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ZenChat / Traveling with the Zendrum
« on: October 18, 2007, 11:52:59 AM »
Greetings one and all, it has been quite some time since I posted anything here. Anyway... I just returned from Aspen, Colorado where I played several John Denver Tribute Shows (Yes John Denver) over the past week. And at the top of the list.. the ZENDRUM of course, a 49 note M-Audio keyboard controller, and a 4 space travel rack w/an attached luggage cart. 

For the Zendrum I picked up a Pelican 1700 Series case which worked out PERFECT. In the case.. The ZENDRUM ZX, Battery box, MIDI JET PRO MIDI wireless, short cables, straps, and extra batteries. The pelican is an EXCELLENT case for the ZENDRUM. It is worth the investment to pick one up.

In the 4 space Rack (made by GATOR CASES). A rack Power Strip, An ALESIS DM-PRO, A Korg TRINITY "rack" synth module, and a Whirlwind 4 ch. Rack DI. Remebering John Emerich priding himself about taking his rig as carry-on in a plane is why I went this route. A little "FYI" about air planes. Do not get a rack larger than 4 spaces. A 4 space rack will fit in the "carry-on" compartments abpve the seats of most jet airliners. Except when I went from Denver to Aspen. I had to take a "puddle hopper" (that's a small plane to you and me) from Denver to Aspen in which I had to check it, but it did survive just fine.

As mentioned I took an M-Audo keyboard controller with me but no keyboard stand.  I did not want to deal with a keyboard stand losse on the plane.  What did I do you ask....  Did I buy a cheap keyboard stand??  Ummm.... NO. I improvised the following ways...

Gig #1: A 100+ year old church. Found a walker (yes for old people) extended the legs and it worked very well. The rubber grip handles on the top of the rails kept it from moving, not to mention an easy way to channel cables. Good stuff

Gig #2: Restaraunt.  I stacked 3 wooden "hide-chairs" (baby seats) with gaffers tape on the arm rests to keep it from sliding. Also good stuff

Gig #3: Small hotel ballroom: Restaraunt style fold out "food tray stand". That didn't suck either.  ;D

I had a total of three things to "schlep" around town for the week. Sound and the nessecary back line gear was provided at all of the venues. Just thought I would share that with the masses.  I will try and post pictures sometime soon. Take care and stay safe, Markl

ZenChat / Re: Wireless warning
« on: September 12, 2007, 07:06:25 AM »
Greetings all, it has been a LONG TIME. anywhoo, zendude, where was this gig? What were you close to? What kind of in-ear system were you using? Remember the frequency range that the MIDI Jet pro operates in is the 2.0 GHz range. That is a popular frequency spectrum for lots of different consumer gadgets (i.e. blue tooth, some cell phones, etc.). You may have to take a second and change the channel on the MIDI Jet Pro. Not sure what to say abut your in ear system, though most of them operate in the 600 MHz range. 

"Knock on wood" I have not had a problem with my MIDI Jet.   I only notice an issue when I get to far from it and get the symptoms, your describing. Also remember the higher the radio frequency the less distance that RF signal will travel. "Line of sight" is VERY IMPORTANT. Not sure if this helps or not. I put up a post a while back about this, and it should be somewhere here. Take care and stay safe, Mark

ZenChat / Re: How do your fingers handle it.
« on: March 20, 2007, 06:58:42 PM »
Greetings all!, one of the most important things..... Don't beat your Zendrum it has done nothing to you. It is very easy top get caught up "in the moment" and start hitting it harder. Plain and simple, you don't need to. You can still "exprerss yourself"  when playing, and people will be just as impressed as if you were trying to "MOSH" with your Zendrum. 

When your playing, if you feel yourself getting caught up "in the moment" which is definitely a good thing, make sure you can still do the same things, when your in a relaxed state of mind. It's one thing to have people watch you when your "going for it" and be impressed. But it's even better when you relax and can do twice as much and blow people away.

Just my .02  Take care and stay safe, Mark

« on: March 01, 2007, 08:17:38 PM »
Dave, first off... CONGRATS AND WELCOME!! As far as racking up your TD-10, if you did not want to use the Roland rack shelf, you could also get a slide-out style of rack shelf. Not sure what the price would be, but you could do what you needed to it and the slide it back in. Just remember 1 rack space is 1 3/4" in height. You will need to account for that when you are figuring out what size rack to get. Make sure you plan ahead when configuring your rack.  Think ahead, make sure you have a back-up, etc. Good luck and write back with any questions you may have. There is an OVERWHELMING source of information here. Take care and stay safe. Mark

ZenChat / Re: Maryland Get Together
« on: March 01, 2007, 08:09:16 PM »
Hey everyone, count me in as well. If the Fire Department is not calling, I'll be there!

ZenChat / Re: Maryland Get Together
« on: February 24, 2007, 08:49:47 PM »
Good Evening All !

To echo everyone else a good time was had by all. Many thanks, to Pyrate and his wife for their hospitality. John thanks for the kind words on my playing.

What did I learn...?

- When I get the money BFD and a MUSE Receptor!!  To see and hear it up close does not do the videos justice.

-  I learned how to "lock" the Zendrum so you don't accidentally change your trigger settings.  Hold both "arrow" buttons at the same time until a red LED come on.

- No two playing styles are alike but all have the same intentions of delivering a musical message.

- Last but not least... it need to happen AGAIN!!

