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User Reviews / Re: Zendrum Guitar Stand Adapter
« on: March 28, 2010, 09:03:37 AM »
So, as promised, here are some links to the pictures I took with my new CaseBrace-based stand:


I've also discovered that the Zendrum does fit on a stand with a fully-padded upper fork; just needs a little push to get it seated properly.

I'm also working on a way to adapt this thing for guitar racks.  I've found that it will work fine on the padded tubular ones, but for flat-bottomed ones or those ones that fold into a case that look like a guitar hardshell case, I'll need some sort of adapter.  I've already got some ideas.  Thought people might want to know.  Take care!


User Reviews / Zendrum Guitar Stand Adapter
« on: March 25, 2010, 09:54:49 PM »
greetings tribe!

One thing I'm always in search of is ways to make my Zendrum more versatile and able to go more places.  And I recently realized that part of the ability to go places is (at least I think so) the stand. 

A while back I went to the website of the Chapman Stick company and I saw this:


I thought this was an incredible idea and I tried to look for ways to incorporate similar technology for the Zendrum.  I recently found my answer. 

There's a product called the Case Brace; it's a guitar hanger that mounts to the edge of a guitar case. 

I discovered that if you put the 'Brace on a regular guitar stand like this one:http://accessories.musiciansfriend.com/product/-Tubular-Guitar-Stand?sku=451058 and put the nose of the Zendrum in the space of the Case Brace, it makes a darn fine Zendrum stand!

Now, as always there are a few notes:
-You'll have to hike the upper tube of the stand up pretty high, almost to the end of it's length.
-You may want to secure the Brace to the lower fork; I have not done so on mine because I haven't used it enough yet
-The stand I used for my demo didn't have all of the padding on the upper fork.  I don't know how well the tail will fit into the upper fork with full padding, but I imagine a good push will seat it properly.

I love this item for this purpose because it allows a Zendrummer to take advantage of the ubiquitous tubular stand that you find EVERYWHERE and it requires no modding except securing it to the stand should you choose to do so. 

I'll enclose pictures as soon as I get them re-sized.  In the meantime, here's the link to the Brace's website:


Take care everyone!


Tech Help / Re: Piano/Bells, etc
« on: March 04, 2010, 10:20:31 PM »
Hey there!  I have a similar setup, but not with the Roland.  I thought I might be of service.

To answer the question "How can I change the notemap and put certain notes on certain triggers so I can play some strings, keys, etc, with the right notes?":

First, figure out what those notes ARE.  I believe Middle "C" is Note Number 38 (someone fact-check that for me?).  Proceed from there.  So if your passage goes C-D-E, the Note Numbers you would need are 38-39-40 (Assuming "C" is 38).  

So now you have your Note Numbers.  Now you assign those to triggers on the Zendrum by way of the "NO" menu ("NO" for "note").  And you can put those wherever you want.  

So, now you have your notes.  How do you want them to sound?   Here's where things get tricky.

If your sound module has a melodic voice you like assigned to it's group of drum and percussion sounds, just stick with Channel 10 and you're done. If not, then you need to do some more programming.

In the world of MIDI, drums are always Channel 10.  You're not working with drums right now, so you need to choose another Channel.  any of the other 15 Channels can be whatever you want, so again, we'll say for this example it's Channel 1.  

Let's say you want to do a simple violin patch.  According to my notes, violin is Program Change command 41.  

With this knowledge, now we approach the Zendrum.

Take a Note Map, and go to the CH menu for your MIDI Channel and select Channel 1.  Now go to the PR menu for your Program Change and select 41 for violin.  Now go to the NO menu for your MIDI Notes and put them where you like.

Congratulations, you're playing the violin.

Note that on a 3.1 Zendrum, it's one Channel per note map, so if you want to go from strings to drums you're going to have to set it up so that the Maps for each are right next to each other and switch them out.

I hope this helps; good luck!


ZenChat / Re: Brushes on the Zendrum
« on: February 09, 2010, 08:20:04 PM »
I use brushes with my Zendrum.  I set up two or three pads; one for the sweep sound and two for the tap.  My DTX has a "brush sweep" voice in it and I just tap that pad in a swing rhythm to get that brush groove going on.  The other pads fill in the rest of the grease. 

Media / Re: Videos of my band and I
« on: January 31, 2010, 10:41:26 PM »
Hi, Cohiba! 

I have a ZX model instrument in a custom "Batman Purple" finish (Thanks, David!) with the 3.1 circuitboard--that's 2ndmost current version.  Does that answer your question?

