChat / On the topic of Zendrum sounds
« on: April 06, 2010, 06:54:29 PM »
Hey Everybody,
We've been very busy here with R&D projects lately.
We've designed, built, and delivered Zendrumdude's 30 trigger LT-D, and we've enjoyed watching you debate the merits of an expanded production model version of his custom layout idea. We've also designed and built a 28 trigger ZAP starting with the original diagonal grid layout where almost every inch of the face was filled with triggers- no room left for the branding iron logo!

These projects are born by your imagination and made possible by the Z4 circuitry available in all new Zendrums and also as retrofits to existing Zendrums. Still going strong with instrument rebuilds and wireless installs, additional triggers, knobs and jacks, etc., so the Custom Shop is always busy with something interesting to scratch our heads over. The answer is almost always "yes" now.

I wanted to clarify our thinking here regarding sounds and maybe tie together some ongoing threads about this.

We have no plans to make sounds generate from inside the Zendrum although I can see where that may appeal to some users. The cost of undertaking such a project would be quite large, and I'm afraid, quite limiting sonically.
The power consumption, cabling, and a static library of sounds would immediately date the Zendrum in a way we have avoided for over 15 years of production.

What makes more sense to us is a separate robust sound player unit, with expandable/upgradeable library.
This would be something that ANY musician could have the option to use with ANY Zendrum, old or new.
This is also more in keeping with our idea that Zendrums should never become obsolete, but instead should grow with the player's talent and taste over time, like any fine acoustic instrument always has.

We are now seriously discussing the development of an EXTERNAL sound player for reasonable end-user cost, with simple hardware and intuitive software. This is also something that could serve as a MIDI expander for any existing drumset trigger interface- Roland, Alesis, Yamaha, KAT, Pintech, etc., or any keyboard or computer system.
Use the Zendrum, or use your drumpads, or both. It serves as the ideal system for first timers and gigging musicians alike or anyone else who needs good sounds in a portable, reliable package. I should know because I've been searching for the "right" thing for a long, long time.

This will still take quite a while to get done, but we're already working on the first sound libraries to go in it now and debating amongst ourselves about memory, speed, and connectivity. You can help steer this discussion, too.
Don't worry, our consistant aim is to never leave anybody behind as we move forward, and your comments and practical ideas are always very welcome.

ZenChat / Compatibility with D-drum 4 module
« on: March 18, 2010, 04:32:25 AM »
Hey Everybody,
Has anyone tried a D-drum 4 module with a Zendrum?
Any tips and tricks I should know?

ZenChat / Rechargeable Battery Solution
« on: March 02, 2010, 05:51:06 PM »


This is the link to the battery/charger combination I recommend.
At $99 dollars it seems to be the perfect solution
for battery issues. I have one here and the Z4/MidiJet was still playing after
10 hours. The playing time may be reduced with constant
playing but I think it is an excellent solution for anyone eating up disposable

This is a Lithium Polymer Battery at 500MA  and should not be confused
with other rechargeable technologies that are much weaker.
Also the quad charger is a fast charger and trickle charger to keep the
batteries topped off safely. Another good feature of Lithium Polymer is that
the four Batteries maintain their charge for months where others can go dead
just sitting inactive.

Hope this helps!

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