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ZenChat / Overcoming skepticism
« on: July 30, 2014, 07:18:22 PM »
I recently started playing with a duo - guitar and vocals - and in the initial discussions, mentioned that I play the Zendrum. I listed all the advantages, etc, but they were very skeptical. So I did my first rehearsal and gig with an acoustic kit (cocktail kit - which in itself led to some raised eyebrows).
Anyway, took the Zendrum to practice yesterday ahead of my second gig with them - and they were blown away.
So, it looks like Paisley Door will now be powered by Zendrum!
I also use the Zendrum with two other bands, but both were more accepting from the outset.
And for the record, I tend to use BFD3 and Addictive Drums via a MacBook pro, through a Presonus FireStudio mobile. I do have a wireless set-up as well, but don't really like taking audio out from the Mac.

Beyond Drumming / digitalDrummer February is live
« on: January 31, 2012, 05:49:08 PM »

A quick heads-up that the February edition of digitalDrummer is now live, with the latest e-drum news, profiles and advice.

We’re just back from Los Angeles and the world’s biggest music trade show, and there’s a full report on NAMM 2012 in this issue.

digitalDrummer’s widely respected head-to-head comparisons this month include e-rides, with more than a dozen models put to the test. We also continue our evaluation of mesh heads, with three more thoroughly tested.

In this issue, we interview the original poster boy (literally) for electronic percussion, Bill Bruford, and discover that he hasn’t switched on a drum module since pulling the plug on his Simmons SDX. There's also a tribute to Tom 'The Mayor' Roady, our first cover boy.

Read all this and more in the latest edition of digitalDrummer – and feel free to share the magazine with your friends by simply forwarding this email on.

We're sure there's plenty to keep you informed and entertained in the latest issue.

PS: You'll notice we've dropped our sticks. The logo no longer has drumsticks. this is not just a reflection of my personal playing style (dropping sticks!), but of the range of applications of digital drumming - beyond just hitting heads with sticks.


User Reviews / Off to NAMM
« on: January 16, 2012, 08:59:38 PM »
The industry showcase begins in LA on Thursday and I'll be there to cover the event for digitalDrummer. Expect new offerings from Roland and also some news from Pearl about ePro. Alas, no Zendrum presence, from my understanding.  I'll be checking out all the electronic percussion-related stands, so watch this space.
And if anyone else will be there, give me a yell.

Media / Zendrum in action
« on: November 19, 2011, 11:20:29 PM »
My band played a fundraiser last night and it was themed "Village People" (the townsfolk in the small hinterland area refer to themselves as "the village people"). Of course, it entailed donning costume, learning some VP songs and offered a great opportunity to get out from behind the kit and use the Zendrum.
Okay, the video quality is poor (really bad lighting) and the playing is not great (some might even say not even adequate), but we're among friends here.
here's a link http://vimeo.com/32385744 to one song.
Here is is on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMFGH9wExC4

ZenChat / Another Zendrummer featured in the latest digitalDrummer
« on: October 23, 2011, 10:55:50 PM »

digitalDrummer November is live

Featuring a pro drummer who uses a Zendrum as his weapond of choice, the November issue of digitalDrummer is now live - and free!
    Subscribers should soon receive their email notifications. Those who have used bogus emails to register will not.

    Inside the latest issue, you can read about drummers' drummer Thomas Lang, fresh from the widely-watched YouTube audition for Dream Theater, who shares his thoughts on e-drums in the latest issue of digitalDrummer.
    Co-incidentally, we also read about the winner of that audition, Mike Mangini, who is one of a few drummers currently touring with a hybrid acoustic/electronic kit.
    The magazine includes the first-ever e-snare head-to-head comparative review which tests eight samples against each other.
    Our regular VST section returns with more reviews and advice, and the magazine also includes sampling tips, performance advice and a reader's DIY suggestion.
    Please enjoy the November digitalDrummer by visiting www.digitaldrummermag.com. The magazine is still free - and invaluable – and you’re welcome to share links with all your friends, forum buddies and family.

