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ZenChat / Re: Foot pedal velocity
« on: October 27, 2006, 10:55:11 PM »
very cool way to think outside the box or the bass drum in this case ;D

ZenChat / Re: My Zen Has arrived! I have a silly question. . .
« on: October 20, 2006, 06:28:48 PM »

My Laptop is perfectly symmetrical even if I played it upside down when will you all learn


ZenChat / Re: Let's talk about portability for a sec...
« on: October 18, 2006, 03:36:46 PM »
Yep it's fun I have a similar set-up with a Roland PMA-5 I picked up on E-bay and a rechargeable amp.  The PMA-5 is a great little module only about the size of a paperback it has limited sounds but what it does have sound very good  and it has a tone of features for it's size.  It was designed for song-writing on the go and if if you've never seen one think of a midi palm pilot they quit making it a number of years back and no-one really created anything like it  to bad really allot of fun

Best of luck sounds like you have a great project that really fits in with your musical style you want to work with that's rare enjoy it please remember to share it when you can

I use one quite a bit I originally used a RC-20 but upgraded I mostly use it for guitar but it works very well and has very good sound.  Things are also very tough my 20 was abused badly and never had a issue with performance

yep thats how I do it I have five modules the zen drum a keyboard and midi foot pedals all hooked up to a MOTU for all different combinations the control modules in my rack include

1. Alesis  DM pro
2. Alesis DM5
3. Yamaha motif ES rack
4. Roland SPD-20
5. Roland SP-606 Sampler

I also have a Macintosh Mini computer hooked into it also for computer software and it works very well so far

hope that helps


ZenChat / Re: Hey everyone, I'm back!!!
« on: October 06, 2006, 09:08:37 PM »
welcome back which module you using ?

ZenChat / Re: New software
« on: October 06, 2006, 12:09:08 PM »
Thanks for passing this on I had not heard of them before


Music / Re: You can buy my stuff at itunes.com!!!!
« on: September 29, 2006, 05:48:14 PM »
Congrats , You the man big time I'll go buy some just because your on it now
 do you get a % for all songs or a flat rate.

All right Geo you sold at least one Album man,  congrats again Juggling monkeys huh how much alcohol was consumed before that title came out???

ZenChat / Re: Just recieved my Zendrum...
« on: September 14, 2006, 06:41:26 PM »
welcome and have fun I would second the comment about looking at the earlier post we all kind of lay out our basic setup on that link and as you'll see you already have some of the basics 

ZenChat / Re: Playing things other than drums...
« on: September 04, 2006, 07:37:44 PM »
Oh yeah I play mine about half the time with strange mixes of percussion world music and melody and loops of just about every-kind.  That's one of the reasons I love it I have so much flexibility and the zen is a great trigger for anything including voice loops and things like that if you want to add them and DJ or just jam.   ;D

thats one of the main reasons I use a Yamaha Motif ES rack to get so many different sound libraries  I also trigger a Roland SPD-20 with sticks and a it gets used for everything also  One of my favorite sets I use in the Zen is a stand up Bass  and steel drum with a strange oboe like instrument to close it out ;D

ZenChat / Re: The final decision
« on: September 01, 2006, 06:33:13 PM »
Hey if you get a laptop you don't have to hold it upside down or stand on your head nothing.  Just something to think about ;D

Just kidding it's all good who knows maybe someday us laptop players won't be the minority

ZenChat / Re: All they need to do is see....
« on: August 25, 2006, 04:28:00 PM »
That reminds me of the credit card add on TV

 ;D A singer that has to eat there own arrogant words - PRICELESS ;D

Maybe it's the Zen's band now and she'll have to ask it nicely if she can sing along now

ZenChat / Re: Garageband / Zendrum
« on: August 25, 2006, 04:22:40 PM »
are there any software settings or tricks to reduce the latency? thanks again

All I found to help was  limiting what your running as much as possible and that included some custom built sets with out a lot of extra drums etc really helped when there was not a need to have forty drums mapped with a zen limit on sounds the latency was minimal on my system though unless I had everything going you really don't notice it on a keyboard because of the slow trigger nature the zen can trigger much faster I kinda just ignore it when I am doing simple stuff it does get annoying if you do complicated rolls or other repetitive fast work overall I found it pretty good though for a stripped down latin or world drum set and the sounds were pretty tight

ZenChat / Re: Garageband / Zendrum
« on: August 24, 2006, 03:44:42 PM »
Jeff I set mine up the same way and it worked  without anything other than tweaking I'll check my settings but it was pretty straightforward I went to a module just because of the speed and flexibility on the module the Mac worked well with some minor latency concerns


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