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ZenChat / Looking for chord recogntion software
« on: July 27, 2012, 08:47:51 AM »
Greetings Tribe!

I have some MIDI files I'm looking to make into lead sheets for a small group I'm working with.  Unfortunately, there's no chord symbols attached to the transcriptions and my theory is not strong enough to do it on my own.  Several fruitless days of searching have left me very frustrated.  I'm looking for a program where I can import a MIDI file, play it, and the software will fill in the chord symbols for me.  I know such programming exists; can anyone point me to a source?  Thanks!


ZenChat / New Roland modules don't have MIDI IN jacks!
« on: June 19, 2012, 04:11:35 PM »
So I just looked at Roland's website to scope out the new TD-15 and -11 modules.... lo and behold, no MIDI IN, just OUT.

This worries me.  I'm assuming the USB port on the back is the new MIDI IN, but how is that supposed to work for a Zendrum?  USB-MIDI interface going the other way? 

Makes me wanna shake my fist and tell some kids to get off my lawn....


White Noise / Re: What do you call yourself?
« on: April 26, 2012, 10:52:37 AM »
After seeing a recent review that had my instrument described as a keytar, I think that I'm going to stick with the rule that if I'm playing Zendrum for a gig, I'll have myself listed as playing Zendrum.  Oy!

White Noise / What do you call yourself?
« on: April 20, 2012, 08:54:50 AM »
I'm currently playing a pit orchestra gig with my Zendrum.  Before the show opened, I was asked how I wanted to be credited in the program: drums, Zendrum, percussion?  Something else?

I settled on Percussion, though I think next time I'll choose Zendrum, because that's what I'm playing. 

It got me wondering though what others choose to title themselves as on a Zendrum gig?  Do you call yourselves Zendrummers or drummers or something else entirely? 

This is a topic I've pondered off and on over the last few years.  I really don't play traps anymore if I can help it, and with my discovery of the cajon two years ago, I can help it more than ever.  Personally I think I still consider myself a Drummer because I think in terms of drumsets, kick/snare patterns, etc.  I'm curious to know what others think.


ZenChat / Re: Tough Under Pressure
« on: April 15, 2012, 08:39:39 AM »
Well done sir!  I always love when my Zendrum itself is what helps generate more gigs--makes me smirk evilly at the folks who say, "well yeah, but it's not a REAL drumset".  Wireless is so fun!  I haven't used mine in about a year.   I miss it.

White Noise / And haven't we all wanted to do this sometime....
« on: April 15, 2012, 12:04:53 AM »
Found this on another forum.  Thought you all would enjoy!



ZenChat / Re: Need a foot trigger (mod?) for Patch changing
« on: April 13, 2012, 03:30:06 PM »
Hey folks!  Thanks for the suggestions.

I actually wound up using my Zendrum to do the Patch changing after all.  My problem before was that I was using different Zendrum maps as well as Patches in my module, but I've decided to stick with the Map I use the most and just change the patches from there.  WOW what a difference it makes--I wish I figured this out years ago!    I'm switching stuff around between SECTIONS of songs instead of between numbers now!

However, the research I did when I was searching for a solution led me to some very interesting places as well so at least I have more information now as well.

An interesting side-effect of this process was that I've completely changed my floorboard as well as my trigger setup.  I'm using a smaller board now and a module setup with everything held down by zip ties instead of adhesive.  Makes everything a lot cleaner-looking as well as easier to move around.  I can show off some pictures later if there is interest.

Off to a gig--be well all!


ZenChat / Re: Injury
« on: April 13, 2012, 10:38:14 AM »
...And that is precisely the reason why I tell people I play Zendrum!

15 minutes, and I get a response from the man himself, new part sent out today?!  I have been playing drums for 20 years, 12 professsional, talked to dozens of other drummers both electronic and acoustic, and never heard about service of that quality for someone who's not on a magazine cover someplace.  David, your warranty is lifetime, and so's my patronage.  Groooooove!


ZenChat / Injury
« on: April 13, 2012, 09:40:46 AM »
Greetings Tribe!

Last night, for the first night in nearly 8 years of uninterrupted playing,my Zendrum suffered an injury.

I put the instrument on her stand, left the bandstand, heard a thump and a cymbal crash where none should be and saw my Zendrum face-down on the stage.  I screamed, checked her out thoroughly.  Everything seems okay except for a cracked trigger housing in C2. 

I admit that it threw me off my game for the night; everytime I touched that trigger I felt the rough edges of the crack and it scared the hell out of me.  I've never had anything like this happen before, and what I'm worried about is that even though she played fine for the night, I'm hoping that I haven't knocked something loose inside that'll fail on me later.

