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Tech Help / Piano/Bells, etc
« on: March 04, 2010, 08:44:37 PM »
So, I have been fooling around with Channel 2, 5 and 6. I get lots of cool sounds from strings, bells, organs, pianos, steel drums etc. BUT.. when I get something I like the sound of and try to get out of the [CH] and get to [PR] or [UP], I lose the sound I have and it switches to gongs, bells, or whatever, without my having changed any parameters. What gives?

And how can I progam this area? Apparently these sounds are built in to the zendrum. How can I change the notemap and put certain notes on certain triggers so I can play some strings, keys, etc, with the right notes? My group wants to try "Like Lovers Do" (Eurythmics), and I want to try and program the pads so I can play that string thing in the beginning. Is there any way to program these?

I am using the Z3 setup and have a Roland TD-10. The Roland does give me different sounds when I change the [PR] or the [UP]. Lots of different combinations too. I would like to figure out  (1) how to program these areas, and (2) how toget and keep the settings, sounds that I like. Any help would be appreciated.

Music / Top Secret Drum Corp
« on: February 26, 2010, 08:47:44 PM »
Check this out... this is pretty cool!
You may have seen/heard a “drum line” before but never one like this.
Watch the entire video at the link below because it gets progressively better throughout including the climatic ending.
The flaming sticks at the end are awesome.

ZenChat / Santana percussion
« on: December 27, 2006, 11:54:14 PM »
Hi All,

I have an opportunity to play percussion in a Santana tribute band. They have a drummer and a timbale player, and are looking for a "percussionist". Since I have been practicing the Zendrum, it appears to allow for an entire percussionist's ensemble! I am going to try playing with them to see if we are a fit, then take it from there.

My question is, does anyone have a site I can go to and check what exactly the percussionist is doing in each song, IE: what particular instrument they are playing at any given time, and when they change, to what instrument are they going to... that sort of thing?

I have been listening intently to a large selection of Santana songs, but it is difficult to determine what the drummer is doing, what the timbale is doing, and where the percussionist fits in. I grant you, some songs are easier to decipher than others. I want to be prepared for what I assume they want me for, when I try playing with them.

Am I being to anal? Should I just go and try some free lance percussion grooves and see how it works? I am a drummer by nature, tho I have some limited experience with congas and bongos. The Zendrum is opening up a new world for me... but I would like to enter this brave new world on my feet if possible!

 As some of you might remember, I was ready to give up and sell my Zendrum, I had gotten quite frustrated. But since I have dug in my heels and really grown to understand its capabilities, I am really enjoying myself! I mostly play my Roland drums and a TD-10 with a Blues/Oldies/Classic cover band, so this will be stepping out of character. I am planning on using the Zendrum more as I grow more comfortable with it. Can anyone give me some ideas? Thanks all!


Tech Help / Trigger set ups
« on: October 12, 2006, 11:08:48 PM »
Hi all,
I was wondering how everyone sets up there triggering? Do you keep the factory defaults, or do you set the triggers up according to some master plan?

I think I got off on the wrong foot when I intially started playing with mine. I tried a few different set ups, got frustrated, didn't make/have time to practice, and essentially stopped. Now I am going back to trying to master this, and I am interested in knowing HOW, and WHY, some set ups may be better than others. I know its an individual kinda thing, but I feel a bit lost. I think when I set mine up, I didn't have enough experience to know which triggers I want close to each other, which are better to have duplicated, and where, etc. The factory defaults sem to be ok, but I'd realy like to know how everyone has there's set up. Can we do this using the Annotations as described in the resource site?

Incidentally, when I first started playing the Zendrum, after a month I actually was gigging with it. But I never got comfortable, and found I was concentrating so much on the technical aspect of playing the instrument, I was not flowing, and just playing. I think I expected to master this too soon, and WAY too easily. Now that I've "grown up", I realise this is gonna take some time, and lots of work. So, if I am going to figure this out, I need help!

Thanks all

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