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Beyond Drumming / Re: Recording the Zendrum into Pro Tools
« on: April 20, 2011, 06:15:45 PM »
I'd avoid the generic MIDI/USB devices. I went through three different interfaces before I found one that works with the Zendrum (want to buy a generic cable anyone?).  I get great results with the M-Audio MidiSport which is cheap and easy to use.

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ZenChat / Auditioned for new band with Zendrum
« on: April 17, 2011, 05:50:56 PM »
I was asked to try out/jam with a new band and didn't want to lug my kit for just a couple of hours, so I took the Z4. So, after only a few months and not enough practice on the Zen and a sense of incredible under-preparation, I plugged in and looked at the guitarist expectantly.
"Let's try Santana's 'Black Magic Woman'," he said. This is a song my other band does really well - but it's always a bit tricky in the intro doing the cymbal roll and the start of the beat simultaneously on the kit. That's why Santana has more than one drummer! On the Zen, it was perfect - and together with my TD-20 "Live Timbales" kit, it was perhaps one of the best performances of that song I've ever done. The rest of the guys were dumb-struck.
The rest of the jam was blues and "pub rock" items - simple doof-doof-chick stuff, which is fairly easy on Z4.
Bottom line is that they were all blown away by this cool instrument and when I left, they were talking to the studio manager about the Zendrum.
As for the band, I don't think I'll be joining despite their enthusiasm. A couple of them are good musos, but their vocals are shocking and I almost cringed during every number. It's hard to believe they have regular gigs without any vocal ability.
But the point of the story is to encourage other Zendrummers to get it out there.

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ZenChat / I was looking forward to showing off my Z4...
« on: April 03, 2011, 11:06:48 PM »
Our band's agent holds a monthly jam session for the artists he represents and for any other enthusiasts wanting to play out, and last Friday, I was really looking forward to jamming with the Z4. It's something I can't really do with the band as it doesn't quite fit the oldies look and sound.
I was bolstered by the fact that our agent has an electronic kit at the jam venue.
So, full of hope, I arrived to see the Yamaha TDXplorer in action, sidled over with the my MIDI cable at the ready - only to discover that the module only has MIDI Out. WTF!!!
So, next time, I'll be taking my laptop along, but that begs the question. Output from the headphone out on the laptop is obviously stereo, and in all likelihood, the amp will have mono imputs, so I guess I'll have come up with some soft splitter.
Anyone got any tips for connecting a laptop to a PA/amp?

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ZenChat / Re: MB Pro a new beginning
« on: March 09, 2011, 10:29:36 PM »
Before you rush out and buy EZdrummer, take a good look at BFDeco. I have done a head-to-head comparison for the next edition of digitalDrummer which gives eco a slight edge based on:
1) its price - slightly cheaper
2) its tweakability - much more than EZ
3) the ability to edit the MIDI map, which is especially useful with a Zendrum - with articulation, etc.
Where EZdrummer probably has an advantage is in the area of sounds - especially with the expansion packs like the new Classics pack.

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User Reviews / Re: New pack from Toontrack - Classic EZX
« on: March 07, 2011, 11:53:54 PM »
I'll be interested in your take, Tom.

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User Reviews / New pack from Toontrack - Classic EZX
« on: March 06, 2011, 11:11:35 PM »
I've just had a brief play with Toontracks' new EZX, The Classic, and am mightily impressed. It even has a drag articulation which is easy to dial up - despite EZdrummer's lack of a MIDI map.
the samples and some fantastic grooves were laid down by Chris Whitten, who shares the behind-the-scenes making of a VST story in the May issue of digitalDrummer.
Here are some details about the pack from Toontrack:

 
With The Classic EZX®, Toontrack® Music is merging the best of the past and the present to bring your music to the forefront of today.

The Classic EZX® is a contemporary sounding drum library, bringing together all that is good about modern recording techniques with the sound of a classic Helios recording console, as known to have shaped the production on albums by bands like The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Who and many others.

Be it the slamming 70s rock song or the slim and tight contemporary pop that tops the charts of today, the sounds of The Classic EZX® will sit right in any mix.

Top Features

The Kits
The Classic EZX® features instruments from three fantastic drum brands: Yamaha, Noble & Cooley and Craviotto.

The Console
The Helios has aptly been dubbed the "Musicians Choice" of recording consoles and is still after almost 40 years in existence considered one of the best sounding of all time.

The People
The Classic EZX® was produced by Peter Henderson (Paul McCartney, Rush, Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, Tina Turner, Ringo Starr) and Chris Whitten (Edie Brickell, The Waterboys, Paul McCartney)

The Unique Mic Setup
Two interfaces and two EZXs in one! The Classic was recorded using two different setups; one contemporary multi microphone and one with only four microphones, a so called "4 mic setup". This setup is what helped shape the unique and organic production on many big albums of the 70s - a sound that is making an evident resurgence in the music at the top of the charts of today.

