I had some questions about the new upgrades. I tried posting them earlier in this thread, but I don't think I expressed myself the way I wanted. I also had some new questions come up after reading this thread again. I figured others may have the same questions, so I'm putting them here.
REGARDING THE NEW CIRCUITBOARD:
The functionality of the new circuitboard sounds incredible. However, most of the talk about the response seems geared towards software programs, VSTs, etc. There hasn't been a whole lot of talk about how the new innards talk to big ol' black-box modules. Has there been any road-testing done with hardware solutions? MIDI is MIDI, or so I believe, so I'm inclined to think that a new Z4 will have the same benefits, but on the other hand there's so much that the new VSTs and software programs can do that my DTX can't that it does bring up some concerns. In short, I want to know whether my DTX and DR-3 will benefit from the same improved tracking and such as the software guys.
REGARDING THE NEW 1/4" INPUTS:
I am slightly confused as to the purpose of these new 1/4" inputs. On the first page of this post, David says "Yes, we can add up to four more independent triggers and two cc 1/4" jacks for Hihat and Volume pedals to your older Zendrum".
However, later in the thread, Gina says:
"Are the two optional 1/4 jacks (CC controllers) assignable to any CC MIDI function? 'Yes'".
If they are user-assignable to any CC command, that's fine (though I would like some clarification on which it is), but I'd like to talk about the volume and hi-hat functions for a moment. Does this mean that you can now control your hi-hat open and closed from one pad, and would a simple on-off footswitch work for the purpose? Does stomping the pedal give you the foot-chick? Regarding the volume command: what kind of pedal would you use for that? If volume is meant to be controlled over a range, would you need an expression pedal?
This thought also just occured to me: one of the inputs on my existing ZX is "sustain". Some brief searching reveals that CC Command 64 is "Hold Pedal", 66 is "Sustenuto" and 69 is "Hold Pedal 2". Would these not fulfill the same functions? If that's the case, couldn't I just have my Sustain Input rewired to this new soft CC input (assuming the latter of the two earlier statements is the case)?
With regards to the placement of these inputs: My Zendrum has a power switch on the back, and according to the first page of this post, the new jacks would be installed "next to" the other two. If I got both new inputs installed, does that mean my switch would have to go?
REGARDING THE NEW CROSSFADE CAPABILITY:
Someone also asked about the new crossfade ability. David replied:
"the crossfaded points are hard-switched at preset points for soft/medium,loud,HOT sequential MIDI note numbers. This eliminates the "flanging" sound when drum samples of similar genre are played simultaneously between the crossfade points on the older 3.0 rev circuitboards. The point is- in drum modules you could choose soft brush, to snare rod, to rock batter, to a head splitting rimshot on one trigger as a single composite drum sound."
I'm getting two separate impressions from this statement. The first half seems to indicate that there is no more "blending" of sounds when one crosses the dynamic thresholds from Note 1 to Note 2 for example, but the second half seems to say that you can use all four sounds at once to make this "composite". Unless that meant that this was a condition that existed in the past and does not now with the new circuitboard.
Whew... okay, I think that's all of it. I know there's a lot of text to wade through and I apologize for that, but having major surgery done to the inside of my most valued instrument does kind of scare me a little and I'd like to have all the facts in front of me before I make a decision. Thank you all for your patience, I look forward to hearing what's going on.