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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.


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.

ZenEdit / New video
« on: February 01, 2013, 07:24:06 PM »
Here is a "getting started" video that was created during the time that the forum was down, so chances are you might have missed it.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRoSmanHdSw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRoSmanHdSw</a>

Also, please note that this forum now allows you to embed YouTube videos! :)

It also now integrates with Facebook (there's a 'like' button on each post).  Give a holler if there are any additional features you'd like to see.


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.

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