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If you are looking at alternatives to BFD and Toontrack products Sweetwater have special AD offers on their website at the moment for electronic download.  Much cheaper than buying off of the manufacturers own webshop.  I have Superior 2.0 and would think that AD doesn't have the same "depth" and "breadth" of tweakability but it is very intuitive and comes with a ton of presets to get you going.  i suspect once you are playing with a band you won't notice the difference.
I don't bother adjusting Superior myself because it is all a bit above me so i rely on the Toontrack presets that you can buy to give me different sounding kits from the stock kit supplied with SD2.  i think AD gives you more options from the outset (and definitely more than EZDrummer).  Horses for courses but you may want to take a listen and see what you think.  Will map AD onto the Zendrum over the next few days but set up on my Handsonic was straightforward and intuitive.
The AdPaks are reduced too.
Just wanting to give something back to the community.

Tech Help / Want to be able to power my Zendrum with a battery box....
« on: December 16, 2010, 08:51:48 AM »
...but don't want to pay out for a pre-produced one.
Is it out of bounds to talk about DIY projects on this forum?  I don't want to tread on toes or breach agreements with suppliers / Zendrum.
I am, however, an increasingly keen diy electronics hobbyist (nerd!) and am interested in building my own battery box.
Before I go any further with questions, etc - Inspector 109, what is the protocol around a forum discussion for something like this, please?


Tech Help / Changing patches using the Zendrum's buttons?
« on: November 08, 2010, 05:44:24 PM »
Hi fellow drummers,
I have an LT upgraded to z4 and use it to run Superior 2.0 and other vsti's.  I am currently setting it up so that programme 1 outputs on midi channel 10 which triggers the SD2 vsti and programme 5 outputs to Yellow Tool's Inedpendence pro running "Culture" on channel 11.  The idea is to have both instruments ready for action in any given song (drums from SD2 and percussion from Culture) and they both work fine except that the programme up and down buttons do not initiate the new patch as soon as I scroll to the respective programme number.  I need to add an additional press of either the left arrow or right arrow button after scrolling to the appropriate number to start the respective vstii.  Is this normal behaviour?  Should I expect the vst's to automatically be addressed as I scroll up or down?
Also, I don't notice a huge difference in sensitivity between the old pcb and the new one - maybe I don't play subtly enough yet though.  I have adjusted the parameters for sensitivity, noise floor and gain etc but await any suggestions from the forum.
Finally, last night I noticed that a tiny LED light flashes (x1 to x2 per second) next to the main display at a regular interval even if I am not triggering anything by playing.  Any idea if this means anything that I should be aware of?  Again, is this normal?
Thanks in advance for any light shed on this?  Thanks.

ZenChat / So near yet so far
« on: March 01, 2010, 10:55:46 PM »
So, my first trip to the States took place over the last week and where should I be staying?  Duluth in Atlanta! A mere stones throw(considering I travelled from Dublin in Ireland) from the HQ. 
I had hoped to get some free time to be able to contact the main man and arrange a visit to see the "hatchery" where ZD's are created but it just wasn't happening on this trip.  Maybe the first of many trips though so you never know.
America was a blast!  Can't wait to come back some day and experience more of that warm Southern hospitality!

Tech Help / Midi channel assignment
« on: February 26, 2009, 12:19:43 PM »
Hi from Dublin, Ireland.
I was reading an interview with DH on Sonikmatter and one of the questions asked in the interview was whether the software implementation for midi would allow assigning a different midi channel per pad.  Has this been implemented and I just haven't got the nouse to do it or is this still in the pipeline?  I love being able to step through the kits on my drumkat and have them play different virtual instruments per kit / per pad.  It seems to be the absolute in terms of flexibility and I could see this as being invaluable with the Zendrum.  I could then set up one softsynth per configuration and then step through them in a set or even within a song.  Any pointers as to where to check this on my LT to see if it is already there?  I tried setting a different midichannel number on consecutive kits but it seemed to remain on the last midi channel number that I selected.
Thanks in advance for your help.

ZenChat / Zen care for their (prospective) customers award!
« on: June 09, 2008, 07:50:22 AM »
First post so go easy on me!
I recently had the chance to bag an LT off of Ebay but prior to pressing the BuyIt now button I had reason to approach DH with a query around power supply specs in Ireland V the US.  I wasn't planning to buy a new unit from him directly  and I recognise that this has an effect on his bottom line but he was a true gent and helped me immensely.  Subsequently he has also provided technical advice post purchase to fix a mis-triggering issue.  I can only say that here is a guy who really cares about his product and their owners. 
As a "new to drumming" vdrum and Hansonic HPD15 owner, I am having such fun playing the Zendrum.  It is addictive!  I have wanted one for several years but it was always a bit out of range, finance wise.  To compensate I built my own TMC in the past, extended that to incorporate an acoustic-to-electric conversion kit with a TD-8 for triggering duties and then bought the HPD-15 once I realised that the main kit was never going to leave the house (and I needed something portable each week).  Now I feel like I have "come home".  The innovation in this instrument is fabulous and I tip my hat to the makers.
Triggering EZDrummer (+ the Nashville and Latin Percussion EZX's) works very well via my Alesis FW16 mixer and a UM-2 midi interface.
Thanks so much to DH and the Forum for all the pre-purchase info.  I just wanted to pop in and say a big "thank you" to you all.

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