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And your Zendrum set-up consists of...
« on: May 11, 2006, 02:49:39 PM »

Greetings all, and KUDOS to those responsible for the new site. 

Anyway I remember a posting of what everyone's "rig" was. So I thought I would start it out


Zendrum ZX (maple finsih I believe)
FATAR MP-113 midi (taurus pedals) foot controller
EMU X-Board 25 midi controller


Alesis DM PRO V.2
Alesis DM5
Roland TD-5
Roland SP-404 Sampler
KORG X3R (soon to be replaced by a TRINITY Rack)

Support Gear:

BEHRINGER 1832 Mixer
Presonus Bluemax Compressor
Mark of The Unicorn (MOTU) Midi Time Piece AV
MIDI Jet Pro - Wireless MIDI system


Mackie 800S powered mixer
Mackie S500 speakers (2)

How it's all hooked up...

Everything goes into the BEHRINGER mixer.  I Use the six outputs on the DM PRO (kick, snare, hat, ride/fx, stereo toms/cymbals). The rest of the modules are running in stereo via the stereo line inputs.  The first six channels on the direct box are for the DM PRO, with the last two supplying a submix of remaining drum and synth modules from the "sub" outputs of the mixer (through the compressor).  This gives me several "patching choices" depending on the venue I play in.  So... basically if I know the engineer, he/she will get individual control vs. someone I don't know I can give one stereo mix, etc.

All the MIDI controllers go through the MIDI Time Piece AV and are set-up to control what ever I want.   I mostly use the X-board for changing key/synth patches, but with the addition of the sampler new things are bound to happen.  The FATAR I use to trigger extra drum sounds as well as play strings, etc.  So far the MIDI Jet Pro ROCKS!!  It is just as good as having it hard wired. I left the original merge box set-up incase I lose the wireless so I have a "plan B". This also a good thing to have if you are using more than one piece of gear that does not have MIDI THRU connections.

Everything is set-up in a mixer rack 11 spaces (top) and 16 spaces (bottom) which is "plug-n-play" friendly. The MACKIE powered mixer and speakers really round things out nicely.  And though a little bulky it is (in my opinion) pretty easy to move around.

Well, that should be it, hollar up with any questions. Take care and stay safe, Mark

Mark Nelson:  Fire fighter, Sound engineer, Musician and all around nice guy.

1st generation Zendrum, Asus 2.5 GHz  laptop with BFD2, Alesis DM-Pro.


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Re: And your Zendrum set-up consists of...
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2006, 02:54:05 PM »

Zendrum in maple/wenge/zebra and one in red.

In a 2 slot RockSack.

Crown amp head, Samson mixer, yamaha reverb, don't remember any model names.  All in an SBC case.  And speakers depending on the size of the place.
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Re: And your Zendrum set-up consists of...
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2006, 03:42:08 PM »

Old ZX2 (23rd ever made) Glossy Black finish
Roland TD-10
Going to a Crown Power Bass-2
Community SX-35s2 Speakers

Also have electronic pads going to the TD-10, a mixture of Old Simmons SDS-7 pads, Roland PD-100s, Roland HH Pedal, and Hart Cymbal pads. - Your basic mish-mosh of old crap through a fine sound module, it may look odd but it works. I'll have to post a pic at some point.

Had the Zendrum for less than a week so still working out all the setup options. ANY ADVICE WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED. Very very newbie to this scene and setup. Currently a bit overwhelmed at the moment, reading the zendrum setup and TD-10 guides.


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Re: And your Zendrum set-up consists of...
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2006, 04:42:53 PM »

Blue Flame Laptop
White Pearl ZX 

Both going into a MUSE Receptor with BFD 1.5 and my Jazz & Funk expansion pack.
Also triggering GURU, Cameleon5000, Reaktor 5, and others.

And this rig travels with me in the overhead bin of an airplane!!

« Last Edit: May 14, 2006, 05:07:35 PM by john emrich »
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Re: And your Zendrum set-up consists of...
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2006, 05:34:32 PM »

Good way to start us off, Fire!

Zendrum ZX in "Batman Purple"
(2) Piezo trigger boxes used as footswitches

Yamaha DTX 2.0

Support gear:
BOSS compressor, phaser and delay
BBE processor
Ernie Ball volume pedal
Furman pedalboard
George L's Cable

Roland KC-350

« Last Edit: July 30, 2008, 08:47:50 AM by Jaay »
"Batman Purple" ZX, Roland TD-9, MIDI Solutions Footswitch Controller, misc. triggers.


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Re: And your Zendrum set-up consists of...
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2006, 10:21:36 PM »

Flame Maple Zendrum ZX with purple heart inlay.
Alesis DMPro & Juice Goose in 2x SKB X-Rack case

Mackie M-1400 power amp
TOA 15" speakers

Other hardware:
Kurzweil K2500S synthesizer
Alesis MultiMix 6 mixer
Behringer Eurorack MX602A mixer
ART FX-1 effects box
Aardvark LX6 sound card/MIDI interface
PC running on Windows 2000 SP4

Sony Acid Pro 6
NI Battery 2, Kompakt, & Reaktor Session
Tascam GigaStudio 160

Lately I've been using the Zendrum to simultaneously trigger sounds from the DMPro and Kurzweil synth while mixing the outputs of each and adding separate effects. I've been able to generate some pretty cool bass/pads/drones that go nicely with the drum and percussions kits on the DMPro. I've been using Zennie's sustain button to cut initiate or cut the drones from the synth. It's been fairly sonically interesting and I have a lot of room to tweak and match sounds.



