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Tech Help / Re: map sustain switch to BFD automation?
« on: February 18, 2014, 05:38:09 pm »
I am in BFD3 and essentially I am finding the same thing as JimmyTheSaint. I can set it up as instructed, I can see the #123 light up in the box on the panic switch in the GUI after I push the learn button. Once saved, I have no kill on the notes, but it does work just fine when I test it with the mouse. I think we must be missing a piece of this puzzle? lol!
Rand

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Tech Help / Re: BFD3, pedals, choke, volume knob
« on: February 17, 2014, 06:47:54 am »
Found a way to do this using Zenedit, BFD3 straight into the Zendrum. You can see my solution in the thread titled "Map sustain switch to BFD automation"...... in this same area of the forum.
Essentially the solution for  me is this:
I used Zenedit, went to basic settings for each trigger, opened each cymbal crossfade function up so I had 4 choices and made the last choice a cymbal choke for each cymbal individually. I set the last crossfade strike to work beyond 115. So I can now strike a cymbal with authority and it rings out pretty well, and if I strike it very firmly again, it chokes. That was the function I wanted.
Rand

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Tech Help / Re: map sustain switch to BFD automation?
« on: February 17, 2014, 06:43:05 am »
John, what you are instructing is for making the sustain/choke switch into all off, as a 'panic' button, is that right? Or is that what you use for a cymbal choke?
I did try my thought last night, and it seemed to work. I used Zenedit, went to basic settings for each trigger, opened each cymbal crossfade function up so I had 4 choices and made the last choice a cymbal choke for each cymbal individually. I set the last crossfade strike to work beyond 115. So I can now strike a cymbal with authority and it rings out pretty well, and if I strike it very firmly again, it chokes. That was the function I wanted. I will try the settings you suggested for the sustain button, a panic button does seem to be worth having as well. Thanks!
Rand

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Tech Help / Re: map sustain switch to BFD automation?
« on: February 16, 2014, 02:22:27 pm »
Having read through all this, and taking my other post into account,  I am wondering if the way to do this is add a cymbal choke signal to each cymbal, through Zenedit, as the last slot in the 4 slots we can use for each pad. If the crossfade setting is at 124 or so for the last slot, perhaps when striking the cymbal hard, it will cause it to choke?? Then we don't need to even worry about the sustain/choke button on the back.... and that way each cymbal can have an individual choke... I'll try this later tonight!

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Tech Help / Re: BFD3, pedals, choke, volume knob
« on: February 16, 2014, 01:36:15 pm »
This is *very* specific to my environment, but it works quite well.  http://nebiru.com/drumWagon/page.cfm/ReaperJS

I use BFD3 straight to the ZD without any DAW's or other programs. I guess your midi filter plugin is a part of your program then. I don't want a 'poor man's choke', I still want the drums and such to be ringing out when I choke a cymbal. I'll keep plugging away, there has to be a solution, I just have to either find it or invent it! Thanks DW.

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Tech Help / Re: BFD3, pedals, choke, volume knob
« on: February 15, 2014, 12:10:27 am »
Update:
I did find the "auto" function and was able to set up the volume knob using this function, the learn mode and clicking on the master gain knob top right of the screen. Once I found and followed the directions in the manual, it was pretty simple to do and the volume knob is now functional, thanks!

So I have everything working now except the choke button.

I still am unsure of exactly what a MIDI filter plug in really is, and unfortunately Google has not helped :-).

Rand

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Tech Help / Re: BFD3, pedals, choke, volume knob
« on: February 13, 2014, 11:01:07 pm »
Well, #2: I was able to get the hihat set up, using the manual, reading and testing, fine tuning and finally voila! I hit the right combination, and unlocked the secrets hidden within (sounds like "Zelda", lol!). I now have variable shank, variable tip, and both with a foot chick and a splash when releasing the foot pedal quickly. The only minor aggravation is the delayed response in the opening of the hat when I lift my foot up from the pedal. I'm sure there is a way to tweak that, and I will explore and test further... the 'preferences' area sounds promising!
#3 - How do you set that up thru midi learn? I can see where the volume control has a MIDI # (cc7) and I can see the value change (in the MIDI log) as it should. I am not certain how to tie it in with the volume control on the ZD. Any direction you can give me?
#4. Choke is not going to work unless I do what you are doing, DW, ie: a MIDI filter plug in.. but I don't know what that is!! Can you explain? Thanks DW.
Rand

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Tech Help / Re: BFD3, pedals, choke, volume knob
« on: February 12, 2014, 05:26:38 pm »
DW,
#2: I have read that 3-4 times, I guess I still am not doing it correctly. I will try again, at least I know the answer is in there somewhere! ;D

#3: Ahah! I will try that through the MIDI learn feature.

#4: **Gark!**  :-[ 'scuse me while I choke... ok, what the heck is a "MIDI filter plugin", lol!

