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Messages - DrumWagon

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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.

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:


ZenChat / Re: BFD2 feels good, Battery doesn't
« on: August 07, 2013, 09:16:14 PM »
Sorry Jimmy, I must have missed your original post.  As someone who regularly uses both packages, I can say that it sounds to me that there might be something wrong with your Battery installation.  While Battery will never have as much nuance as BFD2 you should be experiencing the same dynamic range, as "MIDI is MIDI".  In other words, the minimum force required to generate a sound should be the same in either package.  The same goes for the response curve (the amount that the velocity increases as you begin to strike harder).

The Zendrumdrive uses Battery 3 too, running David's TRS library.  There are samples of it here and as you can tell, it's not lacking in quality or expressiveness:  http://www.zendrum.com/index.php?route=product/category&path=59

Again, I use both BFD and Battery 3 and while Battery may not be as realistic as BFD2, it's definitely no slouch.


ZenChat / Re: drum pedals
« on: August 03, 2013, 05:34:03 PM »
I've seen ones that do both, so you can do double strokes by pivoting front-to-back but have not seen one just for the heel.
Why not just turn your pedal around, so that your toes are on the heel plate?

ZenEdit / Re: Standard layouts?
« on: August 01, 2013, 11:09:23 AM »
You can download it from the ZenEdit site.  http://nebiru.com/zenedit/index.cfm?event=download

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.

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