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Messages - firemusician

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ZenChat / Re: Sample Normalizing
« on: October 18, 2006, 09:14:46 PM »
As far as normalizing goes there are two ways to do it...

1. To bring the entire file up to "FULL VOLUME" doing this sacrifices any "dynamics" that may have been in place. Not good if your doing something with a complex loop that has more than one thing going on with it ( i.e. percussion, bass, guitar etc.)

2. To bring the entire file up while still maintaining the dynamics of the sample. I don't remember the terminology (Mr. Emrich??) .

Remember also Stereo samples take up more memory than Mono samples, so think about what your going for.  If you don't need a sample at 44.1Khz (CD Quality) you will save memory.

 I have found that after loading samples into my Roland SP-404 I go into the banks and adjust the volume of the samples individualy (as Zennerman said).   This being very appropriate if your setting up the "mix of your kit". As others have stated, in the "Land of the Zen" anything is possible!  Hope I answered any questions, and if I got anything wrong, please chime in. Take care and stay safe, Mark

ZenChat / Re: Mono or Stereo
« on: October 18, 2006, 08:55:23 PM »
to DI's for left and right to the main PA, and 1/4" "Y" cables to one mono cable to your amp.

Tech Help / Re: Trigger set ups
« on: October 16, 2006, 06:58:04 AM »
Hello everyone, here is my layout. I basically followed this set up for every style of kit from drums, to percussion, etc. The difference with a percussion kit would be the snare on the left side would be a conga slap, etc.   I welcome input form the masses. There is toomuch potential out there. Hope everyone is doing well, take care and stay safe, Mark

Good Morning.  I have been looking into the RC-50 myself. Pretty cool box actually.  Go to roland's web site ( www.rolandus.com ) and check it out.  A sampler would also help you out as well.  Have a good day, Mark

ZenChat / Re: sampling workflow
« on: October 15, 2006, 08:04:49 PM »
Hello, if you want to take a non-software/computer route. The Roland SP-404 is pretty cool. It takes compact flash card (up to 1 GB). Depending on where you go, you can do the whole thing for around $500.  The SP-404 was designed for DJ's, but it has some very cool features, it is worth checking out. I have it in my rack and have had some good results with it.  Decent sampling on a budget. Just my .02, Take care and stay safe, Mark

You are correct!  If your only using one controller you can chain them together. MIDI OUT of the Zendrum to the first module MIDI IN, then to MIDI THRU, and so on, and so on. If any module that your using does not have a MIDI THRU and only MIDI OUT, make sure that is the last one in the chain.  If you have more than one module that does not have a MIDI THRU, you will need the MOTU interface. Then you can assign your modules to independent midi channels and change things with the ZEN.

MODULE 1 - MIDI CH.10, MODULE 2 - MIDI CH. 9 and so on.  Just remember if your playing MODULE 2 and you want to change something on MODULE 1, you have to change MIDI channels first. 

 I hope I covered everything for you if not hollar back. Take care and stay safe, Mark

Though it has only been two days, it is time as I think you said to put your rig together. You have time to figure out everything so when it shows up you'll be ready to go.  Check out the "My set up consists of" section for ideas.  Good luck and have fun, hollar back with any questions. See ya, Mark

Something else I forgot to mention.  If your using other controllers (keyboards, foot controllers, etc.) the midi interface will let you route all of your controllers to the different sound modules. Have a good day!

Greetings! One thing to think about. If more than one device your using does not have "MIDI THRU" connections, you will need some sort of "MIDI router" to make it work. If you only have on device that does not have a "THRU" on it, then make sure it is the last one in the chain. Take care and stay safe, Mark

ZenChat / Re: ALESIS DM-PRO and memory cards
« on: October 05, 2006, 06:43:53 AM »
Thanks for all the info!  Was wondering, I know alesis has not done anything more with their software on the DM-PRO for Windows XP. Any thoughts form the masses on what to do. It sounds like I will have to load soundbridge on my machine that has Windows 98 on it.  Hope everyone's week is going well.  Take care and stay safe, Mark

ZenChat / ALESIS DM-PRO and memory cards
« on: October 01, 2006, 04:59:37 PM »
Greetings campers, I just got a hold of a memory card for my DM-PRO. If I understand things correctly, I can load samples into this card (up to 8 MB worth).   I have the Alesis Sound Diver Software and everything is talking to each other correctly.  The question of the day is.... Looking through the software, how do I dump selected "wav" files to the card.  any help would be very much appreciated.  Many thanks, take care and stay safe, Mark

Tech Help / Re: OK I'm an old dog...
« on: September 20, 2006, 08:13:40 PM »
Good evening, I currently have an EMU "Pro-Cussion" module, which I experimented with but set aside due to the confusion for me trying to figure out assigning drums sounds to midi notes, etc.  The whole EMU way of doing things I found to be difficult. If you have the means, look on ebay and pick up an ALESIS DM-PRO. They are usually going for $300 + or - .  It is VERY USER FRIENDLY.  cannot say enough good stuff about it. I have two. One in my main rig and another for smaller shows, where the whole "ensemble" is not needed.  Just my $.02 , Take care and stay safe, Mark

ZenChat / Re: Always bring a backup :-0
« on: September 17, 2006, 06:27:25 PM »
Hey have you tried "re-initializing" your DM-PRO?  If not, hold both sides of the "cursor" button and power the unit up. That is the way to do a "master reset".  Any saved patches should not be affected. Hope that helps. Take care and stay safe, Mark

ZenChat / Re: Just recieved my Zendrum...
« on: September 14, 2006, 06:58:21 AM »
Welcome to the land of "ZEN"!  If you want to see some ideas check out the "your set up consists of..." section for thoughts and ideas.  http://zendrum.com/forums/index.php?topic=10.0  The whole message board is very well laid out and is LOADED with information and should fully taken advantage of.   Ask away with any questions.  Take care and stay safe. See ya, Mark

ZenChat / Re: Playing things other than drums...
« on: September 07, 2006, 02:15:49 PM »
No offense taken at all, very well put!   :)

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