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Tech Help / Re: new zendrum arrived...roland spd 20 problems....
« on: March 27, 2008, 02:33:12 PM »
Hey there,
 From what I understand about the Roland, there are 8 sounds assigned to its trigger pads, and more assigned to the trigger jacks on the back. There are also other notes available within each kit window, so I think you can do all your programming on the Roland and save kits there as custom patches and even name them as your own kits. I would start by looking in the appendix of the Roland manual. There is usually a map graphic that looks like a piano keyboard with the note numbers (or at least, the keyboard notes) that show the basic notes and the whole kit window. This is usually from note 35-36 up to 95-96.

I would make a written ledger of where the factory Roland kit sounds are located and on which note numbers they appear. Most General MIDI drum sounds are on channel 10 and there are 16 GM drumset sounds per kit, 16 more percussion sounds on channel 11, however the "window" for drum set notes is most often 61 notes on a keyboard with most drum modules. What I'm not totally certain about is how the sounds are edited and stored within the Roland. Once you can edit and store on the Roland, you can then devise the note mapping on the Zendrum that works best for your hands- from one end to the other. When playing drums, it is advisable to keep one SetUp map in the Zendrum where your sounds appear placed as they should and simply step between full drum sets with the program change feature. Most of your editing time will be spent on the Roland to assign, tune, mix, and store drumsets and percussion. When the extra SetUps on the Zendrum are handy is when you need to change MIDI channels to access different banks within the Roland. Once again, I'm guessing about the programming steps.

If anybody owns a spd 20 please speak up ASAP!

As far as getting into your computer and Battery with the Zendrum, a simple $40 MIDISport UNO USB/MIDI interface can be found at Guitar Center. A more pro version is the Firebox from Presonus using Firewire/MIDI instead of USB.

Hopefully someone here will have all the answers you need about using Battery from hands-on experience.


See if this works for your application-

 Re: ZDLT and RMX
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2007, 10:20:56 AM » 

MIDIOX will work for this. The Zendrum seems to send a note on, and then immediately another note on with zero velocity. this caused problems for me with EMU proteusX VST in Cakewalk Sonar. What I did was use MIDIOX to delay the second note on by approx 10 ms. Setting polarity worked for all other softsynths except proteus.

the great news is MIDIOX is free.

Have your midi input sent into midox instead of your sequencer. Set up the filter as I described. Send to a midi out, and then send that midi out into one of your inputs. THAT input should go into your sequencer. You can alternatively use midi yoke (a virtual midi patch cable) to do it if you dont want to use up hardware midi ports. I know this sounds a bit complicated but its really not. Let me know if you need any help but i'm 99% sure it will work.



Tech Help / Re: Auxillary Controllers
« on: March 15, 2008, 03:45:13 PM »
Try 2-1 MIDI merger or combiner, not controller

Tech Help / Auxillary Controllers
« on: March 14, 2008, 07:33:20 AM »
Hey Everybody!

In response to requests we get for adding various features to the Zendrum I recommend that you mad scientists out there think about all the things you can do with some of these goodies-
Check it out-  http://www.midi-store.com/Midi-Solutions-mid-2-p-1.html
I use the 2-1 MIDI combiner for my Zendrum and controller keyboard to play the same sound source.
Pleasantly surprised that I could play melodic notes from my Zendrum and bend those notes with the pitch wheel of the keyboard. This implies that you could add any number of customizable continuous controllers, pitch benders, foot pedals, D-Beams, ribbons, etc., to the MIDI path easily and design your own system specific to your needs and wishes.

Put your thinking caps ON...

Thanks Geo, that's quite a send up :o

What this is- is a two-man jam with Andrae Alexander on keyboards.
I'm playing my Freddy Muse Receptor with John Emrich's Jazz and Funk BFD library on a stereo track.
Andrae is playing Receptor with Native Instruments electric and acoustic pianos AND my Little Phatty Mini-Moog for the bass with his left hand all on another stereo track.
It was totally improvised with no rehearsal in my home studio, and represents probably my best Zendrum recording so far. Andrae slapped me around pretty good for a couple of hours, this was the first thing we played together that day.
There's another version called mofobia compilation on Tom Roady's myspace page @ http://www.myspace.com/tomroady with Tom's added acoustic percussion on top.
It's a rare thing for me to get to stretch out musically and play with such monster musicians as these guys, but I thought you all might want to see where I'm coming from with my old trusty 1996 ZX Zendrum.
Enjoy,... I did!

ZenChat / Re: Cable routing and strain relief for ZX?
« on: January 31, 2008, 12:06:44 PM »
Hey Scott,
ALWAYS wrap the end around the straplock before you plug it in for the strain relief- like a guitarist would.
Try for the same idea on the MergeBrick side as well.
The cables are the most exposed and vulnerable part.
Take care of them and they will last a long time.
Let me know if anything ever breaks and I'll replace it.

