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ZenChat / Re: The Merits of Backing Up your A's with your Z...?
« on: August 15, 2010, 08:30:59 PM »
I've had a revelation about this matter that I would like to share with the Tribe. 

I auditioned for a group today with my Zendrum.  They liked it but said they'd like me to bring a set of a's for next time to compare.  I'll do it but the idea really doesn't sit well on me, and I think I finally realize why.

I think one of the reasons I hate hauling the tubs so much now is that it makes me feel like an outsider.  Like a Drummer In The Band instead of Another Musician.  With the Zendrum I can get right next to the other players, use the same cables and gear and similar hardware.  The hardcase I use for my small rig IS a guitar case.  I can get set up in a similar time to the guitar player and with just about as much floor space.  It makes me feel akin to the other players in the band instead of some sort of Other trapped behind chrome and wood that everyone else has to wait on until he's done so THEY can get situated. 

This won't help with getting to use my Zendrum on more gigs; I don't think other musicians appreciate that aspect of being a drummer and let's face it, there are fewer things more difficult to change than the mind of a stubborn musician (look at me as an example! :D ).  But identifying a reaction always makes it easier to reconcile.  Hope this did something for everyone else as well.


ZenChat / The Merits of Backing Up your A's with your Z...?
« on: August 06, 2010, 06:33:32 PM »
Greetings all.

Some responses to a post I made a while ago have gotten me thinking:

I've seen a few posts here and elsewhere about how people will bring their acoustic kits or even an electronic kit and have the Zendrum to change things up during certain points in their set or as a backup piece.

To me, the idea of setting up both rigs in your average bar band show makes me cringe.  Setting up the acoustics is enough of a hassle but then to have to integrate my Zendrum rig into it and THEN break everything down at the end of the night? 

Perhaps it's just the circumstances I'm in: most bands I've played with never get more than a 30-minute slot at any venue they've played.  That's not a lot of time to have to set up two rigs. 

I've gotten to the point where I just don't see the percentage in hauling the tubs all over Creation anymore, but not everyone shares this view.  I can't decide what my stance is on passing on a gig just because they want me to play "real" drums (gawd I hate when they say that), so I'm hoping to gather some more opinions.

Could players who bring their Zendrums AND another setup to a gig please weigh in on this topic?

What kinds of bands are you playing in?  How long are the sets you're playing, and in what kind of venues?  Any information would be welcome.  Thanks!


White Noise / Not feeling very Zen right now...
« on: July 16, 2010, 10:57:33 AM »
Last week I got booted from my band.  The band I've been in for six years, with folks I knew for years beforehand.  I'd bet my last clean pair of socks that the first thing they'll do is replace me with an acoustic drummer. 

I've been hitting the drummer wanted ads in the meantime--always have to stay busy.  I forgot how many flakes there are out there.  I've revised my contact policy: one volley only.  I respond, they respond, I respond back... then nothing.  You know what, if they can't be bothered to not follow up, neither can I.  I'm tired of dealing with dimwits and hacks and people so caught up in their "vision" that they can't see what's in front of them until they walk into a utility pole. 

I haven't touched my Zendrum in that week except to put her on her stand in my practice space--she deserves not to be hanging out in the gig bag.  I really hope I find something soon--I do NOT deal with inactivity very well.

I've also started changing the music I'm listening to.  I'm on a huge kick for showtunes lately.  I'm not sure why but I'm not questioning it at this point. 

There's not really a point to this, but I figured in a forum called "White Noise" it makes as much sense as anything else.


Tech Help / Re: New way to power MIDI Solutions products!
« on: July 03, 2010, 10:48:10 AM »

Different power requirements would make sense... I don't think the age of the power supplies is a factor because I used an old plastic-piece Merge Box, and older Battery Box and newer Battery Box. 

Quite frankly, I'd also accept the notion that I'm a sorcerer, given that the idea to use the Zendrum in-line came to me in a dream!

Tech Help / New way to power MIDI Solutions products!
« on: July 03, 2010, 07:24:19 AM »
How To Power MIDI Solutions Products!

Greetings Tribe! I am pleased to bring you a discovery I have made!

For those of you who use MIDI Solutions products, I've heard everyone say that you can't power them from a Zendrum power supply.  I encountered this myself when I bought my Footswitch controller. 

However, I just discovered that it IS possible to power the M.S. boxes with your Zendrum power supply. 

The chain works thus:

Zendrum--(MIDI)-->Merge Box/Battery Box--(MIDI)-->MIDI Solutions box.

Now turn on the Zendrum.

That's all it took!  The Zendrum itself is the key.  I don't have a technical explanation as to why it works this way, But I tried it with my old plastic Merge Box and two Battery Boxes, and I got consistent results every time. Zendrum goes on, light goes on.  Zendrum turns off, light turns off.

