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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.

Tech Help / Re: Volume Control Pedal
« on: March 22, 2010, 10:05:49 PM »
Not the greatest photo, but you can see the CC knob I use for volume here:

Page 167 of your TD-10 manual (http://lib.roland.co.jp/support/en/manuals/res/1811143/TD-10_eG.pdf) lists which CCs (control change) it responds to.  It would appear that the TD-10 does not support CC#7, at least in it's unexpanded form.  I would try it anyways as #7 is a pretty rudimentary function and it may just be that the manual is wrong (wouldn't be the first time).  Also if you have an expanded TD-10, they may have added that feature.

ZenChat / Re: What's in the oven?
« on: March 11, 2010, 02:16:57 PM »
Looks like a very efficient trigger layout.  Great job maxing it out!

Tech Help / Re: Volume Control Pedal
« on: March 11, 2010, 02:15:26 PM »
I would think any ol' MIDI pedal will do, although you'll need one that supports MIDI THRU to be able to hook up both the pedal and your Zendrum to the TD20 at the same time.

When you get the Z4 upgrade, have David install a CC knob on the back.  I have one on mine that I use to control MIDI volume and it's fantastic.

BTW, the CC number for volume is #7 and yes, the TD20 supports it.


ZenChat / Re: Z4 GUI Wishlist, Now Taking Requests
« on: March 10, 2010, 11:49:29 AM »
Sorry, I guess I didn't make that part clear -- yes, you can move around any trigger.  There is nothing special about the 6 extra triggers.  Any of the triggers can be moved, edited, resized, etc.


ZenChat / Re: Z4 GUI Wishlist, Now Taking Requests
« on: March 09, 2010, 03:31:58 PM »

ZenChat / Re: Z4 GUI Wishlist, Now Taking Requests
« on: March 09, 2010, 11:09:09 AM »
Those 6 triggers floating in the upper-right (the bone yard) represent the custom triggers. 

Up on the toolbar you can change the current "mode".  If you change it to "move mode" (that second icon) then you can drag around individual triggers.


ZenChat / Re: Z4 GUI Wishlist, Now Taking Requests
« on: March 08, 2010, 06:22:48 PM »
I noticed the "Center" pads are labeled C1-C4, and the "Custom" pads are labeled C1-C6.  

Good catch ;)  tnx!

ZenChat / Re: Z4 GUI Wishlist, Now Taking Requests
« on: March 08, 2010, 02:41:18 PM »
Jeremy, some great ideas there, but these are more for the "blue sky" thread as they fall under the purview of the hardware and machine programming folks.  While my application will make editing your Zendrums' configuration easier, it cannot alter the basic machine code or add non-existent features.

The editor that I'm working on is at its heart a sysex manipulator, much like the Mokugyo app that was available for the 3.x boards.  Mokugyo only went as far as exposing the note numbers though, whereas this new editor goes much deeper.

The sysex memory images for the 4.0 boards weigh in at around 8Kb -- much larger than the 3.x.  That's roughly 8000 unique memory addresses each of which (for the most part) hold a single setting's value.  So there are for instance 30x16 addresses that hold the note numbers, and another set that hold the channel numbers, etc.  When you tally up all the "known" addresses there's still a substantial block of memory that is unaccounted for for.  There's no telling what gems are hidden in there as it's pretty clear, and David has hinted as much on this forum, that the machine programmer went well beyond the initial feature spec.  I suspect that the settings for these extra features lurk within the unmapped areas of the sysex image and are undocumented simply because the simple physical interface of the Zendrum cannot expose them.  A PC based editor of course can bridge these limitations.

The first of these "hidden" features that I've discovered is the ability to define exactly which 4 notes are used for the crossfade feature.  Not earth-shattering for those people using VSTs exclusively, but for the module folks, that'll be huge.  And I hope to uncover other such treasures!

Here is a sneak peek at the interface that's under development.  Not shown here are the 'selected trigger edit pane' nor the various view modes.  For each trigger (and in each user setup) you'll be able to control the label/information that is shown.  Whether it be the canonical names (as shown) or the midi note number, note name, GM map name, GM icon, module specific name or a completely custom identifier.

Annotations will play a big part in the final app.  You'll be able to name and annotate pretty much everything.  Each user setup can be given a name and descriptive text, groups of triggers can be colored (and moved around for custom rigs).  You can even customize the color and wood grain for the body.  Once you've got things setup the way you like, you can then print or export the data.  You can also transfer the data from one Zendrum to another, share your setups with friends, etc.

I'll share more information as it develops.  


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