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Tech Help / Re: Inconsistent triggering
« on: July 28, 2006, 11:07:25 AM »
I seem to be having a similar issue.  It's not a problem per se, but I'm always interested to know what's going on with my machines.

My R2 trigger has two main functions for me: I use it for the closed hi-hat sound in my jazz map, and I was experimenting with using it as my ride cymbal for my general-use trap set map.  When I'm using it for the HH sound it works fine, no problems at all, nice and clean, volume right where I want it.

Now, when I tried to set it for use as a ride, I started having issues.  I set the trigger for the same Note Number as I usually use for my ride cymbal, so it's transmitting the same note information, the same voice, everything, but the volume and the tracking aren't nearly as good as they are with my main ride pad.

I could think of two reasons why this would be the case: I'm somehow touching the pad at a different angle when it's a ride than when it's a hi-hat, or somehow the trigger cap got mis-aligned somehow.  Evidence doesn't point to either one: my hand seems to be in the same place for both occasions, and I reseated the trigger cap. 

As I mentioned above, this really isn't a problem for me since the primary use for that pad is working quite well, but I don't like having unknowns in my rig.  Any controbutions are appreciated.  Thanks!


ZenChat / Re: Zendrum controlling my Yamaha DTXtreme IIS
« on: July 27, 2006, 10:35:36 PM »
Hi there.

I have a DTX 2.0... Yamaha's probably changed some things between our two boxes but I've dealt with similar issues.  hopefully this can help:

My first piece of advice would be to check the polarity function of the sustain button on the back of your Zendrum.  if it's set to sustain notes when pressed, that's why you're not getting sounds out of the ZX control--the ZX is sending the Note Off message too quickly.  Set the sustain button to its cutoff feature (under the PL command on the Zendrum menu), and now you'll get sound, but you'll have to deal with the problem of not being able to turn the sounds OFF unless you hit that button.  If your Yamaha works like my Yamaha than this would be a good time to get friendly with your Alternate Group settings--if you're unfamiliar with the term it means setting notes to cut off one another.

This is probably why you can get the sounds with your keyboard controller; the Note On/Note Off parameters are set differently on keyboards than a Zendrum.

In my DTX, there's a few settings under the regular Channel 10 drum voice edits that cover keys and strings and bass, etc... if you're finding the Alternate Group/sustain thing a little too much, that might be a quicker fix.

Hope this helps!  Good luck.


ZenChat / Re: Wireless
« on: July 23, 2006, 09:52:42 AM »
About how long does a set of batteries last?

Generally up until the middle of the moment when everyone is watching you.

Less than 4 hours is my guess, but I might be really off.

Which batteries are we discussing here?  The ones in the battery box or the ones in the MIDI wireless?  The ad copy for the wireless says ~30 hrs' life, but I've never had anyone confirm or deny this. 

ZenChat / Re: Zendrum Traveling?
« on: July 12, 2006, 11:06:50 AM »

Are the carry-on standards the same between airports?  The reason I ask is because I know at O'Hare (I'm in the Chicago area) they have these little kiosk-things that measure your luggage and if it's outside the lines, into the hold it goes.  I don't know if those standards are universally enforced, and I've never had a situation where I was stridently opposed to checking a piece of oddly-shaped luggage. 

When you did your travelling, was the iBook your sound source for the Zendrum?  I've got an entire pedalboard for my rig... I don't consider any part of the system redundant and it's a soft shell bag, not a flight case.  I have similar concerns for that but I doubt they'd let me get both of the items through.

Great idea about bringing the manual.  Hee hee... kind of reminds me of when you have to prodce papers for an animal or something!


ZenChat / Zendrum Traveling?
« on: July 11, 2006, 10:39:14 PM »
Hey folks. 

I might be playing an out-of-state gig with my Zendrum that would require air travel.  I've heard various stories about people taking their instruments with them.  The gig isn't confirmed yet, but I'd like to be prepared in the event that it is.  What's the best method for explaining this instrument to security?  How does it work for carry-on luggage, 'cause heaven knows I'm not gonna abandon it to the cargo hold!

Any advice'd be appreciated.


Tech Help / Questions re: Battery Box
« on: June 26, 2006, 10:49:23 PM »
So I'm planning on getting a 2nd merge box and thinking about power supplies.  When thinking about my options, I began to think that the deHass 9V box would suit my needs better.  However, since I don't have one to tool around with (and I don't want to risk frying the thing), I must bludgeon you all with stupid questions.  Please bear with me.

my regular merge box putters out on me at a gig.  Could I simply turn on the battery box and run it like my regular merge box?  I.E. not to a wireless rig or anything, just through my regular rig.

I want to run the battery box, but not use an actual 9V battery.  The pedalboard I run my rig through has a cord for guitar pedals that has 9V battery terminals on it (this was for pedals made before 2.1mm connectors became popular).  Could I connect this cord to the 9V terminals in the Battery Box and run it off of the board's power supply as a sub for my merge box, or would that fry the box? 

That's about all I have right now.  Thanks folks!


Media / Re: zendrum media
« on: May 31, 2006, 10:43:09 AM »
David, do you still have the video of you and the durbuka player at the drum 'n bass club?  It used to be in the video post but I didn't see it here.  Thanks!


ZenChat / Re: Triggering Riffs
« on: May 18, 2006, 12:17:11 PM »
I'd call it triggering a sample.  Whether that's playing the instrument or operating a control I'm not sure, but personally I think it's still playing the instrument.  The situation you posit reminds me of some of the stuff Tony Verderosa does.  I've seen him trigger samples and riffs and such from one pad strike... does that make him a drummer or a DJ?  Granted, the title of his first VFX album was subtitled "The DJ Drummer", but I think the point still stands.

I think anyone with as much access to tech as Zendrummers have to be careful that the tech doesn't get away from us, but as long as it's apparent that we're the ones playing the instrument, it's all gravy.

ZenChat / Re: Wireless
« on: May 13, 2006, 12:15:46 PM »
Is that the Kenton product or is there another one?  I remember there was one on the Yahoo group that was discussed some weeks ago.

ZenChat / Warm-ups, Cool-Offs, General Maintenance
« on: May 11, 2006, 09:00:08 PM »
While we wandered, I made a list of things that I wanted to cover when we came back.

I've been playing weekend-long shows with a few friends lately.  I've done two so far... they've been great!

Anyhoo, I've noticed that my hands have been sore the morning after.  Granted, these gigs of mine have been three days long, all nighters on Saturday, so I don't really think it's a deficiency in my technique (although if anyone has any suggestions, I'm all ears).

I haven't seen a whole lot of discussion on warm-up and cool-off routines for our instrument.  Ounce of prevention and all that, so I encourage folks to talk about their personal maintenance on Zendrum gigs.  Take care folks!


ZenChat / Re: And your Zendrum set-up consists of...
« on: May 11, 2006, 05:34:32 PM »
Good way to start us off, Fire!

Zendrum ZX in "Batman Purple"
(2) Piezo trigger boxes used as footswitches

Yamaha DTX 2.0

Support gear:
BOSS compressor, phaser and delay
BBE processor
Ernie Ball volume pedal
Furman pedalboard
George L's Cable

Roland KC-350

ZenChat / Re: Congrats!!
« on: May 08, 2006, 11:13:13 PM »
::walks around the big new post rooms:: Ahh... it's even got that new-forum smell.

Glad to be back.  I agree with James/Byle, Yahoo was a little awkward to post in... lookin' forward to the much Zen Chatness that will follow.  I love the "I don't have a Zendrum, But..." forum.  Well done!


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