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ZenEdit / Re: Midi to USB ?
« on: August 29, 2013, 04:22:39 AM »
M-Audio MIDISport uno $40

I don't have a Zendrum, but... / Re: Tracking says tomorrow !
« on: August 26, 2013, 07:09:36 PM »
Have fun!
Call me if you need anything.

ZenChat / Re: Q: When is a Zendrum like a bassoon?
« on: August 22, 2013, 06:23:57 AM »
That's very cool, D!
I found them on sale for less than $60 with free shipping online at several distributors.
Got to get one of these myself today.
Nice find!

I don't have a Zendrum, but... / Re: I can almost smell it !
« on: August 20, 2013, 05:12:50 PM »
Smells like fresh paint here!

ZenChat / Re: EXP In Action
« on: August 11, 2013, 05:24:08 AM »
Beveled edge away from me, same as I would with an LT.
That lets your hands and wrists have a natural, relaxed bend.

ZenChat / Re: EXP In Action
« on: August 09, 2013, 01:10:36 PM »
To me at least, the ZX is easier to keep in your lap than an LT.
Following Darin's point, I find that I tend to play less palm down that way and more with fingertips, instead.
Sometimes that helps me for simple focused tracks in the studio. I even use acoustic kick and hihat foot chik occasionally.

The straplocks on the LT were originally for going around your waist to hold it in place on your lap...
Once again, for the paras and quads at Shepherd Spinal Center who still have the very first LT prototype there.

It surprised me at first how well John played LT slung with a strap across his shoulder. But it's John- and I should know better by now!

Personally I've never been able to figure out playing  LT or ZAP as well as I do ZX.
I'm a large human with big hands, I actually like having more space between triggers so I don't have to be as precise.
John is an even bigger guy than me, but he's got palm/shaft/tip fingerdrumming techniques that really work great on the LT and now the EXP.

ZenChat / Re: EXP In Action
« on: August 09, 2013, 09:21:19 AM »
I'll ask Huston what he thinks about the video.
A ZAP is definitely a close grouping of 19.
I have a Zebrawood ZAP2 here that's even closer!
(25 in a square grid)

ZenChat / Re: EXP In Action
« on: August 09, 2013, 06:46:44 AM »
I get what you're saying, but only those who have played all the different models could say for certain what the pros and cons are.
Doc has only played ZX and now EXP and his own original Drum Stick, but to my knowledge, not LT. In my opinion at least, the strap worn issues can be addressed by positioning properly for relaxed hand techniques. I play my ZX across my lap sometimes double overhand style.
It makes me play a little differently but not in a bad way. The fact that you can address the technique in whatever way seems comfortable is very different than something like violin or upright bass. Our friend Huston Singletary plays LT on a stand, and he's got a weird little tilt that seems to work well for him.

ZenChat / Re: EXP In Action
« on: August 09, 2013, 05:00:44 AM »
That made me laugh out loud Jimmy... I love it when somebody says "traditional" and Zendrum in the same sentence!
The really funny thing is that people said the same thing when we released the LT in 2000 and the ZAP in 2008.
There have never been rules as to how you hold or approach any of our instruments. I've seen some "unorthodox" artists just smoke on a Zendrum and defy any logic I could apply from my perspective.
Futureman has always flipped my ZX upside down and backwards and used my sound layout and acted like he'd played it his whole life.
(that's a humbling experience!) Kim and I made many prototypes for Futureman, most of which were more like the EXP than anything else.
Because John Emrich had a traditional hand-drumming technique developed that he could apply- we took on his challenge.
Doc Smith has been asking for this design for YEARS. If you've ever seen Doc's videos you know that guy can flat out PLAY.
John did the same thing wearing the LT with a strap- yes it was designed to be extremely adaptable, left or right handed, sitting, standing, stand mounted, tabletop, or laptop,
but the original intention was to fit inside the 18" rails of a wheelchair... but that's a whole different conversation.
John proved it could be just as impressive as a strap-worn ZX. It's all imagination and inspiration and then somebody's lightbulb went on.
I'm so glad Doc finally got what he needed!
Thanks to Darin for the post. EXP does make me rethink everything I know about my own playing, too.

I don't have a Zendrum, but... / Re: Right out of the box ?
« on: May 28, 2013, 05:56:28 PM »
DM5 rack mount should actually be the same thing.
Check the photos carefully.
SR-16 is very limited by comparison.

I don't have a Zendrum, but... / Re: Right out of the box ?
« on: May 27, 2013, 05:52:43 AM »
My favorite to learn on is the DM5 Alesis.
Very simple and straightforward, 500 sounds inside.
You should be able to find one used on eBay for +/- $250.
I can talk you through the set up even without a manual.
In fact, it's simplicity is what we based the Zendrum OS on back in 1994.

I don't have a Zendrum, but... / Re: Right out of the box ?
« on: May 26, 2013, 07:08:49 PM »
Hey Slyder, welcome!
You'll need a sound generator of some kind-
Drum module, Keyboard, or computer with drumming software.
The Zendrum is a controller with no sounds inside.

ZenChat / SPD30 help
« on: July 30, 2012, 07:21:01 AM »
Anybody know their way around one of these?
Got a cry for help from a new Zendrummer in the wilderness.
I haven't got a clue about the Roland OS MIDI toggles or protocol anymore.
(the last Octapad I had was in 1985...)
Thanks in advance!

ZenEdit / Re: Sneak Peek of v2.3.0
« on: July 15, 2012, 07:04:30 PM »
That looks very interesting!
Keep us posted  8)

ZenChat / Re: New Roland modules don't have MIDI IN jacks!
« on: June 19, 2012, 04:17:07 PM »

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