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Messages - john emrich

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« on: February 13, 2011, 09:12:50 PM »
I haven't used my Receptor with BFD2 for about a year and a half.  At one Point it was working fine, but I switched over to my MB Pro because it was easier to support.  The Zendrumdrive might be a better option for you to look at.  It is capable of loading up your own software choices and the specs are right.

My Receptor has been paired up with my Mallet KAT for shows and studio work for mallets and synths.

Hope this helps.

ZenChat / Re: Taking a ZenDrum on a plane
« on: January 02, 2011, 10:27:55 PM »
No problem.  You might get a few strange looks, but you should be fine.

Mine has flown across the states a lot.


ZenChat / December 50% off BFD2 and Eco Expansion Kits
« on: December 08, 2010, 05:44:18 PM »
Happy Holidays!

FXpansion is having a 50% off sale for download expansion packs for the BFD2 and Eco systems.


This is a great opportunity to get expansion packs at a ridiculously low price.


ZenChat / Zildjian Gen16 Clinic 28 October
« on: October 16, 2010, 09:36:39 AM »
Greetings Tribe.

I will be at West LA Music in the 28th of October.  This is a clinic for the new Zildjian Gen-16 product "Zildjian Digital Vault".


I will be doing this clinic with my Zendrum and would be honored to meet anyone in the LA area.  Come out and say hi.


Tech Help / Re: Software Arrrgghhhh
« on: October 09, 2010, 10:14:19 PM »
Are you loading EZ and BFD2 as VST instruments in Studio One?  Once they are loaded you just line up the MIDI channels and hit record engage and you should hear the programs.

When you set up your Studio One, make sure that you are targeting the correct MIDI interface.

Stay with it Pyrate.  You are real close.  You just need to focus on Studio One and loading the drum programs as VST instruments.  Check for any video tutorials on loading VSTs into Studio One.

Here is a quote from their forum on loading in new VST instruments

" Just create an new instrument track in the arrangement (either use the new track button, or right click in the left pane to create a new instrument track). After you have an empty instrument track, select the VST in the track header on the left side of the track (where the trackname and mute / solo buttons are)."


Tech Help / Re: PCI Express Firewire cards and BFD 2.0
« on: October 09, 2010, 09:51:39 PM »
Hi Mark,

FXpansion recommends using a seperate hard drive for the data.  A partitioned drive is still fighting for the same processing power because it is not on a different buss.  All of your programs are tasking the same drive.   That might explain a lot of the issues and noises that you are having.

Now that you have a new audio IO, I would invest in a FW drive for your data.  Make sure it runs at 7200 rpm.


Tech Help / Re: PCI Express Firewire cards and BFD 2.0
« on: October 09, 2010, 12:31:43 PM »
You didn't mention how you hook up your data drive.  At first, were you going through the Pro Fire 610 with the drive chained to it via FW400?  (Never do that!)  It is important to note that you want to have a separate buss for your external drive.  Many laptop computers don't explain the buss structure.

If you want to run BFD2 and another VST instrument..... Have you considered using a host program.  That would keep things all nice a neat inside one program and allow you to send it all out to Fast Track Pro.


Tech Help / Re: PCI Express Firewire cards and BFD 2.0
« on: October 03, 2010, 12:40:53 PM »
Hi Mark,

How do you have your PC, Audio/MIDI, and data for BFD2 hooked up.  What plugs into what?


ZenChat / Re: Zendrum day in Atlanta
« on: August 29, 2010, 02:16:55 PM »
I wish that I could have made it in person.  It was a thrill to see all of those Zendrummers in one place.  Thanks for letting me contribute via Skype.


ZenChat / Re: And your Zendrum set-up consists of...
« on: August 09, 2010, 09:32:55 PM »

And this rig travels with me in the overhead bin of an airplane!!

Hey again John,
First off, thanks for all the advice you gave me a few weeks ago. You really cut through some of the crap that I have been trying to figure out.   
My question is, how many spaces is your rack that can fit in the overhead compartment. I'm buying a 10 space SKB Rack off of Geosphere, hoping it would also fit in that tight space... Let me know.

Sorry for the really late reply.......

I travel with an SKB Studio Flyer (2 space).  I have a Motu interface and a Glyph drive mounted in it with my MacBook Pro on to in the computer compartment.  Everything is wired up and ready to go.  It takes five min to set up.  I have backline provided when I travel so it has gotten real fast to get in and get out.

Again, sorry this is a few months late. 


ZenChat / Re: Zendrum gathering in Atlanta
« on: August 09, 2010, 09:24:57 PM »

First let me start by saying thanks for all of the personal invites.  I was trying to keep my schedule clear, but I am sad to say that I am slammed with commitments and won't be able to attend.  I was hoping to go and see what everybody was doing.  The new Z4 chip has been a great upgrade and will allow us all to be more expressive.

Good luck!

Tech Help / Re: BFD2 Questions
« on: May 19, 2010, 09:35:15 PM »
1.  Check your inbox.

2.  I would also like you to check your version of BFD2.  The current one available is build 47.  Make sure you have it.

3.  You might be having some problems running both your media player and BFD2 at the same time.  Using the DAW software that you got with the Presonus will fix that.  Load the tune into an audio track and BFD2 into an instrument track.

4.  You can also use that software to turn your tracks into 16 bit audio files and load them into BFD2, hit a trigger and play along.

Aye am sure that we can get you sorted out.


ZenChat / Re: Zendrum Clinic
« on: May 17, 2010, 07:23:46 PM »
I would like to echo Thumper.  We need to set this date in advance.


Tech Help / Re: BFD2 Questions
« on: April 21, 2010, 11:59:01 PM »
............ Audio Buufer is set to 2048........

This looks like your problem  I think the time equation for 2048 samples is something like one week.  (Kidding, but it is very late)  You need to get your buffer down to around 128.  You should also set your sample rate to 24.  It looks like you are trying to get the maximum resolution.  Problem is that you are maxing out your CPU.  In the end it comes out as analog to your speakers.  lowering the resolution will not be noticed on consumer grade audio devices and you will have better performance.

How are you playing music and playing BFD2 at the same time?  Are you using a host (DAW) program?  If so what?  Sorry, but I just saw this thread and you may have answered this already.

Sound mapper might be the problem.  If you can get your hands on a dedicated audio interface that is designed with music production in mind, you will get better performance.  You could look at the Presonus line.  They are easy on the wallet and adjustable for Buffer settings that will work better.  They also ship with free DAW versions of their new software program.  You can load your "ripped" audio track into one channel and host BFD2 in another MIDI channel.  That will help you line things up AND you can record yourself.

Hope this helps.



Tech Help / Re: BFD2 Questions
« on: April 11, 2010, 07:24:54 PM »
Sorry, but brushes are available as expansions.  BFD2 was produced with a different engineer and brushes are kind of my thing.  What you could do is purchase one of the Yamaha kits (down loadable) and one of the signature snare packs.  The download series is a great way to get more sounds at a low price without leaving your wheel house.


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