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 on: November 12, 2013, 12:12:29 AM 
Started by Jaay - Last post by digitalDrummer
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.

 on: November 10, 2013, 11:36:50 AM 
Started by jonathanm - Last post by jonathanm
Hi, I'm left handed, and was wondering about holding a ZX the "wrong way" - ie with left hand on top, and right hand underneath, a bit like a left handed guitar.

How does the ZX "sit" if held like that? I mean in terms of balance, on the strap etc. Does anyone use it like that, or does anyone have a photo of it being held like that, which might help me to envisage if it would work for me?

Thanks :)

 on: November 08, 2013, 08:39:34 AM 
Started by tigerxchaos - Last post by Jaay
Hey there!  Had new information that I felt warranted its own post.

According to 109, the power switch can be bypassed so that when the main cable's plugged in to the instrument, the instrument is powered on.  He says it's not risky any kind of way and it's how all Zendrums are shipped that don't have the internal wireless.

If you're very concerned about your switch, perhaps this is an option?


 on: November 08, 2013, 08:34:28 AM 
Started by Jaay - Last post by Jaay
Greetings all!  I came across an interesting thing today, wanted to share it, get some thoughts.

I was doing research today and came across Pedaltrain's website; they've released a new, portable power supply called "Volto".  The idea behind it is to get rid of the wall-wart in a guitarist's pedal chain; one cable to the guitar, one to the amp.

My main rig is mains-powered (appropriate, huh?), but I do have a battery-powered rig.  Three seperate components (module, amp, and Battery Box), all battery-powered.  I'm wondering if this might be a better option to go with.  Here's my thoughts:

-I could use this unit to power both my main and auxiliary rigs
-USB power supply would eliminate one type of charger I'd need to have in the house
-9 hours of battery life should be enough for most reasonable gigs, especially if I can charge it back up in the car on the way home
-Eliminates battery waste (1 power supply instead of the 12 AAs and 1 9V I currently need)

-Using this for my battery-powered rig would require cabling everything together, knocking out some of the portability of the rig.
-If the power on one goes, it all goes (as opposed to before, when everything was compartmentalized)
-related to the first point; if I just wanted to use one component, I have to mate it to the power supply instead of using the batteries.

So, it seems like the biggest drawback is adding one component to the aux rig, and the biggest benefit is being able to power the main rig.  Thoughts?


 on: November 08, 2013, 08:21:32 AM 
Started by tigerxchaos - Last post by Jaay
The forum does tend to go in waves, but yeah, I think the Summer of Spam did a lot to cause the diaspora around here.  Hopefully with the new videos and EXP being released we'll see some more traffic.

I've had a few bumps of the power switch myself over time; never frequently enough that it was really a concern for me.  I regard it the same way as a drummer dropping a stick; quick hiccup, fix it, move on. Player position and a little bit of situational awareness should take care of it 90% of the time.

 on: November 08, 2013, 08:07:46 AM 
Started by Jaay - Last post by Jaay
Greetings Tribe!

So, I've been away from the forum a while, I'll admit that.  But there seems to have been some developments in Zenland that I never knew about!
I never saw an announcement about the EXP model, for example.  Nor was I aware of new demo videos being put on the main page.  Were all these published somewhere and I just missed it?  Or were they not put on the forums at all?

Secondly, and kind of more relevant to my personal interests:  109, I just saw the "Zendrum Demystified" video... where can I get that shirt?!?!?

Be well all!


 on: November 06, 2013, 03:05:03 PM 
Started by Quiet Bear - Last post by Inspector 109
Hey Quiet Bear,
Check out the new video we just put up on the demo page of the website.
DeMystifying the Zendrum explains how I can use one hand to play the entire groove.
Hope this helps!

 on: November 06, 2013, 11:36:02 AM 
Started by Quiet Bear - Last post by Quiet Bear
Can anyone recommend some sample pad setups to play while singing live with just a keyboard accompaniment. I would not be using pedals, and I would be using an Alesis DM Pro as a sound generator. Playing Jazz and swing time along with lite rock and some latin is what I am looking towards. We have always worked as a trio for 20 some years, now must work as a duo. I typically play horns and sing but would like to play Zendrum with vocals and occasionally with my Trumpet and Zendrum together (one Hand on each). Some suggestions would be appreciated. Quiet Bear

 on: November 03, 2013, 07:38:39 PM 
Started by JimmyTheSaint - Last post by JimmyTheSaint
I'd like to buy a sound module to keep as a backup whenever my Mac isn't available to use BFD2. I'm looking for convenient, and will go beyond cheap if it's worth it. I'd at least like to get as close to the feel of BFD's 128 layers as possible, and can sacrifice the number and variety of patches: I don't need to be picky about the sound as long as it sounds generally like a drum kit. I don't really know this kind of gear, but I suspect if I want BFD-like playing response, I have to pay more, and the unneeded extra sounds and functions will be included in the higher price. But I do really want a small footprint: if I have to go 19" rackmount form factor just to stay in the ballpark of what I want, I won't bother because then I might as well use my keyboard/workstation's drum sounds.

 on: November 01, 2013, 02:59:53 PM 
Started by tigerxchaos - Last post by tigerxchaos
So recently I finally decided to do something about this.
I took a trip to the hardware store and came back with one of these:  http://parksupplyofamerica.com/gproduct.php?id=ESCEW-30&gclid=CNCgtKm8xLoCFcw7MgodP00AKA

The opening is just big enough to fit around the trim on my power switch (you'll want to make sure you're getting the right size as there are a few different kinds). After a bit of trimming to accommodate the rubber foot and a pedal jack, I used removable glue to affix the washer to my back plate. It sits just the right height so as not to interfere with the foot, and resembles the same rubber material that the foot is constructed of, so it doesn't look particularly out of place. The sloping sides mean that any impacts are actually deflected somewhat rather than absorbed, so the glue takes less strain. Finally, it covers the switch quite nicely, so that I have to reach down inside to turn my ZX on and off, making it the perfect semipermanent solution.

I still can't believe I'm the only one who's had this issue. I guess the difference is in how we are all wearing our Zens.

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