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Tech Help / Re: ZENdrum sending pitch bend to BFD2-can't get it to stop
« on: January 18, 2010, 12:31:11 PM »
Have you checked what CC value your momentary switch is set to?

ZenChat / Re: Alesis DM10 Pro Kit
« on: January 15, 2010, 09:17:07 AM »
Heh, beat me to it.  Just got the email from Alesis.

I also notice Best Buy of all people is going to be a distributor.  Opens up the possibility of finding a super coupon deal.  Also makes it easier to try it out, assuming they'll have one on the floor.

Now if only I could stand going into a Best Buy  ::)

ZenChat / Re: Enabling cymbal choking in BFD/BFD2
« on: January 14, 2010, 11:55:58 AM »
That's an interesting unit.  Have you played with one yet?  Specifically with BFD2?  The specs on it seem a little underpowered.

Also I worry about the ambient noise of a 1u enclosure.  These appear to essentially be blade servers with an e-mu sound card slapped on.  Those tiny little case fans likely spin like bats outta hell.

Overall looks like a pretty solid solution though.  Much more affordable than a Receptor2, and probably better than whatever pricing the V-Rack will emerge with.

ZenChat / Enabling cymbal choking in BFD/BFD2
« on: January 13, 2010, 11:43:48 PM »
I've written a simple plug-in that can convert specific CC messages into NOTE ON ones.  This plug-in is specific to Reaper.  If you're married to another DAW or VST host then it won't work for you, but if you already use Reaper, run BFD in standalone mode, or are flexible with your hosts, then I'm sure you'll find it useful.  To use it, simply place it in your effects loop above your other VSTs so that it filters the MIDI messages before they reach BFD2.  The default settings should provide instant gratification. :)

Feel free to download and use it:  http://nebiru.com/drumWagon/page.cfm/ReaperJS
Hope you find it as useful as I have.


ZenChat / Went whole hog on upgrades
« on: January 01, 2010, 11:20:24 PM »
Starting the new year off right with wireless, maxed-out triggers, a volume knob and the Z4 upgrade.

I know it's been said here before, but if you're on the fence at all about getting the new Z4 board, DO IT!  The sensitivity and feel are completely off the charts.   :o

Some pictures and blah, blah, blah here:

And thanks again David, you are a gentleman and a scholar!


Tech Help / Re: no volume on BFD2
« on: December 08, 2009, 11:27:48 AM »
Are you using a sound device that supports ASIO?   For Windows we have http://www.asio4all.com/ to fake it in software -- not sure if there is a mac equivalent though.

ZenChat / Re: Blue Sky suggestions to the engineers
« on: December 07, 2009, 04:59:19 PM »
In fact my Zendrum is currently making its way across the country to get the Z4 transplant.

That doesn't make what I'm suggesting moot though.  It's during the scrolling for midi notes (or any similar editing) that there is the danger of editing the wrong trigger by bumping or brushing another.  I still think a way to "lock on" to a particular trigger would be a great feature.

ZenChat / Re: Blue Sky suggestions to the engineers
« on: December 03, 2009, 05:14:48 PM »
How about a switch to turn "chase" on and off?   It would be really handy when doing edits if I could hit the trigger I'm interested in and then lock onto it.  I can't tell you how many times I've been in an edit mode and then accidentally brushed another trigger and wound up editing the wrong pad  :-\

Maybe a little rocker switch could be placed near the cursor wheel.  When enabled, no further pads would respond to being hit -- all edits would be made against the one that was last hit before the switch was enabled.

Media / Re: Read Some where there is a Video David did for New Bees
« on: November 10, 2009, 10:33:08 PM »
Just wanted to chime in that those videos and the "one handed groove" technique in particular were immensely helpful to me when starting out.  IMHO, they should be shipped on a DVD with every new Zendrum  ;D

ZenChat / Re: Zendrums w/ Sounds: A Dissenting Opinion
« on: October 11, 2009, 03:00:55 PM »
Oh!  Please ignore my rant -- I shoulda dug a bit deeper first.  Apparently these guys have some (very sexy) rack versions coming soon!



ZenChat / Re: Zendrums w/ Sounds: A Dissenting Opinion
« on: October 11, 2009, 02:00:38 PM »
duojet, that's an extremely interesting unit and $599 doesn't sound too pricey.  I just wish they'd released it in rack form.  It looks like it would have been very simple to move the display and controls from the top to the front.  Stretching it out to 19" would leave enough room for an internal transformer as well, allowing you to ditch the wall wart.  It's also odd that they chose to use mini plugs for the mix-in and headphone connections.

I'm guessing they were going for an ultra small, portable form factor here, to appeal to the ipod generation and intended for it to reside in studio environments only.  It's a shame because with only a few design tweaks it could appeal to the live performance crowd as well.

I'm all for small rigs, but when you factor in the AC adaptor, the merge brick, any wireless transmitters, your DI box (no way that thing is balanced) and power strips/conditioners -- you wind up with a pile of oddly shaped items and many fragile connections.   I deal with this when I use my TD-20 for a sound source.  It's part of the reason I usually leave that setup at home and still try to use my Alesis or E-Mu units whenever possible, compromising some sonic realism for ergonomics and stability.

Alas, I still haven't found my personal holy grail.  The Receptor comes closest, but is still way too expensive imho.

ZenChat / Re: Which rom upgrade for Planet Earth?
« on: October 09, 2009, 01:51:52 PM »
Think I've figured it out -- "Protean Drums" must be the one everyone has been using.

Of course that's the one that's NOT on EBay right now  :-\

ZenChat / Which rom upgrade for Planet Earth?
« on: October 07, 2009, 05:50:53 PM »
Heya peeps -- I've seen recommendations on the forum about using "the drum rom" to expand E-MU's Planet Earth module.  It's always referred to just as "the drum rom" and never by name.  Which rom exactly is everyone referring to?  None of the ones I've seen listed by name jump out as me as being THE rom to get:  http://www.vintagesynth.com/emu/planetearth.php
A lot of these are floating around on ebay right now and I've got the urge to upgrade my module to squeeze a little more life out of it.


ZenChat / Re: Wireless Battery Powered Zendrum
« on: October 03, 2009, 11:37:04 AM »
What kind of range do you think we can expect?  Is there an external antennae involved, or does it rely on radio waves escaping from the back of the Zendrum? 

I'm presuming the RF wouldn't travel through the wood very well and would need to leak out the back.  If I'm standing with my back to the receiver though then those waves would also need to get through *me* to get to the receiver as well, whereas usually the transmitter is on my back off the strap.  How much is that going to affect the range (if at all)?


ZenChat / Re: Z4 Retrofits for Existing Zendrums
« on: September 17, 2009, 11:32:24 AM »
Only took one week?   

Cool.  I've been sitting on the fence regarding sending mine in for the surgery simply based on the amount of down time I assumed I'd incur.  This is definitely heartening news!

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