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Tech Help / Crosstalk problem solved
« on: April 29, 2013, 06:37:47 AM »
For some time, I'd been having a crosstalk issue with the C4 pad on my ZX.  Raising the noise floor helped, but I didn't like the decrease in sensitivity.  Plugged it into ZenEdit and tried to tweak the trigger with Rob Anderson's help, but no difference.  I recently noticed that the pad was a little wobbly and wouldn't tighten up just by pressing it down, so I yanked on it from the inside and snugged it up.  Also applied a little bit of glue to hold it in.  When I examined the piezo under the cap, the wire attached to the center popped off.  I re-soldered it, reassembled and tried it out.  All OK now.  My problem was either a cold solder joint or a loose pad (or both!).  Both were easy fixes. 
Reminder: If you have the internal battery modification and your Zendrum goes dead, even when hard-wired through the battery box, check the wire connections to the battery holder! 

ZenChat / Compact subwoofer for live performance?
« on: March 22, 2013, 07:58:32 AM »
I've gone from a Roland KC500 to a QSC K10 for live performance in small venues.  I know some players use the QSC K-sub with great results.  I'm interested in keeping my rig compact and wonder if anyone has complemented their system with either the 12" EV ZXA1-sub or the Mackie DLM12S?  I don't want to break any ribs, just add a little punch to the kick. 

Tech Help / Power consumption
« on: July 18, 2012, 06:26:51 AM »
Can anyone tell me how low a battery can get before a rig goes down?  I use the iPower rechargeable lithium ion batteries that, fully charged, are 8.4V.  I put a fully charged one in my ZX (with internal wireless) and left it on for approximately 70 minutes, after which the battery tested at 8.1V.  I assume that the draw will be more while playing (haven't tested that scenerio yet)?  I haven't been let down yet and I have no problem with swapping a fully charged battery between sets.  Just wonder if anyone knows what the limit is?

ZenChat / Re: 2012 Zendrum Gathering in Atlanta!!!!!
« on: July 11, 2012, 05:53:54 AM »
Hi Rob,
Any date works for me. 
Bob S.

Tech Help / Re: TD-20 LCD Display
« on: May 17, 2012, 06:06:49 AM »
Back up immediately!  Try a factory reset then reload.  How old is the unit?

Tech Help / Re: Battery advice
« on: March 12, 2012, 06:03:28 AM »
I was in the same boat until I started having to rely more and more on my battery powered gear.  I bought an inexpensive ($20) voltmeter to test my batteries, but I found that with 9V batts, anything 8.5V or under was unreliable.  Might get one 45 minute set from a used battery.  I went with the setup recommended by Inspector109: iPower Lithium 500mAh.  I don't know if they'll work in your charger, but for me, the $102. investment pays off in reliability and peace of mind.  No problem running the Zendrum and wireless 4 hours or so on one battery. 

ZenChat / Re: Live eKit That is Kind To Your Hands
« on: October 28, 2011, 06:18:53 AM »
I agree about the sticks.  When I got my first Roland kit (V-Custom TD-8), I used Kit Tools "Ghost" sticks that were extremely lightweight and seemed easier on the hands and wrists.  I play a TD-20 kit now and I like the Zildjian Anti-Vibe sticks.  If I use ordinary 5Bs, it feels like I'm beating the crap out of the pads, but I do squeeze a little more performance out of the VH-12 hihat.   I'd recommend the Zildjian Anti-Vibes to relieve hand/wrist fatigue and pain issues when playing rubber pads.  And, if you're in pain after playing your Zendrum, you've got things set up wrong!

ZenChat / Re: Zendrum gathering in Atlanta
« on: August 02, 2010, 07:49:14 AM »
I plan to attend.  I'll be watching for details.

ZenChat / Re: Blue Sky suggestions to the engineers
« on: June 26, 2009, 06:25:39 AM »
I'm not so sure about the marketing/advertising thing, unless you really want the business to grow.  I think part of the "allure' of the Zendrum is performing with a rare and unique instrument.  If you ever get tired of people coming up to you with questions and taking pictures, etc., then yeah, everyone should have one.  Oh, how about a black Zendrum decal for my white ZX?
I think somewhere in the past, I read about a 9V battery compartment installation that really would have been a nice touch for me before I went wireless and have to tote a battery box.  Maybe this should be standard on all Zendrums?
I'm not big on all the programming options, but I do use different set ups, change note numbers, and understand the basics.  I would love to see some sort of conference here in the Atlanta area, with discussions and demonstrations.  Nothing like seeing an expert play live and being able to ask questions in real time.
Thanks for permitting my 2 cents! 

ZenChat / Re: Time to make the jump
« on: November 12, 2008, 08:30:53 AM »
I used a Roland TD-8 at first and TD-20 now.  Yes, I think the expansion for the TD-20 is overkill.  The advantage of a simple setup with a Roland module is that you can take advantage of a wealth of information on www.vdrums.com.   To get the Roland module to perform optimally, check out www.vexpressionsltd.com.  Here you can purchase tweaked kits and save weeks of frustration learning about the multitude of effects that the Roland has, but are not evident in the pre-loaded factory kits. 
A guitar amp will work, but there won't be much "low end".  I have an older Roland KC500 keyboard amp that I use as a monitor. 
Don't get nuts and start messing with the Zen's settings right away.  I learned to play it as configured when built, and I'm comfortable with it.  I just assign different instruments to pads when necessary. 
Get used to hearing "What is that thing?!"

ZenChat / Re: New Roland expansion pack
« on: September 21, 2008, 09:57:06 AM »
I also use a TD-20 with my ZX.  Again, nothing  but compliments on the sound and always "What is that thing?"
With the V-Expressions Masterpicks, a little tweaking here and there and some BBE, I have no interest in the expansion card, since I only use this rig for live performances.  You can't beat the portability and it's a blast when you're wireless!

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