Well, I've been tweaking my Roland TDW-20 module, and purchased some Vexpressions packs which I am also tweaking to my taste. They sure do sound lots better than the standard Roland drum samples. I continue to refine and modify my Zendrum setup. I was trying to get comfortable with 3 different setups, and finally decided on the one I like. Now I gotta practice, practice, practice!
I also decided I'd like to spend some time behind a kit again as well. To that end I ordered a set of Diamond electric drums from Dave in the UK. See his stuff online ( http://www.diamondelectronicdrums.com/
) or on the vdrums website ( http://www.vdrums.com/forum/forum.php
). Can't wait for the kit to finish up and arrive! I thought about going with an acoustic kit, and I really do love the sound, but I decided to stay with electronic for many reasons, first of them being that my volume is totally controllable.
So when I gig, I am now loaded down with gear, lol! That was one of the main benefits to the Zendrum, espeically when i played it thru the FOH PA! I brought the zendrum to gigs, a powered monitor, some wires and my module. Now... Zendrum & instrument stand, a boatload of wires, 2 Mackie Thump speakers, module & stand, mike/stand, 5 drums, cymbals, stands, pedals, hihat stand/cymbals, and.... well, I also need my cajon and a bag of percussion instruments, as well as my congas for a couple of songs, and.... Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!
On a high note, the band has been playing music venues rather than bars, and we seem to be doing well in that regard. Also have several gigs lining up over the next few months, in a similar fashion.
Here's a video of one of our originals, done at the Tiverton Performing Arts Center a couple of weeks ago ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIAGwU73HrU
). We had a show, and had 2 female artists individually play a 30 minute set prior to us. We also did several songs with each of them, and one song with all of us! It was a really fun night!
More to come..... :-)