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Greetings, Tribe.

So I recently realized that I'm beating the heck out of my beloved ZX.  In an effort to take some of the burden off her, I'm considering hunting for a 2nd-hand ZP or MUSE. 

I kow the MUSE has one Map, the ZP has 3.  I know that the MUSE has no display.  This is all fine.

Does anyone know how to restore factory settings on these units and what their defaults are?  My theory is that I could just wipe things clean and program them that way.  Then, I could use my 2nd-line model for practices and keep Eva (Yes, I named it. There is a story behind it) at home until it's really time to rock.  Please advise.  Thanks.

...Of course, if that's no an option, I would also be interested in hearing about practice alternatives.


ZenChat / Full-time Zendrummers?
« on: October 27, 2008, 12:01:00 PM »
Greetings tribe.

So, I've made some adjustments to my Zendrum.  It's performing better than ever.  It's now getting to the point where I'm seeing fewer and fewer reasons to lug my acoustics around.  Which brings me to my question:

How many of you have forsaken your acoustics altogether?  With the convenience, function, and just plain cool factor of the Zendrum, have any of you looked at the tubs and said, "never mind"?


ZenChat / A Whole New Game...
« on: October 21, 2008, 11:01:12 AM »
Greetings Tribe.  I've had an experience that I'd like to share.

One of the few problems I've had with my Zendrum was the lack of dynamics in instruments like my snare and hats.  I always attributed it to the fact I was playing with a ten-year-old module.  On a whim, I decided to take a look at the Noise Floor section of my ZX manual again and I turned the curves on all my maps to 0.


I'm back playing my Will Kennedy and  James Brown licks again.  Funk tunes are once again within my purview!  The only problem I face now is that it essentially feels like I'm learning the instrument all over again, but I had a blast the first time!  The best results I've had for the grace notes was to basically tap at the edge of the trigger with my weaker fingers, by the way.

It's amazing what a subtle change can do to refresh the instrument.  Here we go again!!


User Reviews / Portable MIDI sequencers
« on: September 15, 2008, 09:20:13 AM »
Greetings Tribe.

So, I may be in a position to do some travelling soon.  I don't want to say too much about it, but if I do, I'll need a way to do some music-type stuff on the road.

Here's what I want to do:

-I want to be able to recieve a MIDI file from Bob The Singer-Dude and download it.  Then I want to be able to dump that MIDI file to a portable device (Roland PMA-5, Yam. QY100, etc) and "respond" to it with melody lines or drum parts or whatever.  Then I want to upload that edited MIDI file back to my computer and send it back to Bob.

I can already add drum parts to tracks if someone just sends me audio.  It's a little bootleg, but it works.  However, I think that in some cases MIDI is a "cleaner" vehicle.

I don't like the idea of using a laptop.  I don't have one, the software I would need I'm told is expensive, and the interfaces are usually less than intuitive.  However, based on the research I've done, it seems that I couldn't use a PMA or QY in the way I would like unless the person on the other end has the same device.  Is this the case?

So, can I use the devices I cited in the way I want to, or is my only option the laptop/software route?  Thank you kindly in advance.


ZenChat / Who's playing Jazz with their Zendrum?
« on: May 27, 2008, 11:11:44 AM »
Hey folks.

So, I cover a lot of style with my Zendrum.  Most of them cab be handled from the same trigger map.  But when I play Jazz I work things a little differently.  I don't have the ability to post my Jazz Map on here at the moent, but I was hoping I could get some opinions from other folks about how they set up their Zendrums to play jazz and why.  I'm thinking it might be time to rearrange my setup and I would like some input.  Thanks!


ZenChat / Patch Sheet in Resource Site
« on: February 16, 2008, 06:29:30 PM »
Greetings all.

So I decided that my MDF Filer is ot reliabale anymore so I'm going back to writing things down and typing them out for archival purposes.  I really like the Patch Sheet as uploaded to the resource site, but I cannot view it on my home computer!  I think it is because I have MS Works, not Word.  Does anyone know how I can reverse-engineer this particular file to ghave use of it at my home computer?  Thanks.


