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ZenEdit / Version 2.7.5 is underway
« on: June 03, 2014, 12:55:28 AM »
The next major version is nearing completion. The focus this time is on adding additional MIDI Out capabilities and also improvements to the note selection workflow. We're also adding module support for several newly released drum brains.

If you have any ideas or requests for new features, now is the time to submit them here!


You can also stay abreast of updates here:


ZenChat / Q: When is a Zendrum like a bassoon?
« on: August 21, 2013, 10:57:22 PM »

ZenChat / EXP In Action
« on: August 08, 2013, 10:06:45 PM »
I had a chance to see the EXP in action today with E. Doctor Smith's "Unidentified Flying Duo".

In short, I was simply mesmerized.  The economy of motion Eric is able to achieve was beautiful to behold.  It was an inspiration and has me seriously contemplating my own approach to the instrument.

If you're curious about the EXP and have not already seen it, I encourage you to check out Eric's write-up and review, in two parts here:


ZenEdit / Zendrum EXP Springboard ZenEdit Project
« on: July 24, 2013, 11:46:22 PM »
Thanks to David Haney, here is a ZenEdit project file that I've put together, based loosely off of John Emrich's layout for the EXP. 

The following User Setups in the project file have been altered, to support a few popular interfaces.

#13 - Roland TD-20
#14 - General MIDI
#15 - BFD 2
#16 - Zendrum TRS 2.0 (selected by default)

Feel free to download and use it as a jumping off place for creating your own EXP layouts.  Remember that you can rearrange, copy or reset any User Setup from within ZenEdit to suit your preference.

kind regards,

Update - 7/28/2013
David has made some tweaks to the project file regarding the CC's and trigger jacks.  The attached file is this latest revision.

ZenEdit / Version 2.4.1 release (EXP support)
« on: July 21, 2013, 12:16:59 AM »
New Windows and Mac OS builds are now available from the ZenEdit site.

Changes included:
  • Finalized trigger layout for the new EXP model Zendrum.
  • Adding Zendrum TRS 2.0 library mapping file.
  • Application is now smarter about picking the default loadout per model.
  • New loadout configuration available (EXP).
  • Improved graphics quality when printing.
  • EXP wood grain now aligns with the body.
  • Ability to double-click model in 'new dialog' to accept all defaults and close.
  • Various small UI fixes.

ZenEdit / New video
« on: February 01, 2013, 07:24:06 PM »
Here is a "getting started" video that was created during the time that the forum was down, so chances are you might have missed it.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRoSmanHdSw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRoSmanHdSw</a>

Also, please note that this forum now allows you to embed YouTube videos! :)

It also now integrates with Facebook (there's a 'like' button on each post).  Give a holler if there are any additional features you'd like to see.


ZenChat / First major boo-boo :(
« on: October 08, 2012, 12:46:51 PM »
Here's hoping this hasn't happened to any of you yet, but if it has then you can probably relate.
If it hasn't, then please let this be a cautionary tale.

I was caught in traffic on the way to the gig yesterday and rolled in just 10 minutes before showtime.  Not really a BIG deal, I can setup in 5 if I really have to -- it just means I won't have much time for a soundcheck or to warm up.
I didn't NEED to rush myself to get setup, but I was still in "hurry, hurry, I'm LATE" mode.  I set up my stand, placed my Zendrum into it and turned to power up my rig.  In the back of my mind I thought "that Zendrum isn't in that stand all the way" and sure enough, out of the corner of my eye, I saw it falling forward towards the concrete patio.  It was almost like it was happening in slow motion.  I let out an expletive and lunged towards it, but it was too late.  It hit the ground with a most sickening *thud*.

Luckily these Zendrums are built like tanks and nothing was damaged beyond the nasty gash in the picture.  It still powered up fine and I made it through the gig without incident but still, my poor baby now has a garrish boo-boo  :'(

ZenEdit / Version 2.3.0 Released
« on: September 17, 2012, 10:40:43 PM »
This is a relatively large release which in addition to numerous bug fixes also adds a new 'scales' feature.

The scales feature makes it easier than ever to setup your Zendrum for melodic percussion. You can use it to lay out out a series of intervals from a given octave across your Zendrum. You can then change the scale type or root note at will and all your triggers will automatically update. No more messing around with MIDI note numbers or having to manually transpose triggers!

ZenEdit / Sneak Peek of v2.3.0
« on: July 15, 2012, 01:24:59 PM »
Here's a quick peek of what's on my workbench.  More info soon.

