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User Reviews / Re: Simmons DA200S
« on: December 24, 2011, 06:13:33 PM »
Thanks for the review Jer. My PA is on its last legs and I'm looking for something more portable. How well do you like it four months on?

ZenChat / Re: Alesis DM10 Pro Kit
« on: January 15, 2010, 05:55:21 AM »
You guys were right. Alesis is coming out with the DM10 module now - a few months from the time the full kit + module came out.
Here's the link:

ZenChat / Eigenharp
« on: November 24, 2009, 05:36:27 PM »
The Eigenharp Alpha appears to be a very well thought-out MIDI controller. It requires a Mac to play it and connects via a USB MIDI interface. The more I look into it, the more impressed I am.



ZenChat / Re: Alesis DM10 Pro Kit
« on: July 31, 2009, 08:08:40 AM »
I recently learned that Alesis isn't planning to sell the DM10 module separately from the kit "for the foreseeable future." 

For the time being, I'll stick with my trusty DMPro and will probably buy a new memory card or two for it so I can play my own samples.


ZenChat / Alesis DM10 Pro Kit
« on: July 20, 2009, 07:22:56 PM »
Alesis has developed a new drum kit and module. It is called the DM10 Pro. I haven't been able to find out yet how much it will cost but the kit with module is supposed to be available sometime in the third quarter of 2009.

Here's the link:


ZenChat / Re: Electro-Music 2008
« on: August 17, 2008, 12:08:04 PM »
I went and it was amazing!

There were around 50-100 eletronic musicians there. Some had vintage synthesizers. There were a LOT of laptops. A fair number of people made their own instruments. Any attendee could set up in the jam room and play all day. Needless to say that's where I spent most of my time.

My ZX (Zennie) fit right into the whole scene (mine was the only one there). A few folks had seen one before...about half had heard of one...and a couple of people might end up getting one. A lot of people asked if they could play it (I obliged of course). I heard a lot of compliments about the quality of the craftsmanship and I told everyone who asked where they could get one. I felt like a real Zendrum ambassador.

I learned that this gathering started in Philadelphia, PA a few years ago. This is the first time the event has been held outside of Philadelphia. If you're into experimental eletronic music, Electro-Music (http://electro-music.com/) is the place to go. They're really nice folks.


ZenChat / Electro-Music 2008
« on: August 01, 2008, 07:48:24 AM »
The Electro-Muisic 2008 festival is being held in Kingsport, TN on Aug. 14-16. The admission price is reasonable ($50.00/3 days) and they'll be having concerts, workshops, and some open jam sessions. I'll be there with Zennie.
Here's the link:

ZenChat / Re: Temporary Receptor Alternative
« on: August 26, 2007, 10:51:30 PM »
I'll go ahead and weigh in on this one. I like my DMPro. It's like a comfortable old shoe. I've added some extra sounds with a card and I generally play with effects because I like electronic weirdness. It's a budget system compared to the best stuff out there, its pretty tweakable, and it has a lot of sounds. If it broke, I'd get it fixed or get another one.

ZenChat / pad squeezing
« on: May 17, 2007, 05:12:28 PM »
I got all reflective last weekend and realized that when I play with other musicians I tend to squeeze the pads on my Zendrum for the interesting effect it produces. Of course I tap the pads as well, but squeezing or pushing on the pads changes the sound in a pleasing way. Any other "pad squeezers" out there?

ZenChat / Animusic
« on: March 19, 2007, 09:05:41 PM »
Howdy Tribe:
I just checked out this program on PBS called "Animusic 2". It consists of music and animation by Wayne Lytle and it is incredible! It is very percussion-heavy and a real Zendrum-playing inspiration.
Here is a link to the Animusic 2 web site where you can check out the video clips:


ZenChat / Re: Drum Rolls on a Zen
« on: March 19, 2007, 06:55:07 AM »
I use a DMPro and have the same snare sound mapped to two adjacent (small) pads. That way I can play a roll with one finger of each hand or two fingers on the same hand. I also will map a sound to one of the large pads and play it with two or three fingers of one hand.

