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Messages - peabody58

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I currently use my JBL EON G2's when it is just the Zendrum.  For my band's PA, we have Carvin LS1202 monitors (awesome thump), Peavey SP5 FOH and as needed for larger gigs, we add a JBL EON 518S.

Really small gigs, I just set up the JBL EON G2's as FOH, and have had really good vocal clarity and low end response.

The future still has the QSC K series on the radar, but need to pay for the Zendrumdrive first.

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ZenChat / Re: Can someone describe the 4.0 chip in more detail for me?
« on: February 08, 2013, 02:43:38 pm »
I've had the older V3 Zen, and then did a custom build with the V4 chip.  IMO the sensitivity and over all response  was greatly improved with the new chip.  I currently find that it is not my Zendrum that is limiting, but instead my sound module (Roland D-10exp).  So much so that I am making the transition to a Zendrumdrive.  I never tapped the full potential of the V3 chip, and was very pleased with my older Zendrum, but the new features of the V4 chip are IMO well worth the investment.  Feel free to email Inspector 109 (aka Zendrum.com) and he will help you technically more than I can. 

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ZenChat / Re: FORUM IS BACK!
« on: January 29, 2013, 11:24:48 pm »
So many questions, so little time.  Looking forward to more creative interactions, especially once my Zendrumdrive Tour with ZenEdit arrives next week.

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ZenChat / Re: Drunks
« on: January 21, 2012, 07:44:02 am »
Being wireless, I intermingle with the crowd during my Zen time.  Eventually, some drunk chick will have to 'touch'  and 'tap' on my pads.  I tolerate it only because most of those chicks are really hot looking!!   8)

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Music / Re: Exit the soundman, enter the zendrummer....
« on: January 06, 2012, 09:41:44 am »
Well with several successful gigs under our belt, everyone is very happy with our new sound system....  except me.

I'm just not feeling the low end thump in the FOH that I envision this system should be able to provide.  Being stuck behind the trap set for most of the night doesn't afford me the opportunity to fine adjust the input EQ's.  When I'm out front with the Zendrum, there are some TD-10 patches which cut through the mix and you can feel the bass, others not so well.  Plus the bass player switches between a bass guitar and a stand-up bass, and the settings are not identical.

So torn between saving for a Zendrum Drive, or getting more low end...  I went for the instant gratification route.

Scored a like new JBL EON 518S Subwoofer for 1/2 retail.  Gotta love starving young musicians!

With the new sub, hopefully all of our sound optimization concerns will be behind us.  Plus, the EON sub will work great with my JBL EON G2's for those occasions I need to use something different.


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Music / Exit the soundman, enter the zendrummer....
« on: November 26, 2011, 08:03:35 am »
Hello all, thought I'd share my band's sound system story, enjoy.

Our band has been struggling with stage and FOH sound for the last 2 years. We are your average garage band (5 members) that play out ~ 2 times a month.  Classic/southern rock, blues, country.  Our sound system has been a rag tag set of misc heavy old pieces with the heart being an older Mackie 1604-VLZ mixer board.  We brought on a sound man 6 months ago with the hopes that he would figure everything out and we could focus on our music.  We'll this dude turned out to be tone deaf, incompetent, never read any of the manuals.  Every gig/rehearsal was a setup nightmare as he never labeled anything, and he would tweak everything a million time a night.

Fortunately he saw the writing on the wall and resigned the day before we were going to fire him a few weeks ago.  We only kept him this long as he was a friend of our former bass player.  I stepped up and spent considerable time analyzing our equipment, color coding signal block diagrams, setting up the mixer properly, labeling everything, etc, etc.  The band was amazed by the progress in sound quality and control, but several issues still remained.  The equipment was heavy, bulky, old and some of it in disrepair, and the mixer pots were dirty creating unpredictable dead spots.  Although the band was happier with the results, my impression was less than glowing, and at 54 yo, I just want to plug and play without all the drama, frustration and heavy lifting.  Life is short, play well while you still can is my philosophy.  So I took my personal band proceeds from the last year and bought a new sound system for the band.  It's only money right!

Here's were it gets fun.  Our goal - Easy, light, no more trailer, good sound, US built when possible.  I've always been impressed by Peavey products, and with a local dealer in the area, I was able to get great support and prices.

Here's our new set-up:

10x4 Roadie Pullover Rack Case (new from eBay) holding:
- Furman Power Conditioner
- Peavey XR1212 Powered Mixer (powers floor monitors)
- BBE 462 for FOH (previously had)
- Peavey IPR 1600 Amp for the FOH speakers
- (2) Speakon 30' Cables for FOH speakers

Speakers:
- Peavey SP5 Speaker Pair [FOH]  I can upgrade these to SP2's within a year and get full $$ credit.
- (3) Passive 12" Monitors (Crate/Panasonic)[previously had]
- (1) Peavey Active 12" Floor Monitor [previously had]  May not need as I'm looking at using ear buds.
- (2) JBL EON G2 15" Active Speakers [previously had]; we'll use these for larger venues to expand the sound to the rear of the room.

