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I don't have a Zendrum, but... / Re: Zendrum and Logic Studio?
« on: March 12, 2008, 02:27:46 PM »
I have Logic Studio, a macbook pro 2.4ghz with 4 gigs of ram.  The Zendrum works great in Logic.  It's like any other midi controller, except it has pads and not keys.  I can also running bfd in logic without a problem.  How easy is it to get it to work?  Plug the Zen into your interface, and you're good to go.

If your computer can handle bfd, you should be fine.

ZenChat / Re: First Experiences w/ Battery3
« on: January 21, 2008, 11:13:27 AM »

Native instruments minimum system requirements are a g4 with a 1.4ghz processor, so you may be overtaxing your system. ..

Tech Help / Re: How many velocity layers are practical?
« on: January 18, 2008, 02:32:35 PM »

You may be able to get into BFD for cheaper than you think, the original BFD dropped in price to 199, I think.  And check out ebay, you can probably pick one up there for pretty cheap.

I like yellow tools culture for ethnic instruments, some of the most realistic to my ears. I've dropped vst's for the Roland td-20, so I may be selling mine soon...I'll post it here if I do.  You can check out my review of it somewhere on this site, just search for Culture.


Tech Help / Re: Opinions on Battery 3 with Zendrum?
« on: January 18, 2008, 02:22:10 PM »
There's a review of Battery in the user reviews section.

ZenChat / Re: How many use a laptop for live performance?
« on: January 16, 2008, 01:53:49 PM »
I've done several gigs with my macbook running bfd through an external hard drive.  It does work, but it is a pain to set up quickly and after a few gigs, I decided it really wasn't worth it.  Once it did fail, but I still don't know why, the sound just stopped.  There are so many factors: setup, leaving your rig if you're sharing a stage, vibration (we are loud), and liquid, drunks, etc.  I switched over to a Roland td-20, and it made a big difference.  I can set up fast, switch kits fast, and tear down fast.  At this point I wouldn't go back. I can't afford a receptor, and I really like how fast kits change with the Roland, I can do it on the fly.  I can set up faster than our bass player.

Lots of people use laptops for live performance, I think if you cover all possible problems, it is indeed workable.  The more control you have over your stage situation the better.  Go for stability and at least 2 gigs of ram. 

Tech Help / Re: TD-20 - trigger assigments
« on: December 08, 2007, 05:19:01 PM »
 I'm not positive on the first question, but it seems that you should be able to plug in the pads to their 1/4 slots, and since the zen is midi, you shouldn't have to change anything.  I don't play with pads, so I'm guessing.

I believe that I just set the percussion sounds to channel ten as well, not a problem.  I'm not at home, so I can't check, but in the midi settings,  set the percussion to channel ten. 

ZenChat / Re: Affordable MIDI wireless
« on: December 02, 2007, 08:47:03 PM »
We discussed this unit under the cme widi post in user reviews.  Jeff picked  a mid air up, but hasn't given feedback on it yet.

ZenChat / Re: Zendrum Holiday Gifts and Gift Certificates
« on: November 09, 2007, 02:40:24 PM »
Dear Santa,

I have been a very good girl this year, I have not gotten arrested, and have held my smoking and drinking to a minimum.  Ok, ok, there was that one "thing" but I was acquitted, so I don't feel you can hold that against me.

I would like a laptop zendrum to compliment the zx I now own.  I am not finicky about color, and know that if you get my letter, you'll do your best to make my wish come true.  Ummm, your red suit and long beard kind of creep me out, so if you could do the usual and just leave it under the tree, that would be great.  Cookies and milk will be there for you, but given your current weight, there will also be celery sticks and carrots.  Donner and Blitzen have been complaining about the heavy load. I know you will do the right thing.


User Reviews / Re: wireless extension cord
« on: November 07, 2007, 10:29:42 AM »
I love the disclaimer.."do not put living things between the units, just in case."

User Reviews / Re: CME Widi
« on: November 06, 2007, 09:43:19 PM »
I think the main difference is that the midair has a max range of 30 feet without obstruction, and the Widi is rated for 260 feet. 

User Reviews / Re: CME Widi
« on: November 05, 2007, 10:49:52 PM »
I'm always looking for a bargain.  I saw this in last September at PSSL, but they weren't in stock yet.  I placed my order, figuring someone had screwed up the price, and they sent it to me for that price when they finally got them several months later.

Make friends with someone at your local music store.  I always pay hundreds less than what guitar center advertises on higher end stuff, because I built a  working relationship with a salesman, and when he left to manage a store, he passed me to his friend.  They know I spend money, and they'll give me a good deal. 
They tell me they're quoting me 5% over wholesale.  I know that is not true, but I've gotten some good deals along the way.   If I see that deal on a widi again, I'll let you know. I just happened across that deal online.

Music / Re: hip hop garageband style
« on: November 05, 2007, 03:21:31 PM »

I actually have checked out all of your videos & songs, I like them a lot.  The fractal animation is wild. Keep em coming.


User Reviews / CME Widi
« on: November 01, 2007, 04:57:12 PM »

I picked up the CME wireless midi unit, mostly because it was $169., and I didn't have the cash to shell out for a midijet pro.  it comes with two widi units, and a couple of short midi cables.  My first impressions are that it does what it is supposed to, I'm not sure of the range, but it does let me go out in the crowd, and hear the house mix from out front before the show.  This unit is not built like a tank (of course I compare it to the merge brick, which is a tank).  I got what I paid for.  The housing is plastic, and so are the switches for on/off and a couple of channel choices.  It doesn't seem like it would hold up to any abuse, so I am careful with it. 

One nice feature is that it can be powered off usb, if you're using a computer.  I used this feature when I was running bfd off my macbook.  It also doesn't eat through batteries very quickly, each unit takes two AA's, and they seem to last a looong time. There is an led indicator that glows red if it is on with no signal, and green when the two units see each other.

I would like the on/off switches and the channel switch to be easier to read, it gets confusing on a dark stage.

Overall the widi is acceptable.  I've got wireless for less than 200 clams, and it does what I want.

Music / Re: hip hop garageband style
« on: November 01, 2007, 04:30:00 PM »

It says video was deleted......

ZenChat / Re: Traveling with the Zendrum
« on: October 30, 2007, 08:20:25 PM »
I got a pelican case for my td-20, and if I have to fly the Zen, will definitely pick up a pelican for that (the case, not the bird,).

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