I've got dozens of questions for you veteran Zendrummers but I'm trolling through old posts here to keep from boring you with the same beginner questions being asked time and time again.
That being said, I'm starting the process of selecting what equipment I need to be ready to go the day the ZD arrives. My goal here is 100% for live jam situations, some small scale basement scenarios and small bars for open jam sessions with friends...at least at first.
For the first bit of the learning curve I'll be using a low end drum machine (http://www.rolandus.com/products/productdetails.aspx?ObjectId=116&ParentId=69)we
use in desperate situations of no drummers available (the shoes I can hopefully fill soon). I plan on plugging this in to one of 2 practice guitar amps I have laying around collecting dust, a Fender 1 12 or a very old Peavey 2 12. This is just the day 1 practice / learn 2 play setup, but i have some questions about sound modules first and foremost.
Through reading here and talking to a few people at the dreaded Guitar Center it's obvious that the Roland TD-20 is the premier module of choice, but an expensive item for a beginner. I'm wondering why i see no mention of Alesis DM 4 / DM 5 and only a few references to people using the DM Pro? The local idiot in the Drum dept. at Guitar Center said he thought the drum sounds from the DM 5 were lackluster and tried steering me toward an SPD-20 and far away from a TD-20.
From searching on E bay I'm guessing I'll end up going with a TD-10 or TD-12 once I get to the point where I feel I need better sounds than the low end drum machine has and get closer to playing outside of the safety of my own basement.
So, i guess my initial questions to the experienced Zendrummers are:
Is the Alesis DM 4 / DM 5 a lackluster module at $200, when i could get a TD-10 for $600ish?
Is the TDW expansion for the Rolands overkill for a beginner? or worth the extra investment?
Is the SPD-20 adequate by itself for the Zendrum?
Last but not least, is there anything I'm overlooking for a very simplified set-up for day 1? ZD midi to Drum machine with 1/4" plug to practice amp?
Thanks a ton for any feedback and I can't wait to get this thing rolling in a few weeks!!!