Isn't it strange that it worked with the Roland TD20, and it won't work with BFD3? It must have something to do with one being a synthesized signal, and the other a recorded sample I suppose. Ah well, I took the plunge with BFD3, so I have to keep at it!

Thanks Darin.... I'll post results when I get a minute to try this all out , hopefully later tonight.
Rand

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Tech Help / BFD3, pedals, choke, volume knob
« on: February 12, 2014, 06:51:44 am »
Hi all,
The forum is not getting as much use as it used to unfortunately. I do keep an eye on it, and I also belong to the facebook group. I believe these questions are better served here on the forum. I have searched and read several threads but I am not seeing exact answers to these questions, so here goes:

1. Kick pedal - works fine, set up as #4 MIDI, and ties right in to the kick sample.
2. Hi hat pedal - Roland FD8. Not so much. I can't get it to tie in to the hihat sample. I set up a variable hihat on an unused MIDI #, it triggers fine within BFD3, but I can't seem to tie it in with the pedal. I did a ZD calibration on all of these btw. What am I missing?
3. volume knob - even after a calibration, I can't seem to get this to work. It is set for the MIDI volume # as specified in the ZD manual (not at the ZD at the moment, so I forget the # offhand), and after calibration it still has no effect. Operator error I am sure... but what error?!?
4. Choke -  I have read a lot of older info on this forum, but no specific answer that I can fathom. I  want to choke my cymbals using the button on the back, and it just does nothing, even with different #'s I have tried, including #64, 123, etc. I also set it to #1 for "damper" mode. Is there a solution?

All of these worked fine when I was using the Roland TD20 module. There is a pretty steep learning curve for BFD3 (at least for me) but I understand it pretty well now after a mucking around the past couple of months. SO, any thoughts on getting this set up right would be appreciated. Thanks!
Rand

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ZenChat / Inspector 109 is awesome!
« on: December 02, 2013, 06:43:44 am »
Hey all,
Just wanted to comment on the superb customer support offered by Dave Haney. I emailed on Saturday about an issue I was having, Dave emailed back within a few hours and we solved problem #1 of 2. But #2 would need technical support, so Dave arranged to hook up by phone...on Sunday night! We talked and fixed the issue in 10 minutes, the call took 45 minutes, Dave and I just chatted and talked about music, technic, R&D, and more. He is mailing me a part, no charge for postage or the small part. Talk about customer support..... where in the world today would you find anyone as dedicated to their craft as Dave and the good folks at Zendrum?
Faaaaaantastic! Thanks again Inspector!
~Rand
PS: Darin K. at Zenedit is also right there. No surprise his software and his persona meshes so well with Dave and Zendrum Corp.!

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I don't have a Zendrum, but... / Re: Holding the ZX Southpaw style
« on: November 23, 2013, 08:33:46 pm »
Hey Jonathan,

I am left handed as well, and I always play with the left end of the zendrum "up", at my left shoulder. I think that's generally the position everyone uses though, isn't it? I sometimes use the ZX up at a higher or lower angle depending on the song and what I am trying to accomplish. Lately I've been using it sitting down, on keyboard "x" holder, and using foot pedals for kick and hi hat which allows me more freedom to use my hands for everything else. Its different than what I have been doing for 6-7 years, but I think I like it... so far!
Good luck!
Rand

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Media / Re: New video of my band Red Eye Flight
« on: June 30, 2013, 09:11:22 am »
Sorry Sergnov, the videos were old, the post was over a year old, and since then the band took the videos down. I am now playing a full acoustic kit with them, so regrettably I won't have any new posts with the zendrum... unless I get active with another group and can get the zendrum into play again.
Thanks

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Tech Help / Re: Power switch replacement
« on: June 30, 2013, 08:53:13 am »
Hi,
Yes, I have had that problem before, though only when practicing as that's the only time I play sitting down. When I was gigging with the ZD I always played standing up, and the power switch was never an issue. Perhaps the mod you need is just to change the position of how you are holding the instrument?

Aside:  I checked back periodically and there was no activity, it's been a while, glad to see the forum up and running with no spam. The facebook page is ok, but not like a forum. Glad to see it back. :D
Rand

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ZenChat / Re: FORUM IS BACK!
« on: February 03, 2013, 11:50:20 pm »
TOTALLY AWESOME!!!! ;D

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ZenEdit / Re: New version freezes up
« on: October 22, 2012, 05:59:28 pm »
Excellent information all the way through. I read about the freeze, and the fix. Looks good now. I will order up the recommended USB cable tonight! I'm glad you were able to get that squared away too. It will be very helpful to everyone when you post compatability info, then you won't have to address this issue again (hopefully).
I'll let you know going forward how it is working out once I get the new cable.
Thanks again Darin. I would never attempt to set uip my Z4 again without using zenedit. Your program allows us to use all the nuances that the Z4 chip is capable of producing. It turns the Zendrum 4 into a Beast!!!

Cheers,
Rand

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