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ZenChat / Re: IMPORTANT: This Town Ain't Big Enough
« on: March 23, 2012, 06:30:32 AM »
A sad day indeed. Sorry it has come to this, but hopefully we'll all meet up again - virtually.
Thanks for all the hard work that has gone into this forum.
Fare well!

White Noise / Re: Spam
« on: February 06, 2012, 03:37:05 AM »
I second that. I agree many people might be put off by spam..

ZenEdit / Re: Major Milestone
« on: February 06, 2012, 03:35:57 AM »
Congrats Darin. I had a substantial ZenEdito2 session yesterday - before downloading the upgrade. Timing!

Beyond Drumming / digitalDrummer February is live
« on: January 31, 2012, 05:49:08 PM »

A quick heads-up that the February edition of digitalDrummer is now live, with the latest e-drum news, profiles and advice.

We’re just back from Los Angeles and the world’s biggest music trade show, and there’s a full report on NAMM 2012 in this issue.

digitalDrummer’s widely respected head-to-head comparisons this month include e-rides, with more than a dozen models put to the test. We also continue our evaluation of mesh heads, with three more thoroughly tested.

In this issue, we interview the original poster boy (literally) for electronic percussion, Bill Bruford, and discover that he hasn’t switched on a drum module since pulling the plug on his Simmons SDX. There's also a tribute to Tom 'The Mayor' Roady, our first cover boy.

Read all this and more in the latest edition of digitalDrummer – and feel free to share the magazine with your friends by simply forwarding this email on.

We're sure there's plenty to keep you informed and entertained in the latest issue.

PS: You'll notice we've dropped our sticks. The logo no longer has drumsticks. this is not just a reflection of my personal playing style (dropping sticks!), but of the range of applications of digital drumming - beyond just hitting heads with sticks.


User Reviews / Re: Off to NAMM
« on: January 25, 2012, 03:50:51 AM »

If you have a chance could you plug your Zendrum into a Yamaha DTX700 module and let me know how you get on. Very impressed with it in a Dublin store. Is there a MIDI note map for the DTX700?
Hi Mick, you can indeed connect the Zendrum to the DTX700 - I have done this and yes, ther are some good sounds in the 700.
By the way, caught up with John at the show - as you'll see in the February digitalDrummer, out in a few days.

User Reviews / Off to NAMM
« on: January 16, 2012, 08:59:38 PM »
The industry showcase begins in LA on Thursday and I'll be there to cover the event for digitalDrummer. Expect new offerings from Roland and also some news from Pearl about ePro. Alas, no Zendrum presence, from my understanding.  I'll be checking out all the electronic percussion-related stands, so watch this space.
And if anyone else will be there, give me a yell.

ZenEdit / Re: volume control; switching kits; sustain, all on TDW20
« on: December 16, 2011, 10:57:19 PM »
As for free trials, I'm not sure - look on the websites.
I've taken a laptop with VSTs to band practice once to use with the Zendrum. Unfortunately, it's the one time I have a blue screen of death on my Windows laptop! Luckily, I had a module with me, so rather than stuff around, I just plugged into the module.
that said, it's the only time my computer has crashed using VSTs.
From what I've heard, Macs are much more dependable (I have a desktop Mac that defies this view - it has had a main board and hard drive replaced in its first year, but that's another story). My daughters both have MacBook pros that are fantastic - although the newer one, running Lion, does have compatibility issues with lots of devices, even our printer.

ZenChat / Re: The Mayor
« on: November 29, 2011, 05:59:33 AM »
RIP Tom. You have touched so many lives.

Media / Zendrum in action
« on: November 19, 2011, 11:20:29 PM »
My band played a fundraiser last night and it was themed "Village People" (the townsfolk in the small hinterland area refer to themselves as "the village people"). Of course, it entailed donning costume, learning some VP songs and offered a great opportunity to get out from behind the kit and use the Zendrum.
Okay, the video quality is poor (really bad lighting) and the playing is not great (some might even say not even adequate), but we're among friends here.
here's a link http://vimeo.com/32385744 to one song.
Here is is on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMFGH9wExC4

I'd also look at NI's new Studio Drummer. It's reviewed in the latest digitalDrummer.

ZenChat / Re: The Mayor
« on: November 01, 2011, 07:20:43 PM »
I am deeply saddened by this news. I have only met Tom "virtually", but was instantly struck by his generosity of spirit. Tom, please know that you are in our thoughts and we wish you strength in this battle.

ZenChat / Re: Live eKit That is Kind To Your Hands
« on: October 30, 2011, 07:18:03 PM »

You should also try a variety of sticks to see what works best for you.  There are sticks specifically designed for hitting pads (Vic Firth's "E-stick" for instance) and also sticks designed to reduce the amount of vibrations passed back to your wrists (Zildjian anti-vibe).   Everyone is different of course, and individual technique pays a big part of it too. 

digitalDrummer reviewed a range of sticks and I must say I didn't notice anything beneficial with their the e-sticks or the anti-vibes. If it helps, we evaluated a range of sticks on their feel and response on mesh and rubber.
I would say the major factor is finding a sticks that "fits" - the right weight and balance. And while people seem fanatical about identical weight of the sticks, I don't seen too much reason to focus on that - our hands are not equally strong, so why get fixated on matched weight.

ZenChat / Re: Modified Guitar Stand
« on: October 27, 2011, 03:00:56 PM »
I use a Zendrumdrive as the Zendrum stand.
Probably costs a bit more than most of the converted guitar stands!

ZenChat / Re: Modified Guitar Stand
« on: October 26, 2011, 11:38:42 PM »
I just use a regular stand and lay the Zen horizontally across the bottom, rather than standing it up. Works great and has a low centre of gravity, so less risk.

ZenChat / Another Zendrummer featured in the latest digitalDrummer
« on: October 23, 2011, 10:55:50 PM »

digitalDrummer November is live

Featuring a pro drummer who uses a Zendrum as his weapond of choice, the November issue of digitalDrummer is now live - and free!
    Subscribers should soon receive their email notifications. Those who have used bogus emails to register will not.

    Inside the latest issue, you can read about drummers' drummer Thomas Lang, fresh from the widely-watched YouTube audition for Dream Theater, who shares his thoughts on e-drums in the latest issue of digitalDrummer.
    Co-incidentally, we also read about the winner of that audition, Mike Mangini, who is one of a few drummers currently touring with a hybrid acoustic/electronic kit.
    The magazine includes the first-ever e-snare head-to-head comparative review which tests eight samples against each other.
    Our regular VST section returns with more reviews and advice, and the magazine also includes sampling tips, performance advice and a reader's DIY suggestion.
    Please enjoy the November digitalDrummer by visiting www.digitaldrummermag.com. The magazine is still free - and invaluable – and you’re welcome to share links with all your friends, forum buddies and family.

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