This contains a new feature called “Quick Bar” which I hope will aid you in laying out your User Setups much faster and more intuitively.
Another improvement is that the User Setup copy feature now also copies any scales or interval assignments you created which will certainly be a welcome addition for melodic players.
Also new is a “scale quick layout” feature. This enables you to quickly assign scale intervals to triggers by merely clicking them in succession. Look for it on the ‘scales’ screen.
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?”
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.
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?
In his latest blog entry, the good doctor talks about his positive experiences regarding the the Zendrum EXP and ZenEdit.
I’ve put together a project file that might aid you in creating your first Zendrum EXP layouts.
I hope you find it helpful.
The final production model EXP had a somewhat different trigger layout than what was in 2.4.0
If you had built any setups with that version while waiting for your EXP to arrive, know that you may need to tweak them a bit. Any mappings you build with 2.4.1 or later should be fine though.
This release also has a mapping for the new Zendrum TRS 2.0 sound library.
The latest version of ZenEdit adds a number of features and fixes, but also manages to shrink the installer in size by 20%.
Highlights of this new release are:
Zendrum EXP — full support for this new model is now baked right in.
Overhauled Visual Appearance — ZenEdit now makes it much easier to match the onscreen representation to your physical Zendrum. You choose the type wood, the color, logo and any sunburst effects. All popular choices are available, but let me know if you have something else you’d like to see added.
Scales — Lot’s of improvements here, starting with improved accuracy in determining intervals for each scale type, better smarts around when to show a sharp or flat and a visual representation of note length on each trigger. New in this release is also support for crossfading scale notes. This allows you to do things like select separate octaves based on how hard you hit a trigger.
Improved dragging of scale notes and only showing scale toolbar when relevant.
Also changed the way octave selection works. It now affects all intervals from the scale. To use multiple octaves you must now use multiple scales.
Fixes — there was a problem with renaming Setups from within the ‘rearrange setups’ dialog which has been sorted out.
Improved home screen — modified the layout of the individual pods and have adjusted fonts and background alphas to improve readability.
I’ve added a new feature to both the Calibration and Advanced editor tabs. There is now a switch there that when enabled will apply your edits to all 16 User Setups at once rather than just the currently selected one.
Generally if you are making calibration changes to a trigger you probably want that to apply to every setup, so this feature can save you the effort of manually copying it across all the setups.
The feature defaults to ‘on’, but you can turn it off if you liked things the way they were.