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ZenChat / Re: Simple Logic and Ergonomics
« on: January 30, 2007, 11:42:33 AM »
Avast there mateys!!!

      Be it known by all these presence, that the fine folks at Zendrum (David, Kim and Gina) and their cohorts (Chris DeHaas and others) are by far the best.  The best what ye may inquire and I would respond to just put the period after the word best.  Customer service being at the top of the list.  Music, engineering, artistry and any other kind word you might have are right under customer service.  I have never dealt with a company with such a fine work ethic and customer care as Zendrum Corp.  THere are not enough nice words to say about these fine people.  Savvy!

Fair Winds and Following Seas,

Quoted for truth!  Hoist a tankard in salute to the tribal heads!  Bar-none the finest people I've ever had the privilege to work with.  Yes, I said work with.  These people have made instruments for Katche, Cobham, Santiel... and they make the same instruments for us.  I never worry about my Zendrum on a gig; I know that if anything happens, they'll take care of it.  Not think, not wonder, not hope. I Know. 

Pyrate, break out the good grog!  To the Zendrum!!


ZenChat / Re: Had a session yesterday. go me. ::grins::
« on: January 22, 2007, 11:29:41 AM »
Pyrate: Batten down the hatches and hard to port; there's an informational storm a-brewin'!

Keeping in mind that this comes from the lens of a drummer and not a guitarist, everything I'm saying here is subject to review.  That being said:

My pedalboard serves several purposes: 1) it keeps everything organized and stable.  2) It keeps everything powered.  3) It patches my audio so I don't have to deal with extraneous cables.

Almost all boards do the first; some do the 2nd, some do the 3rd.  It depends on the make and model of your board.  In the band that I use my Zendrum with, we have an electric guitarist whose board *I* made myself with some hand-cut lumber and a few velcro strips. 

There are some products out there that are floor-based guitar processors that can indeed do some amazing things... these aren't quite the same things as pedalboards.  Same philosophy, but a "board" as I understand it is simply a medium to house, possibly power, possibly patch your pedals. 

My board was based around the idea that I did not want to have to constantly be wiring and unwiring and re-patching and all that mess.  I velcroed everything down that I need in a rig.  My Merge Box?  There.  My module?  Same thing.  It's kind of hard to see in the photo, but on the bottom "row" there's two footswitches.  I mainly use those for Patch changes, but they're still fastened to the board because I didn't want to have to constantly plug and unplug them.  Most folks I've seen don't tend to use as many switches and stomp boxes and such, so that makes sense for them.  But for me; it leaves me free to adjust a lot of things while leaving the hands free to play the Zendrum.

Hope this was in some way informative. Take care!


ZenChat / Re: Had a session yesterday. go me. ::grins::
« on: January 19, 2007, 10:46:58 PM »
Hm!  You make a very good point. I never thought about it... live I tend to go through one amp so going stereo seemed like a moot point.  If I get to the point where I'm playing through bigger systems though, I'll definitely start checking that out.

ZenChat / Re: Had a session yesterday. go me. ::grins::
« on: January 19, 2007, 05:57:13 PM »
...what's wrong with mono?

ZenChat / Re: Had a session yesterday. go me. ::grins::
« on: January 19, 2007, 11:13:46 AM »
Tell me that was a stereo 1/4", right?

Nope, mono.

Mark, Pyrate; my board revolves around a Yammie DTX 2.0 module. I've got drums, percussion, synth, all that good stuff.  I've got some other things on my board as well, but for that session, I didn't use any of them.  I attached a pic of the board in question; I can't go into too much detail about it at the moment due to time constraints, but feel free to ask questions and I'll expound more on it later.

David: Thanks!!  I've become a big advocate of the Zendrum as the saving grace for the working drummer; I'm always looking for more places I can use it. 


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. 


ZenChat / Re: My Lesson with Tribal Wizard!
« on: January 14, 2007, 09:10:24 PM »
The idea of a Zendrum instructional video has been kicked around before; the general consensus is that because there's no real Right Way to play a Zendrum, a video could only really show you This Person's way.  Add to that the fact that some Zendrummers use their instruments for melodic purposes and the maps for those can be as varied as you can imagine and the problem just compounds.

Now, that being said, there are a few video clips that have been put up that a lot of Zendrummers have found helpful in figuring out technique.  Mine and many others' personal favorites include the David Kuckhermann videos in the "Media" section of the forum, particularly the "one-handed groove" demo. That was a big influence on me when I was figuring out my maps.