Tonight was very informal but very informative.  With greater numbers we can all benefit and learn ALOT MORE!  Mike drove down from Ohio, so... enough said.

Anyway, just my $.02 Take care and stay safe, Mark!

ZenChat / Re: Maryland Get Together
« on: February 19, 2007, 06:20:25 PM »
To the best of my knowledge I should make it. Looking forward to it.  Am I guessing that this will accomodate everyones "set-ups"?  Has anyone establsihed what we will be doing or is it just going to be a "wing-it" kind of day? Either is fine. Take care and stay safe, Mark

Music / Re: Roland pads and Alesis modules
« on: February 14, 2007, 02:34:42 PM »
One thing to remember with roland pads. Unless it is the single zone pad (from the days of the TD-5), they use a 1/4" TRS cable due to Roland having multi-zone pads (head and rim) which are obviously designed for roland sound modules.  With the exception of a few connections which will be labeled on the back of the DM-5, all of the connections are 1/4" TS (tip-sleeve).

One thought, would be to take the Roland pad and hook an "insert" cable. For those who may not be familiar with and insert cable, it is usually used for connecting a piece of outboard sound gear (compressor, noise gate, reverb, etc.) to an individual channel on a mixing console. It has a 1/4" TRS connector on one end and it splits out to two 1/4" TS connectors.  Using it in the drum application would give you two different choices to plug into the DM-5. And example would be the "tip" (head) connector to "trigger input 1" and select a Snare as the sound. Then the "ring" (rim) connector to "trigger input 2" and select a rim shot sound.  This is a way to trigger multiple sounds with less pads.

Hope this helps. Take care and stay safe, Mark

ZenChat / Re: Drum Rolls on a Zen
« on: February 13, 2007, 04:29:27 PM »
Hey Gary, (Using an Alesis DM PRO) I normally play rolls with two triggers assigned to the same snare sound.  It does a pretty good job. If you have a sample of a "buzz roll" I would include that in your arsenal.  Usually two fast fingers on a "buzz roll" sample will give you a good representation. For rolls on toms I just use two fingers.

As you will see when you start setting up your Zendrum the possibilities are endless, your limited by your imagination. There is a thread on here on how people have the "Zens" set-up, not to mention more information than you'll be able to read in a day. Welcome to the Land of Zen. It should be a good ride for you. Take care and stay safe, Mark

ZenChat / Re: Maryland Get Together
« on: February 11, 2007, 07:32:04 PM »
If I am not working at the firehouse that day. Count me in!   ;D

ZenChat / Re: HK Lucas
« on: January 24, 2007, 07:22:39 PM »
 I am not sure about the conversion rate pounds vs. dollars, but B52 make similar systems which are pretty nice. it might be worth looking into. Take care and stay safe, Mark

ZenChat / Re: New gig
« on: January 22, 2007, 09:20:02 PM »
Hello everyone, I to play my Zendrum in church. The only down side is  my pastor prefers "real drums" to the Zen. so I only get to play it when he thinks it will "fit in". I have played it at other churches though with very welcome words.

ZenChat / Re: Reliability of Wireless Midi
« on: December 31, 2006, 04:08:13 PM »
Greetings one and all it has been a long time!!  Anyway, I use the MIDI-JET PRO which is rated at a distance of 500'.  Granted that is probably based on having a perfect "line of sight" between the reciever and transmitter.  The KENTON system is rated at 50'.  I "field tested" that concept with the MIDI-JET PRO at an outdoor show and was able to work roughly 150' feet away. As I got farther away, there was a delay in the info getting out the reciever. And that included putting the reciever on a cable in front of the area/stage where we were playing.  One thing that does help with this... If your using in-ear monitors you won't have the delay both systems usually do a good job tracking the RF signals.

Another thing to remember with wireless MIDI. It operates (like wire-less internet) in the 2GHz frequency range.  Wireless in ear systems and microphones operate in the UHF ferequency range (600 - 700 MHz).  For those who don't know, the lower the frequency the farther the signal will travel, the flip side to a higher ferequency it penetrates walls better but gives you a shorter distance.  There are even some wireless systems that are in VHF (170 MHz). Most "pro" systems are in UHF though.  VHF systems are prtty much a thing of the past. I am not sure how long it took before the first high end gig head cab comany radio traffic.  It's all fun and games until you hear..... "and the winnder is.......<lots of static> "CAB 225 to  DISPATCH, where's my pick up at!!"

Anyway, that is my $ .02  As always if I have missed something, some else please chime up!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR, Mark!

ZenChat / Re: Tribal Wizard
« on: October 30, 2006, 10:32:41 PM »

ZenChat / Re: So confused!
« on: October 18, 2006, 09:27:57 PM »
CONGRATS and welcome to the Zendrum Adoption Agency!  As one who has done the same, your concerns to provide a safe and happy environment are noted.

Though I cannot speak on the computer side of things, I do reccomend you pick up a Drum module in addition to your HPD-15. I am not sure what drum sounds are on the HPD-15, but if your computer takes a dive beyond repair at "the gig" a "plan B" is essential.   I use an ALESIS DM-PRO which is very ZEN friendly.  They usually go for somewhere around $300 on ebay. 

On the MIDI side of things, if your gear is lacking in MIDI "THRU" connections think about a small interface if you are not able to "daisy chain" your gear together.  Sounds like you have a nice collection of toys for the adopted one.  Good luck and WELCOME to the land of ZEN!  Take care and stay safe, Mark

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