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ZenChat / Zendrum Clinic
« on: August 22, 2010, 07:07:21 PM »
Zendrum Clinic in Atlanta, GA this weekend, 27-28 August!!!  Don't miss out!  So far we have about 12 people attending and one on skype.  We are going over different setups and how others are playing their Zens.  There will be tons of different sound modules--Superior Drummer 2.0, BFD, Roland TD-6V, Roland TD-20 just to name a few.  There will also be a Roland FC-300 MIDI Foot Controller that can change kits on different modules without taking your hands off of the Zen.  Dr. Shark is hosting and it will be a great learning experience as well as a lot of fun.

Hope to see you there!

Rob Anderson aka The Pocket Master 

ZenChat / Do your maintenance!!
« on: May 27, 2010, 04:45:26 PM »
Greetings Tribe!

Funny little story....(well, not really)  I was playing my ZX the other night and had a great show.  Right after we played that last song, I went to turn around and next thing I know, my ZX is no longer across my chest, it is laying on the floor 5 feet down from the stage.  After my initial panic and saying no! no! no!  I went down and picked it up, and quickly began my inspection of my pride and joy.  There are nicks and scrapes on all corners on the back side, luckily it landed with the pads facing up so none of those were damaged.  I found out after looking further that the cause of my ZX taking a stage dive was that the strap lock nut came loose on the top of the ZX and came unscrewed.  I have since tightened up every nut and bolt, and taken my ZX through all of the extreme testing I can do to ensure there is no internal damamge.  So far so good, it works great, another testiment to the excellent work Inspector 109 does on his creations, and other than some bumps and bruises, my ZX will make it.  I may have to pay a visit to Zendrum HQ, maybe if we can get this clinic thing going, and have my baby patched up and looking great again.


ZenChat / Better or Worse?
« on: May 20, 2010, 07:30:20 PM »
Does anyone on the forum feel that they play their Zendrum better than they play their kit (or other percussion)?  Does anybody play them equally well or bad?

I am finding that there are many things that I play better on the Zen than playing on my kit.  But in all fairness to my long lost acoustics, there are things that I have not been able to play (yet) on my Zen that I can play on my kit.  I am finding that with the many bands that I have been playing on and off with over the past year, that it all depends on the style of music that a particular band wants to play that will determine what my instrument of choice will be.

If you had a choice between the two to go out on tour with and you could only pick one, which one would it be and why?

I am sticking with my Zen, I like my kit, but there is just too much versatility with my ZX.


ZenChat / Recording My Zen
« on: May 14, 2010, 01:21:44 PM »
Hello tribe,

I never thought that I would get to this point, but I have decided to start recording some of my drum tracks on my ZX and want to start using the melodic instruments just to see what I can do.  I have always been "just the drummer" and just played the beats that were needed.  Since I have started playing my Zen, I am hearing melodies in my head that I would like to just record, but not half ass.  What would be the best route to record?  Currently I am using Superior Drummer 2.0 on my MacBook Pro.  I did try just loading up Garageband and recording, but it is not working.  I am guessing that it is because I am using the same computer for my drum samples.  Garageband is picking up the signal from the ZX, but no sounds.

I was thinking about getting ProTools, but I am not sure if I can use it on my MacBook or if I would need to set it up on another computer.  Any advise would be greatly appreciated.


ZenChat / Zendrum Layout
« on: April 07, 2010, 09:21:10 PM »
I know others have posted their layouts so here is my layout for my ZX.  I have tried many different ways but this is what works for me.  I do use my right thumb to alternate between the kick and snare on the center pads located on the front face.  The other snares on the side are for ghost notes and rolls with my left middle and pointer finger.  Like I said, it works for me and I know everyone plays to the sound of a different drum.


ZenChat / Happy Easter!
« on: April 04, 2010, 05:56:01 AM »
Happy Easter to all that celebrate this day.


ZenChat / Zendrum Clinic
« on: March 20, 2010, 07:26:19 PM »
Hey everyone,

I was just wondering what kind of interest there would be to put together a Zendrum clinic sometime in the future.  I was given the pleasure of having "The Mayor" in my home last week and after sitting down with him and going over some things, I realized that I was not even touching the potential of my ZX.  I went out and purchased a MAC with garage band and Superior Drummer along with some of the add on kits to include the Jazz kit played by Futureman himself.  What I have come to realize is that I know what I would like to do, I am just not sure how to get there.  The forum is great for helping others that have questions but I think many people would benifit from actually getting together, even if it is just for a weekend and going through the differences between software and modules, add ons like foot controllers, and even getting a better understanding of how and why MIDI does what it does.  I think it would be cool to have it somewhere in the middle of the US, like Kansas or Nebraska so that the distance to travel across the US would not be so bad from any direction.  Just putting it out there.


ZenChat / Any Zendrummers near Key West FL?
« on: March 02, 2010, 05:21:57 AM »
My keyboard player/guitar/lead vocalist is taking a new job in Key West and is looking for another Zendrummer to play with when he gets there.  I am not sure when he is leaving but probably not until the summer.  He has become spoiled with my Zen and what I have been able to do with the songs, wish I could take the credit but it is all Zen.  He asked me if there as anyone in the Key West area that plays a Zendrum and I told him I would find out and get back with him.