ZenChat / Re: Portable Practice
« on: December 19, 2006, 09:09:02 AM »
Try the BOSS DR-3.  That's what I use in my Porta-Rig and I've gotten good results with it.  If you're only looking to practice it should suit you just fine.


ZenChat / De-Smellifiers
« on: December 15, 2006, 09:38:16 AM »
Greetings tribefolks...

this hasn't happened to me yet, but it was something I was thinking about.

For those of us who play our Zendrums in the bar scene, do you have trouble with your instruments smelling of tobacco afterwards?  How do you get it out?  I don't want to do anything that'll mar the instrument, so I'd really be prepared and ask about it before it even happens!  Thanks.


I don't have a Zendrum, but... / Re: What do I plug it into?
« on: November 27, 2006, 11:57:34 PM »
Hey Dr. Gonzo.

The reason you won't find anything on the MUSE in the catalog is because it was a model that was phased out of production several years ago.  It had much less function than a ZX and the ZX body is made out of better materials.  Sometimes you can still find a Muse floating around the 2nd-hand market, some folks like to keep them around in case by some wierd coincidence their Zendrum stops working.  If you were still curious about it you can go here: http://www.zendrum.com/resource-site/early.htm

As for your 2nd question: what do you need for a gig setup?  Well, if I may grossly oversimplify, what you'd need is a Zendrum, a sound module and a method of sound reinforcement. 

A lot of folks here like to plug in their Zendrums into drum modules like the Roland TD series or the Alesis DM series or Yamaha's DTX/DTXtreme, etc. line, and that's just to name a few.  If you have an interface into your computer there's all sorts of software options.  One thing that's becoming popular these days is the Muse Receptor (no relation to the MUSE model of Zendrum), kind of a hybrid of the software in the body of a module. 

Sound reinforcement?  Take your pick: amps, PAs, headphones, etc.  That would really depend on your applications.

After you get all these together, there's tons more stuff you could do, but in a nutshell all yu need is sounds, a way to hear the sounds, and your Zendrum.  Take care!


ZenChat / Re: Zenstanding
« on: November 23, 2006, 09:08:10 AM »

I don't think the bongo stand attachment works for the Laptop models, but I seem to recall talk of them either fitting into a snare stand or someone making/selling an attachment to mount it to a snare stand.  Either way, I do remember a snare stand being involved.  You might want to contact the fine folks at the company and ask them, I'm just pulliing from memory.


ZenChat / Re: Zenstanding
« on: November 22, 2006, 02:06:55 PM »
Hey there.

Zendrum makes a stand attachment for a Gibraltar Bongo Stand, but that's geared more towards playing the Zendrum in the context of a larger setup.

For the "stash-'n-dash" stands I think you're thinking of: Yeah, I think most of us use modded guitar stands.  There's a picture of one on the Resource Site off the main page, and I've got access to pictures from about three different stands if you wanted it.  Take care!


ZenChat / Re: Zendependence
« on: November 17, 2006, 10:50:23 AM »
I think a lot of fingering issues on the Zendrum are also related on how you map out your sets.  For example, on my primary setup I have a lot of things mirrored, so my fingers don't necessarily have to work independant of each other, it would be a matter of just angling the hands and such. 

I think you're on the right track with the Chapin book; I would stick with that.  I think any kind of stick control book would give you a world of options: you could work on just your right, or just your left, or your right index and left thumb... as with anything else Zendrum-related, it's so individualized that I think you need to just figure out a goal that works for you and move for it. 

ZenChat / My Weekend of Zen
« on: November 07, 2006, 08:37:40 AM »
So my band played a convention this weekend... my Zendrum got put through it's paces and how... in our main space, I had it hooked up to my regular rig, no problem.  At one point, some of us were asked to play for an event in another part of the convention.  So I grabbed my battery box (thanks Mr. DeHaas!), my drum machine, my Zendrum, and we were hooked into the system at the event.  At one point on Saturday night, I was the only one who knew the lyrics to this one song, so I held the mic with my left hand and played the groove on the Zendrum with my right!  It even sounded halfway decent!!

I played jazz and percussion and rock and techno and everything in between.  Did I ever mention that I love my Zendrum???


ZenChat / Re: Foot pedal velocity
« on: October 23, 2006, 11:26:22 AM »
Yeah... I see what you're saying.

Unfortunately, all the velocity settings are global at this point; what you change on what pad (in terms of trigger settings) gets applied across all triggers for that note map. 

Some types of Roland kick pads have a gain adjustment on them... I know my old KD-7 had one.  I don't know what model kick you're using, but try adjusting that? 


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