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Messages - scvkiltie

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ZenChat / one handed zenning
« on: August 29, 2008, 04:59:38 pm »
Hello all, just thought I'd share my metamorphisis over the past few months... Battery 3 is sorta workin out, still can't figure out midi numbers and placings, but I have found an instructional dvd on Battery 3 that should really help.. will do a review when I get it. so now my live set up is as follows: right hand with stick plays the Roland spd-20, and the left hand plays the Zendrum, I also use a bass pedal going thru the Roland. People go nuts when they see this setup... the Roland is clamped to a heavy duty music stand... Zendrum is velcroed to a synth stand that I have custom reworked... Zendrum can be removed and slung on in a couple of seconds.. now for my question, on some of the Roland sets, the Zendrum drum set sounds stay the same on the left, however pads on the right some times mimmick the chordal sounds put out by the Roland ? If any one could help me put 23 sounds from the Roland into the Zen for a set up I would really be thankful, I will include a few pictures of this bad boy in a couple of days, scvkiltie

Tech Help / Battery 3 new set questions
« on: May 06, 2008, 07:13:41 pm »
Hello zenners... I have a few questions about battery 3... when creating a new set from scratch, once I assign the first trigger to the Zen no problem, however when I add another trigger, the first trigger also fires when the second trigger is pressed, I think it's in options, but I cannot find it.. sometimes 2 cells will light up, don't know why... secondly, when rearranging sounds in a loaded kit, how would you assign a sound to position A1? They seem to light up in haphazard areas, sometimes 2 or 3 cells will fire, and I cannot separate them... thirdly, how do give a cell 3 or 4 different sounds... perhaps I just need someones list of what is checked and unchecked... finally how do you make a loop start with 1 trigger tap and continue until the same trigger is pressed... this is a lot and thanks for all your help... Rob

Tech Help / my journey from total frustration to eternal bliss...
« on: April 13, 2008, 05:36:30 pm »
Hello, I received my new Zendrum a few weeks ago... the wait seemed to last forever... tried to fire up my Roland spd-20, nothing but frustration... however I knew this was not going to be my main engine for the Z-drum, so I didn't let it get to me... too much. I have received Battery 3 and Sonar 7 Producer,  so the next purchase was a screaming laptop to kick some a--, however the only a-- that kicked was mine... driver problems, computer freeze ups. Vista 64 basically not compatable with much of anything... after 3 days of noticing that I would come home from work and start drinking right away, I knew this was going to have to end... back to Best Buy to return windows laptop...  I was going to start drinking the Kool-Aid and go with a Mac Workbook, 2 gig memory, 160 meg hdrive.... well this best Buy doesn't sell Macs (not all stores do), the bi--- of a manager said all I could do was return it and pay a 15 % restocking fee... and click, she hung up... So I went on B Buy web site and  only a few stores in Ill. had a Mac in stock... I had a store 20 min. from the house, I called the Manager, and described my dilemma... he said not to worry, people bring back windows all the time for Macs... he would wave the restocking fee if I bought a Mac instead... well A'men to that Padre...got the Mac home... bang battery 3 loaded boom,  no problems... xiosynth synthesizer was found as a Midi input, boom, no problem... Midi interface loaded, boom no problem,Sonar 7 has to be loaded with boot camp (program that lets you divide your harddrive to have a separate amount of gig space for windows program... however, you need a windows xp w/ service pak 2, which is another $100.00 up yours Bill Gates.. at least for now... Garage Band is a wonderful program... Battery 3 works as a great plug in ,no problems.. I can save a tweaked set in battery 3 and/ or Garage band, I can go to loops, and play the Zdrum to any bass or any other loop to my hearts content.. I cannot express how nice it is... I even created a song, and it loaded to my Ipod library with out a hitch!!!! Now if any one can give me a few pointers on Battery 3... how do you assign zen pads to sounds, other than dragging then to the blank cell that lites up ?  How do you secure all the cells that light up to a pad.. for example, if 3 samples are used to make a sound, you need to copy all 3 cells over but sometimes this doesn't give the same sound.. lastly how do you program a loop to play until the pad is played again... right now it will play as long as I hold down the pad... sorry this is so long... but I had to get it off my chest... time for a drink...