ZenChat / Confusion on the new integrated wireless
« on: February 20, 2010, 06:52:47 AM »
Hey everyone,

I have been reading some of the posts on here about upgrading to the new Z4 chip and adding the internal wireless and internal power supply.  One of the comments that was made was that if you have the internal wireless and power supply, you cannot go back to using a cable.  Are you saying that if I upgrade to the internal system I cannot use the external power supply and a MIDI cable?  I am interested in upgrading because the more I play the more I find myself going wireless so just flipping on the power switch on the back of the Zen is a more simple process than hooking up the external power box and transmitter along with a 9volt battery and two AA's.  If anyone could clear this up, I am just curious because I don't use my wireless all of the time, rehersals, practice and so on, just when I am out playing a show.



ZenChat / ZX Stand
« on: January 22, 2010, 03:22:45 PM »
Hey tribe,

Just wondering, has anyone made a stand or modified a guitar stand for their ZX?  I was thinking a regular guitar stand would work but not sure what modifications would be needed to make it work without actually going out and buying one.  I don't want to buy one and find out that it won't work for what I need it to do.  Any advice is appreciated.


Tech Help / Foot Controller Help
« on: December 25, 2009, 07:36:57 PM »
Hello everyone and happy holidays.

I just got my Roland FC-300 MIDI foot controller today.  I know it isn't going to be plug and play with the MIDI communications but now I am hitting my head against the wall.  Here are the hardware components I am using:

Roland TD-6V Drum Module
Roland FC-300 MIDI Foot Controller
Zendrum ZX version 3.1

I hooked up the MIDI out on the foot controller to the MIDI in on the drum module.  Press the pedals on the controller and the kits change to the pedal numbers that I have assigned.  Works Great!!!!

Then I hooked up the Zendrum to the MIDI in on the foot controller, the drum kits will still change when I press the pedals on the foot controller but the drum module is not registering that I am hitting any pads.  I bypassed the foot controller and went straight to the module and there is sound.

Does anyone have any idea of what I need to do to get all 3 components to work together in harmony?  I have been reading all 3 books and there really isn't a roadmap for what I am trying to do.  I am sure there is a setting on the foot controller that I need to enable to allow the Zendrum to send messages to my drum module.  Please help.....


ZenChat / MIDI Foot Controller
« on: November 28, 2009, 09:38:38 PM »
Is there anyone out there using a MIDI foot controller to switch between various drum kits?  I have been playing with various kits and using the +/- to cycle through to the kit that I want for a particular song.  What I am finding now is that there are different aux percussion that I want to cycle through to play on my left hand and still play my one handed groove with my right.  I have multiple kits set up using my Roland TD-6V that have the basic kit like bass, snare and HH sounds on different kits assignements but have congas on setting 97, bongos on 96, claves and such on 95 and so on.  I am wondering if getting a MIDI foot controller will allow me to program each kit to specific pedal number and just press the number I want on the pedal and it jumps from 97 to 34 without cycling through using the keypad on the ZX.  I don't want to sink a couple hundred into something that will not work or do what I want it to do.  I have been to guitar center and other music stores in the St. Louis area and nobody carries a MIDI foot controller so I would have to order it, try it out, and if it doesn't work, go through the hassel of returning it through the mail.  Any input is greatly appreciated.



ZenChat / Case for my ZX
« on: August 26, 2009, 09:36:12 PM »
Hey everyone,

I just made a case inspired by the Draken case.  I went out and purchased a keyboard case, 88 key I think, some 4" thick foam, material and some industrial strength spray glue and built a nice case.  I am able to fit everything but the amp into it with room to expand.  I will admit I spent some money on it, but I think it is worth the money I have invested into my gear.  Check out the pictures at www.myspace.com/stick6287 or go to my facebook page Rob Anderson.  I haven't used it out yet but hopefully will get the chance in a few weeks.


ZenChat / Volume Pedal
« on: August 16, 2009, 07:24:48 PM »
Hey everyone,

Quick question....I went out and purchased a volume pedal to use with my ZX, it is an Ernie Ball 6166 Mono Volume Pedal.  Pretty self explanatory, I hook up the ZX to the brick, brick to the brain, brain to the volume pedal, and then out to my amp.  Here is the problem, when I have the pedal maxed out, no issues, pedal all the way down, no problem, anywhere in the middle, loud buzz coming through the amp.  I am using shielded cables and everything is grounded properly.  The buzz only happens when it is between max up or max down.  I am going to take the pedal back to GC tomorrow and see if it happens to be a bad pedal.  My question is, what pedal do the vetran Zendrummers use if any.  I noticed one post that someone actually put a volume knob on their new Z4.  I am just looking for the pedal for now.



ZenChat / TD-12
« on: August 10, 2009, 03:20:42 PM »
Is anyone out there using a Roland TD-12 sound module?  I have a TD-6V right now, came with my Roland kit, but my kids want to start playing the drums so I either need to purchase another brain and I am looking at upgrading to a TD-12 module.  Brand new it is around $1,500, I could get a used one off of EBay for less than $1,000.  I could also just get a used TD-6V for around $400.  Just curious as to how the TD-12 sounds compared to the TD-20.  I am hearing that the TD-12 is exactly the same but does not have the same editing abilities.  Can anyone give me more details other than the promo on the Roland website?


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