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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.

ZenChat / Re: what's this drum controller?
« on: May 31, 2013, 10:59:06 AM »
According to Wikipedia, it's a Tsumura JD21 percussion controller, manufactured in 1989 and definitely Japanese.  There's not a whole lot of information available on it, but here's some imagery that shows how it was held and played:  http://tinyurl.com/m4jwxqp

ZenChat / Re: Hey Youse Guys!
« on: May 17, 2013, 09:55:54 PM »
Welcome back!  We've put a fresh layer of paint on the forum and it's now open for business again.  Glad to see you!


ZenChat / Re: triggers
« on: May 06, 2013, 11:26:28 AM »
Unfortunately no, the trial version does not allow for exporting or transmitting of SysEx.  The trial is just meant to give you a taste for how the program operates and what features are available.

You'll find in the demo that ZenEdit allows you to tweak the noise floor, calibration and response curves for each individual trigger -- in each individual setup if desired.  It's invaluable in that regard, on top of all the other features.


ZenChat / Re: triggers
« on: April 30, 2013, 05:29:00 PM »
IMHO that's just the nature of the beast.  Variations seem plausible based on the consistency in the manufacture of the peizos, the construction of the triggers, variations in the density and thickness of the wood throughout the body of the Zendrum, etc.

I too have some triggers that are more/less sensitive than others.  I personally use ZenEdit to tweak these.


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