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Messages - peabody58

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ZenChat / Re: Do your maintenance!!
« on: May 28, 2010, 05:19:46 AM »
As posted back in 2/2009!!  (I demand royalties!!)


ZenChat / Re: Better or Worse?
« on: May 22, 2010, 04:40:45 AM »
At 52 years young, I have had to make a tough choice - do I want to play music and have fun; or play only the Zendrum once a week in church.  I tried the 'only' Zendrum band routine (for 3 painfully unsuccessful years), and alas, the area I'm in is not quite ready for that amount of enlightenment.  I envy those who find kindred souled musicians who can put together and sustain a Zen only project.

So I am back to the acoustics, with the Zendrum thrown in.  My new band is really appreciative of the Zendrum, and is always open to me playing it.  I currently use the Zendrum for 10 of our 46 song set list.  It is working out really well.  The audience loves the occasional change-up to the Zendrum, and since I've got the acoustics, I don't get any uneducated flack about not being a 'real' drummer (don't get me started on that).  Now I'm that cool drummer who also plays that 'weird thing', instead of that weird guy who plays with his that 'thing'.

So back to the original question.  For me I think that I play equally well but musically different on the Zendrum and the acoustics.  There are things I can do on the Zen that I can't do on the acoustics, and vice-versa.  Since I've rekindled my love for (and chops) for acoustics, I think I will always be a 'both' tool hybrid kind of guy.  I do look forward to upgrading my sound source from a TD-10exp to something more powerful, but for now, I'm quite pleased with my set-up.

Here's to the fun factor, and may we always be in time, cool and weird!!

Shameless plug:  Hindsight Band http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hindsight-Band/110253259011982?ref=ts&v=wall

ZenChat / Re: Taking my Zen into the studio for the first time!!!!
« on: April 17, 2010, 09:37:30 AM »
The new generation of chicks are now asking the question, "how many triggers do you have on YOUR Zendrum?"  It seems like the number of triggers is now very important. If you have a wireless rig, you can score too.  :-*

I've got a gig tonight where the Draken will be unleashed on an unsuspecting group of 'virgins'.  10 of our 44 songs are via the Zen - and I'm internal wireless.  Oh yeah - I'll be working the crowd tonight!!  8)  I'm getting paid to do this?! - it's just too crazy cool.

User Reviews / Re: Wireless MIDI
« on: April 10, 2010, 05:30:12 AM »
Looks interesting, but the Inspector hasn't offered a USB port (yet). 
The CME product line has been mentioned on the forum previously, with favorable responses.

Heck, Pyrate, just put the Jolly Roger in drydock and get the MIDIPro internal upgrade.  It's the cure for scurvy don't you know!

Media / Zendrummer Sighting
« on: March 30, 2010, 10:26:58 AM »
Wife and I vacationed last week at Disney World and I knew that I had to catch Matthew Antolick in action (hard to call it work) at EPCOT's Mo'Rockin performance.  Matt and the gang did not let us down.   It was interested how Matt used his left hand for the bass beat on the small top pad and right hand on the lower 8 pads a lot.  Totally opposite from how my brain/playing style works.  I'm going to need to start using those lower 8 a lot more.

Got tha chat a bit with Matt and swap cards.  He will soon be using his new Z4 once he has it all figured out.  His Z3 in the picture is very well used and road worn, but still fully functioning.  Now my front line never looked this good - tough gig you've got there Matt!

I believe there is another Zendrummer at the Animal Kingdom, but we didn't make it there this trip.  As we feed the Rat very well this time (joined the DVC), we'll be back soon for more sighting opportunities.  So here's a parting shot - Segwaying at Epcot, so much fun!!

ZenChat / Re: My Birthday Present....
« on: March 30, 2010, 10:03:14 AM »
OK all, here are the promised pictures of the Draken upgrade to internal wireless and volume knob.

Here is the volume knob.  The knob is easy to adjust, does not drift out of position, and has a lot of sensitivity on the low end.  Remember it is is adjusting the Zen's output, not your module putput, therefore the higher your module output is set at, then the wider the range of overall control.  I have found that at church, I need to set my module up a bit higher, and the volume knob around 1/4 - 1/2, and then throughout the service, adjust higher as the sound person tweaks me down in the FOH.

Here is the internal battey box.  This is so very cool!  The single 9V battery has lasted over 6 hrs of play time so far during rehersals.  Not having the external battery box, wireless midi, multiple batteries and cables to deal with is such a blessing.  Thank you 109 team for finally getting this option.

So how do they fit the MidJet Pro into the Zendrum?  Well as luck would have it, the antenna wire had come off of my unit, and after several frustraing days of only having a range of 10 ft, the Inspector and I spent some quality time together on the phone to trouble shoot and repair the DrakenWARNING - Do NOT attempt to open up your Zendrum without the express authorization of the Inspector, as this my void your warranty.   I have been into the belly of the beast before as 109 had me change out a Z4.2 board for the Z4.3 board last year.

