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ZenChat / Re: Do your maintenance!!
« on: May 27, 2010, 05:07:25 PM »
 :-[  Oh my.

Can't stop cringing now.

Tech Help / Re: Zendrum and Alesis D4
« on: May 25, 2010, 04:34:17 PM »
When one of you D4 owners has some free time, can you post a midi mapping for it?  I'd like to support the D4 within ZenEdit 1.0 but am having trouble locating this list.  The list is simply a note number followed by a colon, followed by a short name.  Each on their own line.

For instance, here is the mapping for a DM Pro:

37:Cross Stick
41:Tom 3
42:HH Closed
44:HH Pedal Dwn
45:Tom 2
46:HH Open
48:Tom 1
49:Crash 1
53:Ride Bell
57:Crash 2
94:HH Edge Closed
95:HH Edge Open
96:HH Pedal Up

ZenEdit 1.0 uses these mappings when displaying the note values for triggers and crossfades.  Ideally we'd have mapping files for ever type of module.  Some are proving more difficult to find so if any of you owners could help out, it would be much appreciated!

-darin  :D

Tech Help / Re: Zendrum and Alesis D4
« on: May 20, 2010, 10:57:21 AM »
Have you checked the midi channel that your Zen is transmitting on and that the D4 is listening on?  Typically you will want these to both be set to 10 (defined in general midi as the 'drum' channel).    Seeing as since you said the Zen plays fine when connected to a digital piano, I'm betting it's probably transmitting on a melodic channel, probably channel 1.

User Reviews / Re: Alesis TransActive Drummer E-Drums Amplifier
« on: May 10, 2010, 12:45:30 PM »
That Simmons unit certainly has some appeal, for certain gigs.  But MAN, is it ever heavy for its size.  At 65 pounds, it's twice as heavy as an EON 515 (albeit with a sub) and with orders of magnitude less wattage.  Only comparing it to the EON because that's what I currently use when I just need a single monitor.

I suppose if you mount some after-market wheels on it though it would be more manageable.  The unbalanced inputs are a bit of deal breaker however. 

ZenChat / Re: Z4 GUI Wishlist, Now Taking Requests
« on: April 26, 2010, 09:50:13 PM »
Thumper, yes it will be possible to revert any user setup back to the factory default.  You don't have to reset the whole setup as you can also just revert selected triggers instead.

Along those same lines, you can copy user setups (or selected triggers) from other setups, or from setups in other files.  If you're familiar with how the TD-20 handles copying kits and kit pieces around between backups, it's a very similar song and dance.

Thanks for the interest you guys!


ZenChat / Re: Z4 GUI Wishlist, Now Taking Requests
« on: April 26, 2010, 09:45:24 PM »
Sticks, no it won't be free, although there will be a free trial version available.


ZenChat / Re: Z4 GUI Wishlist, Now Taking Requests
« on: April 26, 2010, 09:43:50 PM »
Jer, just checked on noise floor and YES, it absolutely can be set for each trigger.  Throwing that one onto the top of the TODO list right now.


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.

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