We're co-ordinating an international edrum collaboration video. Basically, each drummer will contribute a few bars to a click track or bass line and they'll all be edited into a video displaying the versatility of electronic percussion. It's not a drumming contest, but an opportunity to share and work together.
Here's a link to one we did last year: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IGVq8VBvSI
I'd really like to see some diversity this time, and ethnic-style finger drumming on a Zendrum would be a great addition.
anyone interested in participating, please shoot me a PM.

White Noise / Zendrummer John Mahon featured in digitalDrummer
« on: July 17, 2011, 10:55:08 PM »

The August issue of digitalDrummer will be out at the end of the week, featuring an extensive interview with Zendrummer John Mahon (what a nice guy!).
There's also a look at Zildjian's Gen16 AE hybrid cymbals and a head to head (or is that ear to ear) review of in-ear monitors - and heaps of other interesting stuff.
For VST fans, there's a huge special section on the topic, with a new Q&A column by John Emrich.
If you've already "subscribed", you'll get an email alert when the magazine goes live. If you haven't, jump online now and register for free: www.digitalDrummermag.com
And for each person who clicks on the Zendrive ad, Dave will pay me 10 cents, so please help me earn enough to buy one of those suckers!!
See you on the site.

ZenChat / May digitalDrummer is live - spot the Zendrumdrive ad!
« on: April 25, 2011, 05:17:54 PM »
The May edition of digitalDrummer (www.digitaldrummermag.com) is now live, with its regular line-up of new gear, informative profiles and useful advice.

The latest issue features an in-depth review of the DrumIt Five 2box kit, the new kid (or is that kit?) on the block attracting plenty of attention.

There are a few head-to-head reviews in the magazine – auxiliary triggers, e-cymbals and lite VSTs.

One of our biggest coups is a tell-all interview with the “father of modern e-drums”, Dave Simmons. The SIMMONS founder shares the highs and lows of his iconic brand – and his views on the shape of e-drumming in his wake.

The magazine also includes a rare insight into the making of a VST, with Chris Whitten sharing the behind-the-scenes action from his latest EZX project.

Read all this and more in the latest edition of digitalDrummer – and feel free to share the magazine with your friends, peers and customers by simply forwarding this email on.

We're sure there's plenty to keep you informed and entertained in the latest issue.

Tech Help / How do you connect?
« on: April 22, 2011, 03:49:59 AM »
Those using their Zendrums with laptops/notebook computers, how are you connecting to your amp?PA?
Do you use the headphone out  - and if so, how to you convert the stereo minijack to mono amp inputs?
Do you use an external interface - and if so, which one.
I'd be interested to hear...

ZenChat / Auditioned for new band with Zendrum
« on: April 17, 2011, 05:50:56 PM »
I was asked to try out/jam with a new band and didn't want to lug my kit for just a couple of hours, so I took the Z4. So, after only a few months and not enough practice on the Zen and a sense of incredible under-preparation, I plugged in and looked at the guitarist expectantly.
"Let's try Santana's 'Black Magic Woman'," he said. This is a song my other band does really well - but it's always a bit tricky in the intro doing the cymbal roll and the start of the beat simultaneously on the kit. That's why Santana has more than one drummer! On the Zen, it was perfect - and together with my TD-20 "Live Timbales" kit, it was perhaps one of the best performances of that song I've ever done. The rest of the guys were dumb-struck.
The rest of the jam was blues and "pub rock" items - simple doof-doof-chick stuff, which is fairly easy on Z4.
Bottom line is that they were all blown away by this cool instrument and when I left, they were talking to the studio manager about the Zendrum.
As for the band, I don't think I'll be joining despite their enthusiasm. A couple of them are good musos, but their vocals are shocking and I almost cringed during every number. It's hard to believe they have regular gigs without any vocal ability.
But the point of the story is to encourage other Zendrummers to get it out there.

ZenChat / I was looking forward to showing off my Z4...
« on: April 03, 2011, 11:06:48 PM »
Our band's agent holds a monthly jam session for the artists he represents and for any other enthusiasts wanting to play out, and last Friday, I was really looking forward to jamming with the Z4. It's something I can't really do with the band as it doesn't quite fit the oldies look and sound.
I was bolstered by the fact that our agent has an electronic kit at the jam venue.
So, full of hope, I arrived to see the Yamaha TDXplorer in action, sidled over with the my MIDI cable at the ready - only to discover that the module only has MIDI Out. WTF!!!
So, next time, I'll be taking my laptop along, but that begs the question. Output from the headphone out on the laptop is obviously stereo, and in all likelihood, the amp will have mono imputs, so I guess I'll have come up with some soft splitter.
Anyone got any tips for connecting a laptop to a PA/amp?