Tech Help / sustain button/pedal for increased HH control
« on: January 31, 2008, 01:54:58 PM »
Greetings, Tribe.

So my situation is thus:

When going into action with my trusted Zendrum, I have my hats mapped to four pads.  1 open, 1 closed, right and left.  And this works pretty well.  I can do some vrey interesting open-and-closed riffs, I have a fair degree of control.  In my module, the notes are assigned to the same Mute/Alternate group to cut each other off.

Now here's where it gtes interesting.

I want to find a way to assign my sustain function to terminate the mute group when activiated.  I.E: I'm playing open-closed-open-closed, I step on the pedal (or hit the button), and I can now play open ON TOP of closed. 

I imagine this is a MIDI function more than a Zendrum function.  If it helps anyone, I'm running a Yamaha DTX 2.0.  Does anyone have any thoughts?


ZenChat / Personal monitoring... thoughts?
« on: January 28, 2008, 01:52:42 PM »
Hey folks. 

so I've been reading up o n and thinking a lot on monitors.  Most bands I play in do not use them.  I would like to start having one at least for myself.  As it stands, i usually just stand in front of my keyboard amp which is meant for the FOH sound.  The big problem here is that this is not a clear image of what it's like out front so I may turn myself up or down according to what I like but that could throw the mix out there.  What usualyl winds up happening is I turn the amp up more and more 'til it crackles.  No good.

I'm not wireless (yet), but I still don't fancy the idea of being tied to a set of headphones.  As such, i think that limits my options to a small speaker or a wireless system.  Thoughts would be appreciated.  thanks.


ZenChat / Field Reports: Kentucky, Detroit, Chicago
« on: November 24, 2007, 10:01:54 AM »
Greetings all.  It's been a while, I figured I would check in and see how everyone was doing. 

So, my Zendrum and I have been arather busy of late.  I've been in Detroit, Kentucky, West Virginia, as well as my weekly in Chicago.  It's getting to the point where not only am I playing my Zendrum exclusively, but I'm starting to get fewer and fewer gigs where I am WILLING to haul my acoustics. One thing that's been happening to me lately is that I've been called to sub for rehearsals of pit orchestras. I figure one session, couple hours, go home?  Phht, Zendrum!!  I love those situations because I really don't care if the orchestra likes it or not--I'm not playing the show anyway. 

Somewhere at the tail end of West Virghinia my MIDI cable decided to die on me.  Luckily I had my Battery Box... let me tell you guys something... this thing is one tough little mother!  It's fallen off my strap, fell on to the stage, and still does what it does.  It does it quite well too... my band is known for essentially playing for 72 hours and I only went through about 1 9-volt every day and a half or so.

I don't really have anything new to report in the realm of technique or music, but I dohave a funny story from Detroit; the short recap is another band asked to jam with us, and I loaned their drummer my Zendrum.... he couldn't figure it out!  Well, he did okay for never having seen one before, but after about two songs he jumped over to the piano and gave me back my instrument.  I told everyone I thought it was a fair trade: he didn't know my instrumet, I wasn't familiar with his material.  He was fascinated by it though--actually just last weekend in Kentucky I had someone tell me that not only were they a fan of the band, they were a fan of MINE because of this instrument.  Blew my mind.  I'm not saying that I don't think I look cool up there, but I'm not used to that sort of validation.  I like it.  A lot. :)

SO, that's about it from me.  I hope everyone is donig well and I'll see you guys around.

ZenChat / 16ths under 8ths?
« on: October 21, 2007, 11:28:52 AM »
Hey folks.

Been a while since I posted--too  busy playing my Zendrum!!  ;D

Back on the old forums there was an article about how to get the most out of your Zendrum in terms of maps and creative uses of modules and such.  What I want to do is fairly simple: have a running 16th-note pattern under my regular 8th-note timekeeping.  Just something simple like a shaker or tambourine or something.  Someone posted this and I can't for the life of me remember howe it was that they did it.  Could someone help me out?  Thanks folks.  I'll post a longer "field report" when I have some--ha ha--spare time.


Tech Help / MIDI Cable busted?
« on: October 21, 2007, 11:26:21 AM »
Hey folks.

