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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.

ZenEdit / Version 2.4.1 release (EXP support)
« on: July 21, 2013, 12:16:59 AM »
New Windows and Mac OS builds are now available from the ZenEdit site.

Changes included:
  • Finalized trigger layout for the new EXP model Zendrum.
  • Adding Zendrum TRS 2.0 library mapping file.
  • Application is now smarter about picking the default loadout per model.
  • New loadout configuration available (EXP).
  • Improved graphics quality when printing.
  • EXP wood grain now aligns with the body.
  • Ability to double-click model in 'new dialog' to accept all defaults and close.
  • Various small UI fixes.

I don't have a Zendrum, but... / Re: Today's the day !
« on: July 18, 2013, 01:20:34 PM »
Congratulations!  Now comes the hardest part, the waiting!   :)

Tech Help / Re: Power switch replacement
« on: July 13, 2013, 04:32:05 PM »
Here's a couple shots of the back of mine.  Kinda hard to make out the pad since it's all black, but I think you get the idea.  This is an old-school spongy mouse pad, about a quarter inch thick.  Something like this http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-Standard-Mouse-Pad-Gray/dp/B00004ZAGC/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1373754464&sr=8-6.


Correct.  At the time of this writing, each new Zendrum purchase includes a ZenEdit license.  This obviously does not apply to secondhand purchases however.


ZenEdit / Re: Standard layouts?
« on: July 11, 2013, 10:05:44 PM »
Yes, it comes with mappings for all popular modules and software packages.  When you create a new project file it defaults each setup to the factory defaults which are David Haney's suggested layouts. 

My suggestion would be to download ZenEdit and start playing around with the setups and creating your own layouts.  Once you receive your license key you can unlock the demo mode.


Tech Help / Re: Power switch replacement
« on: July 08, 2013, 11:33:50 PM »
My belt was rubbing against the back of the Zendrum and digging holes in my shirts, so I added that padding to the back.  It also helps keep the Zendrum from moving around too much.  I'll try to take a picture of it next time I'm in my studio, but It's pretty much what you can probably imagine -- an old school thick, gray mouse pad trimmed to the shape of the backplate and then adhered.

Welcome to the tribe!
It's much easier to use the TD-20 map in ZenEdit to setup your triggers than remap the module.  The TD-20 however does not have a concept of left hand or right hand strokes, so you would just assign the same instrument to multiple pads.  The TD-20 does do a passable job of eliminating machine gunning -- not as good as some higher end VSTs such as BFD2, but decent enough.  Make sure you set your maximum velocity from the Zendrum to a hair below 127 to give it some wiggle room.

Tech Help / Re: Power switch replacement
« on: June 30, 2013, 03:10:56 PM »
For jobs like that I use this Scotch tape.  I call it "magic tape" as it really is surprising how well it works.  http://www.amazon.com/Scotch-Exterior-Mounting-1-Inch-60-Inch/dp/B00004Z4BV

I've had a foam mouse pad attached to the back of my Zendrum with it for years now and it has not budged.

Tech Help / Re: Power switch replacement
« on: June 28, 2013, 03:23:58 PM »
That one summer of excessive spamming drove many people away.  The hope is that they'll return now that we have better control over it.

I've replaced my battery compartment before, but never have messed with my power switch.  If it was me, I'd probably just put a cut-out rectangle of raised foam around the switch to keep from accidentally bumping it.

I don't have a Zendrum, but... / Re: But...... I hope to soon 😎
« on: June 11, 2013, 06:40:14 PM »
I think most of use here started with that or a similar module.  I myself used to use the Alesis DM-Pro, and still do for some gigs that need that less nuanced, totally machine-sounding groove.

I also used to like the EM-U Planet Earth module, though it was far more difficult to program.  There are also a plethora of Roland, Yamaha and Alesis modules and drum machines to be had on the cheap on eBay.  If you're going for realism and expressiveness though, skip all that and start researching software based approaches.  For a plug-n-play experience, consider the Zendrumdrive.

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