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ZenChat / Re: FORUM IS BACK!
« on: January 29, 2013, 01:13:00 PM »
Not sure who let the cat out of the bag, but yes -- I did have a hand in getting it back up.  Was a real team effort though, I can't take all the credit for it!

ZenEdit / Re: New version freezes up
« on: October 22, 2012, 07:30:27 PM »
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."


ZenEdit / Re: New version freezes up
« on: October 21, 2012, 10:09:04 PM »
Version 2.3.1 just hit the servers.  It fixes that issue plus adds the ability to right-click a trigger to automatically select all other triggers of the same note number.

ZenEdit / Re: New version freezes up
« on: October 21, 2012, 04:53:56 PM »
By the way Rand, it looks like we've gotten to the bottom of your original 'freezing' problem here in this thread:

There'll be a version 2.3.1 arriving on the servers later this evening.


ZenEdit / Re: New version freezes up
« on: October 21, 2012, 12:48:05 PM »
Well it seems that manufacturers are still making MIDI devices with incomplete or broken SysEx support.

I like the Alesis cable.  I especially like that all the electronics are contained within the USB plug and that no drivers are required.  But that looks to also be its Achilles heel as it looks like the on-board driver is simply broken when it comes to SysEx and it cannot be upgraded.

There's very little about it online, but I did find a couple people complaining about its SysEx support, so at least we're not the only ones:

My suspicion, after playing with some low-level code, is that it is transmitting the data at a rate that is too high for the Zendrum to accept.  There's not a damn thing we can do about that though.  That it works in MIDI-OX is a mystery.  But considering the size and age of that program I suspect they have written their own low-level code for transmitting SysEx whereas I'm relying on the modern Windows multimedia subsystem (API).

If you're looking for a similar product that does work with the Zendrum and ZenEdit, then I suggest the M-Audio USB Uno.  It's been around awhile and the latest drivers are 100% compatible:  http://tinyurl.com/8f9l5j8

I'm going to update the support page on the ZenEdit site to show which interfaces are known to be compatible and which are definitely not.

ZenEdit / Re: New version freezes up
« on: October 21, 2012, 10:34:20 AM »
Well, it's definitely not you, and it's not Vista.  I'm able to recreate the SysEx issue on a beefy Windows 7 machine too. 
Now that I have a consistent way to recreate it I can start to debug it.  Will let you know what I find.


ZenChat / Re: First major boo-boo :(
« on: October 19, 2012, 12:33:42 PM »
If you turn it in the light you can see the edges where the super glue transitions into the rest of the Zendrum.  If it were just a ding or a gouge on a flat surface, then this method of fixing could make it imperceptible.  But since I had to basically shave down one of the pointed corners, It was harder to "feather" it into the surrounding surfaces.
I haven't taken it out into natural sunlight yet but I suspect it will be more noticeable there.

ZenChat / Re: Anyone still listening here?
« on: October 19, 2012, 12:26:37 PM »
Thanks for the promo!  Unfortunately I'm not playing anywhere until next Friday -- nothing going on this weekend.

My complete roster is located here: http://nebiru.com/drumWagon/page.cfm/Shows


ZenEdit / Re: New version freezes up
« on: October 18, 2012, 07:11:49 PM »
The cable arrived today.  As soon as I have time to setup a Vista install I'll start messing around with it.

ZenChat / Re: First major boo-boo :(
« on: October 17, 2012, 02:08:51 PM »
Looks fine to me, but then I'm always looking down on it like this ;)

Flashes me back to when someone here asked if you could flip the image over in ZenEdit.  I guess they played theirs upside-down like FM  :D

ZenEdit / Re: New version freezes up
« on: October 16, 2012, 09:26:07 PM »
It's not a big deal -- with every issue that pops up and that we squash, the program just becomes that much stable. 

I've just Amazon Prime'd that cable -- will let you know what I turn up in my experiments.

ZenChat / Re: First major boo-boo :(
« on: October 16, 2012, 01:54:46 PM »
So over the weekend I worked up the courage to take sandpaper to my Zendrum.  I figured if anything I couldn't make it much worse.

Turns out it wasn't all that big a deal though.  It does take a lot of patience, but in the end the fix looks pretty good:

With practice I could probably do a better job, but I'm fairly happy with how it turned out.

Thanks for the advice David!

ZenEdit / Re: New version freezes up
« on: October 15, 2012, 04:03:29 PM »
Honestly I will not be surprised if this turns out to be an issue with Vista Home, however the USB MIDI cables are inexpensive enough that I can try to obtain one to perform some further tests.  Can you tell me the exact model number, and if it required drivers, what version number you are using?


ZenEdit / Re: New version freezes up
« on: October 10, 2012, 02:34:33 PM »
Okay.  Unfortunately it sounds like (for the time being) ZenEdit's built-in MIDI is not compatible with your setup.

If you can detail your setup I can try to recreate it here and work on a solution.  I'd like to know what version of Windows you have and if it is 32 or 64 bit, and what MIDI device your are using.  With this info maybe I can update ZenEdit so that this feature will work for you.  In the meanwhile you can continue to just export your SysEx to MIDI-OX.

ZenEdit / Re: New version freezes up
« on: October 09, 2012, 09:05:21 PM »
That's pretty weird about AIR as it's usually good at keeping itself up-to-date.  It sounds like somehow yours was stuck with an older version or something.  Glad to hear you have that sorted out now though.

If you're able to export and/or transmit SysEx then you are not using the demo version.  Those operations are only available in the full version, so sounds like you're good there.  You can also verify this by going to the Help menu.  If the items for registering or purchasing ZenEdit are grayed out then you have the full version for sure.

That you are seeing activity on the Zendrum when you transmit the SysEx is a good sign.  That indicates that you have correctly setup MIDI within ZenEdit and are connected to your Zendrum.

Some things to try:
1) Make sure no other programs are also using that MIDI port at the time you are transmitting, including MIDI-OX.  They can interfere with the port or block it.
2) I sometimes have to try transmitting a couple times.  Some machines and MIDI interfaces are more finicky than others.  This is true for me when using MIDI-OX too.  Sometimes the transmission will start, but the Zendrum never acknowledges receipt of the final data packet.  When this happens, I just start it again.  You can just press CTRL+T on PC or CMD+T on MacOS to transmit the SysEx.


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