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Tech Help / Re: MIDIJet Wireless MIDI lag time
« on: November 22, 2011, 11:15:23 AM »
Thanks for your suggestions Rob. I know there is a little lag time added by the sound card (2-6ms) but I would expect that to occur over wired MIDI as well. I do have a MIDI to USB connector that came with my drum tutor software as well. I'll do some more empirical testing and see what I can figure out.

If it turns out there's no way to eliminate it, is it something to be concerned about when playing with a band? From doing the math, it is probably about a 128th note off from the "true" beat at 120-140bpm which is what most of what I'll be playing is.

Tech Help / Re: MIDIJet Wireless MIDI lag time
« on: November 21, 2011, 06:46:49 PM »
Hi Rob! I'm noticing it in my little studio area in my apartment. I have a couple of Mackie monitors set up and my kitchen's only maybe 17 feet long or so, so I don't think it's an acoustic thing. I think it's either the MIDIJet or my laptop/audio interface.

I'm running FL Studio 10 with Battery 3 and with Kontakt, but I also pick up on it when I'm practicing with my Roland drum tutor software. My laptop's a core i7 with 8GB DDR3 RAM, and my audio interface is an E-MU 0404 USB (accursed thing that it is).

I have to do some more testing to see what setups I notice the delay in. I have an Alesis D4 to hook into as well and I think once I try that out directly, it will be telling as to where the delay is coming from. Once thing I did notice--and the delay is so small that it could be psychological--but it doesn't seem that I have any lag when running wired.

Tech Help / Re: midair wireless midi
« on: November 21, 2011, 05:59:13 PM »
While the cost of a MIDIJet isn't minimal, I can definitely speak to the ease of use of the solution that the Inspector offers. Plug in the receiver's MIDI, plug in power or insert batteries (which last a LONG time), turn on the Zendrum, and you're ready to go. It almost sounds more simple than a wireless MIDI system that relies on power being sent to the Zendrum, and you don't have anything hanging off the instrument (one of my bandmates has an EWI and has to have his wireless MIDI connected via a cable, which is just more junk to restrict you and get hooked on things up on stage).

Tech Help / MIDIJet Wireless MIDI lag time
« on: November 21, 2011, 05:50:17 PM »
Hey tribe,
As I work to get comfortable with my playing style on the ZX, I've noticed something that is throwing me off a little bit. It seems like there is a tiny bit of lag when playing over wireless. It's minute, probably measured in single-digit millisecond numbers, but noticable; the drum hits come a hair after my finger touches the pad.

Is this something anyone else has noticed? More importantly, those of you that gig with your Zendrums, is this something I should be worried about and go wired when I start playing shows? Could such a tiny difference throw off the rest of the band? Or should I just work on ignoring it, or (harder) adapt to it? It seems like a negligible amount, 1/100th of a second or less, but not having played as part of a band yet, I'm not sure if it's something I should concern myself with.


ZenChat / Re: DM Pro locked up again
« on: November 03, 2011, 08:19:28 AM »
Gotta second that...I love my D4. Got it secondhand from Guitar Center for $60 and setup was a snap. I use it in tandem with Roland's drum training software on my PC so I have both visual and audible feedback while I am practicing.

ZenEdit / Re: Upcoming release, plus road map
« on: September 29, 2011, 02:14:24 PM »
Darin, pretty cool. I'm looking forward to getting my ZenEdit copy... finances haven't been the best recently, but I should have some money freed up soon for it.

The keyboardist in the band I'm a part of has a Roland keytar that has a sensor where you can just move your finger over it (I don't even think you need to touch it) to create the pitch bend effect. It'd be pretty amazing to have something like that on the Zendrum.

ZenEdit / Re: Upcoming release, plus road map
« on: August 22, 2011, 08:33:22 AM »
Hi Darin!
I had thought I'd read in another thread that the concept of pitch bend wasn't supported by the Zendrum's circuit board. If you've found a way around this, then that is a really cool development.

I have two CC control knobs on my ZX. If I were to assign pitch bend to one of them in ZenEdit, how would it be sent via MIDI, since the knobs don't snap back to a 0 position? Would the pitch just stay where the knob is set to, or would it return to 0 once the knob is no longer sending values?

ZenChat / Re: On/Off Switch Cover
« on: July 20, 2011, 09:46:18 AM »
Hey David. Sorry I haven't called yet, it's been a busy time for me!
I'll drop you a call this afternoon when I get off work if that's cool, I'd like to hear any suggestions you might have.

I like the idea of putting a U shaped "wall" around the switch. I think that would do the trick and would be easily replaceable if it got rubbed off. Maybe my friend can mill a chunk of plastic for me.

ZenChat / Re: Batteries!!!!!
« on: July 20, 2011, 07:52:44 AM »
It's always a good idea to use a fresh battery before every performance.
I sort of wonder if something's wrong with your power usage though. I've got internal wireless; I use the cheaper Rayovac 9v batteries and I get at least a few hours out of every one of them. They actually last longer than I'd expected.

