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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!

ZenChat / Re: stick and fingers...
« on: July 12, 2010, 10:01:15 PM »
Reminds me of what John Emrich posted before about ways to incorporate a Zendrum Zap into a kit.


ZenChat / Re: Z4 GUI Wishlist, Now Taking Requests
« on: July 12, 2010, 09:14:54 PM »
ZenEdit 1.0 has now been officially released!

You can pick it up for Windows, Mac OS or Linux today at:


Documentation is still somewhat sparse, but I wanted this get this app into your hands as quickly as possible ;)
There are some tutorial videos on the site that should get you started, and I'm available here or on the ZenEdit forum to answer any questions you may have.

cheers, and thanks for your patience in seeing this go live!

ZenChat / Re: New Mac Mini
« on: June 18, 2010, 04:09:01 PM »
Hmm, interesting.    I'd be a bit concerned about the quality of the power it's delivering having an internal transformer, not to mention the heat generated by using such a small one, but that certainly is an engineering feat.

ZenChat / Re: New Mac Mini
« on: June 18, 2010, 11:53:10 AM »
NO WALL WART!!!!!!!!!

Well, no.  But be aware that there IS a power brick.  The minis do not have internal transformers -- same basic guts as a netbook.

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