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ZenEdit / Re: Possible new features
« on: April 22, 2011, 09:48:32 AM »
Darin,
Thanks for your response. I'm not trying to tear down what you've created here and I recognize its value to the Zendrum community--I wasn't seeing any updates to questions I was asking here, and after looking at what the program offers on the website, it didn't seem like a lot was actually unlocked by the software, and that it was more a tool to configure the instrument. I'm glad that more unlocked features are in the works, and that subscribers are most likely going to be "grandfathered" into a new license system... I can more easily get behind a $100 program if lifetime updates are included and if it significantly expands functionality of my instrument.

Obviously I don't know how many users of ZenEdit are out there, but I've done A LOT of reading and I primarily see the same "core group" on the ZenEdit forums and on the Zendrum forums here on this site. With well over 1000 Zendrums out in the field, I have to wonder if you're reaching the whole market, and how many more people would flock to your program and drive up your revenue if the cost were lowered a little bit. But that hinges on information I'm not privy to, and as the creator it's up to you to decide and set the cost on the product you're creating, and it's up to the consumers to determine the value to themselves, as always. Once my tax refund hits, I'll likely set aside part of it for a ZenEdit license.

-Mike

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Tech Help / Re: How do you connect?
« on: April 22, 2011, 09:27:45 AM »
My MIDIjet is connected to my Behringer FCB1010, which is passing through the MIDI to an E-MU 0404 USB audio interface, which is connected to my laptop and Battery 3/Kontakt 4. The E-MU is plugged in to a Behringer Eurorack MX802 mixer, and from there into my monitors. When I start performing live it'll be a fairly similar setup. It wouldn't be wise to use the built-in laptop audio... it's just not great quality and there can potentially be noise issues, particularly if the cable gets bumped, yanked, or rotated. Better idea to use more robust connections and a more functional audio interface.

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ZenEdit / Re: Possible new features
« on: April 11, 2011, 02:56:47 PM »
Well, since we don't know what these "hidden" features are and no information is forthcoming, at this time I can't justify paying $100 for a simple configuration program. Particularly if free upgrades are limited to point releases. That's a substantial amount of money when there are other MIDI controllers out there whose user bases are creating similar tools for free. (See the Behringer FCB1010 and the programs available for it.)

I see the benefit in this program to those with deeper wallets, but the price point just isn't worth the feature set to someone like me who operates on a budget. I'll keep an eye on ZenEdit and re-evaluate if the program opens up more features or includes more than just point releases.

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User Reviews / Re: Custom Hard Case for the Zendrum ZX for under $25
« on: April 01, 2011, 07:23:04 AM »
Hey Thumper,
I don't really care how the strap looks. Honestly, I don't think many people pay attention to the "guitarist's" strap--I know I never have, in the hundred-plus concerts I've been to. It was just so uncomfortable to wear, that I had to constantly reposition it, move it around, move it away from my neck so the edges wouldn't rub and chafe my skin, etc. I wasn't expecting that given the quality of the rest of the package.

It's a matter of personal preference, I guess. It's moot at this point, I have a strap I can wear now for more than a few minutes. It's not flashy and it doesn't make a statement...it's just nice and soft and padded and comfortable.

Sorry if I insulted anyone by commenting on the strap--I'm starting to get the feeling I've committed some sort of faux pas here.

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User Reviews / Re: Custom Hard Case for the Zendrum ZX for under $25
« on: March 31, 2011, 03:19:07 PM »
I get that, and considered that possibility myself. I don't want to turn this into a criticism thread--I am satisfied with my instrument, and I know the strap is a personal choice that has to be made. The strap is just far more bare-bones than I am accustomed to with all the attention that goes into manufacturing a Zendrum and the obvious TLC that David puts into the process. It seemed incongruous on the far end of the scale and it would have been nice to get at least a little life out of the strap before running out and having to get a new one right away.

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User Reviews / Re: Custom Hard Case for the Zendrum ZX for under $25
« on: March 31, 2011, 01:21:18 PM »
So I recently made one of these for myself. However, I changed the configuration a little bit. I didn't utilize the notch, as I felt that put the "nose" of the ZX a little too close to the hard edge of the case. So instead, I arranged it at an angle with the "nose" in the bottom corner of the case, the flat side of the "tail" where the two compartments are (facing "up" towards the handle), and only cut out enough foam to nestle the instrument fairly snugly in that position. That way there is foam protection on all sides and if it's bumped, it's got suffiicient support to absorb the impact in any direction. The weight of the ZX is therefore also supported by the top surface where there are no triggers, when the case is being held by the handle.

One thing I've noticed is that the lid of the case (which is also made of styrofoam like the bottom) is rather firm and I have to sandwich the ZX pretty tightly into the case. This raises a bit of concern; while it means the ZX is held in place and can't move much, I'm a little worried about how much pressure it's putting on the triggers. It only comes in partial contact with them; the specific place where it doesn't have clearance is where the lid juts out a bit to seal up the two compartments when the case is closed. I'm just hoping that it won't cause any problems and that the styrofoam will settle in soon enough so that it's snug, but not so tight.

I also replaced the "stock" strap with a nice padded lambskin one with softer rolled edges. While I liked the stamped logo on the original strap, in my opinion, it's about the same quality as the ones that come with Guitar Hero guitars, except it has to hold something 7 times heavier. I'm not a big fan of having a chafed neck and was a little surprised that the Zendrum came with something so flimsy and cheap.

