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ZenChat / Overcoming skepticism
« on: July 30, 2014, 07:18:22 PM »
I recently started playing with a duo - guitar and vocals - and in the initial discussions, mentioned that I play the Zendrum. I listed all the advantages, etc, but they were very skeptical. So I did my first rehearsal and gig with an acoustic kit (cocktail kit - which in itself led to some raised eyebrows).
Anyway, took the Zendrum to practice yesterday ahead of my second gig with them - and they were blown away.
So, it looks like Paisley Door will now be powered by Zendrum!
I also use the Zendrum with two other bands, but both were more accepting from the outset.
And for the record, I tend to use BFD3 and Addictive Drums via a MacBook pro, through a Presonus FireStudio mobile. I do have a wireless set-up as well, but don't really like taking audio out from the Mac.

ZenChat / Re: request: backup sound module recommendations
« on: December 09, 2013, 10:27:21 PM »
I'm told these are really good and the midi is especially quick

I believe these are reasonable too
I have looked into the 2box, but found it not zen-friendly.
One significant issue with the 2box is the HH settings. The default HH setting is open, not closed as you find with Roland, Yamaha or Alesis. so there's no way of getting a closed HH sound association with a trigger as you have to send the note and CC message simultaneously - which the Zendrum can't do.
There is a way around this, but it involves editing the HH samples in every kit - no universal setting.

User Reviews / Re: Wireless MIDI
« on: November 19, 2013, 07:39:14 PM »
How are you powering your Zendrum while using the CME x8? I think MIDI JET will provide a power option if you ask them - they did for my review sample.

ZenChat / Re: Where are these updates coming from?
« on: November 12, 2013, 12:12:29 AM »
Hi Jaay. There's a very active Zendrum group on Facebook, where a lot of these developments have been flagged. You'll also find the artwork there for the Tshirt. And we covered the new model in digitalDrummer in the John Emrich profile (remember, the magazine for which you wrote a couple of articles??) and again this month in E Doctor Smith article.

User Reviews / Re: Zendrum + iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch): A Short Review
« on: February 21, 2013, 10:23:09 PM »
Check out the February digitalDrummer. We have sifted through some of the hardware and software options and found quite a few approaches worthy of e-drummers.

User Reviews / Re: Wireless MIDI
« on: February 21, 2013, 10:21:37 PM »
Anyone tried the M-Audio Mid Air solution? It's discontinued, but significantly cheaper than the MIDIjet.

ZenChat / Re: FORUM IS BACK!
« on: January 29, 2013, 11:39:58 PM »
Thanks guys!

ZenEdit / Re: New version freezes up
« on: October 22, 2012, 06:24:29 PM »
Not sure if anyone else who is using Mac with the latest version has spotted this, but I get an error message every time I quit the program. I've sent Daren a copy of the error report.

ZenChat / Re: First major boo-boo :(
« on: October 18, 2012, 04:36:43 PM »
You repair looks great. Hopefully you won't need more practice!

User Reviews / Re: Native Instruments Kontakt 4
« on: September 23, 2012, 11:47:32 PM »
HI Chris,
I realise it's been a while and you've probably already bought Kontakt, but there are some decent upgrade/cross deals at the moment.
And yes, I have successfully used Kontakt with a Zendrum.

User Reviews / Re: Zendrum + iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch): A Short Review
« on: September 23, 2012, 11:44:53 PM »
Good point, Geo.
I am currently wading through heaps of apps for a comprehensive review in a future issue of digitalDrummer. Many of the apps out there are toys - tap the screen and they make a drum-like sound. The  iRig MIDI is a great piece of gear and has lots of potential. Then, there are apps like Garage Band and ThumbJam that are also promising.
Personally, I think the Alesis module-replacement DMpad could be the next big thing - provided it has some trigger tweaking capability and isn't just compatible with Alesis pads AND it has access to decent VST-quality sounds. Otherwise, what's the point?

User Reviews / Re: Trapkat 5Ks with Kurzweil sounds on board
« on: September 23, 2012, 11:39:28 PM »
I have been putting the 5K through its paces for a few weeks and will include a full, detailed review in the November issue of digitalDrummer, still free and online at www.digitaldrummermag.com.

ZenChat / Re: While I wait
« on: May 18, 2012, 07:00:00 PM »
It's probably worth pointing out for anyone contemplating ordering a Zendrum that it's a good idea to order extra triggers - the pain of a few a dollars more is certainly nothing compared to the cost of regret. I'm sorry I didn't do more when I had mine made.

ZenChat / Re: Our Brother, Tom Roady
« on: May 10, 2012, 03:08:30 AM »
For those who missed the obituary in teh Feb 2012 digitalDrummer, here's the gist of it....

Roady’s last gig

Tom Roady, digitalDrummer’s first profiled artist, passed away in late November, doing what he loved most – on tour with Ricky Skaggs and his family.
The percussionist died in his sleep on the Skaggs Family Christmas tour bus at Clemson University in South Carolina.
Skaggs was among the first to express his “deepest sympathy to the family at the passing of (a) dear friend and fellow musician”.
Roady was 62 and had been diagnosed with cancer a few weeks earlier, but refused to withdraw from the Skaggs tour.
He told his Facebook friends at the time: “I will be out on tour with (Ricky Skaggs) and the family including the Whites .... I know the power that this family has and they will take care of me out there as well as pray for me every day and night ..”
Roady rejected traditional treatment for his cancer in favour “a different course of treatment: one that has God first in the front of everything ... with prayer, scripture, meditation, etc.”.
He probably wrote his own eulogy on Facebook with the profound message: “The quality of the rest of my life trumps the length of my life”.
Friends say it was fitting that Roady ended his life doing what he loved most, with people who shared his passion for music.
Roady was a multi-award-winning artist whose performances grace over 1,000 records and CDs. He recorded for country acts such as Vince Gill, Brooks & Dunn, Trisha Yearwood, Kenny Rogers, Martina McBride and Randy Travis; R&B singers like Mavis Staples, Wilson Pickett, Millie Jackson, James Brown and Etta James; pop acts like Art Garfunkel, Andy Gibb, Michael McDonald and Donovan and rock acts like Bob Seger and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Roady toured with James Taylor, John Denver, Paul Anka and Ricky Skaggs and spent the last few years recording in his home studio and the studios in Nashville.
A master of all things percussive, Roady also eagerly embraced electronic instruments, and was one of the early adopters of the Zendrum.
He is fondly remembered by Zendrum creator David Haney as “a personal friend, a wise sage and a great musician”.
“I called him ‘The Mayor’ because he was a people person and knew everyone in the music business,” says Haney, who credits Roady with introducing many hand percussionists and drummers to the Zendrum.
“He was the first person to ever create an entire CD of Zendrum music back in the mid-‘90s,” Haney adds, stressing that Roady was “a determined innovator, never afraid to reach for something different”.

ZenChat / Re: Zendrum Forum
« on: May 10, 2012, 03:03:25 AM »
Great that the forum lives on... Thanks zendudes.

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