Some more wood was carved out next to the Z.4.3 board, and the modified MidiJet Pro unit and stacked circuit boards are installed in this area.  More wires run off to the internal battery/switch.  You can see the gold end of the antenna wire near the bottom not connected.  The antenna wire reinstallation was delicate but successful.

Here is another open surgary picture.  Putting cable connectors back on can result in strange results for the Zendrum.  Took me three attempts to get everything correctly reconnected with good solid connections before the Draken was flying again.  Kudo's to 109 for his excellant support, especially since he was engrossed in the Oscars.

I have a wirless range of over 100 ft, through walls with no dropped notes.  I highly recommend this upgrade to anyone who is serious about being cable free.

ZenChat / Re: Zendrum Clinic
« on: March 21, 2010, 04:27:53 AM »
I'd be up to a GTG, work schedule permitting.

Tech Help / Re: Amplification for live
« on: March 09, 2010, 08:05:52 PM »
Would love to have the Bose set-up, but can't justify that $$$ (yet). 

I currently use 1 or 2 JBL EON G2 powered speakers depending on the gig.  These work very well and are easily handled.  I A/B'd the JBL EON G2's and Mackie 350's and found the JBL's more to my liking.  At pratcies, I have run a guitar, vocals and my Zendrum (TD-10exp) through the JBL (has 1 XLR and 2 1/4" inputs).  JBL also has (or did the last time I looked), an EON sub-woofer add-on with cross-over built in.

With drum sounds, you want to get a good low end sound - 15" speakers recommended. 

In the end, it's up to your ear, your wallent and your back.  Enjoy the ride.

Tech Help / Re: swishing brush sound on a td-20
« on: February 19, 2010, 01:30:08 PM »
And of course the Admiral is insisting on giving me her night orders in the middle of all this.

Thank God for midrates and Saturday sliders (after field day and fire drill of course)!

ZenChat / Re: Brushes on the Zendrum
« on: February 09, 2010, 02:48:55 PM »
Just making sure I understood that right, does the Z4 chip allow for additional sounds by swiping across the pads?

Whoa.  Hold on.


It is a change in sensitivity degrees only. 

Yeah, what he said.  All I know is that my Brush set-up 'sounds' and plays more realistically with the Z4 than my older Z3 did.  Sorry if I mis-represented the capabilities of the Z4 (which is awesome - get it now!).

ZenChat / Re: Brushes on the Zendrum
« on: February 09, 2010, 09:51:32 AM »
My floor Level is at 7.  I actually use a combination os several pads to create a sweeping brush sound. The sensitivity of the Z4 allows for me to lightly touch the edge of a pad, crating a soft brush sound, and by dragging my finger across it, the last pressure hit creates a louder brush sound.  Wehn combined just right, it is pretty close to a sweep.

ZenChat / Re: Brushes on the Zendrum
« on: February 08, 2010, 08:04:53 PM »
My TD-10exp has several nice brush sounds - snares, toms, cymbals; which I have tweaked to work with the Draken .  With the new Z4 chip, I can actually swipe a pad and get a realistic brush sweep sound.  I have set up a patch just for softer country songs needing brushes and occasional snare work.  Hpe this helps.

ZenChat / Re: cymbal choke
« on: February 07, 2010, 05:24:08 AM »
I was able to finally get cymbal choking to work with a TD-20.  It's not documented anywhere within their MIDI implementation, but they do respond to CC#123 (all notes off).  Simply assign your momentary switch to note #123 and you now have a panic switch.  Press it after hitting a cymbal and you have a fairly passable choke effect.  Is it perfect?  No.  Is it better than nothing?  You bet!   :)

I don't recall if the 3.0 boards allowed you to reassign the note number for the momentary switch or not, so I'm not sure if this works only for the Z4.

By the way, this technique will also probably work for any Roland module, not just the TD-20.  It also functions the same no matter which way you have the polarity set.

When the Draken returns from 'vacation' with the Inspector, I'll try this with my TD-10exp and report back.

I don't have a Zendrum, but... / Re: Some questions about wireless
« on: February 06, 2010, 07:41:34 PM »
... I am running a Roland TD-10, so I will probably have the same problem of non communication should I choose to go wireless. ...

The TD-10 is not impacted, only the TD-20.  They have already found a fix for it.  My Draken is getting my outboard wireless moved inside right now.  I never had a problem with my Wieless, Z4 and TD-10exp.  I'm really looking forward to no wireless units/battery box taped to my back.  Less things to worry about and only one battery to chage vs. 3.

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