The MIDI
The Classic EZX® comes with two extensive libraries, played by Peter Fredlander as well as Chris Whitten himself. Peters library is organized as different songs with variations of 4-8 bar building blocks. Each song also features a Jamtrack of the full song from start to finish. In Chriss library, hes laying down his patented groove by revisiting some of the greatest hits of his stunning recording and touring history.

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ZenChat / Re: Zendrum with Electronic Music
« on: February 16, 2011, 11:44:12 PM »
You could also look at multipads like Roland's SPD-30 or SPD-S (which has sampling) or Yamaha's DTXM-12 (which was reviewed in digitalDrummer). These have built-in sounds, the ability to import samples (two of the models) and also have trigger pads, should you need extra playing surfaces.
And then, of course, there's the Zendrumdrive we've been hearing about here.

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ZenEdit / Re: Possible new features
« on: February 15, 2011, 05:38:00 PM »
Is there any tweak that speeds the learning curve for Zendrummers - eg. hit buttons 2 and 5 simultaneously and you turn into Tom Roady?

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ZenChat / Re: ANNOUNCING: ZENDRUMDRIVE
« on: February 11, 2011, 09:38:24 PM »
Zendrum has a first-rate reputation among its customers and those who know the instrument. There's no doubting that. However, I think Daniel raises a legitimate issue, especially if the ZendrumDrive is to find its place in the broader e-drum community. For years, there have been calls for an alternative to the mainstream modules and interest in VSTs is increasing, but many are intimated by the complexity. On the surface, ZendrumDrive looks like a workable alternative for edrummers, but, of course, they're waiting for independent verification. That's why publications like digitalDrummer do independent reviews - to take some of the uncertainty out of gear purchases. I'm more than happy to put this new product through the ringer - both with a Zendrum and with an e-kit. So, as they say, watch this space...

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I don't have a Zendrum, but... / Re: Ordered my new Zendrum
« on: February 10, 2011, 10:57:42 PM »
One thing lacking in EZdrummer is MIDI mapping, so it's a bit harder to get a range of articulations. BFDeco, on the other hand, gives you quite a lot of control over the MIDI mapping and besides being able to choose from a range of input options, you can also assign things like drags and sidestick quiet easily

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Music / Re: New edition of digitalDrummer - still FREE
« on: February 09, 2011, 11:12:42 PM »
Thanks for that comment - whatever it means!

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I don't have a Zendrum, but... / Re: Ordered my new Zendrum
« on: February 09, 2011, 01:47:24 AM »
Just on VSTs - you really don't have to go top-of-the-line. I'm currently reviewing two "entry-level" VSTS - EZdrummer and BFD Eco, and both are excellent, especially for Zendrums. Both come with limited sounds, but are expandable with additional sound packs and both have upgrade paths to their bigger siblings if you really need all the bells and whistles. Full review in the May digitalDrummer.

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Music / New edition of digitalDrummer - still FREE
« on: January 26, 2011, 09:12:49 PM »


The latest edition of digitalDrummer is now live with lots of e-drum news and discussion - although not the usual level of Zendrum input. (I'm waiting to do a review of the Zendrum Drive - hint, hint!)
The February issue looks at some of the innovations unveiled at NAMM.
After the huge interest in our comparison of mesh heads last year, we listen closely to e-cymbals in a comprehensive analysis of stick noise on the most popular models out there
Coverage also includes a review of two new VST offerings from names generally associated with acoustics – Bosphorus and Zildjian.
Our profiled artists are two very different musicians – percussionist Pete Lockett and Irish folk drummer Frank Jooss – and there are a few surprises in both interviews.
Read all this and more in the latest edition of digitalDrummer, and you can also win a dozen pairs of custom drumsticks by flipping through our stick comparison feature.
We’re sure there’s plenty to keep you informed and entertained in the latest issue.
The magazine is totally free, but you are required to register. Those already registered will soon get an email alert.
Enjoy!
www.digitaldrummermag.com

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For Sale / Wanted / Drum training package
« on: January 03, 2011, 11:59:03 PM »
Not really "for sale" as such, but anyone interested in the range of Railroad Media drum training DVDs can save 10% on any product - including promotional products - by ordering through the digitalDrummer website: http://www.digitaldrummermag.com/Links.html
No catch, just a further 10% off, simply by going though our website! And the training videos are not only well-priced, but also very well made. I've reviewed them in the magazine.

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ZenEdit / Re: Version 1.4.0 Released!
« on: January 03, 2011, 11:46:38 PM »
Thanks for the update - sorry for contributing to its need! Look forward to some serious ZenEdting now.

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