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Tech Help / Zendrum to TD-20 using audio cables instead of MIDI
« on: July 05, 2014, 07:03:02 PM »
I probably broke 3 of the ten commandments and voided all warranties but I rewired some of my triggers (snare and toms) to plug directly into the back of the TD-20 via 3.5mm audio cables, bypassing the midi for those triggers. It is smoking fast and I'm able to fine tune the sensitivity of the triggers using the TD-20 settings instead of Zenedit. I can now do tight buzz rolls with crescendo, and the sound and sensitivity is so much more dynamic without the midi. I still use the midi connection for the rest of the triggers to allow for flexibility. And although I now have 4 extra cables coming out of the Zendrum, and some of my triggers are set and can't be changed, it is so worth it. Has anyone else tried this?

Tech Help / Re: TD-20 Hi hat control
« on: April 21, 2014, 02:54:39 PM »
I got it worked out. I bought a $4 volume switch, a $3 audio cable and a $2 audio jack from Radioshack to make a control for the hihat. When plugged into my TD-20 hihat control it works to make a half open hi hat when dialed in just right and I don't need a pedal. I set one trigger for #42 closed hat and a different trigger for #46 open and it plays half open instead of fully open and closes when I hit #42. yay! I can be free from pedals now.

Tech Help / Re: TD-20 Hi hat control
« on: April 11, 2014, 12:49:56 PM »
Is there a way to make one trigger play it's note and turn off another note either on the Zendrum or TD-20? This was easy when in my Yamaha S90 keyboard.

Tech Help / TD-20 Hi hat control
« on: April 11, 2014, 09:33:13 AM »
I know I'm about ten years behind in technology and this must have been resolved before but I couldn't find an answer.

I just bought a used TD-20 and want to control the hi hat between two triggers with one being half open and the other closed. If I use note 46 (open HH) on one trigger and note 42 (closed HH) on the other, when I hit 46 it sounds and then when I hit 42 it turns off note 46 and plays 42 which is perfect except I don't want the HH sound of 46 to be all the way open. I can make note 46 another instrument in the kit and edit it but then it won't turn the note off when I hit 42. How do I make one trigger play it's note and turn off another note? Or how do I edit the TD-20 Hihat so that note 46 is only half open?

I don't have a Zendrum, but... / Re: Tapping noise and sensitivity
« on: April 06, 2009, 08:30:23 AM »
I am new to zen drumming and just received mine in March.

I was surprised just how sensitive it was. I actually tap it harder than I need to, so I'm trying to condition myself to have a lighter tough.

Also, before I tried one I thought the pads were rubber and would require more force. This isn't the case, they are a hard material which responds better to tapping.

The tapping without the sound on is quieter than playing a keyboard without the sound on.

Hope this helps.

ZenChat / Can a Hat Kat pedal be used as a kick trigger?
« on: February 09, 2009, 09:05:59 AM »
I've been looking for a used Fat Kat pedal but I have the chance to buy a used Hat Kat pedal. Does anyone know if this will work as a kick trigger the same as the Fat Kat?

I don't have a Zendrum, but... / I need some real general information
« on: December 29, 2008, 07:20:08 PM »
My wife has so lovingly decided to buy me a Zendrum for my b-day in march. But before she (we) make this big purchase I wanted to know a couple of basic things since I am clueless when it comes to midi and the like.

1. I have a Yamaha S90 (which is very similar to the Motif) which has great drum sounds. Will this be able to be controlled by the Zendrum, as if I was using the keyboard keys?

2. If I purchase a foot trigger, like the fatkat, is this trigger programmed the same way the other 25 Zen finger triggers are. In other words will I be able to access all the Yamaha sounds with the foot trigger as well?

Any input is appreciated


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