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ZenChat / The NEXT new model...
« on: November 02, 2009, 01:24:03 PM »
OK, so you've seen the ZAP2.  You live players who like to jump around won't be on line for that one, but the studio guys will really dig it.

The model announcement later this week - the roles will be reversed.

« on: October 31, 2009, 07:32:49 AM »
Happy Halloween.

Here's a new disguise for an existing model.

Tribe, please welcome a new desktop controller:

The ZAP2.


Oh - did I mention that the elves have been working overtime?

Next week, there will be ANOTHER new Zendrum announced.  Something for a bit more traditional ZD player...

ZenChat / A NEW Zendrum design joins the family.
« on: October 27, 2009, 03:28:23 PM »
What, you think I'm just going to blurt it out like that?

Details coming this week.

Speculate amongst yourselves.

« on: September 24, 2009, 01:43:58 PM »
This forum section will be for music gear EXCLUDING ZENDRUMS.

Posts featuring links to Zendrums on sale or looking for Zendrums will be deleted.

ZenChat / Weather at Zendrum HQ
« on: September 22, 2009, 09:23:32 AM »
For those who haven't been following the news, there is torrential flooding in Georgia where Zendrum operates (I'm remote up in NY).

They've been without power, but hope to get back in action soon.

Everyone is OK.

Music / Free track from our new CD
« on: September 10, 2009, 08:40:45 AM »
Title pretty much says it.  Here's a free track off of the new THFTR CD:


The sound module used on this track is an Alesis DMPro

ZenChat / Z4 Manuals
« on: July 06, 2009, 01:02:51 PM »
I was on vacation and when I came home, I had these weird Zendrum manuals for something called a Z4. 

Anyone know what that means?

You can get them here:


ZenChat / Something in the Mix
« on: June 29, 2009, 09:56:53 AM »
Looks like Jeff Hodges (JHo around here) left something on the counter in the back of his studio when Mix mag came around for the photo shoot.

Music / Navy Drill Team
« on: May 28, 2009, 06:57:06 AM »
OK, this isn't music, but you'll understand when you see it.


ZenChat / Facebook Flair
« on: September 03, 2008, 08:45:52 AM »
If anyone is a facebook user and has the Flair application, there is now a Zendrum Logo flair available.

ZenChat / What the heck are we?
« on: August 29, 2008, 11:26:31 AM »
Yesterday I was at a rehearsal session.  For a neo-hop / ghetto metal outfit.  Picture if The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Run DMC were on stage at the same time, with touches of Linkin Park and Rage Against The Machine.

I'm doing all sorts of world and electronic percussion over the band, wandering the room wireless.  At one point, I end up face to face with the lead rapper, and he has been fascinated by the Zendrum all night.  I've never been at a rehearsal with him, its staggered who rehearses with who but we have a gig tonight and did full crew.  Between songs he asks all sorts of details on programming and sensitivity and pad placement and sound choice.  He is absolutely thrown by the amount of creative preparation and programming that comes into play before the actual performance.

The room was semi dark, and when I turned away, he caught the Zendrum logo I have tattooed on, which he had seen from visiting the site.  Its at this point he starts freestyling and introing the members of the band in rap.

And he hit upon a label which I will never forget.

Geek Gone Hardcore.

Here he is, ladies and gents.  The original.  Let's all get down with The Man.

Here's Mofobia's Oh, Yeah?  Uh Oh . . .


ZenChat / A ZAP Review (with sample) from a die hard ZX player.
« on: February 05, 2008, 10:52:36 PM »
My birthday is in February.  This is February.  Close enough.

My ZAP arrived at work today.

When I finally got the kids to bed, I messed around with it.

I've never touched a ZAP before tonight.  Here's a quick sample what I was able to do with it in half an hour of fiddling around.  The nuance and control are fantastic.  The human touch in this sample is clear.  This type of work simply cannot be done by point and click programming.


Here's my initial impressions:

Due to the tight configuration of the pads, it gets played far more by finger motion that the hand motion I use on the ZX, which I play live regularly.  This meant a greater dynamic range than the ZX, as my light hits were lighter.

It is a far more scientific feeling machine.  I'm not sure of another way to put it.  Its more precise feeling due to this.  The pads are small and stress accuracy.  My favorite techniques of using the heel of my palm, the blade of my hand and various slaps simply don't work here.  This is piano playing precision.

Once you make the shift from the larger gross motions of a ZX (Which is superb for live play), the subtle tap of the ZAP becomes quite easy.

The ZX and the ZAP are two radically different instruments.  This is the difference between a cello and an electric bass.  Conceptually, they cover the same ground, and the technique is related, but this is indeed a different animal.

A ZAP would not get gasps from an audience.  Indeed, its so small (footprint smaller than my monitor) that audiences likely won't even see it.  Your motions on it will be tiny, compared to the showmanship you can display on a ZX.

They are truly two different faces.  I haven't used any pedals on the ZAP and I've only messed a little with using it as a melodic trigger.  I will probably use it live for additional sounds on a stand where any band member can whack it for an accent now and then.

This is the ultimate digital recording tool for MIDI drums for the armchair drummer.  You don't need to get up and go to the kit to play.  Its all here.  A few pedals would doubtless make the transition even easier for kit players.

I cannot stress enough that this instrument is made for the recording and not live arena.  Of course, you can gig with it, and many will.  But the sheer elegance of design shines as a computer interface.

This is a must have for any digital home recording setup who wants their drums to sound real with a minimum of fuss and incredible ease.

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