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 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.

 on: October 29, 2013, 10:14:41 AM 
Started by JimmyTheSaint - Last post by DrumWagon
Pretty sure that was just an Alesis D4.

 on: October 29, 2013, 09:28:49 AM 
Started by JimmyTheSaint - Last post by mark
does anyone know what software rob silverman was using in this video. also, how do you play two software programs like superior drummer and battery at the same time with one zendrum?

 on: October 07, 2013, 03:46:02 AM 
Started by JimmyTheSaint - Last post by JimmyTheSaint
The DAW solution looks like a lot more than I need. Actually, BFD2's panic function will cut off all audio, including ending any groove that is playing. I still really would like to have the momentary switch activate panic. So when I have the Panic parameter mapped to CC 64, I need to solve the problem of why BFD doesn't respond with Panic when it receives velocity 000 for CC 64 on channel 10.

 on: October 07, 2013, 12:54:22 AM 
Started by Slyder - Last post by bluesapostle2
Worked great for me, I use a Mac Book Pro with up to date OS. It also worked fantastic to get Zen Edit working for me as well! Wish the Midi In and Midi Out connectors were different colors though!!

 on: October 06, 2013, 09:34:12 PM 
Started by JimmyTheSaint - Last post by DrumWagon
I see.  Well, I can tell you how I have mine setup, but it's very specific to my DAW of choice, Reaper.

One of the many cool things about Reaper is that you can develop your own filters using a variant of ECMAScript.  When I first switched over to BFD2, I wrote a small filter that converts CCs over to Note messages.  This allows me to effectively remap CC#64 over to Note#127, which I've then mapped within BFD to a cymbal choke group.

Again, that's very specific to my own needs, but it might give you some ideas.

BTW, that filter I wrote is also available here, should anyone also be using Reaper: http://nebiru.com/drumWagon/page.cfm/ReaperJS


 on: October 06, 2013, 09:15:40 PM 
Started by JimmyTheSaint - Last post by JimmyTheSaint
Oh, right, midi note off obviously won't cut off audio once the note's begun. I'm just trying to find some use for my momentary switch, which just sits idle because I'll never use my ZenDrum melodically since I have a nice keyboard. Also, in my symmetrical layout I have no triggers left to devote to a real choke. I'll probably end up making left-handed and right-handed layouts that use the opposite side for percussion, chokes, etc.

 on: October 06, 2013, 09:09:53 PM 
Started by JimmyTheSaint - Last post by DrumWagon
Just the clarify, my comments above meant to say that "note off" does not mean "cut off all audio".  Roland does seem to interpret the MIDI spec in that fashion, but strictly speaking it means to stop processing all note on/off messages.  If the audio engine is still processing a sound I think it's correct to let the tails continue as it's less abrupt.

If you're truly going for that effect though, you might consider using the CC as automation in your DAW or host application, to toggle a mute function.

Just curious though, what is your goal with all this?

 on: October 06, 2013, 06:49:18 PM 
Started by JimmyTheSaint - Last post by JimmyTheSaint
Yes, for now cut off all active sounds. I tried my first plan: programming the switch to CC 64 and mapping that to panic in BFD's automation section. BFD's midi inspector verifies correctness, but I'm still not getting note off action. I also tried all three automation modes (continuous, toggle, and switch).

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