ZenEdit / Version 2.2.4 is available
« on: June 20, 2012, 12:07:11 AM »
New Feature:
While in 'Edit' mode, you can drag one trigger onto another to quickly swap their contents.  This makes it a breeze to move triggers around in your Setup and experiment with your layout.

New Feature:
In 'Edit' mode, you can now press CTRL+T or CMD+T to perform a quick SysEx dump to your Zendrum.  This speeds up your workflow and makes it a simpler task to try out changes directly on your Zendrum.

New Mappings:
Support for the Roland HandSonic 15, the Simmons SD7 and the Simmons SD9.

Tutorials and videos are now available on the home page if you're connected to the Internet.

ZenEdit / Version 2.2.3 is available
« on: June 15, 2012, 10:28:29 AM »
In addition to numerous small fixes, this version also introduces the concept of 'modes', which provide a clear separation of global vs. setup editing, as well as providing me with the foundation necessary to implement the next couple features.
There is also now a 'Customization Mode' which has everything you need to setup a new Zendrum, all in one place.

Also new in this release is a 'home' page which gives quick access to the projects you use the most, as well as integrating with the website forum. There are also now 'Tips and Tricks' available.



ZenEdit / Version 2.1.8 is up
« on: April 08, 2012, 11:55:11 AM »
This latest beta version adds native MIDI support to both Windows and Mac OS (10.6 and 10.7)

It also adds support for the Roland TD-30 and has an updated map file for the ZendrumDrive (Zendrum TRS), in addition to several bug fixes.

You can pick up the latest version here:  http://nebiru.com/zenedit/index.cfm?event=beta

Unless any major problems are found, this is likely to be the final beta version.  I'm anxious for this version to go live so that I can start focusing more on adding new features, so your continued help with testing and reporting issues is much appreciated.

I'd also like to take the time point out that there is a forum on the ZenEdit site.  Please feel free to post there in the future for any ZenEdit related discussions.

Thanks, and take care.

ZenEdit / Native MIDI support being added (windows)
« on: March 15, 2012, 10:40:57 PM »
This. Is. A. Big. Deal.

The latest version now includes baked-in, native MIDI support.  No more fussing around with Java, tray apps or the proxy server.  The MIDI toolbar at the top of the app now lists and connects to any MIDI devices registered within Windows.

These same changes are in the works for MacOS too so don't feel left out.   I just wanted to get the latest test build into Windows users hands as soon as it was available.  Look for a similar update for Mac within the coming weeks.


ZenEdit / Major Milestone
« on: February 05, 2012, 11:52:39 PM »
Version 2.1 (still beta) is now available at http://nebiru.com/zenedit/index.cfm?event=beta.

If you installed a previous version of the beta, you must uninstall it first before installing this new one.
The installer and updating features are different now and incompatible with the old way.
Once you've upgraded to 2.1 however, you'll be able to receive automatic updates like before.

In addition to a number of bug fixes, the big new feature is the ability to send and receive SysEx directly from ZenEdit to the Zendrum with no middleman!

This new feature does require that Java be installed.  For Mac, it already is and everything should just work right out of the box.
For Windows, ZenEdit will check to see if Java is there already and if not will ask you if it can install it for you.

Once everything is setup, ZenEdit will be able to see your list of available MIDI devices and you can choose which one your Zendrum is connected to.  ZenEdit can then receive Note On and CC messages like with the old MIDI Proxy Server, but can also see Pitch Bend and all the other supported messages, as well as being able to send and receive SysEx.

In the top toolbar of ZenEdit you'll see the new MIDI controls.  There you'll choose your interface and be able to toggle to connection on and off.  When you're ready to send all your changes to your Zendrum, use the new "Transmit SysEx" feature and voilĂ !  You're done!

This is now the closest thing to real-time editing we have available on the Zendrum.  With your Zendrum connected to your computer, you make your edits in ZenEdit and hit "Transmit to Zendrum".  You can then try out the changes immediately, rinse and repeat!.   ZenEdit is also able to transmit the data at the absolute fastest rate the Zendrum supports so that the time spent uploading it is orders of magnitude faster than say MIDI-OX.

I hope you enjoy this new feature, and I hope you'll also help us in testing it out and kicking the tires.  The ZenEdit 2 beta is getting more and more solid and I hope it becomes the defacto release version soon.


ZenChat / Drunks
« on: January 19, 2012, 10:40:07 AM »
Please indulge my venting, but why is it that I always seem to attract the drunks who think not only is it ok to hobble up on stage and right into my personal space, but that it's also alright to pepper me with questions while I'm playing.  >:(

Look, I appreciate the attention and that you've never seen one of these before, blah, blah blah -- but come on man, try and show some respect.   ::)

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