This forum is great, thanks to everyone for sharing all this great info and guidance. I am new to the Zendrum community and just finished assembling my rig this past weekend. My observation was that each room does sound different. In my attempt to compensate and to keep the kits sounding as good as possible I put together my own rig and thought I might share with all of you.
It consists of my Zendrum, a Dell Laptop, Toontrack EZ Drummer, Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 USB, Alesis D4, Alesis Nanoverb, Samson PL1602 Rack Mixer and a 1U noname 350 watt power amp. (All mounted in a SKB rack case, laptop excluded). The amp is for my smaller JBL MS28 speakers. My primary system is a JBL EON15 set up.
As there are 4 outs on both the Scarlett and the D4 I was able to assign individual outs, snare, cymbals, toms, kick on both. I utilize Toontrack solo as my vst host.
My logic is simply that I can now mix and balance sounds with individual volumes and EQ'ing. I wanted to EQ my mixes for the various room issues that we all face. I can add or subtract highs and lows as needed.
I primarily use EZ Drummer at the moment, quick and simple, the D4 is there if I want the option, for example, change out an EZ brush snare with another snare really quickly, I turn down the EZ snare and turn up the D4 snare. No mouse fumbling or loading times to worry about. It works well to layer something like two kicks if need be.
I will put it to the test this coming Tuesday night.
My next step; to program my BFD to multiple outs to do the same as above, purchase a better rack mixer once my funds recuperate and get a better rack case to accommodate my laptop. (I really like the rack setup Darin posted, nice work)
Cheers to all.