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I don't have a Zendrum, but... / Re: How long did it take to learn
« on: May 29, 2006, 08:19:14 AM »
30 days, sounds like a good number. I tried it after about a week with the church I play with. My pastor liked it, but did ask if I was going to get better with it.  As others have said, pick your favorite music and play with it. This will also help you "configure" your ZEN the way it is best for you.  Also make sure you prepare for.... "What is that thing your playing?"   One of the first few shows I did was a John Denver Tribute Show, the guys in the band were getting blitzed with that question.  Make sure you keep the explination simple. Just my $.02.  Takre care and stay safe, Mark

ZenChat / Re: Wireless
« on: May 19, 2006, 05:24:35 PM »
 I am echoing what Pyrate says. I picked up the same strap at my local guitar center as well.  it gives you plenty of options for placing the two belt packs. I am very happy with it.  Take care and stay safe, Mark

ZenChat / Re: Wireless
« on: May 17, 2006, 01:03:14 PM »
Not that people don't already, but make sure you upt as fresh set of batteries at the begining of each show. And also something I have done, I still have the wired set-up in place should a problem develop with the wireless rig. Just my $ .02  Take care and stay safe, Mark

ZenChat / Re: Wireless
« on: May 14, 2006, 07:33:07 PM »
Doc, sorry to hear about your problems. My experience with patchman music was a good one.  Anyway...  The MIDI Jet PRO ROCKS!!!  I was able to walk about the rom I played in.   I was about 75 - 100 ft from the stage, listening to the room, and it worked very well.  Make sure you get the  battery box, or send the ZEN ou for the mod.  I am using the battery box with good results.  Take care and stay safe, Mark

ZenChat / And your Zendrum set-up consists of...
« on: May 11, 2006, 02:49:39 PM »
Greetings all, and KUDOS to those responsible for the new site. 

Anyway I remember a posting of what everyone's "rig" was. So I thought I would start it out


Zendrum ZX (maple finsih I believe)
FATAR MP-113 midi (taurus pedals) foot controller
EMU X-Board 25 midi controller


Alesis DM PRO V.2
Alesis DM5
Roland TD-5
Roland SP-404 Sampler
KORG X3R (soon to be replaced by a TRINITY Rack)

Support Gear:

BEHRINGER 1832 Mixer
Presonus Bluemax Compressor
Mark of The Unicorn (MOTU) Midi Time Piece AV
MIDI Jet Pro - Wireless MIDI system


Mackie 800S powered mixer
Mackie S500 speakers (2)

How it's all hooked up...

Everything goes into the BEHRINGER mixer.  I Use the six outputs on the DM PRO (kick, snare, hat, ride/fx, stereo toms/cymbals). The rest of the modules are running in stereo via the stereo line inputs.  The first six channels on the direct box are for the DM PRO, with the last two supplying a submix of remaining drum and synth modules from the "sub" outputs of the mixer (through the compressor).  This gives me several "patching choices" depending on the venue I play in.  So... basically if I know the engineer, he/she will get individual control vs. someone I don't know I can give one stereo mix, etc.

All the MIDI controllers go through the MIDI Time Piece AV and are set-up to control what ever I want.   I mostly use the X-board for changing key/synth patches, but with the addition of the sampler new things are bound to happen.  The FATAR I use to trigger extra drum sounds as well as play strings, etc.  So far the MIDI Jet Pro ROCKS!!  It is just as good as having it hard wired. I left the original merge box set-up incase I lose the wireless so I have a "plan B". This also a good thing to have if you are using more than one piece of gear that does not have MIDI THRU connections.

Everything is set-up in a mixer rack 11 spaces (top) and 16 spaces (bottom) which is "plug-n-play" friendly. The MACKIE powered mixer and speakers really round things out nicely.  And though a little bulky it is (in my opinion) pretty easy to move around.

Well, that should be it, hollar up with any questions. Take care and stay safe, Mark

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