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ZenChat / Re: Z4 GUI Wishlist, Now Taking Requests
« on: April 25, 2010, 11:04:55 PM »
An update on the Z4 GUI project.  (Now officially called ZenEdit)

Things are progressing quite smoothly and we're right on target for a summertime release for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X!

All of the major milestones have been met and what's left is really just polishing, plus work on the installer and documentation.

I'm continuing to dig around in the Z4's sysex image and am still finding gems.  For instance, in addition to the previously mentioned ability to manage crossfade notes, another new "you can't do that on a Zen" trick is the ability to set response curves for each individual trigger, rather than being stuck with one global setting.  This totally awesome feature allows you to really fine tune the response of your instrument, visually.

These little finds are quite enjoyable.  There's a real "eureka moment" whenever I stumble on some weird memory address and figure out what cool feature it impacts.  I hope to cram as many of them into the final app as possible.

ZenEdit also now has MIDI support.  As you bang on triggers and CCs, the app highlights them on screen and gives feedback on note numbers and velocity.  It's totally mesmerizing to watch the triggers light up as you tap away  ;D
Time permitting, I may also add a MIDI status window which could keep track of how many times each pad is triggered, detect crosstalk issues and display histograms of velocities.  I can see these kinds of stats being very helpful when you are dialing in and calibrating your axe.

Anyhow, I'll continue to post here with any news about the editor. A preliminary website is also now up at:


That site is still a work in progress but it does begin to detail some of the features that will be present in the initial release, plus some of the initial screenshots.  Your feedback as always is much appreciated!


Tech Help / Re: BFD2 Questions
« on: April 20, 2010, 04:12:18 PM »
Your specs sound good and you're doing well with the external drive.  The latency must be within your audio interface and/or drivers.  What are you using to get MIDI into your rig and audio out?  Are you using ASIO based drivers?

ZenChat / Re: Zendrum Layout
« on: April 08, 2010, 02:39:06 PM »
Jer, that's certainly possible with the current annotation system.  Right now I allow you to add notes to individual user setups and triggers.  I could also add that ability to the file as a whole too.

I also made a note to offer an automatic "screen shot" feature.  The feature set is really coming together now!


ZenChat / Re: Zendrum Layout
« on: April 08, 2010, 10:00:35 AM »
It's not yet ready for prime-time, however the ZenEdit application also makes a fine tool for documenting layouts like this.  With of course the added bonus of including the actual sysex file with the screenshot so that you can try out various layouts on a whim.

Doesn't help us right at this second, but just throwing it out there.

ZenChat / Re: On the topic of Zendrum sounds
« on: April 08, 2010, 09:56:32 AM »
Pretty much just ditto'n what Slavedave is saying there.  If were talking something along the lines of a V-Machine then I'd be very excited to see where this goes!   



ZenChat / Re: Z4 GUI Wishlist, Now Taking Requests
« on: April 01, 2010, 08:42:16 PM »
Second or third quarter, 2010.  Although I'll probably be looking for beta testers sometime before that.

ZenChat / Re: Z4 GUI Wishlist, Now Taking Requests
« on: April 01, 2010, 06:16:19 PM »
Yep!  You can also "name" each setup too which definitely helps keep track of them.

ZenChat / Re: Dennis Alston
« on: April 01, 2010, 02:26:34 PM »
Somewhat better view of it, and the giant wire harness running out of it: 

You can also make out some of his rig there -- looks like about 5 or 6 DM5s and DMPros.  Good night nurse.

ZenChat / Dennis Alston
« on: April 01, 2010, 02:22:06 PM »
Does anyone have any info on this custom ZX?  Appears to have about 200 triggers on it.  I'm assuming he's got at least two boards in there.


Tech Help / Re: Foot Controller Help
« on: March 30, 2010, 02:17:29 PM »
Yup.  Near as I can tell it's only active during a manual sysex receive operation.

Tech Help / Re: Help with Mokugyo / SYSEX pls!
« on: March 30, 2010, 10:28:32 AM »
Hi Luke, Mokugyo only understood ASCII text files.  MIDI-OX does allow you to convert from the standard binary format to text though.

From the sysex window, right-click in the top pane (once your sysex is loaded there) and select "Save As".  One of the file formats available from the drop down should be "text".


ZenChat / Re: New issue of Digital Drummer April is out
« on: March 25, 2010, 09:24:05 PM »
Thanks for the heads-up, I never received an email notice about it from them  :-\


ZenChat / Re: Strengthening fingers - suggestions?
« on: March 24, 2010, 04:13:23 PM »
Heh, you can be forgiven for forgetting about Fd  ;)

It would be more memorable if it displayed a numeric value, rather then just a few bars.  As it is now it's not a very useful feature (imho).

ZenChat / Re: Strengthening fingers - suggestions?
« on: March 23, 2010, 04:48:44 PM »
Heh, I actually have the opposite problem - trying to train my hands to hit *softer*, especially at frantic speeds.

Generally speaking, there is no need to really whack the triggers all that hard.  Have you tried playing around with the noise floor (FL) and volume (UL) settings?  A tweak there might be all it takes to get the dynamics you are looking for.   Failing that, adjustments to the velocity curve (rC) will probably get the results you are looking for.

Also, have you upgraded to the v4 board yet?  The dynamics there are greatly improved (IMHO).

ZenChat / Re: What's in the oven?
« on: March 23, 2010, 12:24:46 PM »
Honestly, no.  It could very well be offered as an alternative design, but I think the pads are way too closely placed for a new player.

Don't get me wrong, it's a cool layout and someone doing a lot of melodic phrasing or who has already mastered a Zen would have a field day with it.  But a newbie would have a very hard time memorizing and coming up with layouts and would need exceptional finger control to avoid accidental hits of adjoining pads.

That's just my two cents of course.

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