ZenChat / Re: dm pro help!!
« on: December 29, 2006, 05:28:49 PM »
Here are a couple of posts that I copied from the DMPro Yahoo Group some time back. As I recollect, these came from posts #9 and #43. This is what helped me figure out how to get my downloaded samples to work when I copied them to the card using SoundBridge. The text from those posts is as follows:

1. Leave the card in and turn off your DMPro.
2. Hold down both <CURSOR> buttons (or just press it in the middle) and turn the unit back on.
3. You should now see a blank drumkit numbered 00
4. Press <DRUM> Now you should see Drum group AKk:000 and Note:33
5. Press <EDIT> and make sure the Sound Enable is on. It should be in capitals:  SND1
6. Move your cursor so it's under the S in Snd Enable
7. Turn the wheel to Group - Move the cursor so it's under the first group name which should be AcKick
8. Turn the wheel until you see your group. Right past Chrmtc to "stuff" or whatever you named it.
9. Now move the cursor back to Group and turn the wheel until you see your wav or whatever sound you sent to the card.
10. From there adjust your settings and assign it to whatever kit you want. Just remember all the sounds or wavs you send to the card should be put into the USR group on the DMPro.

This is not very well documented by Alesis, but here is the scoop!!

Firstly, in using your own samples, you can only "create" single-
voice drums. (with the pre-programmed Alesis sounds, you can layer
up to 4 "Sounds" to make a drum, each with varying
characteristics....). So, when you create a new drum with your own
sample, you assign your sample (called "Voice" by Alesis) to
a "Sound", say Sound1 and dis-able Sounds2,3,4.

The procedure is documented on page 64 of the manual, "The VOICE
SELECT Function" under the Programming Drums Chapter.

So under Drum Edit mode, your first page is the SOUND ENABLE
parameter, which as mentioned, enable 1, disable 2,3,4. Then move to
Page 2, which is the VOICE GROUP parameter. This is where it gets
fuzzy. The manual lists 13 Voice Groups, each group containing a
number of "Voices" (samples) that you can assign to that Sound.
These are listed on the bottom of page 64 in the manual. Per Alesis,
you select the Voice Group, then move to page 3 where you select the
actual Voice that will occupy the Sound you are working on.

HERE'S the super-secret!!! (What Alesis does NOT TELL YOU IS ....

If you have a RAM card plugged in, and you have successfully
downloaded your groups created in Alesis Soundbridge (you can make up
to 8 named groups, with as many samples in each group as your card
For example, if you created a group in SoundBridge, named "MySnar" (I
think you are limited to the first 6 letters by the DMPro display)
and then added 10 different snare samples, each with their own name
to this group, then after the Alesis Voice Group "Chrmtc" the
name "MySnar" would show up. If you select it, and move to P3, then
your 10 samples would show up as selections, and you could assign one
of them.

NOTE: you HAVE to keep the sound card plugged in to access your
samples. The DMPRO does NOT "load" or store them in any on-board

From here, it is just like the manual says, you assign your sample as
a Voice, to a Sound, which is assigned to a drum, which is used in a

I hope this helps....


ZenChat / Re: Modules - sounds for world/ethnic/ambient percussion
« on: December 29, 2006, 05:07:35 PM »
You can get a memory card for the DMPro and put percussion samples on it. That's what I did. I got my samples from Sonic Implants (now Sonivox). They have all been really sweet. However, I did have to extract the wav files from GigaStudio and Soundfont format. Here's the link:

ZenChat / Re: midi cable
« on: December 11, 2006, 07:32:47 AM »
I don't think there's an easy solution to this short of going wireless. I have the same problem and my solution (if you can call it that) is to power down, remove the cable, straighten it out, and hook back up again. I guess another solution would be to stand still and not move around  ;) ... I've also tried "balancing" my movements (e.g. follow a turn in one direction with a turn in the opposite direction) ... but I have trouble remembering to do that when I'm playing. I have two cables (a 45' and a 15'). In my experience, it takes longer before I have to straighten out the long cable (relative to the shorter one). I would categorize the whole issue as a minor annoyance. I've never been bothered enough by it to take the plunge and go wireless. Maybe someone makes a MIDI cable swivel adaptor (like for a phone cord) that could potentially alleviate the problem...but that would likely cause other problems. I've also never seen anything like that anywhere.

ZenChat / Re: Tribal Wizard
« on: November 03, 2006, 01:01:00 PM »
...a much-deserved honor!

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