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 on: October 06, 2013, 05:46:40 am 
Started by JimmyTheSaint - Last post by JimmyTheSaint
I want to have my sustain button trigger BFD's panic function to use as a choke just as John Emrich suggests in one of his videos. As I read the manual, it says the sustain button can put out CC 64. So in ZenEdit, I set the button's value to "sustain" (64), set its channel to 10 like all my other triggers, verify that its MIDI message is "control change," and upload the SysEx, but I still can't detect any MIDI information happening as a result of pressing my sustain button. When I press it, ZenEdit doesn't register anything, and neither does BFD's MIDI inspector. In fact, the sustain button only shows in ZenEdit when I select "Show unused items," even after programming it.  I've tried toggling its polarity, but that makes no difference. I think I know what to do on the BFD side (drop the "Panic" parameter onto CC 64 on the automation page),  but I need to verify what's coming out of the sustain button. What am I missing here?

 on: October 02, 2013, 04:36:57 am 
Started by MustangMick - Last post by john emrich
Hi Mick,

The official word is posted on the FX website.  It is always best to have a separate drive for the data..... That said, I have been using my internal, 7200 rpm drive on my 15" MBP for my BFD2 gigging kit for a couple of years with no problems.  I only keep the gig data on the computer.  It always depends on the computer.

If you are going to play live with BFD3, you may be Ok.  You can still select 16bit mode for the engine.  With 64 kit pieces you should be able to do an entire gig with one big preset!  Use patches on the Zendrum to trigger the different instruments in the 64.

So.... It is worth a try......

 on: October 01, 2013, 04:05:04 pm 
Started by MustangMick - Last post by MustangMick
Hi John,
One other quick question.
With the availability of SSD Drives now is having your OS and BFD3 Samples on the same drive now a workable solution? Rather than needing a seperate External drive for the samples?

Considering adding a new SSD Harddrive to my Macbook Pro.


 on: October 01, 2013, 01:46:57 pm 
Started by MustangMick - Last post by bluesapostle2
Ordered it today!! It looks much improved!

 on: September 30, 2013, 11:38:48 pm 
Started by MustangMick - Last post by DrumWagon
Btw, I'm downloading it right now.. more soon :)

 on: September 30, 2013, 10:24:19 pm 
Started by MustangMick - Last post by john emrich
Sorry I was late getting to this.  I was in NYC Saturday and did demos for 2500 people with BFD3 and the EXP.  Long weekend.....

64 instruments.

Engine improvements are under the hood to make things a lot easier for folks to get it set correctly.

Modeling!  This includes cymbal swells.  The way that works is that BFD3 senses the speed of your cymbal strikes and adjusts the attack of subsequent strikes to make a smooth roll!  It is fully adjustable and gives you presets.  A while ago I did a bit of research and recorded results showing what happens during a real cymbal roll.  That was turned into the base line for how we put rolls together and the settings needed.  End result is a simple, one knob adjustment that makes it easy to do rolls on any cymbal.  Including cymbals like a heavy 24" ride that wouldn't even sound smooth acoustically.

Also in modeling, we have adjustable Tom resonance.  That allows the toms to be heard ringing when you hit other drums.  The levels are fully adjustable.  That feature is retroactive to all of the expansion packs.

More info and videos to come....


 on: September 30, 2013, 02:22:36 pm 
Started by MustangMick - Last post by DrumWagon
The answer that I got on Facebook was 64 (up from 32 in BFD2).

I've been scouring the videos, PDFs and websites all morning for confirmation though and haven't gotten it yet.

For me that would be the prime reason to upgrade, though I'm also curious about the new engine improvements such as cymbal swells and velocity and resonance controls.

 on: September 30, 2013, 02:15:27 pm 
Started by MustangMick - Last post by MustangMick
Hi John,
saw some of the previews of BFD3, it looks fantastic.
Was just wondering if you would know the maximum number of slots/channels for Drums that can be opened for a drumset. Thinking on ideas for say an expanded Zendrum 27-28 pads?


 on: September 23, 2013, 10:42:00 pm 
Started by JimmyTheSaint - Last post by DrumWagon
I haven't seen Jer around in some time, but I seem to recall he was playing a ZX and an LT together at one point.  I don't think this is the video, too dark to see if that's just a keyboard or not -- plus my memory may not be accurate on this:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iVbL2PiXZM" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iVbL2PiXZM</a>

Rob Silverman once soloed with two ZXs though:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dR2RzNjpbYk" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dR2RzNjpbYk</a>

 on: September 23, 2013, 08:59:41 pm 
Started by JimmyTheSaint - Last post by JimmyTheSaint
Does anyone have experience with setting up two Zendrums for playing simultaneously? I'm trying to think of a setup where you could play both comfortably for a long time just to have more sounds and redundant locations available. I only have one, but I play my LT on a stand next to a keyboard. Comping keyboard with Zendrum works well enough, but it soon gets uncomfortable so that you don't want to do it too long.

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