In preparation for the upcoming release of reSTOMP (the card editor for the STOMPBLOCK), the client application now supports importing ZenEdit map files.
While you’re working in reSTOMP and typing names for your samples, it’s building a ZenEdit map file behind the scenes. You can then later import this file into ZenEdit (and now the SB client too) so that the proper instrument names are displayed.
This feature was released in version 4.8 of the STOMPBLOCK client and is available right now. You’ll find the controls for managing map files on the main Settings tab.
I know it’s been quiet around here, but rest assured that the ZDS Shifter has been steadily moving towards a production-ready model!
We were initially projecting it to be available before the end of 2017 and while it certainly will be in final beta by then, I now expect to be accepting orders in early 2018.
A lot of spit and polish has gone into the interface and programming to make sure the final product is as perfect as can be!
As you can probably imagine, with a tool as flexible as the Shifter, there are a great number of setup permutations and scenarios to test — to the point where I’ve had to build out additional hardware testing rigs in order to automate it all. This has taken additional time, but it’s the only way to get it “right”. I won’t put my stamp of approval on each box until I know it can stand up to the abuse of the road and can perform 100% reliably on stage.
We’re still waiting for the final graphics to arrive, but otherwise, this is exactly what the finished Shifter will be.
In other news, the firmware is receiving its final tweaks and the software should be ready soon. There was a last-minute decision to move the interface into ZenEdit rather than require a separate install. Once all that’s done then it’ll be launch time!
The first production ready build of the ZDS Shifter’s guts has completed. Here you can see the rear panel, with MIDI, USB and power jacks. The new case is identical in size to the existing Zendrum Merge Brick, so you can use that for scale.