needless to say i don't have a zendrum, hence the post in this section but i am planning to get a zx this spring/summer i.e when i have enough money, i'm just a poor lowly drummer!
the main reason for my post other than saying 'hello' and 'wow!' was to try and get some early advice re drum module recommendations anyone might have. i'd almost definitely be more interested in using hardware rather than farting around with software on a laptop. and yes before anyone starts i know how amazing bfd is and how it'll blow my tiny mind, blah blah blah, 'how many usb ports do you have? um i don't care, my laptop runs mainly on willpower and is held together with gaffer tape. it may well be the case that bfd stands for 'big f@*"king drums' (is that true?!) but i'm not really interested in creating ultra realistic and controllable drum sounds for recording/gigs. what i'm interested in is bashy retro electro blip blop beat making on stage. i'm a drummer/percussionist not a dj/synth player/producer so i don't really want to be standing in front of a drum machine/kaoss pad etc just pressing buttons every now and again and randomly twiddling knobs, looking a bit 'special' - i want to be able to get funky, jump around, and perform with everyone else in the band on stage! yeah ok i admit, half the reason for me wanting a zendrum is an attempt to look cool onstage! and i admit i've recently joined an electro - nu rave - punk er kind of bashy band and already have 'knob' envy. at the mo i'm just using a very small 'cocktail' type acoustic kit with an electronic kick (i'm buying a jomox mbase specifically for this and have also been using a roland pc2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vO9wlyDWYH0
), whoop whoop!) and i'm very happy with the set up. however, i want to have another more electro set up to hand as well.
late last year i bought a roland handsonic hpd 10 which is really cool. this is what culminated in mucking around with different electronic bits and bobs. needless to say i tried out a few different things including low end full on electronic kits (hd1, td3, dtxpress, dm5). the prob was i never felt very comfortable with these and undoubtedly felt much better with acoustic cymbals and triggering my existing acoustic drums. you may argue that if i'm having trouble feeling comfortable with electronic kits why am even contemplating zendrumming, it being a whole different ball game/instrument? the point is having a background in percussion i immediately felt much more at home with the handsonic, suddenly everything felt much more responsive, natural in feel and expressive and if i feel that way about the handsonic...
so back to modules, i'm looking for electro sounds, not realistic drum samples. is there anything in particular anyone would recommend out of experience? and please bear in mind i'm not made of money! just to try and put things into perspective a bit, i've been playing around with a dtxpress3 and i'm completely underwhelmed by the sounds, both electro and acoustic.
now for some more specific questions. i know nothing about midi hence these undoubtedly stupid questions! if i bought some kind of analog module which is midi how does that relate to the sounds i'm able to create/assign to each pad?! is that a really stupid question? on the budget side of things i was quite impressed by the korg electribe er1 drum machine being sort of pseudo analog. am i going to be able to get the best out of this thing using a zendrum in terms of sounds? more generally though i'd love something retro sounding that is also pretty portable. would anyone recommend any retro midi drum machines/modules? and yes i'm not completely stupid, i do realise that i could go and pick up almost any roland/boss drum machine with some poo bog sandard 808/909 samples but then that'd be a bit rubbish.
two things i have been seriously thinking about are:
jomox airbase 99: http://www.vintagesynth.com/misc/airbase99.shtml
mfb 503: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYyy5gi15wA
if anone has any suggestions/advice or alternatively if you'd prefer to just bang my head against a brick wall to get some sense into it, please let me know!
apologies for the rant but hello anywho!
ps: if anyone has any experience with using realtime fx units i'd be really interested to learn.
cheers in advance and keep bashing stuff!