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ZenEdit / Re: Possible new features
« on: March 17, 2011, 09:16:20 AM »
As a new Zendrum player (mine is arriving in the mail tomorrow!) I am very curious about these additional features. I know you say they're esoteric, but if we don't really have access to get into or modify them anyway, why are they confidential...especially if they're functions that might be highly desired by the tribe and would increase the capabilities of our Zendrums?

I'm contemplating getting ZenEdit in the near future, and any additional features that are implemented would (obviously) help my decision. Modifiable note duration and having triggers set to CC messages are two things I could see being useful, but I'm really up for anything that broadens what I can do on the Zendrum.

No elaboration on these additional features, or if they'll even be implemented?

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ZenChat / Re: Reasonably Priced Sound Module?
« on: March 17, 2011, 09:13:38 AM »
I got a ZX recently as well and found a used Alesis D4 drum module at Guitar Center for $70.00.

If you're just planning on upgrading later, this might be the way to go. You can still find em on Ebay. They don't sound the greatest but I find it awesome to learn on. Once you're ready to record or play live, you can worry about getting something that sounds nicer then.

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I don't have a Zendrum, but... / Re: Zendrum demo in Chicagoland area?
« on: March 04, 2011, 11:32:48 AM »
Jaay, I think I might have lost your number in the shuffle, so feel free to drop me a new call or text and let me know when you're free. I think I'm getting things decently well figured out... I got myself an Alesis D4 to use as a plug-and-play learning system, but it was also really easy to hook into Battery 3 on my laptop. Now comes the process of working out where I want the pads to be...

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I don't have a Zendrum, but... / Re: Zendrum demo in Chicagoland area?
« on: March 04, 2011, 11:29:38 AM »
Zendrum pictures cometh!

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ZenChat / Re: An answer to cracks about "real" drums
« on: March 02, 2011, 07:17:09 AM »
I already have a number of responses worked out for this.

"God is my drummer."
"I have a little leprechaun on a little drum set inside this piece of wood. I touch the pads and it tells him what to play."
"Backstage is a radio-controlled drum set. I control it with the emissions from my brain."

If any of these fail to get an appropriate reaction, I'll just tell him "Right here!" and whip out the drum stick I keep with me for emergencies and whack him on the forehead with it.

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ZenEdit / Re: Possible new features
« on: March 01, 2011, 04:36:38 PM »
As a new Zendrum player (mine is arriving in the mail tomorrow!) I am very curious about these additional features. I know you say they're esoteric, but if we don't really have access to get into or modify them anyway, why are they confidential...especially if they're functions that might be highly desired by the tribe and would increase the capabilities of our Zendrums?

I'm contemplating getting ZenEdit in the near future, and any additional features that are implemented would (obviously) help my decision. Modifiable note duration and having triggers set to CC messages are two things I could see being useful, but I'm really up for anything that broadens what I can do on the Zendrum.

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I don't have a Zendrum, but... / Re: Zendrum demo in Chicagoland area?
« on: February 25, 2011, 11:13:28 AM »
Thanks for the suggestions, guys. I'm excited to get started with my ZX. Rob, your one-handed groove was nowhere near as difficult as I thought it might be, I just tried it out on my desk here at work and it sort of came naturally. That's a good start for me.

It's looking like we might have a decent number of people in the Illinois region. I count 5 so far including myself. Might be worth setting up a meet-up sometime around central IL so we all share the drive?

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I don't have a Zendrum, but... / Re: Zendrum demo in Chicagoland area?
« on: February 24, 2011, 09:36:58 AM »
Hey Peabody,
I sent you a PM but not sure if it ever came through.
I'm expecting my ZX to come next week. Jaay was really helpful and invited me to his home to give his a whirl, but I'm definitely up to getting as many opinions as possible of how to play it, so if you haven't come through this area yet, I'd really like to meet you and see the Draken.

Thanks!

-Mike

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I don't have a Zendrum, but... / Re: Some questions about wireless
« on: February 21, 2011, 05:14:10 PM »

Well, I suppose I should follow up too... I went Wireless..... and I LOVE it!

When I upgraded to the Z4, I added 6 triggers and the MIDIjet Pro wireless app as pictured above. It is fabulous. I run a TD-10, and have not had any trouble using the wired app as well, but I won't go back to that unless I have a catastrophic failure of the MIDIjet... argh! I shudder at the thought, LOL!
I am using the 9 volt Li-Polymer 520mAh IPowerUS batteries, all rechargable, as recommended by Dave. They are not cheap... 4 batteries and a charger for around $100. BUT... I have one battery I use, and another as a backup all charged. I haven't even opened the other two yet, nor do I see a need for them in the near future. I have "tested" the battery staying power. I used one battery for home practice for about 3 hours, then at a show for 4 hours and I left the zendrum on the entire time), then at a band practice, where it finally gave out after about 2 more hours. I would say you can easily play a gig with a fully charged battery and have no worries.
Rand

Hey guys,
So I wanted to check this out even though this is an older post. I'm waiting for my ZX with wireless MIDI to be completed, and was wondering how those LiPo 9v's you've been using are holding up after being used for a few months. The life cycle of the cells looks alarmingly short for batteries that cost $10-15 each. Had any issues with them yet?

-Mike

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