ZenChat / Re: Announcing the NEW Zendrum ZAP
« on: January 25, 2008, 02:00:39 PM »
Nice demo John!
Whenever you get a minute, give us a direct feed of this new library from your studio.
I can tell it's going to sound great!
It sounds just like every NAMM show did to me.
I say CRANK IT UP in spite of the db Police.
(they can only throw you out once per show!)
Thanks man,

Tech Help / Re: Random velocity problem - ADSR and MIDI note length
« on: January 24, 2008, 05:19:54 PM »
Yes, it's been discussed.
You can get to the same place by reversing the polarity of the sustain switch and then setting your sounds to decay at a predetermined length.

Tech Help / Re: Random velocity problem - ADSR and MIDI note length
« on: January 24, 2008, 04:09:28 PM »
Hey there!
The workaround is simple.
Change the polarity (PL) of the sustain switch from 0 to 1.
That should let your sounds trigger all the way through.

Tech Help / Re: My new Zendrum
« on: January 16, 2008, 07:55:37 AM »
Wait until everything is working to sculpt your buzz.

FYI: with a Zebrawood Zendrum it's not the final electronic assembly that takes less time, it's the finish process on the wood. Everything else is EXACTLY the same.

109  8)

Tech Help / Re: My new Zendrum
« on: January 15, 2008, 10:27:14 PM »
Hello Didier,
I'm certain that everything worked perfectly here.
There's no reason to suspect that anything is wrong with the instrument
Let's go step by step-
Looking down at the LT from the playing position...behind the wingtips-
The RIGHT hand MIDI jack goes to the MergeBrick with the 15 foot cable.
Out of the MergeBrick to the sound source with the 3 foot cable.
Let me know asap.

ZenChat / Re: Announcing the NEW Zendrum ZAP
« on: January 10, 2008, 10:02:25 AM »
Thanks Geo, I agree. And I think it's great how everyone has their favorite...as if there's ever been a traditional Zendrummer!!!

I've never mastered the LT as I have my ZX, and I remember some trepidation voiced about whether the LT was as cool as the ZX. When we designed the LT in 2000, we were thinking about how cool it was for someone in a wheelchair to be able to play music again. John Emrich has since mastered the LT worn like the ZX and has put it out in many videos over the internet. Now that the LT has become a very recognizable image, we are launching yet another product targeted towards an already established marketplace. We believe that the fundamental feel of a real instrument fills a void, and the playing response speaks for itself. What has surprised me most is what it does melodically better than any previous Zendrum.

I can't wait to see what everyone does with the ZAP...imagination is a wonderful thing!


ZenChat / Re: Announcing the NEW Zendrum ZAP
« on: January 04, 2008, 11:17:59 AM »
A quick question: does ZAP have any different features compared to ZX / LT models ? ...... in terms of what's there when navigating the menu, not in terms of pads/trigger inputs etc

The software features are identical to the ZX and LT. The ZAP has three trigger inputs instead of just one. The first is +10 noise floor like the ZX and LT aux  inputs, the next two are the same as the other Zendrum triggers. There is no MergeBrick Power supply since this is a stationary device, instead the 12volt transformer plugs directly into the rear patch panel via a locking connector.

(fixed the quote formatting - Geo)

ZenChat / Announcing the NEW Zendrum ZAP
« on: January 02, 2008, 09:18:15 PM »
Inspector 109 here,

For everyone at Zendrum, I am pleased to announce the immediate release of a totally new Zendrum model for 2008, at a breakthrough price of $999. We have just completed tooling up for production of the Zendrum Articulating Programmer - the ZAP.


(Zendrum ZAP in Walnut)

It is specifically a stationary desktop MIDI controller with the same proven triggers and circuitry used in the mobile ZX and LT models, and designed with a smaller footprint to fit in tight spaces and studio environments. It is the perfect hardware for playing multisampled drum software, which until now has been severely limited by yesterday's mushy-feeling touchpad devices. None of them is as fast, sensitive, or intuitive to play as the ZAP. Nothing else feels like a real instrument that you can depend on for years of hard work. Still the same reliable quality you expect from Zendrum with my personal lifetime warranty.

The ZAP features a unique, very tightly clustered 19-trigger arrangement in five offset rows. This staggered cluster can be played as a single instrument with many different articulations, or used as separate voices that can be expressed either individually or together with a minimum of physical effort. The ZAP is also surprisingly adaptable as a melodic instrument with the Zendrum default note map scales suggesting many new techniques and applications waiting to be explored. Already, VST instrument and sample designers are hard at work creating a new generation of software that maximize the potential of the ZAP. You can even strum it like a guitar!

