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Messages - JimmyTheSaint

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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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ZenChat / Re: EXP In Action
« on: August 09, 2013, 01:24:56 AM »
Having read the same article some time ago, I asked him how he thought the LT compared ergonomically, but he hasn't responded. I might ask the same question here. I don't see how the "traditional" ZenDrum shapes can offer better spinal ergonomics and less muscle tension and tendon straining than the LT. If you're willing to play from a sitting position or a snare stand mount, the LT offers greater low-tension access to more pads.

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ZenChat / Re: what's this drum controller?
« on: August 03, 2013, 08:11:07 PM »
Due to the different time zone, you'll have to call during 2am-10am U.S. Eastern time to reach Chris.

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ZenChat / Re: what's this drum controller?
« on: August 03, 2013, 08:59:58 AM »
Recommend you call and ask for Chris, whose English is passable. I have no idea the next time I'll be out there.

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ZenChat / Re: what's this drum controller?
« on: July 27, 2013, 07:17:36 PM »
jimmy if you see this could you tell me the town and music shop ? thanks ,kevin     980-307-9611

http://www.atbmusic.com/

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ZenChat / BFD2 feels good, Battery doesn't
« on: June 16, 2013, 02:42:06 AM »
I tried all kinds of adjustments on my new LT (with ZenEdit) and inside NI Battery, but Battery just continues to have a lousy feel: you have to strike comparatively hard to reach an audible sound level, and then there's little headroom in your finger energy left for dynamics. I did indeed fiddle quite a bit with response curves on the LT and layers inside Battery etc., but playing the ZenDrum with NI is still dissatisfying. I'm not an expert, but I'm not technically illiterate, either.

BFD2, on the other hand, just felt good right out of the box. It responds to light taps and then with a natural-feeling continuity to heavier strikes. That verifies that my technique and expectations are reasonably normal. So I'm curious if Battery can be radically adjusted for a better feel, or if it's limited in a way that bothers me more than most people? It's not a big deal since I like BFD2 just fine, but the option to use Battery's electronic sounds  would be nice, and its smaller installation footprint would be convenient for a different computer.

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ZenChat / what's this drum controller?
« on: May 31, 2013, 08:44:44 AM »
Attached are pictures of a controller in a local music shop, but no one's sure what it is. They seem to be sure it's a drum controller. The logo says "JD21." Any ideas?

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