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Re: And your Zendrum set-up consists of...
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2006, 05:11:37 AM »

Zendrum ZX - Figured Maple/Zebrawood Centre section…..beautiful
Zendrum Muse - Black ($90)

Alesis DMPro
Alesis D4 - Backup
Alesis Picoverb

Roland KC-500 Amp

Reason 2.5 on a G3 ibook but I haven't used it much yet.

Saving up for an RCF 705AS Subwoofer and maybe an Akai Z4 Sampler for the large collection of samples I have (Bob Clearmountain/Double Platinum Drums/Steve Smith/LP Percussion etc.)   



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Re: And your Zendrum set-up consists of...
« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2006, 06:06:31 AM »

Hey!   Here' goes:

Zendrum zebrawood

Roland TD-7 module (better drums)
Alesis DM Pro module (better cymbals)
each into one channel of a lexicon MPX which outputs them mono into a....

SWR California Blonde

I sit in with several bands playing latin percussion mostly.  Many times they don't have a di for the PA and therefore I have to rely on my amp to get into the mix.  I've found the SWR to sound great, but I need a little more wattage be heard and I'm worried about blowing the amp.  I was thinking of going to something in the 300 to 400 watts using a bass rig like a SWR Goliath II Jr.  and maybe a SWR bass amp head.  Any experience or advice would be appreiciated. 

Thx!  Rico


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Re: And your Zendrum set-up consists of...
« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2006, 05:25:30 PM »

OK this is my performance setup:

Zendrum - White to Black Burst Flame Maple
I also gig with a Hart Pro 5.3.2 e-drum kit

Module: Roland TD-20
Wireless: Midijet Pro with Battery Box

Sound: BOSE Extended Bass Personal Amplification System

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Re: And your Zendrum set-up consists of...
« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2006, 01:42:56 PM »

custom blueburst tamo ash laptop, its the one on the zendrum products page. 27 triggers and 3 sustain buttons. my gear is in unplugged limbo but it consists of motu midi express xt, dmpro, korg karma, hpd15, kosmos pro, mackie 1202 mixer,, furman conditioner, skb gigrig rollrack.  roland kc500 X 2 stereo link.  original mbox(cryogenically treated :)


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Re: And your Zendrum set-up consists of...
« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2006, 08:39:12 AM »

Hello all,

Two tone purple fade, w/ silver zen lettering, ; instead of gold. zx
Korg D 1200 MKII
Yamaha EMX 88s powered mixer
(2) JBL TR225's 15's w/ horns--Lots of volume sounds absolutely killer!!
Thanks again David,and Kim


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Re: And your Zendrum set-up consists of...
« Reply #11 on: May 16, 2006, 12:48:46 AM »

zen is a year old laptop in maple

10 space rack filled as follows

Furman power and light
Alesis DM5
Beringer balanced 24 patch bay
Alesis DMPro
MOTU Midi Express XT
Yamaha Motif ES rack with 2 soundcard drumset and handdrums
Digidesign digi 002 rack with Protools
Beringer headphone Amp
Macintosh Mini and 250Gig external HD (battery 2) and Apple MacDrums for garage band

a 20 inch monitor is mounted to the top along with a wireless keyboard and mouse and a Roland 606 sampler

10 space rack closes tight with the screen mounted in the front lid it has locking wheels and fit's in my SUV if needed to go mobile gives me a full PC based system plus recording and three modules all controlled through the MOTU lot of gear to haul around but also a ton of flexibility
Proud owner of a Maple laptop


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Re: And your Zendrum set-up consists of...
« Reply #12 on: May 16, 2006, 12:26:54 PM »

Angled Rack with the following:

      Korg Triton Rack
     Alesis 12R rack mount Mixer
      Rack mount power supply
      MOTU MIDI patch panel
      Rack mounted voice harmonizer
Off the rack I also have:

     Roland TD-20 module
     Yamaha 10 channel mixer
      Bongo stand with Zendrum Corp ZX mount

Hope this helps.
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Re: And your Zendrum set-up consists of...
« Reply #13 on: May 16, 2006, 01:33:06 PM »

Zendrum (older one with purple paint finish). Yamaha RM50, Emu Planet Earth with drum ROM, Akai S2000, Old Kawai XD5, Alesis studio 24 mixer, MAC G4 and MOTU 2408.

I mainly use the Zendrum and Yamaha RM50 for live playing. Everything else for recording.



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Re: And your Zendrum set-up consists of...
« Reply #14 on: May 17, 2006, 08:59:07 AM »

I've had my zebrawood ZX Zen for about 6 months and I love it!!

My rig is pretty simple:
Zendrum ZX Zebrawood
Roland Fantom XR with drum kit, world perc, and dance expansion boards
Carvin Power conditioner

I usually run it through a Yamaha 01v96 digital board with 2 Mackie srm450's and 2 Mackie subs.

Since I do most of the vocal and front work for our band, I use the Zen instead of hiding behind a mountain of drums.  Since we recently acquired a drummer, I'll be switching to percussion on the Zen.  It doesn't get any more versatile than that!!!


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