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Messages - DrumWagon

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Tech Help / Re: map sustain switch to BFD automation?
« on: October 06, 2013, 09:09:53 PM »
Just the clarify, my comments above meant to say that "note off" does not mean "cut off all audio".  Roland does seem to interpret the MIDI spec in that fashion, but strictly speaking it means to stop processing all note on/off messages.  If the audio engine is still processing a sound I think it's correct to let the tails continue as it's less abrupt.

If you're truly going for that effect though, you might consider using the CC as automation in your DAW or host application, to toggle a mute function.

Just curious though, what is your goal with all this?

Tech Help / Re: map sustain switch to BFD automation?
« on: October 06, 2013, 06:31:02 PM »
Some modules (Roland for instance) cut off all the sounds when CC#123 is received.  I don't believe that's the case for BFD, but John Emrich would probably be the final word on that.  Usually #123 just means stop processing incoming note data for a short period of time.

I use BFD's choke articulations to accomplish cymbal chokes, but it sounds like you want to just abruptly cut off 'all' active sounds?

Tech Help / Re: map sustain switch to BFD automation?
« on: October 06, 2013, 12:26:40 PM »
The sustain button should not disappear if 'show unused items' is disabled.
This suggests you don't have that control configured properly or are not using the correct on-screen control.

When properly configured, the sustain button will render as a round button with nested concentric circles and will have 'CC 1' watermarked along the bottom.
On the 'Advanced' trigger settings tab, 'MIDI Message' will show 'Control Change'.  On the 'Calibration' tab, Min will be 0 and Max will be 7.  The polarity is not inverted and the response curve is zero.
These are the DEFAULT settings for a new project.  You can create a new project to confirm this and to compare to your own settings.  Please double check your settings and that you are correctly identifying 'CC 1' as that is the momentary switch.

Regarding BFD, by default the 'all notes off' (so-called panic) CC message is #123.  This is the standard message number for that feature and there is no need to remap it to #64.  It's more proper to change the CC number emitted by your momentary switch to be #123.

Personally I don't use 'all notes off' to choke as I don't find that to sound realistic.  I instead use the choke articulations for particular cymbals slots.  That's a bit more complicated however and involves customizing your keymap, converting CC messages to note on/off and creating a repeater if there is more than one cymbal you intend to make chokeable.

ZenChat / Re: BFD3 - Number of available Drum slots
« on: September 30, 2013, 11:38:48 PM »
Btw, I'm downloading it right now.. more soon :)

ZenChat / Re: BFD3 - Number of available Drum slots
« on: September 30, 2013, 02:22:36 PM »
The answer that I got on Facebook was 64 (up from 32 in BFD2).

I've been scouring the videos, PDFs and websites all morning for confirmation though and haven't gotten it yet.

For me that would be the prime reason to upgrade, though I'm also curious about the new engine improvements such as cymbal swells and velocity and resonance controls.

ZenChat / Re: playing two at the same time?
« on: September 23, 2013, 10:42:00 PM »
I haven't seen Jer around in some time, but I seem to recall he was playing a ZX and an LT together at one point.  I don't think this is the video, too dark to see if that's just a keyboard or not -- plus my memory may not be accurate on this:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iVbL2PiXZM" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iVbL2PiXZM</a>

Rob Silverman once soloed with two ZXs though:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dR2RzNjpbYk" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dR2RzNjpbYk</a>

Tech Help / Re: power on 24/7 ok?
« on: September 08, 2013, 11:39:04 AM »
Still though, why leave it turned on?  It only takes a few seconds for it to come online once you flip the switch.
My wife would be giving me sideways looks for wasting electricity like that  ???

ZenChat / Re: A very special Zendrum LT
« on: September 04, 2013, 09:41:41 PM »

ZenEdit / Re: Midi to USB ?
« on: August 29, 2013, 10:51:50 AM »
Can never go wrong with that one.

I've also begun to keep a list of devices that do/do not work over here: http://nebiru.com/zenedit/index.cfm?event=helpIndex#midiInterfaces

ZenChat / Re: Q: When is a Zendrum like a bassoon?
« on: August 23, 2013, 01:47:58 PM »
Now I feel bad for keeping this to myself for so long..

..well, at least you know it's been tried and tested :)

Tech Help / Re: Two TD20/TD30 plus BFD2 related questions.
« on: August 22, 2013, 12:25:16 PM »
None of the pad related settings within the TD20 will have any affect on the Zendrum as it sends MIDI data to the TD20, not trigger impulses.  The note velocity has already been determined by the time the data arrives at the TD20.
To affect the responsiveness and sensitivity you need to change those settings in the Zendrum itself.  The 'noise floor', 'maximum volume' and 'response curve' all work together to determine this "feel".  If you are using ZenEdit, you can see these settings graphically on the 'Response/Calibration' screen.

As for the HH pedal, if you are connecting it to the Zendrum then you should probably perform a calibration (details in the Zendrum manual) though you can also use that same screen in ZenEdit to tweak it.  The MIDI channel would be the same as the drums (10).
Someone with more experience with external CC pedals and the TD20 can chime in but I'm pretty sure the CC # it uses is #4 (foot control).


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

ZenChat / Re: EXP In Action
« on: August 11, 2013, 01:41:59 PM »
There are no rules, this guy uses the LT totally backwards:

Go with what works for you, and never stop experimenting!

ZenChat / Re: EXP In Action
« on: August 09, 2013, 11:41:21 AM »
It's probably worth pointing out that Eric wears his Zendrum completely vertical.  That eliminates any "support" concerns and allows him to reach many triggers merely by rotating his wrist.  The denseness of triggers in the lower portion of the EXP pairs very well with that technique.
In contrast, I usually have my ZX nearly horizontal and am usually moving my hands along the edges, with far more arm movements.  Everybody is different of course, and case in point -- our techniques could probably not be any more polar opposites than they are.

I also do sit down with the ZX in my lap for a couple tunes where I'm doing more "traditional" hand percussion.  It certainly takes a different technique and I find I can only do it for a short while as the way my wrists must bend causes discomfort.  If I angle the ZX away from me a bit this goes away, but not without incurring the risk of it sliding off my lap.

Everybody's approach is different and that one of the things I love about the Zendrum(s).  There's always something new to learn or be inspired by.

ZenChat / Re: BFD2 feels good, Battery doesn't
« on: August 09, 2013, 11:26:53 AM »
Cool.  Glad it helped.

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