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ZenChat / Re: Setting up the Zen through the Mixer...
« on: May 17, 2012, 12:17:26 PM »
That's a good answer- Bring the meat AND the potatoes.
Turn it all UP and play soft so you can still scare 'em when need be...

Tech Help / Re: TD-20 LCD Display
« on: May 17, 2012, 06:28:52 AM »
The problem is that he can't see where he is on the menus to do a backup procedure.
Hey 99, how much custom editing did you do on your kits?

Tech Help / Re: TD-20 LCD Display
« on: May 15, 2012, 08:37:02 PM »
Hey 99,
I had that happen on several older Alesis modules. They're pretty much unusable after that.
LCDs are fragile liquid between two panes of glass. They always break.
That's why I always fought so hard to keep the Zendrum display an "old style" LED.
That, and I can read the Zendrum display from across a stage.
Have you tried anywhere else to quote getting it fixed besides the manufacturer?

ZenChat / Re: Setting up the Zen through the Mixer...
« on: May 14, 2012, 08:47:32 AM »
Definitely Ian.
The more control you give a soundman over personal monitors the more frustrated you will become.
We do separate mixes for each player so we're spoiled, but I usually run the PA from the stage so if I hear something weird or someone is playing out of sync I just crank ME up. One thing about drum monitors- MORE is always better.
If I'm playing acoustic kit I can just smack 'em harder, with Zendrum and soundmen there's a tendency to sandbag the volume just because (for a change) they can. You need LOTS OF HEADROOM for playing with dynamics and driving a horn band. I've got a ton of options with the pro audio gear we carry now. Let me know if I can help sort this out. Monitors are 50% of electronic drumming. Your bass player wouldn't bring just one 10" speaker, right?

Tech Help / Re: EZ Drummer HiHat control
« on: May 10, 2012, 03:24:15 PM »
Hey Rob,
Thanks for trying EVERYBODY. Ya done good! Many Thank you's PocketMaster for going that extra mile.
It's simply another instance where nothing is made to work together- by design.
Seems like we've all been dealing with compatibility walls forever, and there's really no point to why it has to be this way.
It's a damn shame for DB- the end-user/customer who had to look to us for any help at all.

Tech Help / Re: EZ Drummer HiHat control
« on: May 07, 2012, 03:53:54 PM »
from db- that's correct. thanks rob.

Tech Help / EZ Drummer HiHat control
« on: May 05, 2012, 08:58:52 AM »
Here's one I can't answer cause I don't know-
Any help? Thanks guys! 109
I've inserted parts of an email I received below-

Having trouble getting my Roland FD-8 hi hat pedal to coordinate with the hi hat samples in EZ Drummer. I have followed the calibration sequences in the (zendrum) manual but still seem to be stuck.
At this point Logic is reading the full range of the pedal, but i am not hearing any change to the hi hat samples while triggering.

109's response-
Go to the NO page menu on the Zendrum.
Press + to show [  ] brackets
wiggle the pedal to show it's current cc message value.
Hihat cc should be #4. It's probably on either 3 or 9 now, so change that number to 4 and store the change.

already set it to 4. I notice there is a control change from a closed hi hat sound to an open  when the pedal is being released, around 90 on the 1-127 scale. But does work the opposite way. Also no sounds are made when the pedal is fully depressed or opened.

ZenChat / Re: Bishop Ian Throws Down!
« on: April 30, 2012, 12:24:53 PM »
And many thanks from all of us here to all of you who do!
This ain't exactly your granddaddy's drumset...

ZenChat / Re: Bishop Ian Throws Down!
« on: April 30, 2012, 06:01:43 AM »
It's all about making sense.
Nothing beats playing my 1937 RadioKing Slingerlands.
I'd no more haul them around now than tote a Steinway piano or a Hammond organ but I've got great recordings of them in an indestructible Zendrumdrive instead.
Better? Really?
James Jamerson played upright bass on very early 60's Motown and then switched to Fender Precision.
Which was "better"? Does that mean that his Fender bass is less of an instrument than his upright?
Or did it just "translate better" on all those hit records everybody on Earth knows now?