ZenChat / Re: On/Off Switch Cover
« on: June 20, 2011, 01:43:29 PM »
Hey Rob!

It hasn't actually happened in about a month, so I'm not sure exactly what's going on. I think it's my hip or belt that is bumping the switch. I should try to replicate it when I practice tonight and see what happens.

I did try adjusting my strap last week and raising it up a little bit because the ZX was hanging a little low. That could have contributed to it happening in the past. If I can eliminate it altogether without voiding my warranty, though, that would be best for me. I am the kind of klutz that would do fine for a few months, think that everything was better, and then bump it while up on stage in the middle of a performance.

The problem I think will be finding something that will suitably cover the switch without interfering with the rubber foot, so it has to be shallower than the foot. My friend has a CNC mill so he might be able to make something for me in a pinch.

ZenChat / On/Off Switch Cover
« on: June 20, 2011, 09:00:12 AM »
So I'm noticing that even though the on/off switch is tucked in next to one of the rubber "feet" of my ZX, I'm still somehow accidentally bumping it more than I'm comfortable with (probably why so many of you don't have on/off switches any more).

I'm thinking of making some sort of cover for it. Something I can glue onto the backplate that can be flipped up when I want to use the switch, or possibly a cage I can reach through that will stay stationary. Either way, I've hit it by accident a few times already and I want to make sure that when I'm up on stage and performing, I don't jostle it.

Have any of you done something like this? Inspector, would this void my warranty or cause any issues?

I have been working on learning to play my Zendrum with only a minimal amount of drum experience (I doubt a year and a half of Rock Band counts for very much).

If you're in a similar boat as me, one thing I came across that has been helping me out a lot is the Roland DT-HD1 drum training software. It costs $80 at Sweetwater and comes packaged with a USB to MIDI connector (which by itself would probably be $40-50).

The training software comes with a lot of patterns to learn and music to go along with it. Tempo is changeable and you can apparently load your own MIDI files into it (though I haven't tried this feature yet). You have the option of playing along with drum notation or playing "Guitar Hero"-style, with visual representation of the notes dropping towards the bottom of the screen. When using the latter, the trainer will rank each hit on a 4-step scale-- "Perfect" indicates a perfect on-the-beat hit, "Good" indicates a hit that is within 1/64 note of the beat, and "OK" indicates a hit within 1/48 note. If your hits are more off than that, you'll get a "Miss".

The software also displays a visual picture of the drum kit and flashes parts of it with the patterns to show you what drums you should be hitting. It responds to standard MIDI notes so you can use it with any electronic drum kit, not just the one it's intended for, and you can change the software's latency to offset any lag that's caused by your audio interface or wireless MIDI systems.

So far it's been helping me a lot; having some form of structure is really useful when trying to learn anything new, and the fact that it'll keep score of your rhythm helps perfect your ability to control your muscles and keep time.

ZenChat / Re: Shipping Zendrum
« on: June 13, 2011, 11:48:09 AM »
I had to ship my Z4 back for service a few weeks ago. I was bright enough to toss out my original box, and FedEx wanted nearly $100 just to package it for me, so David came up with a great idea.

Check out local music stores and see if you can hunt down a used guitar box. Many music stores either hang onto them or just toss them out. More than likely you can get one for cheap or free. Next, put the Zendrum back into its gig bag and then use great big wads of newspaper or packing paper for filler inside the rest of the box (make sure the Zendrum isn't bouncing around when you shake the box and that there's no give in the flaps on either end). Tape up securely, and ship out.

I paid $15 for the box (got hosed, but was in a hurry and didn't want to hunt around), about $5 for filler material, and $66 for UPS freight with $2000 insurance from Chicagoland back to Atlanta. David does fast work...he had my board replaced and turned back around in 2 days.

Tech Help / ZX won't power on
« on: May 03, 2011, 10:08:42 PM »
For any of you night owl tribesmen...
Last night, my Z4 ZX worked just fine. Tonight, I picked it up to start practicing with it, and it won't power on off the old battery, off either of two fresh batteries, or wired through the Merge Brick. When I flip the switch, either the screen stays blank, or flashes a "18" or "1F" for half a second, then goes blank and doesn't respond to input.
Any ideas? Only had the thing a couple of months. :\ I really did not expect to be taking advantage of the warranty after such a short time... I'm hoping it's user error...

Beyond Drumming / Re: Recording the Zendrum into Pro Tools
« on: April 22, 2011, 10:51:37 AM »
I'm not sure how Pro Tools works but I also have an Oxygen 49, and it has a MIDI In port on the back. As far as I know, there's nothing stopping you from using the Oxygen as your MIDI In device without needing to buy a separate connector (I did this with a cheapie Alesis drum set I had a while back). Connect your MIDI Out from the Zendrum or MIDIJet into the MIDI In on the Oxygen, and you should be able to select "Oxygen MIDI In" as a device in your Pro Tools MIDI setup.

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