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 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.

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.


 on: January 24, 2014, 08:29:16 PM 
Started by rhombus - Last post by rhombus
I'm in the market for a hardware sample player, probably specific to drums. I'd like it to be small, like half a 1U rack or even smaller. It should have a USB port and/or an SD card slot for loading my own sounds. I wouldn't need any more than stereo out. Alesis just announced a couple relevant items at NAMM, the SamplePad Pro and the SampleRack. The SamplePad Pro has 8 pad triggers built into it. The SampleRack is really close to what I want but it's a 1U rackmount device. Both have trigger inputs for e-drum sets, which isn't at all necessary for a Zendrum. I want something even smaller, possibly with an AC adapter to reduce the size of the thing. The idea is to have something that's really small for jamming with friends, something that can fit in the outside pocket of my bag. It'd be nice to have an LCD for showing the name of the selected kit and perhaps a clickable rotary encoder or buttons for selecting a kit. If I really have to I'll try to build something based on Raspberry Pi and LinuxSampler or drumkv1, but that would be a lot of work to build a cape with MIDI and audio jacks. If anybody has any other similar product suggestions, I'd appreciate it.

 on: January 23, 2014, 04:33:31 PM 
Started by JimmyTheSaint - Last post by MustangMick
There is the Korg Nanopad 2,if you want to do basic / single shot / DJ triggering with a USB interface but it is a million miles away from the response of a Zendrum.


 on: January 22, 2014, 12:53:17 AM 
Started by JimmyTheSaint - Last post by JimmyTheSaint
Something like the Zap or Zap^2?
Something significantly smaller and more convenient and ergonomic: under 1lb., requiring only one cable to be plugged into a laptop to use, a curved pad layout to lie under one's palm.

 on: January 22, 2014, 12:30:55 AM 
Started by JimmyTheSaint - Last post by DrumWagon
Something like the Zap or Zap^2? 

 on: January 21, 2014, 10:43:52 PM 
Started by JimmyTheSaint - Last post by JimmyTheSaint
Has there ever been any consideration for a "ZenDrum mini"? I'm thinking a tabletop unit with maybe up to ten triggers that you put next to your laptop and play one-handed. It would have a more "palm friendly" shape and layout, like my LT. If it weighed under 1lb., I would really love to be able to tote something like this around along with my laptop. To actually be useful in that case, it would need to be free of AC power. One USB port that powers it from the laptop and that's also the MIDI connection would do it. Eliminate the user interface stuff entirely to save power, weight, and space, instead providing a software utility that for the LED readout and parameter selection. The idea is: cheap, light and portable, yet usefully playable.

Is this feasible as a custom job, or would it require so much re-engineering that it would be too costly?

 on: December 29, 2013, 05:47:02 AM 
Started by randtor - Last post by Slyder
Couldn't agree more. My experience with customer service has been superb. Always there when you need them.

 on: December 26, 2013, 12:01:26 PM 
Started by Slyder - Last post by Slyder
Happy Indeed ! Santa delivered my new Zendrumdrive on Christmas Eve. Although I haven't had much time to give it a critique - at least on the surface - this thing is awesome. Super easy to set up my 1st note map - sounds are incredibly realistic - and without a doubt, this thing is built like a tank. I will post a general review when I have spent enough time with it to be able to share some first hand info.
Hope all in the Zendrum Community have a safe - healthy and prosperous New Year.

 on: December 09, 2013, 10:27:21 PM 
Started by JimmyTheSaint - Last post by digitalDrummer
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.

 on: December 08, 2013, 10:32:36 AM 
Started by SWriverstone - Last post by Inspector 109
I'm a happy QSC K12 user. I've never had a drum monitor that was so loud or clear. It's got a deep switch too, but that's almost too much for most situations. Very versatile for P.A., vocal, multi-instrumentalists as well with 1000 lightweight watts, a 12" woofer and horn tweeter in a kick-back, stand upright, or pole mount configuration.
Yamaha, EV, Alto, JBL, make similar powered monitors. Hard to beat the clarity and brute punch of the QSC in such a small package.
I've abused mine pretty hard for a couple of years now.
Zero complaints

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