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ZenChat / A HAPPY BIRTHDAY wish to...
« on: December 01, 2010, 09:29:29 AM »

Happy Birthday, buddy.  I hope your 22nd ( ;)) birthday is a wonderful day filled with balloons, pony rides, and clowns with squirting-flower pins galore.

Everybody, let's pitch in and buy Shark a Birthday Edition ZX just for fun.  I can pitch in a few bucks...! ;D

Happy Day, my friend.


ZenChat / Re: A Word or Three of Immense Gratitude
« on: November 30, 2010, 09:20:53 AM »
Pyrate has agreed not to attack my ships if they happen to be in his waters in exchange for the secret BFD information... I gotta look out for my booty!

We talked a bit about some of the "deeper" elements of sound design in BFD, and I plan to come up with some sort of tutorial materials concerning dynamics control, mixer stuff (EQ, compression, mic settings) in the not-too-distant future.

As always, happy to help, because I myself have been bailed out by some pretty generous and knowledgeable Zendudes in the past myself!  It's great to be part of such a sharing group.

New idea:

ZenWiki  :) :D ;D


ZenChat / Re: And your Zendrum set-up consists of...
« on: November 28, 2010, 12:11:44 PM »
I am pretty late in replying here... I hope this helps!

One addition you may want to consider that I don't think has been specifically addressed here is an audio interface from your computer.  You can run your audio out from the 1/8" headphone jack, but it's a pretty poor signal compared to what you'll get from a dedicated audio interface.  It also takes some load of your CPU to be running audio processing outboard.  MOTU seems to be the unit of choice (I chose the UltraLite MK3, there are others) and I think M-Audio has some units as well.  There are lots and lots of them out there, you just need to decide how much flexibility you're looking for with routing.

Some of the main benefits in features are:
-Balanced outputs (balanced lines, like XLR and TRS, run 3 conductors per side: +, -, ground, while unbalanced lines, like headphone outs, run 2 per side: + and ground.  The 3 conductors on a headphone plug are R+, L+, combined ground)
-Hotter, higher-fidelity signal
-Flexible output connections (TRS, XLR, etc.) for compatibility with different sound reinforcement systems
-Multi-channel outs for outboard mixing
-Some units have EQ, crossover, etc. processing

Another thing you might consider is an external FireWire hard drive for your sample data.  The issue is not so much with SPACE as it is with the transfer path.  Separating your OS/application bus from the bus transferring your sample data really cleans up your computer's operations.

I will credit my friend John Emrich for much of this knowledge; he's the resident expert in the field.


ZenChat / Re: Belated thank you to ZDHQ et al
« on: November 25, 2010, 12:59:23 PM »
Well said, my brother.

And Happy Thanksgiving to you all!


Tech Help / Re: Novice needs help getting started...
« on: November 25, 2010, 12:57:14 PM »
Perhaps Zendrumdude could find his way to give the Olde Salt a call or vice versa.

Fair Winds and Following Seas,

You bet Pyrate, I would be honored to make your acquaintance via phone or iChat.  Let's figure out how best to communicate.  I have PMed you my number.  Disclaimer: I may not be able to help- but I will sure try!


Tech Help / Re: Changing patches using the Zendrum's buttons?
« on: November 25, 2010, 12:52:34 PM »
Is there anyway to send program changes TO the Zendrum from a foot switch or MIDI foot controller?

Alas, no.  The Zendrum's midi in is just data in- not a true midi input.


ZenChat / Belated thank you to ZDHQ et al
« on: November 25, 2010, 12:32:10 PM »
Hey All (I mean Y'ALL!),

I wanted to write a public thank you to a few folks for a once-in-a-lifetime experience I had earlier this month.

Being from the great white wasteland of the north, it just didn't seem like I would EVER be able to get over to ZDHQ and see 109 and Gina at the birthplace of the Zendrum, but it just so happened that I had a conference to go to in Atlanta a few weeks ago.  I began e-mailing with David to set up plans for a visit.

When I finally got there (harrowing experience on several subways and an hour lost in a cab, but that's another story...) I was immediately family.  Seriously, handshakes, hugs, a glass of wine in one hand and 109's ZX in the other.  It was so cool to finally meet these people I have "known" via phone and e-mail for over 13 years now.  I saw Futureman's ZX, The Mayor's old one, and so many more pieces of Zendrum history.  David even took down ZX #0001 for me to check out.  And, mimicking the way the Zendrum reaches back to the past while pushing toward the future, after seeing and touching all this history, I got to play on the prototype ZenDrive.  David was so willing to let me jam on his stuff and share opinions.  I told him then... try doing that at the Roland/Alesis/Yamaha/XYZ factory someday!  We hung out until the wee hours of the morning, and I was sorry to have to go.