I'm not especially worried about power concerns with these things: according to David the Battery Box has the protection diode that shuts off the Zendrum if anything hinky occurs and I received no such message.  The only difference I noticed was that when I was plugged into the old Merge Box with the Controller in the chain, when I turned off the Zendrum, I saw the "188" in the display do a quick fade-out rather than snap off like I'm used to seeing.  However, I powered it up several more times, and did not notice that fadeout with the Battery Box. 

Hopefully this information will be of benefit to all.  I thank you.


Tech Help / Re: Powering MIDI Solutions products
« on: June 24, 2010, 07:22:07 PM »
Either that or have M.S. put a DC input jack on their stuff--I asked them about modding mine but they said it's "not possible". 

I'd love to see that phantom power mod (or whatever it is) be applied to the Zendrum family of power supplies. It's already one of the most versatile controllers out there, I think that's a great next step. 

Tech Help / Powering MIDI Solutions products
« on: June 23, 2010, 03:59:32 PM »
Hey folks.  Quick one for you.

Does anyone who uses a MIDI Solutions box actually power it from the Zendrum power supply?  Will that work?  I'd rather not use a separate power supply if I can avoid it.  Thanks!


For Sale / Wanted / WTB/T: MIDI Solutions Footswitch controller
« on: June 16, 2010, 09:28:33 PM »
Hey guys.

Looking for this: http://midisolutions.com/prodfsw.htm

I have an old pedalboard that needs a new home and a BBE Sonic Stomp I'm willing to throw in.  Talk to me about price.


Tech Help / Re: Differences in FatKAT vs. other triggers?
« on: June 11, 2010, 04:00:51 PM »
Problem solved!

I don't know why I didn't think to do this before: I used my homemade triggers--they work just fine.  I'm a dork.


Tech Help / Re: Differences in FatKAT vs. other triggers?
« on: June 11, 2010, 03:38:44 PM »
Hey Jer.

I've got no major issues with the FatKAT.  I was just hoping to use the stuff I have already instead of getting more. I recently underwent a major overhaul of gear and I'm trying to limit new purchases for a while.

Tech Help / Differences in FatKAT vs. other triggers?
« on: June 10, 2010, 08:21:00 PM »
Hey folks!

So, I want to use a foot trigger with my Zendrum.  It would work out better for me to use the trigger input in the Zendrum instead of the module, but I don't want to use a FatKAT pedal, which has been reported as being the preferred foot trigger for use with the Zendrum.  Does anyone know what the difference is between that pedal and others that makes it the preferred vehicle?  Perhaps I could wire something up myself to compensate.  Thanks!


User Reviews / Any TD-9s out there?
« on: May 18, 2010, 09:34:26 PM »
Greetings tribe.

    I've been idly considering upgrading my DTX to a Roland TD-9.  My research says I can chain kits together and step through them.  I can switch between drums and percussion easily, it looks like it has a fair menu of sounds and it fits on my board.

Cons: I don't know if I can use my trigger boxes to do the Patch chaining.  I also don't know if I can play a brush sweep through MIDI.  It doesn't have the group faders I like on the DTX, and I've heard reports of weak outputs.

Input is appreciated.  There's nothing wrong with my DTX, but I'm wondering if it's just time to change.  Thanks folks!


ZenChat / Backline worries: it's gettin' in my way!
« on: May 04, 2010, 07:23:44 PM »
Greetings all. I've run into a gigging irony and I wanted input from the panel, if I could.

The last few gigs I've played, the venue had a backline kit set up before we got there, most often the house kit minus cymbals and snare. Now, were I an acoustic drummer I would say "this is wonderful". But right now I'm saying, "this is inconvenient". It's taking up a lot of real estate on the stage, I can't move it because it's the house kit, and I can't even get any function off it because, well... I don't need it for anything!

I really don't relish the idea of standing behind the backline kit; that seems to me to defeat the purpose of having the Zendrum in the first place. I guess I could ask if we could move the backline kit but I get the feeling very few venues would be inclined to do that, and on a multi-band bill that doesn't seem fair to the next drummer up.

So, what does one do when something intended to be a favor turns out to be an obstacle? Input is appreciated.

ZenChat / Re: new here :)
« on: May 04, 2010, 07:20:00 PM »
::sniff sniff:: Ah, much better, no more spam-smell.

Media / Call for Live Performance videos!
« on: April 09, 2010, 03:34:15 PM »
Greetings Tribe.

I'd like to put out a call for people to submit videos of their work with bands.  I'm making this request for purely selfish reasons: I'm looking to improve my own stage presences and I'd like to see what other people are doing. 

I've seen several dozen YouTube vids of Zendrummers, but the bulk of them seem to be solo demos or instructionals.  There is nothing wrong with either of these things, but there seems to be a dearth of material showing us interacting with the band, the audience, etc.  So, I would like to change that.  If anyone has anything to share, please do.  I'll comb through my own footage to see if there's anything I'd want made public ( ;) ), and I hope to see some others among us as well.  Take care all!


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