I have another gig tonight; I'm going to try and ignore the flawed trigger until I can get it fixed.  Anyone had anything similar happen to them?


White Noise / Re: Spam
« on: April 09, 2012, 11:38:59 PM »
I don't think you'll lack for people willing to help out cleaning our tribal grounds if needed.  How can we help?

ZenChat / Re: IMPORTANT: This Town Ain't Big Enough
« on: March 24, 2012, 02:21:01 PM »
A sad yet understandable state of affairs. 

I remember the move from the old forums to here; the first spam attacks and everything.  It disgusts me that this step has been necessary.

Unfortunately I don't think I'll be making this migration with the rest of the Tribe.  Facebook creeps me out and I can't justify it to myself.

I look forward to the day when we can open our doors again to the non-FB crowd; until then--my sincerest best wishes to everyone. 

-Jaay, Tribal Nomad. ;)

Tech Help / Battery advice
« on: March 11, 2012, 09:59:04 PM »
Greetings Tribe!

I'm looking for advice regarding rechargable batteries. 

Right now I have a few different sets that I use with my various gear: some Radio Shack brand AAs, mixed mAH-capacity Duracell AAs, and the Enercell/Radio Shack rechargable 9V.

Frankly... I don't really trust my batteries anymore. I have no idea how long they last in my devices, and no indication as to when they'll putter out on me.  It occurs to me that I don't recall the last time I bought new ones, so maybe it's just that those batteries are old and I've used them up past their functional lifespan.  If that's the case I'll just recycle them and get some new ones.  It's not a major conern of mine at present for much more than my field recorder since I'm motly mains-powering my Zendrum and rig anyway, but I don't like having that gap in my tech.

I'd also like some way to test them--it was recommended to me that I get a multimeter; those passive "battery testers" are pretty well useless in my experience.  Problem is, I'm not sure how to read the multimeter.  I know a 9V doesn't always have to read "9" for it to be useful, but I forget how long I can go before needing to recharge.

The one requirement I have is that I need to be able to use those batteries in the universal charger I have, I'm not getting rid of that.  I remember that Inspector 109 recommended a 9V rechargable but said it came with it's own charger--that puts it out of the running for me.

So, should I just get some new rechargables?  Is there a better brand than Enercell I should be looking at?  Advice welcomed.


ZenChat / So... what's everyone doing lately?
« on: March 04, 2012, 08:37:04 AM »
Greetings Tribe!

It's been markedly quiet around here lately, so I thought I'd walk through the room banging two pots together and attempt to stir up some conversation.  What's everyone been doing with their Zendrums lately?  Anything new?  Anything exciting?

I recently posted a thread about foot triggers and Patch changing, and the research I've done has led me to the conclusion tha I'm actually better off executing that function from my Zendrum than my module.  Of course I've known for years that my Zendrum can change Patches on my module, I've done it several times, but never quite like this.  It's kind of exciting to really dig into this feature and see how it will affect my playing and my style.  I'm hoping it'll get me more into changing kits on the fly and using more sounds. 

So, your turn collectively!  What's new?


ZenChat / Need a foot trigger (mod?) for Patch changing
« on: February 26, 2012, 09:35:11 AM »
Greetings all!  I cross-posted this to the V-Drums forum, but I'm trying to cover all my angles so I'm putting it here too.

I have a setup based around a TD-9 module and my Zendrum (3.1 software).  I've been changing my Patches using a pair of DIY trigger-boxes (the Beatnik box for those of you who remember the term) connected to the AUX trigger input and hitting them with my feet.  Not really stepping on them because there's no pedal-plate but just sort of whacking them with my toes.

They work to a point, but I'm starting to get annoyed with their idiosyncracies, and as I'm getting into a gig that requires a lot of Patch changes I'm looking for a better solution.  I want to keep a stomp-style solution and change things from the module, not from my Zendrum, and I don't want to have to get a huge outboard controller like a FC-100 to do it.

I have a TapKAT trigger from Alternate Mode which I think would do the job (I don't have the gear in front of me so I don't know how well the trigger would talk to the module), but the cable is WAY too long for my purposes.  I'd love to put a BOSS-style footswitch on there like an FS-6 or FS-5U, but that's a footswitch and I need a trigger.

I'm assuming that there's no trigger-sensitvity setting within the TD-9 that could be adjusted to "read" a footswitch, so I guess what I need is a way to modify an existing product, either shortening the cable on the TapKAT or modding the guts of the BOSS switches. 

Any help on this matter would be appreciated.  Thank you kindly!


ZenChat / Re: Our Brother, Tom Roady
« on: November 28, 2011, 06:11:42 PM »
I never met the man, but I've heard nothing but good things about him.

Zendrummer in memoriam.  He will be missed.


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