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Messages - JimmyTheSaint

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ZenChat / request: backup sound module recommendations
« on: November 03, 2013, 07:38:39 PM »
I'd like to buy a sound module to keep as a backup whenever my Mac isn't available to use BFD2. I'm looking for convenient, and will go beyond cheap if it's worth it. I'd at least like to get as close to the feel of BFD's 128 layers as possible, and can sacrifice the number and variety of patches: I don't need to be picky about the sound as long as it sounds generally like a drum kit. I don't really know this kind of gear, but I suspect if I want BFD-like playing response, I have to pay more, and the unneeded extra sounds and functions will be included in the higher price. But I do really want a small footprint: if I have to go 19" rackmount form factor just to stay in the ballpark of what I want, I won't bother because then I might as well use my keyboard/workstation's drum sounds.

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Tech Help / Re: map sustain switch to BFD automation?
« on: October 07, 2013, 03:46:02 AM »
The DAW solution looks like a lot more than I need. Actually, BFD2's panic function will cut off all audio, including ending any groove that is playing. I still really would like to have the momentary switch activate panic. So when I have the Panic parameter mapped to CC 64, I need to solve the problem of why BFD doesn't respond with Panic when it receives velocity 000 for CC 64 on channel 10.

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Tech Help / Re: map sustain switch to BFD automation?
« on: October 06, 2013, 09:15:40 PM »
Oh, right, midi note off obviously won't cut off audio once the note's begun. I'm just trying to find some use for my momentary switch, which just sits idle because I'll never use my ZenDrum melodically since I have a nice keyboard. Also, in my symmetrical layout I have no triggers left to devote to a real choke. I'll probably end up making left-handed and right-handed layouts that use the opposite side for percussion, chokes, etc.

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Tech Help / Re: map sustain switch to BFD automation?
« on: October 06, 2013, 06:49:18 PM »
Yes, for now cut off all active sounds. I tried my first plan: programming the switch to CC 64 and mapping that to panic in BFD's automation section. BFD's midi inspector verifies correctness, but I'm still not getting note off action. I also tried all three automation modes (continuous, toggle, and switch).

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Tech Help / Re: map sustain switch to BFD automation?
« on: October 06, 2013, 06:18:27 PM »
Thanks. I was misreading the 5-sided graphic as corresponding to the momentary switch. Also, I expected the switch to be in the center of those three at the bottom, surrounded by the two jacks. I programmed the nested concentric circles as recommended. It blinks now in ZenEdit, and I verify in BFD that it receives "CC [123], Val [000], Ch [10]," but I'm not getting any note off action. The hihat continues to ring out. I've un-mapped BFD's panic function. Can you tell me what I'm missing now? For now, I'd rather use my otherwise unused momentary switch than dedicate triggers to choke.

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Tech Help / map sustain switch to BFD automation?
« on: October 06, 2013, 05:46:40 AM »
I want to have my sustain button trigger BFD's panic function to use as a choke just as John Emrich suggests in one of his videos. As I read the manual, it says the sustain button can put out CC 64. So in ZenEdit, I set the button's value to "sustain" (64), set its channel to 10 like all my other triggers, verify that its MIDI message is "control change," and upload the SysEx, but I still can't detect any MIDI information happening as a result of pressing my sustain button. When I press it, ZenEdit doesn't register anything, and neither does BFD's MIDI inspector. In fact, the sustain button only shows in ZenEdit when I select "Show unused items," even after programming it.  I've tried toggling its polarity, but that makes no difference. I think I know what to do on the BFD side (drop the "Panic" parameter onto CC 64 on the automation page),  but I need to verify what's coming out of the sustain button. What am I missing here?

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ZenChat / playing two at the same time?
« on: September 23, 2013, 08:59:41 PM »
Does anyone have experience with setting up two Zendrums for playing simultaneously? I'm trying to think of a setup where you could play both comfortably for a long time just to have more sounds and redundant locations available. I only have one, but I play my LT on a stand next to a keyboard. Comping keyboard with Zendrum works well enough, but it soon gets uncomfortable so that you don't want to do it too long.

