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The rc-50 is one cool machine.¬ .¬  It's probably the best hardware looper out there.¬  One cool thing about the boss is that it has a quantize feature to keep you in time.¬  It takes some practice, but its worth it.¬  I have a rc 20xl, and its a little version of that machine .
I've gotten into ableton live lately, and have been playing with that.¬  check out kid beyond using ableton live


You can also download a trial version of ableton live for free at their website.


Tech Help / Re: Trigger set ups
« on: October 13, 2006, 08:47:46 PM »
Fascinating Geo, not the way I am set up at all!  I can't wait to try it!  Hey, I would love to see more setups...Geo, where can we get that template of the zen you have so that we can post our own?


ZenChat / Re: sampling workflow
« on: October 13, 2006, 06:24:36 PM »
I'm pretty sure John uses Fxpansion's Guru.  You can download a demo off their site.  I have been playing with ableton live lately, and that allows me to access all of the audio samples in my computer, and trigger them via midi.  I can also record into my computer and create my own samples, midi and audio, and trigger loops to my hearts content..  But, the receptor is only a host to vst's as I understand it, so you'll have to come up with something like guru, that will run in that format(I think).  Actually, John would know tons more about this stuff, I'm sure he'll show up soon.


ZenChat / Re: Garageband / Zendrum
« on: August 24, 2006, 11:14:00 AM »

Do you have youre garageband preferences set correctly? Go in and make sure your motu is set as your audio input.


That does it, I'm selling my Zen and my acoustic kit, and then I'll move into the kitchen.


Tech Help / Re: Configuring my recording rig
« on: June 13, 2006, 04:54:13 PM »
Brilliant, John.  You have my heartfelt thanks! I had to tweak around in Logic a bit to get to the Zen, but that was a sequencer thing, not a midi connection.  You have made my life much easier, and taught me a few things to boot.  Cheers,


Tech Help / Configuring my recording rig
« on: June 12, 2006, 10:41:30 PM »
hey tribe,

I need some help figuring out midi connections.  I recently delved into the world of computer recording, and don't quite know how to hook things up properly.  I'm close, but no go yet. here's what I've got.

M audio axiom 25 keys (usb and midi in/out, no thru)
Roland D-20 Keys (midi in/out/thru)

Sound Modules:
Roland td-8
Roland Fantom XR

MOTU midi timepiece(no usb)

Computer interface:
M Audio firewire 410 (has one midi in and one midi out port)
and an apple ibook g4 running Logic Express

So that's a lot of connections and I'm frustrated.....I know how to connect one controller if I don't use the MOTU, and I know how to use the Motu as a merger for live gigs, but I am having trouble putting all these pieces together for recording. does anyone have a similar setup? 


Thanks, John that was helpful. I am slowly wrapping my head around midi.  Chris, if you don't need  usb for your computer, you can pick up an older Motu midi timepiece for as little as 20 bucks on ebay.  That should make the option of a Zen much more affordable.


Hey all,

So I need some more clarity on this issue.  What Chris is asking is if the Zendrum can be programmed to send more than one channel on different triggers.  My understanding is no, the Zen can only transmit one channel at a time.  Even if you have a midi mapper, the Zen still only transmits one channel.  Is this correct? 

I don't have a Zendrum, but... / Re: How long did it take to learn
« on: May 25, 2006, 11:46:47 AM »
I did my first gig a week after I got my Zen.  I wasn't a virtuoso after a week, but I could play consistently. I think I picked up on it fairly easy because I have a hand drumming background.  You won't want to put it down when you first get it.  It's really up to you, and how much time you can put in to practice.


Media / Re: zendrum media
« on: May 22, 2006, 08:18:01 PM »
so is it just my server...none of the siverman videos were found, or the wild geese.  are these links broken?


ZenChat / Re: Triggering Riffs
« on: May 18, 2006, 10:31:04 AM »
It's using the tools you have to their fullest extent.  That's just smart, not cheating.  The Zendrum is all about possibilities, and they are endless.  I can trigger an entire plethora of sounds,percussion and otherwise, with one instrument.  I have sounds at my disposal that  I never had before, and for me it increases my abilities as a creative musician.  I'm the one that has to figure out how and what to do...there are no classical formulas or instruction for playing the Zendrum.  it's not a drumset, it's a unique instrument that allow me to stretch my creative wings.  I do have to practice (a Lot) and therefore I'm not just spinning someone elses music, or operating a machine that does it for me.  It's outside the box, but that doesn't make it any less of an instrument to be played and mastered. The new keyboards have arpeggiators that play it for you, but just hitting those keys doesn't make you a musician, it's what you bring to the table. 


ZenChat / Re: Congrats!!
« on: May 12, 2006, 10:40:01 AM »
Yay, Paul, the site is great!!  thanks for sticking in there and doing such a great job!


ZenChat / Re: Warm-ups, Cool-Offs, General Maintenance
« on: May 12, 2006, 10:38:33 AM »

My hands will get sore if I am playing more than three hours straight, I think its just par for the course, not poor technique.  Sometimes its hard to play light when you're in the groove and rocking.  I have used arnica cream on my hands, wrists and elbows before and after a gig to prevent problems, also this stuff called Sports Gel works well.  Both are available at health food type stores and are completely natural.  Just stick a tube of it in your gig bag, and you're good to go.


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