Out first rehearsal with the new system went well with one issue of concern. Amp 1 had no low end, lousy tone, and everything had to be cranked up twice as much on Amp 1 vs. Amp 2.  Took the board back to the dealer.  Turns out the Feedback Ferret for Amp 1 had locked in all of it's filters.  This was the one thing I didn't turn off when we we're trying to figure out the issue.  Lesson Learned - always have the Feedback Ferret off when initially setting levels.

We are so happy with the simplified compact light setup of our system.  We cut our sound weight by close to 400 lbs, and our sound size by 70%; while improving our quality, low end and capabilities several times over.  Setup/tear down is now 5 -10 min vs. 30 - 45 min.  Really looking forward to cranking up the SP5's at our first gig next week.

As the band's drummer/zendrummer, I never had to worry about the sound system before, but now I'm the man who control the 'suck' button.  We're still working out the optimal EQ/EFX settings while still controlling feedback, but that will come with a few gigs under our belt.

Thanks for reading, I'll post some pics later.

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ZenChat / Re: Batteries!!!!!
« on: July 15, 2011, 06:37:59 am »
When I had an external wireless, I went through a lot of batteries, both in the wireless unit and in the battery supply box.  But now with the internal wireless and only one battery to contend with, a can go several gigs without having to change a battery.

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ZenChat / Re: On/Off Switch Cover
« on: June 24, 2011, 02:43:26 pm »
Why don't you contact me directly and I'll try to help figure this out with you. 109

What he said!  I still occasionally bump mine to 'off', but these days it's due to operator error vs. design/placement.

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ZenChat / Re: Shipping Zendrum
« on: June 12, 2011, 04:36:43 am »
Hope you saved the original box your Z3 came in.  If not, FedEx will fix you up with a decent packaging.

Once you get your Z4 upgrade, SAVE the box.  You will need that when you return the Z4 for an Internal Wireless upgrade, a volume knob upgrade and more pads upgrade.  ;D

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I don't have a Zendrum, but... / Re: Zendrum demo in Chicagoland area?
« on: February 25, 2011, 08:43:17 am »
Timing didn't work out for a side visit, sorry.  Not to despair though, I haven't moved out of state - yet!

If you're ever in Central ll (Bloomington/Normal), let me know.

Regarding your new Zendrum - be patient.  Let your natural rhythm and ergonomics determine what position / setup is best for you.  I wear mine like a guitar, where as other wear theirs almost upright.

Give yourself 30 days of DAILY practice playing along to many different musical styles.  Openly experiment with different pad set-ups; who says you can't have 6 snares?  You will find an overall set-up that works for you.

My 'walla' moment happened around day 12 when I realized my brain was wired Right hand 1/3 count, Left hand 2/4 count.  From there everything fell into place as far as my set-up.

Best of luck, and have fun.  There is no wrong way to do it.

Tom.

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ZenChat / Re: Where do you live?
« on: February 15, 2011, 07:07:16 am »
Clinton, IL - in the middle of the corn desert.  Playing gigs with acoustics and Zendrum in Bloomington/Normal and surrounding towns.

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I don't have a Zendrum, but... / Re: Zendrum demo in Chicagoland area?
« on: January 31, 2011, 05:43:53 am »
I'm jumping - up and down and - up and down.....

Always up to sharing the Draken.  Let me know.  I'll be up in Downers Grove in a few weeks visiting mom, you anywhere near there?

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Tech Help / Re: Want to be able to power my Zendrum with a battery box....
« on: December 18, 2010, 05:43:10 am »
Wireless Midi Pics.  PS - I had permission from Inspector 109 to open up the belly of the beast for an authorized antenna wire reattachment.  Do not do this yourself!!

Battery Box:


Internal MIDI unit:


Internal Z4 and MIDI unit:


Volume control knob:


End result - priceless!!!   8)

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Tech Help / Re: Want to be able to power my Zendrum with a battery box....
« on: December 17, 2010, 08:56:51 am »
Treat yourself to an internal wireless MIDI unit from Zendrum.  It is awesome and the battery lasts forever!!

Save your DIY for your Zendrum technique!!   ;D

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ZenChat / Re: How Many Zendrums?
« on: November 12, 2010, 07:28:55 am »
As of today, November 11, 2010:
The short answer is 1263 Zendrums are out there in the world.

Thank you for the update Gina, I was telling people over 2000. 

So I've had 2 of these, I have the longest build time, and I also have the only known Zendrum with customized mother of pearl in-laying, sweet!  Only 284 more gigs and the Zen will have paid for itself!! (We play for beers ;D)

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