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 on: February 13, 2014, 11:01:07 PM 
Started by randtor - Last post by randtor
Well, #2: I was able to get the hihat set up, using the manual, reading and testing, fine tuning and finally voila! I hit the right combination, and unlocked the secrets hidden within (sounds like "Zelda", lol!). I now have variable shank, variable tip, and both with a foot chick and a splash when releasing the foot pedal quickly. The only minor aggravation is the delayed response in the opening of the hat when I lift my foot up from the pedal. I'm sure there is a way to tweak that, and I will explore and test further... the 'preferences' area sounds promising!
#3 - How do you set that up thru midi learn? I can see where the volume control has a MIDI # (cc7) and I can see the value change (in the MIDI log) as it should. I am not certain how to tie it in with the volume control on the ZD. Any direction you can give me?
#4. Choke is not going to work unless I do what you are doing, DW, ie: a MIDI filter plug in.. but I don't know what that is!! Can you explain? Thanks DW.
Rand

 42 
 on: February 12, 2014, 05:26:38 PM 
Started by randtor - Last post by randtor
DW,
#2: I have read that 3-4 times, I guess I still am not doing it correctly. I will try again, at least I know the answer is in there somewhere! ;D

#3: Ahah! I will try that through the MIDI learn feature.

#4: **Gark!**  :-[ 'scuse me while I choke... ok, what the heck is a "MIDI filter plugin", lol!

Isn't it strange that it worked with the Roland TD20, and it won't work with BFD3? It must have something to do with one being a synthesized signal, and the other a recorded sample I suppose. Ah well, I took the plunge with BFD3, so I have to keep at it!

Thanks Darin.... I'll post results when I get a minute to try this all out , hopefully later tonight.
Rand

 43 
 on: February 12, 2014, 11:54:34 AM 
Started by randtor - Last post by DrumWagon
For #2, see "Variable hihat control" here:
http://www.fxpansion.com/webmanuals/bfd3/operationmanual/index.html?using_electronic_drumkits.htm

For #3, I have my volume knob connected to the master fader via the MIDI learn feature.

For #4, there are various ways to accomplish this.  Personally I use a MIDI filter plugin to convert the button CC to a Note On message.  The note message is mapped to a choke articulation within my key map.

hth

 44 
 on: February 12, 2014, 06:51:44 AM 
Started by randtor - Last post by randtor
Hi all,
The forum is not getting as much use as it used to unfortunately. I do keep an eye on it, and I also belong to the facebook group. I believe these questions are better served here on the forum. I have searched and read several threads but I am not seeing exact answers to these questions, so here goes:

1. Kick pedal - works fine, set up as #4 MIDI, and ties right in to the kick sample.
2. Hi hat pedal - Roland FD8. Not so much. I can't get it to tie in to the hihat sample. I set up a variable hihat on an unused MIDI #, it triggers fine within BFD3, but I can't seem to tie it in with the pedal. I did a ZD calibration on all of these btw. What am I missing?
3. volume knob - even after a calibration, I can't seem to get this to work. It is set for the MIDI volume # as specified in the ZD manual (not at the ZD at the moment, so I forget the # offhand), and after calibration it still has no effect. Operator error I am sure... but what error?!?
4. Choke -  I have read a lot of older info on this forum, but no specific answer that I can fathom. I  want to choke my cymbals using the button on the back, and it just does nothing, even with different #'s I have tried, including #64, 123, etc. I also set it to #1 for "damper" mode. Is there a solution?

All of these worked fine when I was using the Roland TD20 module. There is a pretty steep learning curve for BFD3 (at least for me) but I understand it pretty well now after a mucking around the past couple of months. SO, any thoughts on getting this set up right would be appreciated. Thanks!
Rand

 45 
 on: February 10, 2014, 07:09:11 PM 
Started by rhombus - Last post by rhombus
Well it looks like the Alesis Sample Rack will be $200, damn cheap, good enough for me. The only thing that would make it perfect is if it was a half rack and didn't have the trigger inputs. Sure would be nice to have the MIDI on the front side too. Still though, if I can't have everything this will get me close enough.

 46 
 on: January 29, 2014, 10:30:19 AM 
Started by rhombus - Last post by DrumWagon
Yes, I'm afraid that a unit with everything you're describing simply does not exist.  There are small and cheap units and there are units that can run VSTs or allow loading of samples but those are never cheap and rarely all that small.
Building new Zendrum rigs has always had a high level of give and take ;)
http://nebiru.com/drumWagon/index.cfm/2011/8/1/Korg-NanoKONTROL

 47 
 on: January 29, 2014, 12:10:28 AM 
Started by rhombus - Last post by rhombus
There really aren't that many options. The Alesis SR series doesn't appear to allow you to load your own sounds, neither does the Boss DR. Korg hasn't sold a hardware Electribe for a few years. I have an iPad, but I figure the latency is pretty bad and I haven't really found software for it that would cover my need. I wish that DM Dock would be released soon but again I'm concerned about latency. The Alesis Sample Rack while too big for my preference is probably the closest thing I've seen. I'd prefer to spend $200 or less, but no more than $500 because beyond that I might as well get a whole new drum brain or use a laptop :/

This is where we now talk about making a ZenDrum Drive Mini for <$500 ;)

 48 
 on: January 28, 2014, 09:25:20 PM 
Started by rhombus - Last post by DrumWagon
I highly doubt it supports more than 2, possibly 4 total samples per setup.  That unit is designed to augment a set with only two inputs and would not be suitable for Zendrum.

There are many small drum machines out there with the ability to be powered by batteries if that's what you're after.

 49 
 on: January 28, 2014, 08:17:55 PM 
Started by rhombus - Last post by rhombus
I think I've found what I'm looking for. Roland's new TM-2 module, I guess announced at NAMM last week. It's pretty much perfect for what I need. Here's what I like:
  • MIDI In and Out
  • SDHC card support for loading your own drum samples
  • Small form factor
  • Can be run with 4x AA batteries

The battery operation is fantastic, would make it great for jamming! The only question without an answer is polyphony.

http://www.rolandus.com/products/details/1308/488

 50 
 on: January 25, 2014, 11:39:44 AM 
Started by rhombus - Last post by DrumWagon
The smallest modern (VST based) one I'm aware of is the V-Machine.
http://www.smproaudio.com/index.php/en/products/v-machines/v-machine

There are of course a lot of small drum machines out there still as well, such as the Alesis SR series, Boss DR, Yamaha RX, Korg etc.  Though obviously these all sound dated.

It's quite a bit larger than the V-Machine but I've always thought the Alesis DM-Dock showed a lot of promise too, if only for the ability to change kits and parameters on the fly.

HTH


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