There are 3 extra 1/4" trigger pedal inputs and a 1/4" sustain pedal input for "drummer-friendly" footwork as well as the Zendrum momentary sustain button on the top that acts as a "choke" for longer sounds and MIDI effects.

This is the smallest Zendrum ever at 12"wide X 10.5"deep X 2"high. Solid heavyweight wood species were chosen for beauty and lasting value as well as for density and trigger isolation under the hardest playing conditions.

Read what leading experts have to say about the ZAP:

"I've never seen a desktop drumpad worth owning, and I've played them all. ZAP takes desktop drum programming to the level it should always have been, and it's no surprise, coming from Zendrum. Great drummers, from Billy Cobham to Future Man, can't be wrong, and I'm not wrong, either. Zendrum is the Rolls Royce of drum controllers, and finally, every MIDI producer can afford to have that legendary quality right on the desktop!"
Bruce Richardson - Sampledaddy

"Today's VST instruments offer unparalleled creativity and sensitivity. The Zendrum Articulating Programmer is the best multi trigger MIDI input device for the computer musician. Programming beats with the ZAP puts life into your tracks, and it's the perfect tool for DJs looking to add some "Live" spice to their shows. Zendrums are known as exceptional, high quality instruments and the ZAP promises to live up to that reputation. These instruments give everyone the chance to be truly creative."
John Emrich - Producer of BFD Jazz & Funk, Percussion, and B.O.M.B. packs.

"My desktop percussion controller has always been the weak point of my live electronic music rig. I have high quality sequencers, samplers, and software, but my percussion controller feels cheap, it looks cheap, and I have to pound on the thing to get any dynamic range out of the inferior rubber pads.  I've always thought of it as a disposable, temporary solution until I could find a true high-quality controller worthy of being called an instrument. Come to find out, there aren't any! That is, until now...the Zendrum ZAP is exactly what I've been looking for! It is a high-quality instrument that I can love, with playability that matches its quality build and good looks. The innovative hexagonal configuration of round pads allows for finger drumming speed and accuracy not possible with the standard grid of 16, and the sensitivity of the triggers is unreal. Ghost notes are back! It's obvious that this device was designed by a drummer, not a keyboard player. What's more, it's a breeze to program, and integrates perfectly with both my software and hardware devices. And the extra inputs on the back allow me to hook up kick, hi-hat and sustain pedals, so my feet have something to do again! Zendrum ZAP has become the foundation of my electronic rig, and my new best friend."
Patrick Petro - First ZAP Owner

Handcrafted in your choice of five beautiful hand-rubbed oil finishes in Zebrawood, Tigerwood, Bubinga, Walnut, and Wenge'. Serial-numbered art from this First Edition of the ZAP -- certain to become collectors' pieces.

Order NOW
$999 (+ FedEx shipping worldwide)
direct sale only from Zendrum

Happy New Year Everybody!
David Haney

(Zendrum ZAP in Bubinga)

(Zendrum ZAP in Tigerwood)

(Zendrum ZAP in Wenge)

(Zendrum ZAP in Zebrawood)

Tech Help / Re: in garageband..?
« on: November 27, 2007, 05:22:05 PM »
Hey MD,

I think what you're asking about is the Set Up memories.
The Zendrum has 16 memory banks, or Set Ups.
This screen is to the left of Pr (program change) and reads: UP (for Set Up)
Each Set Up bank consists of a note map, a program change, a noise floor, a MIDI max volume, and a global MIDI channel.

If it were me. I would assign a note map for each instrument I tracked, or each sound source I wanted to use. I do this now with BFD, Drumkit from Hell, Garageband melodic instruments, and still all the way back to my old drum modules. Each one, I give it's own location and dedicated memory bank within the 16 spots. I have toggled off the program change receive in all my sound sources so that I must manually change directly from each sound source, which gives me the ability to mix and match as I stack sounds together for simultaneous playing.

Then, you can toggle through the Set Ups for each application and the access is immediate and doesn't slow down the creative process when its stewing.

Remember to toggle to show "letters not numbers" on the screen to write your edits into the current memory so they will power up to the same last setting- (very important!)

No dumb questions here.
I've tried to make things as simple to operate as I can think of, myself.
I use the Zendrum onstage primarily, so the main thing is to be able to lock out unwanted button pushes with the "failsafe lockout" feature so I can't accidentally change the MIDI channel and get the dreaded "no sound" in the middle of a song.
I'm always open to suggestions on how to make it even simpler or at least more clearly explained. Everybody step up and speak right into the microphone, please.

Hope this helps,

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