Real-time Editing

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I was recently asked this via email and thought that the answer may be useful to other ZenEdit users as well.

Q: “Any chance of real time control so you can hear any changes more quickly?”

My reply:

True “real-time control” is not possible with the 4.0 board, however you can come quite close using the very latest version of ZenEdit.

After you’ve performed at least one SysEx transmission to your Zendrum, the application will remember which MIDI Out device you used. From then on you can use CTRL+T or CMD+T to perform a “quick send” which dumps the SysEx directly out that MIDI Out device without showing a window or dialog box.
Also note that once you’ve received SysEx on your Zendrum, you can immediately try it out even though you are still in ‘ER’ mode. You are not required to go to the Save function before the settings take effect. You can leave it in ER mode until you’re satisfied with your edits.

Here’s my typical editing workflow; hopefully it will give you some ideas:

1) I leave my MIDI In disconnected, because my VST (BFD in my case) will want to receive MIDI data from my Zendrum.
2) I scroll over to “ER” on my Zendrum and leave it there.
3) I edit my triggers, etc.
4) I press “cursor up” on my Zendrum till ER starts to flash.
5) I press CTRL+T on my keyboard — SysEx is sent to the Zendrum in about 2 seconds. If ER does not stop blinking (as can happen) I press CTRL+T again until it does.

I can now bang on my triggers to try out the settings. Go back to step #3 to repeat as needed.

Once I am in this workflow (edit > cursor up > ctrl+t ; repeat) I find that I can very quickly tweak stuff and try it out nearly in real-time.

I hope this helps you. Feel free to ask me any additional questions you may have.


Zendrum does not receive zenedit info

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I can’t get my zendrum to receive my setup from zenedit, but the zenedit does receive setup from my zendrum. I have read the forums here and on zenedit but nothing works.
-I have M-audio Uno cable in to the zendrum mergebrick out and the Uno cable out to the zendrum midi in. And all the midi connections in zenedit are green and list the Uno as the device. (also Microsft GS wavetable whatever that is, but I don’t select that one)
-I am not going thru a sound module but straight to the zendrum from my Windows 7 laptop. (Do I need to connect to a sound module for editing?)
-I’ve tried with and without using Midi-ox (I know nothing about midi so I had a hard time with this tool)
-When I transmit in zenedit and cursor up in Er the little red light on zendrum does not light up.
-I’ve tried it on two different computers.
Any ideas? I’m not totally stupid, but am I missing something so basic that makes it not work? Does anyone know anyone in the Phoenix, AZ area that knows this stuff?