User Reviews / New pack from Toontrack - Classic EZX
« on: March 06, 2011, 11:11:35 PM »
I've just had a brief play with Toontracks' new EZX, The Classic, and am mightily impressed. It even has a drag articulation which is easy to dial up - despite EZdrummer's lack of a MIDI map.
the samples and some fantastic grooves were laid down by Chris Whitten, who shares the behind-the-scenes making of a VST story in the May issue of digitalDrummer.
Here are some details about the pack from Toontrack:

With The Classic EZX®, Toontrack® Music is merging the best of the past and the present to bring your music to the forefront of today.

The Classic EZX® is a contemporary sounding drum library, bringing together all that is good about modern recording techniques with the sound of a classic Helios recording console, as known to have shaped the production on albums by bands like The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Who and many others.

Be it the slamming 70s rock song or the slim and tight contemporary pop that tops the charts of today, the sounds of The Classic EZX® will sit right in any mix.

Top Features

The Kits
The Classic EZX® features instruments from three fantastic drum brands: Yamaha, Noble & Cooley and Craviotto.

The Console
The Helios has aptly been dubbed the "Musicians Choice" of recording consoles and is still after almost 40 years in existence considered one of the best sounding of all time.

The People
The Classic EZX® was produced by Peter Henderson (Paul McCartney, Rush, Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, Tina Turner, Ringo Starr) and Chris Whitten (Edie Brickell, The Waterboys, Paul McCartney)

The Unique Mic Setup
Two interfaces and two EZXs in one! The Classic was recorded using two different setups; one contemporary multi microphone and one with only four microphones, a so called "4 mic setup". This setup is what helped shape the unique and organic production on many big albums of the 70s - a sound that is making an evident resurgence in the music at the top of the charts of today.

The Classic EZX® comes with two extensive libraries, played by Peter Fredlander as well as Chris Whitten himself. Peters library is organized as different songs with variations of 4-8 bar building blocks. Each song also features a Jamtrack of the full song from start to finish. In Chriss library, hes laying down his patented groove by revisiting some of the greatest hits of his stunning recording and touring history.

Music / New edition of digitalDrummer - still FREE
« on: January 26, 2011, 09:12:49 PM »

The latest edition of digitalDrummer is now live with lots of e-drum news and discussion - although not the usual level of Zendrum input. (I'm waiting to do a review of the Zendrum Drive - hint, hint!)
The February issue looks at some of the innovations unveiled at NAMM.
After the huge interest in our comparison of mesh heads last year, we listen closely to e-cymbals in a comprehensive analysis of stick noise on the most popular models out there
Coverage also includes a review of two new VST offerings from names generally associated with acoustics – Bosphorus and Zildjian.
Our profiled artists are two very different musicians – percussionist Pete Lockett and Irish folk drummer Frank Jooss – and there are a few surprises in both interviews.
Read all this and more in the latest edition of digitalDrummer, and you can also win a dozen pairs of custom drumsticks by flipping through our stick comparison feature.
We’re sure there’s plenty to keep you informed and entertained in the latest issue.
The magazine is totally free, but you are required to register. Those already registered will soon get an email alert.

For Sale / Wanted / Drum training package
« on: January 03, 2011, 11:59:03 PM »
Not really "for sale" as such, but anyone interested in the range of Railroad Media drum training DVDs can save 10% on any product - including promotional products - by ordering through the digitalDrummer website: http://www.digitaldrummermag.com/Links.html
No catch, just a further 10% off, simply by going though our website! And the training videos are not only well-priced, but also very well made. I've reviewed them in the magazine.

Tech Help / Anyone using their Zen with Roland's DT-HD1 Drum Tutor
« on: November 22, 2010, 03:28:05 PM »
I'd be keen to try this, but haven't worked out how to get the DT-HD1 to reocgnise the Zen. Any connection tips and settings advice would be appreciated.

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