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.http://www.zendrum.com/mp3/zap1.mp3
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.