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Messages - JimmyTheSaint

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ZenChat / Re: ZenDrum mini?
« on: April 09, 2014, 07:53:15 PM »
How is the Launchpad Mini's playing response and sensitivity for finger drumming?

Yes, KMI's stuff is inconsistent. I'm unable to program the QuNexus's controller layer from any computer, and the dev has no troubleshooting advice. And my QuNeo's rotating controllers have a nice fingerdrumming sensitivity that none of the 16 square pads has. You do have to bear down on the sliders more than you'd like to. Meanwhile, the QuNexus's sensitivity would make the older QuNeo much more usable. Apparently, they changed technology between the two devices. I asked precisely that question on the KMI forums after buying the QuNexus and before buying the QuNeo, but the answer they gave me was wrong. I think they don't comprehend how sensitive our fingers have become from playing ZenDrum triggers.

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ZenChat / Re: ZenDrum mini?
« on: March 30, 2014, 10:01:23 AM »
I picked up a QuNexus, and the playing response is actually not bad. It's a little bit more cramped than I wanted, but it does have other uses, plus it's really small and light and USB powered. I was so happy with it, I bought a QuNeo, which is partially designed (its 4 x 4 array) for finger drumming, but it's much less sensitive than the QuNexus so that you can't tap it to play, rather, you have to whack it. It will suit some people, but it's useless to me as a drum controller, although I can use it for other things.

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ZenChat / BFD is better live than NI drummers?
« on: March 30, 2014, 07:44:23 AM »
Do people feel that BFD (2 or 3) is better for live playing than NI's drummers? For me, NI Studio Drummer has a good response and sounds good, but BFD's nuance and sound (especially the cymbals') are a little better, but enough to make me permanently prefer BFD. Sound quality might simply be a matter of taste, and maybe I could do more tweaking in NI. But it seems to me that BFD is objectively more sensitive to live playing nuances. Do people agree with that, or does it once again depend on personal taste? I think the difference in responsiveness might only be noticeable to Zendrummers.

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I've been testing out REAPER from http://www.reaper.fm/index.php, and it's working very well. It's lightweight and inexpensive.

I must say, NI's Studio Drummer doesn't sound nearly as good as BFD, and I spent a good amount of time tweaking.

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Thanks, but I'm afraid even my MBR is Windows. Can anyone recommend the most lightweight DAW for Windows?

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Yes, standalone. So is a DAW the only way? I really don't want to install and learn yet another software package, especially if I don't need the bulk of a DAW's capabilities. Is there some minimal DAW out there?

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Tech Help / best way to use multiple drum softwares at the same time?
« on: March 02, 2014, 08:55:18 PM »
To use BFD2 on my Macbook Retina and still get system audio, I had to install a USB audio device (Roland MK2 Duo). That's because ASIO won't allow the system and BFD2 to use the same WDM device at the same time. I've also started using Kontakt 5's drummers, and ASIO requires Kontakt, BFD, and the system to each have exclusive control over their WDM device.

I guess I can add yet another physical USB audio device, but is there any other, perhaps more convenient way? Is there a way to enable BFD and Kontakt to share the same ASIO out? If I add a third physical audio out, I'll have to add a mixer because my monitors only have two simultaneously usable inputs.

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Tech Help / Re: map sustain switch to BFD automation?
« on: February 17, 2014, 09:07:16 PM »
At the bottom of the GUI you will see the learn button.  All you do is press it and you will see a lot of items turn green.  Click on the panic button, push the sustain button and you will see a value show up.  Click learn again to turn off the green indicators and you are good to go.
This was quite straightforward to do on BFD2, but it simply had no effect. The "64" continues to show on top of my panic button when in learn mode, the MIDI message indicator continues to verify CC 064, vel 0, ch 10 when I press the momentary switch, but cymbals continue to ring out. Yet, when I use the mouse to press the panic button in the interface, it correctly does the poor man's choke. Any suggestions how to troubleshoot?

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Tech Help / Re: BFD3, pedals, choke, volume knob
« on: February 16, 2014, 06:23:41 AM »
Yes, I want to cut off all sounds--a poor man's choke.

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Tech Help / Re: BFD3, pedals, choke, volume knob
« on: February 16, 2014, 01:01:04 AM »
I asked a similar question at Fxpansion's forum here:

http://www.fxpansion.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7579484

because I wanted to use the ZenDrum's momentary switch for BFD2's panic! function as a kind of choke. That forum's quite active, but after four months, there's still no response. Maybe someone here has an idea?


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ZenChat / Re: ZenDrum mini?
« on: January 22, 2014, 12:53:17 AM »
Something like the Zap or Zap^2?
Something significantly smaller and more convenient and ergonomic: under 1lb., requiring only one cable to be plugged into a laptop to use, a curved pad layout to lie under one's palm.

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ZenChat / ZenDrum mini?
« on: January 21, 2014, 10:43:52 PM »
Has there ever been any consideration for a "ZenDrum mini"? I'm thinking a tabletop unit with maybe up to ten triggers that you put next to your laptop and play one-handed. It would have a more "palm friendly" shape and layout, like my LT. If it weighed under 1lb., I would really love to be able to tote something like this around along with my laptop. To actually be useful in that case, it would need to be free of AC power. One USB port that powers it from the laptop and that's also the MIDI connection would do it. Eliminate the user interface stuff entirely to save power, weight, and space, instead providing a software utility that for the LED readout and parameter selection. The idea is: cheap, light and portable, yet usefully playable.

Is this feasible as a custom job, or would it require so much re-engineering that it would be too costly?

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ZenChat / Re: request: backup sound module recommendations
« on: December 07, 2013, 09:02:58 PM »
Thanks. I forgot about latency. Does anyone know if these modules' MIDI connections will give a feel as good as using BFD2 on my MacBook Retina? For my present backup purposes, any delay that you can sense while you're playing would be worse than mediocre drum sounds.

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ZenChat / Re: ZMP
« on: December 05, 2013, 06:12:17 AM »
What's the difference between the X and the vanilla ZMP?

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ZenChat / ZMP
« on: December 05, 2013, 03:41:56 AM »
Any ballpark estimates on when the ZMP will be available and how much it will cost?

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