ZenChat / Bishop Ian Throws Down!
« on: April 29, 2012, 04:00:00 PM »
Just got this email and I thought- You guys have to read this!  *priceless*  Thanks Ian!

Dear Zendrum,
I was at a drum clinic a couple of weeks ago and I watched a demo put on by a guy on your Zendrum. I don't know if he works for you but I am a Bass Player for a local band and I went with our drummer Mark who gave your guy a really hard time about the drum. I thought you might like to know that your guy (I forget his name) put on one hell of a demo. He challenged Mark that he could play anything in the Zendrum that Mark could on regular drums.  I thought you might like to know that your guy smoked him. He was cool about it but he really put Mark to shame.  Is this guy local?  I wanted to let him know that even though Mark got his butt kicked, the demo of your drum is all he has been talking about.

White Noise / Re: What do you call yourself?
« on: April 26, 2012, 03:59:51 PM »
God help the next person that hires me to play triangle... ;)

Would that get you black-listed somewhere as a trianglist or a triangulater?

ZenChat / Re: super portable setup/ feet triggering?
« on: April 22, 2012, 12:19:45 PM »
Hey David,
Thanks for checking back in to this forum!
The short answer is YES, there have been many experiments into playing Zendrum with feet incorporated.
John Emrich still does a lot of that while wearing an LT with a strap.
He's using a variety of pedals individually calibrated with the Z4 circuitboard we have now.
I'm looking at several prototypes into this arena right now. (stay tuned)

We still feel that it's most open-ended and creative for everyone if we don't put sounds inside the Zendrum itself.
There also has been much discussion of app development lately, but that's all still on the drawing board.
We did build a dedicated sound player called Zendrumdrive made for easy transport into difficult situations.
That platform would allow you to load your own samples and play them back in a roadproof package. 
Tell us more about handpans, sounds cool!

White Noise / Re: What do you call yourself?
« on: April 21, 2012, 07:09:14 AM »
Well, when performing in Snootyville with my band Terry Lee & the G.T.'s I call myself "Wentwood Jackson Jr."-
When anybody asks why I play Zendrum instead of drums I say- because I'll smell so much better on the ride home.

ZenChat / Re: Injury
« on: April 19, 2012, 08:09:19 AM »
AWWWWWWW... :-[ ::) :-* :o ;D :D

ZenChat / Re: TD-30 anyone?
« on: April 18, 2012, 05:12:54 AM »
Hey Mike, here's the scoop-
You would plug the Zendrum into the MIDI IN of the Roland just like you did when you used both the pedals and pads AND Zendrum together before. Then from the MIDI OUT of the TD into the Zendrumdrive's MIDI IN - last in line.
That gets all your pedals and pads through a MIDI triggering interface combined with the Zendrum. The Zendrumdrive just acts as an expander for the sounds of both pads and Zen. Simple and quick. One MIDI cable does it.

Zendrumdrive is running Battery as the host for our library. That's what boots up as a default ready to play our custom drum library.
HOWEVER, it's just a computer, so you can install any software you prefer and set THAT as the default instead if you want.
Battery comes with over 12,000 sounds, too. I'm sure there are plenty of orchestra timpani and bells and thundersheets and gongs in there.
Anything you want to run will work in Zendrumdrive- BFD, Toontrack, Addictive, NI, East West, any of it.

We just got some great percussion sounds donated by John Emrich which will be included standard going forward.
Congas, Cajon, Djembe, Bongos, Agogos, Shakers, and more all done with extreme dynamics and playability, just like our drum sounds.
Together, it all sounds AWESOME. A completely different playing experience than I've ever had.

My point before was that any existing drumpad e-kit can be updated and revitalized by adding a Zendrumdrive.
As I promised, all new samples we get finished will be free uploads to all Zendrumdrive owners "for life".
Sorry Mike- I didn't mean to hijack your thread, Just sayin'...

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