The next day was just as amazing.  David got me in touch with my new Zenbuddy Dr. Shark.  Doc picked me up at the subway platform and we had a great time eating, chatting, jamming, talking gear, etc. etc. etc.  Dr. and Mrs. Shark were so incredibly welcoming and friendly- again, I felt like new family down there.  In fact, my wife and I are already planning a return trip to see the Sharks.  Later, Doc and I went to ZDHQ again, and again, the jams, the brainstorms, the camaraderie that everyone on this forum is all about.  Dr., 109, and I were shooting the Zenbreeze while Gina was online talking with Rob and some other ZD guys- it was just so cool to be a witness to the real deal with the real guys at the real place.

To David, Dr. Shark, the Misses-es (?), and all the other folks and musicians I met:  THANK YOU.  I had a wonderful time and consider myself lucky to know all of you.


ZenChat / Re: Changes in 2011
« on: November 25, 2010, 12:12:09 PM »
I've seen it, I've heard it, I've tweaked it, I've played it.  This thing is KILLER.  Seriously killer.  I was blown away.

Anybody wanna buy some drums so I can get one?  Please???


ZenChat / Re: TONAL Zen
« on: November 06, 2010, 09:43:11 AM »
Yeah, I think there are lots of posts here throughout the years on this topic.  Search for "melodic."

For me, the key piece in making melodic sounds work on the Zendrum are the sustain and decay parameter settings on your synth module.  You'll want to mess with these for each sound you choose to use.  Set the polarity for the sus switch on your Zendrum so the notes sustain indefinitely, and use the synth module to tailor the length.  Melodic percussion really works well, since in real instrument performance you are not able to control note length the way you can on piano, organ, etc.

Another thing that works for me is to use a sustain pedal and play synthesizer sounds (saw leads, for example) and set the polyphony to "1".  That means each note cuts off the last one.  This works really well for funky synth leads.

Good luck!


Media / Re: Pics of latest gig
« on: August 09, 2010, 08:15:00 AM »
DUDE, the guy standing next to you is wearing a Dream Theater shirt!  That's awesome.


ZenChat / Re: The Merits of Backing Up your A's with your Z...?
« on: August 09, 2010, 08:11:59 AM »
When I first started playing Zendrum, I was in college and was playing in a VERY busy band... we did a 2- night weekend stint every weekend, 4-5 hours a night, sometimes up to 4 nights a week, all over the state and a neighboring state occasionally.  To ease myself into playing the Zendrum (and bandmates, and listeners...) I used to play it for the first of our 4 sets, or sometimes the first of 3 sets (depending on how the venue had their music schedule set up).  The band was a trio, and one of the other guys liked it and one guy didn't, so it was a compromise.  It really wasn't any extra gear- Zendrum -> Module -> PA.  It was 2 extra units, both small and light.

I have not done this for several years (and wouldn't at this point) but I am glad I did- I learned a lot.  And I am still playing with the guy that likes it- we had a rehearsal (Zendrum) yesterday! (We have been playing together since 1994!)


ZenEdit / Re: ZenEdit: The Z4 Computer Interface
« on: July 29, 2010, 09:15:32 AM »
One idea, maybe being able to select a range of triggers and then transpose them up or down?


THAT would be AWESOME!!!  Please add, when you're ready to put up a new update.  This way, we melodic players could build a scale how we want, and then easily make the same scale/mode in different keys.



ZenEdit / A quick thanks to DrumWagon
« on: July 23, 2010, 07:58:55 AM »
Hey All,

I just wanted to publicly thank DrumWagon for this fantastic software, and for his tireless tech support and all the updates these past days.  I am amazed at how fast DW gets back to me with tech help, and he'll have an update with issues solved minutes or even seconds later.  Personally, I think the dude is actually an android (think Data from Star Trek TNG!) but I have no proof... YET. >-D

Thank you DrumWagon.


ZenEdit / Re: Anyone know a good Sysex app for Mac?
« on: July 21, 2010, 12:14:53 PM »

DrumWagon helped me out with this (thanks so much DW!) and we discovered that Sysex Librarian works just fine... my lame cheap USB-Midi interface was the culprit.  When I used my MOTU instead, it worked perfectly.  If you're having issues with your sysex, try a better midi interface!


ZenEdit / Anyone know a good Sysex app for Mac?
« on: July 20, 2010, 07:50:48 AM »
Hi Guys,

I bought Zenedit the second I heard about it, and it is so awesome... get it!  BUT, I can't get it working yet as far as importing my old setups via sysex.  DrumWagon and I have been working on it (me fumbling and him giving sage advice!) and it seems that Sysex Librarian isn't reading the Zendrum's sysex properly.

Anyone know of a good (free ;)) sysex application for Mac?  Preferably one someone has imported/exported files with in ZenEdit?

Thanks.  When I get this working I will share my info too.


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