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Tech Help / Re: power on 24/7 ok?
« on: September 09, 2013, 08:36:55 PM »
Still though, why leave it turned on?  It only takes a few seconds for it to come online once you flip the switch.
My wife would be giving me sideways looks for wasting electricity like that  ???
It's really very specific to my situation. In my particular workspace that I've worked out to be best, the arrangement of switches, power strips, wall outlets, and gear makes it so that it's more convenient than you'd ordinarily think to never have to muck with turning this switchless Zendrum LT off and on. And for some electronics and lights, switching off and on too often is actually more costly than leaving it on.

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Tech Help / Re: power on 24/7 ok?
« on: September 08, 2013, 06:25:40 AM »
Thanks for verifying. I mean, with no moving parts or heat generation I thought turning it off and on might even be more wear and tear on the electronics than simply leaving it on.

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Tech Help / power on 24/7 ok?
« on: September 08, 2013, 04:31:34 AM »
Even when I'm not playing my LT, I want to leave it powered on because it sits on a snare stand where I will frequently and randomly go over and play it. I do sleep my computer frequently because it has different electronic considerations, but in my setup it would be convenient to just leave the LT on even when the computer (my only sound module) is sleeping. Is there any substantial reason to see leaving the LT on 24/7 as an unnecessary risk of some sort?

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ZenChat / Re: EXP In Action
« on: August 11, 2013, 08:33:29 PM »
Nice find, I love it, lots of video.  I somehow missed them on YouTube. Despite the tilt, by putting the beveled edges toward his body, Nick seems to have substantially sacrificed using the ten pads along those edges. To each his own and if it works it works, of course,  but I think there's a comfortable way to discuss with people how they arrived at one way rather than another way--the better to "steal" techniques from them! For example, he's working his right hand far harder than necessary for the music he's playing. Personally, I'd really like to one-hand my LT while the other hand comps on keyboard.

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ZenChat / Re: EXP In Action
« on: August 10, 2013, 11:31:41 PM »
How do you orient the ZX on your lap? With the long row of eight pads on the belly side, or away from you? It seems to me if the eight pads are on the belly side, then you'd be limited to accessing them with thumbs only.

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ZenChat / Re: BFD2 feels good, Battery doesn't
« on: August 09, 2013, 07:19:55 AM »
Thanks for the info. Having a confirmation that Battery works fine, I did try it on a different computer, and it's OK there. My first computer was much more powerful, though that difference may not be relevant here. All I can say is that I tweaked lots of stuff and could never get anything close to a decent feel. On the second computer, however, Battery was acceptable out of the box so it will be a backup if I ever have a problem with my BFD2 computer.

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ZenChat / Re: EXP In Action
« on: August 09, 2013, 07:15:22 AM »
Can you comment on how you find the ZX on the lap compares with the LT on the lap?

I'd love to see how Huston Singletary plays the LT on a stand--is there a video? I like it on a stand, too. Since discussing with you about buying a second LT for a side-by-side configuration, I've thought it might be better to put a Zap to the side of a centered LT. Since it's off to the side it would be one-handed and then its more compact layout would be an advantage.

Yes, I see ultimately you just have to try them all and give them enough playing time to see what's going to work out the best for a given situation.

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ZenChat / Re: EXP In Action
« on: August 09, 2013, 06:18:54 AM »
By "traditional" I meant to have a briefer way of indicating the ZenDrum ZI, ZX, and EXP, and any other form factor that puts all the weight on one shoulder and requires strain for the hand on that side to access a lot of the pads. That's why I put "traditional" in quotes. Of course people can adapt their bodies to accommodate all kinds of less-than-ergonomic form factors and play beautifully. That doesn't mean they don't run a significantly higher risk of injury. Violin, for example, is particularly brutal, with no end of career-ending injuries; we only ever see the people who can flat out play. And piano music ed. focuses endlessly on techniques that use the body ergonomically rather than risk non-economies of motion that would re-mold posture to the instrument and work fingers against gravity instead of with it.

In the case of the ZenDrum, if the goal is to access more pads with more economy of motion--and you don't have a need to play standing--don't you agree that the LT's form factor is far more ergonomic and accommodating to a playing style that minimizes tension in the neck, shoulders, upper back, and left wrist? So I was very curious to get the opinion of a player who already likes to play sitting how in his opinion the LT compares to the "traditional" form factor. The only other people I've seen playing like pros perform standing, with one hand doing far less than it might because of its relation to the instrument and the need to use it for support.

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