So iu was playing a pit gig last night and the active MIDI cable for my Zendrum was futzing out on me.  the electrical power was fine, but the MIDI transmission was spotty.  I switched over to my Battery Box and regular MIDI cable and it was fine.  When I had a rehearsal later that night though, I plugged in the same active cable and it worked fine.  Both times the cable was running through my pedal board which has a Furman power conditioner iin it, so I don't think it was a problem with the electricity system.  Thoughts?  Do I have a bad cable?  Can I fix it or do I need another one?


User Reviews / Barbetta?
« on: September 09, 2007, 07:14:29 PM »
Anyone have anything to say about the Barbetta Sona series amps?  I've been considering getting one too replace my KC-350... the Sonas are supposed to be lighter and more powerful--always a good thing.  But I hear they're kinda spotty on durability and hiss like a rattler in the sun.  Thoughts?


ZenChat / Random Zendrum Accessories
« on: September 01, 2007, 07:12:19 AM »
Greetings all.  Been a while since I piped up here.

So in my journeys with my favorite instrument, I've discovered some things that have made my Zendrum a little more interesting and a little more functional.  I share them with you now.

Ah, the old chestnut "but what do I do with my Zendrum on the rare occaision I want to take it off?"  For this, I offer the Quick-Lok QL-691.  This is a guitar stand with independant andjust ment of each strut of the lower fork.  It has a neck rest to support the tail of the Zendrum and the height and angle adjustments are wonderful.  So far it seems like mine rests on the strap lock and is supported at the tail. The neck rest has an open end, so I just take a thick rubber band and put it around to lock it in place.  It's much more compact than the previous stand I employed and requires very little after-market modification to be useful.

Basic black not quite working out for you?  Well, I haven't seen any straps for the Zendrum, but I did find these: http://jimdunlop.com/index.php?page=products/pip&id=142&pmh=products/accessories

These are Dunlop Ergo Strap Locks.  It's an aftermarket device that goes over the peg on a guitar and sandwiches the strap between the guitar and the device.  A mechanism in the lock cinches the strap in place.  I've tried this on my own instrument, it works quite well.  I got them at Sam Ash out of a fishbowl container for 3 bucks a piece.  Now, given that these devices are made of plastic and probably not intended to bear weight at the angle a Zendrum hangs at, I would not recommend these for constant use.  However, it does open up a much larger option of straps for Zendrummers to use and requires no modification of either the strap or your instrument.

So, that's what I've come up with.  I hope everyone is well, further bulletins as events warrant.   ;D ;D  Be well, Tribe.


ZenChat / You can't keep a good Zendrummer down!
« on: April 07, 2007, 10:25:35 PM »
Hey folks.

So this morning I torqued out my left elbow excercizing.  Not fun.  I had a gig tonight.  Big problem.  Fortunately, I was playing my Zendrum.

I iced down my arm, braced it when not playing, and all I had to do was tilt the instrument down a bit and I lost virtually none of my technique.  I was MIDIed to a Handsonic for the sounds.  I can guarantee that if I had to play the HPD pads, it would have been a very different show.  And a pad set or acoustics?  No way.

I love my Zendrum.  I'll say it high, loud, and often until I get slapped with a citation for public nuisance, I love my Zendrum.  Thanks folks.  Just thought I'd share.


ZenChat / Had a session yesterday. go me. ::grins::
« on: January 19, 2007, 12:57:11 AM »
So, I had a recording session yesterday with someone I used to work with a few years back.  Congas, shakers, that kinda stuff.  The only place I had all of the sounds I needed?  The Zendrum. 

So I show up to the studio, board and bag in hand.  I unzipped the case to my pedalboad, the engineer ran my 1/4" output into a DI box, and that was it.  Seriously, that was all the setup I had to do.  I didn't even have to edit pitches, reverb, nothing!  It was great.

Everyone at the session was amused and bemused at my instrument, but they loved what I was putting out on it.  the engineer said it was great having a setup that was that easy; didn't have to deal with mics or anything.

I've said it time and again, I love my Zendrum. 


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