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Thanks Lantz!  I agree,  ZenEdit is the perfect compliment to the Z4.  The Z4 board on its own is fantastic, but the power that ZenEdit unleashes in it really allows it reach its full potential.

Between taking control over crossfades and the ability to micro-manage trigger calibrations, I've never sounded this good on my Zen!  I truly feel it's a "must have" Zendrum accessory, even if I am tooting my own horn :)

Lantz, there is a video about the proxy server located on the download page.  You should start there.


ZenEdit / Re: ZenEdit: The Z4 Computer Interface
« on: July 24, 2010, 08:29:46 AM »
Awww shucks, you guys are gonna make me blush!

Seriously though, I really appreciate your kind words.  ZenEdit has been a real labor of love, but knowing that other zendrummers are getting real value from it makes it all worthwhile.

Thanks again! 

Ok, v1.0.15 just hit the servers.  This version adds the ability to edit crossfade points!

For each setup, you can now set the precise points at which your Zendrum will switch between the cross-faded instruments.

Also new in this version is the ability to swap triggers.  You can now select 2 triggers and press Ctrl+W (or select "Swap Selected Triggers" from the Edit menu) and ZenEdit will swap the settings for the triggers.  This makes it easier to move stuff around when you are experimenting with your layout.

To obtain the latest release, choose "Check For Updates" from the Help menu.

There has actually been a flurry of updates recently, so make sure you check for updates once in a while to make sure you have the latest fixes and features.
You can always see the revision history here:


ZenEdit / Re: A quick thanks to DrumWagon
« on: July 23, 2010, 08:35:21 AM »


"Aww shucks.  Thanks!"


No, the current Zendrum board doesn't seem to support a real-time connection, so for the foreseeable future ZenEdit will remain an off-line sysex editor.  i.e., you make your changes in Zenedit and then push them up to your Zendrum manually when ready.

Funny you should ask about editing the cross-fade points, as I just recently (last night) added code to support this.  I'm still working on the UI for it, but expect to be able to tweak them within the next week or two.


ZenEdit / Re: Sysex problem
« on: July 20, 2010, 09:25:56 AM »
Here's a quick primer on dumping sysex, hope it helps.

I'm using MIDI-OX (at the time of this writing there is a newer beta, make sure you have the stable version).

1) Open MIDI-OX and go to View --> Sysex...
2) In the BOTTOM area, right-click and select "Manual dump".  You can also get there from the Sysex menu at top.
3) MIDI-OX will now go into wait mode.  From your Zendrum, initiate the Ed (exclusive dump).
4) Once done (the Zen will stop flashing and MIDI-OX will show no activity) again right-click at the bottom and select "Save As".

The resulting file should be just over 8KB.

If you continue to have trouble, then the next thing to do is to check your MIDI interface and cable, along with making sure you have the latest drivers.  I had a problem similar to what you're describing (although with a DM Pro, not a Zen) and the problem turned out to be bad M-Audio drivers.


White Noise / Re: Not feeling very Zen right now...
« on: July 16, 2010, 11:54:56 AM »
Hang in there Jaay!  Trust me, we ALL go through this.  Electronic drummers and Zendrummers even more so due to peoples latent prejudices.  You just gotta keep plugging away and trust you'll find the right people eventually.

A life of drumming is a journey.  You're just stuck at a rest stop right now -- you'll be back on the highway before you know it!

I don't have a Zendrum, but... / Re: Some questions about wireless
« on: July 15, 2010, 06:30:59 PM »
Just following up here on the subject of wired connections to some Roland modules not working once an internal MIDIJet is installed.

I've received instructions from David's electrical engineer on how to fix this, and applied the fix last night.  I'm not advocating you attempt this fix yourself, but if you're brave or simply curious I've written up instructions along with some photos here:



ZenEdit / Re: Multiple Modules?
« on: July 14, 2010, 09:24:06 AM »
What you can do right now is:
  • Select module #1
  • Edit the triggers associated with it.
  • Select module #2
  • Now edit the triggers that use *that* module.

Changing back and forth between modules is perfectly legal and won't harm your project.  The module selection merely controls the labels on the triggers and within the note selection drop downs.
For the SPD-XX units (and for all other unsupported modules or software), simply use "General MIDI".  For some units (such as the SPD-XX) there really aren't any custom mappings to speak of and GM can be used.  This is also why the default module setting is GM. 


ZenEdit / Re: Roland TD-10 module
« on: July 13, 2010, 11:43:44 PM »
You're right!  How'd I miss that?

It's now in version 1.0.9.  If you've installed the app, you can go to "Help > Check For Updates" to obtain it.

I'll also be updating the website so that it lists all the supported modules.

ZenEdit / Re: Multiple Modules?
« on: July 13, 2010, 11:16:19 PM »
Right now it only supports one module per user setup, but that is an interesting idea.. hmmm.....

ZenChat / Re: Z4 GUI Wishlist, Now Taking Requests
« on: July 13, 2010, 04:35:40 PM »
Thanks Mark, I really appreciate the kind words.

I guess it's worth doubly pointing out that ZenEdit will ONLY work with 4.0 boards.   It cannot interpret data from a 3.x board.

For a 3.x Zendrum, you can probably still use Mokugyo (http://zendrum.com/resource-site/zmokug.htm).  I believe (but someone correct me if I'm wrong) that Geosphere wrote that app.  It's sort of a one-trick-pony in that it only allows you to change note values, and only speaks general MIDI, but it does what it does well and I myself used to use it before I upgraded my board.

ZenEdit of course goes much farther than that.  On just comparing that one feature (changing notes) ZenEdit brings to the table:
  • Can use note names from GM, your module or your software
  • Can display melodic note names.
  • Can set values for all 4 crossfade points.

And of course that's not to mention all the other features it exposes, such as fine tuning the calibration for each trigger by setting the noise floor and velocity curve.  So in that sense, they are apples and oranges.


ZenChat / Re: Z4 GUI Wishlist, Now Taking Requests
« on: July 13, 2010, 12:19:09 PM »
Drum Wagon can you post the steps on how we hook up our Zendrum and computer to be able to transfer what we edit. This would be helpful to those of us that are computer challenged. Thanks for doing this it will be a Great asset to the Zendrumming community. Thumper

Thumper, I've placed some rudimentary instructions up here:  http://nebiru.com/zenedit/index.cfm?event=helpIndex

Hope this helps,

ZenChat / Re: Z4 GUI Wishlist, Now Taking Requests
« on: July 13, 2010, 10:22:41 AM »
Woo Hoo!  A promotion!   :)  Thanks Paul!

And thanks for the shout-out David!

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