Tech Help / Re: new zendrum arrived...roland spd 20 problems....
« on: March 28, 2008, 04:30:36 am »
Thanks for the info... your help is greatly appreciated.... picking up cable tonite... hopefully zenning into the early morning hours... is the fire wire faster than the usb? Thanks again, Rob

Tech Help / new zendrum arrived...roland spd 20 problems....
« on: March 27, 2008, 06:40:56 am »
Well it 's finally here... now for the technical stuff needed to play music... I was finally able to get a few sounds to play with the spd 20,  let's say I'm in set up map # 1, and spd 20 # 12, there are 8 sounds for that set, where do I go to program in more sounds ? Will the zendrum remember these sounds? Will I have to be on kit # 12 for the Zendrum to play the correct sounds when I go to map#1? The spd has over 700 sounds available, I would love to access these, and save them in the zendrums 16 maps... I'm staying home from work today to attempt to make some progress... any help would be most appreciated.  I also have Battery 3 on my computer, as well as a xiosynth 25 midi synth which goes thru a usb in the computer, what kind of cabling do I need for the zendrum to play Battery 3 out of the computer, I will be making my weekly trek to guitar center later today. Thanks, Rob

Tech Help / Re: Auxillary Controllers
« on: March 15, 2008, 03:12:38 pm »
Hello, I went the web site and did a search for 2-1 midi controller and came up empty... I'm waiting for my Zendrum to be delivered, so I picked up a xiosynth 25 keyboard, and would be very interested in following in your lead for control, any further info would be greatly appreciated, Rob

ZenChat / Re: new zendrum just ordered
« on: February 23, 2008, 05:37:18 pm »
Hello, yes I'm an old school drum corps guy, Guardsmen from Mount Prospect, il. 1968-74,76 Racine Kilties 1975,77,78 been an Instructor many years, now judge hs marching bands for csja... my wife was in Santa Clara  in1984, how do you like the Zendrum...

ZenChat / Re: Zap vs. other zendrums
« on: February 20, 2008, 09:29:40 am »
Well, the decision has been made...a new sapphire blue sunburst flame maple zx.... has anyone used the new Roland td-9 ?  how would that compare to the td-12..... I'm a little confused.  my spd-20 has 8 pads... when I hook up the Zendrum... what sounds are assigned to the other 16 pads... or do these have to be user assigned... Thanks, Rob

ZenChat / new zendrum just ordered
« on: February 18, 2008, 04:43:31 pm »
Hello, I've just ordered a new Blue Sunburst Flame Maple ZX, opened a Corona, put on some vintage Weather Report....  now all I have to do is wait...  and wait...  and wait....

ZenChat / Re: Zap vs. other zendrums
« on: February 05, 2008, 07:16:02 pm »
Hello, I guess I'm thinking about when I'm playing flam drags with my fingers, I use my middle and index finger for the flams, just as when I play flam ratamacues with my fingers, I also use the above fingers for the 32nd notes, this would be easily accomplished on the Zap, however a little tougher on the other models... which ever model I  purchase, I'm going to be using a Roland td-12 brain.... is anyone else using this model ? how is it working... Thanks

ZenChat / Zap vs. other zendrums
« on: February 05, 2008, 01:32:59 pm »
Hello, I have a Question, the new Zap has 19 pads.... the other zendrums have  more pads... am I losing some crearivity here due to the fewer number of pads... or am I  getting more flexibility due to the fact that the Zap has the 3 1/4 plugs which are not on the other models... Thanks for any help... I'm looking to purchase within the next few weeks... Scvkiltie

ZenChat / Re: 2001 vs. 2007
« on: November 26, 2007, 08:45:17 pm »
i'm not really sure what a datawheel model is.... is this a mechanical switch vs, a newer electronic switching method? Scvkiltie

ZenChat / 2001 vs. 2007
« on: November 26, 2007, 01:16:58 pm »
Hello, are there any differences on a Zendrum made in 2001 vs. a new model.... What is involved in updating the older model...eg. costs, software etc... Thanks, Rob

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