ZenChat / Re: ZX Stand
« on: January 25, 2010, 05:57:58 PM »
One thing to note about that QL stand: if you wind up adjusting yours like I did mine, then the way it ends up is that the triggers will face out, the strap-post will rest on the right-hand fork, the left-hand fork will support the nose, and the rest of the weight will be in the tail of the instrument resting against the upper bracket.  I have not had any problems with this but it's a little disconcerting to see at first, so I thought I'd share.

ZenChat / Re: Are there any plans/interest to make foot Zendrums?
« on: January 23, 2010, 11:38:28 PM »
There are several foot controllers out there that are built to be controlled by the feet.  I'm curious; the triggers on the Zendrum seem awfully small to be able to play feasibly with one's feet.  Have you considered something like a MIDI foot controller or some other device?  For what application would you be considering using a foot-operated Zendrum?

ZenChat / Re: ZX Stand
« on: January 22, 2010, 05:46:30 PM »
I would stick with a guitar stand.  Violin stands are not meant to handle instruments as heavy as a Zendrum.

I've never had a lot of luck modding guitar stands, but I've used two that did the job quite well.  Here's the first:


That one worked all right, but it was a bit bulky.  These days I swear by the Quick Lok QL-691:


It's another guitar stand, but the two lower forks are completely adjustable.  No modding neccessary.

Only thing I change about the QL is I take a rubber band across that upper bracket to lock the tail in place.  Other than that, it's fine out of the box. 

ZenChat / Re: Alesis DM10 Pro Kit
« on: January 20, 2010, 08:57:03 PM »
did anyone else notice that the front panel of the Pearl and Alesis units look bloody near identical to each other?  Does this raise anyone else's eyebrows?

ZenChat / Re: Alesis DM10 Pro Kit
« on: January 20, 2010, 11:19:51 AM »
Some of those specs definitely look tasty.  I like the assignable trigger inputs.

Is there any data on how physically large the unit is?

The only feature my DTX seems to have over it thus far is the ability to chain kits together and the fact that I'm not seeing much info regarding accepting MIDI PC commands.

I don't have a Zendrum, but... / Z4 demo, can anyone help?
« on: January 12, 2010, 05:58:36 PM »
Hey tribe.

I'm at the point where if I wanted to get the Z4 upgrade for my instrument, it's within reach, but just like when I bought my instrument, I need some empirical evidence before I shore up my plans.

If there's anyone with a Z4-caliber instrument and an older module like an Alesis or an older Yamaha, could you perhaps post a link or PM me with a track of you playing said instrument through said module? 

David, I believe you wholeheartedly when you say the Z4 upgrade works with older modules, but I'd really like to hear a sample before I take the jump.

Thanks folks,  looking forward to hearing (from) you.


Tech Help / Re: Foot Controller Help
« on: December 25, 2009, 08:56:41 PM »
I think I have a handle on your answer, but it requres some glossary terms first.

The Zendrum sends all kind of MIDI information, but the kind of information it sends that we hear as sounds is the MIDI Note Number.  Note Number 38 is commonly a snare drum, 36 a kick, etc.

The FC-300 does not look like it transmits Note Numbers; that's why you're not hearing any sounds when it's put between the Zendrum and the module.

If you want to change kits in the Zendrum through the FC-300, you can just connect the FC to the Zendrum's MIDI IN.  If you want to change kits in the module, you may need to get a 2-in/1-out MIDI box.  I'd recommend the MIDI Solutions Merger.  I don't have one but I've heard good things of the company:


There may be a way to make the control chain go FC-->ZX-->TD-6V, but without having all the units available to me, I can't give you much help with that.  Hope this was of some benefit.


ZenChat / Re: changing key
« on: October 17, 2009, 08:48:35 PM »
There's a two-step process in the 3.1 too, isn't there?  Whenever I'm mucking about with PC commands, I have to go to the Map that the command is on and then push the ">" or "<" buttons. 

I think the one-step you guys are referring to is the safety lockout which I was given to understand is still in place on the Z4 board.

ZenChat / Re: changing key
« on: October 16, 2009, 09:54:22 AM »
If you're using a 3.1 chip, I don't think so.

I'm not familiar enough with the Z4, but you may be able to program a change command with one of the footswitches or something.

Another option is to do it from your sound module, depending on the control scheme it has.

ZenChat / Re: Blue Sky suggestions to the engineers
« on: October 13, 2009, 09:58:35 PM »
I seem to recall a few years ago that someone actually made a Zendrum GUI... it was called Mokugyo and is still available on the Resource Site... unless I've misunderstood what a GUI is.

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