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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
As much as I loath GC, I have to hand it to them that the Simmons DA200S makes for a very good monitor. Good form factor, easy to cart around, small footprint, decent price, powerful sound and fairly flat response at all frequencies. It's also very directional which is either good or bad depending on your situation.
There are reviews of it elsewhere on this forum and also over at vdrums.
Hi Alan. I've answered this in your email, but will repeat it here for brevity. I thought I had posted about this somewhere back when it was discovered, but can find no record of it.
"This is a known issue with 10.6. ZenEdit shows a prompt when it is launched stating in effect to not worry about it. There is a checkbox on that warning to 'not show again'. At some point you must have checked that if you're not seeing it.
Nothing to worry about, and the problem goes away in newer versions of OSX."