Futureman appeared on Jefferson Public Radio to talk about the genesis of the Drumitar and Zendrum, amongst other topics.
The interview contains interesting insight into his rudimental approach and use of rods and brushes.
Darin August 8th, 2016
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You can now learn everything you’ve wanted to know about the MIDI specification without needing to pony up printing and shipping costs.
Long time coming but better late than never.
Darin May 23rd, 2016
Version 1.1 of the library is now available and can be downloaded from the NebiruJS Library page.
The library has been updated in order to support 4.6+ versions of Reaper JSFX.
Darin July 8th, 2015
Darin November 29th, 2014
I’m in the process of pairing down the weight of my main gigging kit. It’s a painstaking process of weighing each piece of hardware and then mixing or matching them and in some cases replacing them with the aim of making my overall kit as light as possible.
Along the way I decided to try to add a tom mount to my kick so that I could replace my main boom stand with a lighter straight stand. I’ve always needed a beefier stand there in order to support the weight of my top rack tom, you see. Since my Sleishman kick has a heavy supporting ring, there really isn’t any reason not to attach the toms directly to it. There are no concerns of putting stress on the shell or or dampening the resonance as the Sleishman system so elegantly eliminates those problems already. And since there are plugged mounting holes on the kick rail already, this seemed like a no-brainer.
The trouble however is that neither Sleishman nor Mothertone seems to offer such a mount, so I was forced to try to find an aftermarket rail that would fit those mounting holes (in my case, they are spaced about 74mm apart). It turns out the the DW 7771 Retro-style Mount is pretty much a perfect fit. If you’re looking for a similar solution, I highly recommend it.
Here are some pics of the mount as it attached to my 20″ kick (though it should fit any size).
Darin May 20th, 2014
For the past year I’ve been using this bassoon stand with my Zendrum. Prior to this I was using a modified guitar stand like the kind most Zendrummers wind up using, however I found out first hand how unstable those can be.
I experimented with violin, saxophone and mandolin stands among others in a search for a better, safer Zendrum stand. Eventually this led me to the Hercules stand.
While a little bit pricier and somewhat heavier than a guitar stand I feel this is the perfect solution for the Zendrum ZX (and probably the EXP model). The stand is rock solid and it fits the Zendrum like a glove. It cannot easily tip over and the Zendrum stays puts even when bumped around. If you’re looking for a solid Zendrum stand then I highly encourage you to check it out.
Here are some photos of the stand folded up and in action.
Darin August 21st, 2013
Seven tracks from our 2013 demo are now up on this site.
We had an absolute blast putting these together, hope you enjoy them!
Darin June 15th, 2013
I *love* my Sleishmans, but one persistent problem I’ve had are rattles from my floor tom. The depth of that drum requires fairly long tube lugs, which in turn have a significant amount of play at their longest extent. I do keep that drum tensioned fairly low (about low to middle I’d say) and it’s actually possible to grab the top rim like a steering wheel and turn it a couple degrees either way. Tightening the drum might keep it from being able to twist like that, but that’s a tuning compromise I’d rather not make.
When the rim is not twisted and the lugs are correctly positioned at 90° to the hoop, then all is well. However between bouncing around in the car during transport and being pulled out of the case by the rim it inevitably gets twisted a bit. When that happens one or more of the tension rods can be in contact with the side of its hole in the hoop. This metal-on-metal contact is what’s causing my rattle.
Darin May 11th, 2013
ZenEdit now powers the Zendrum Custom Shop, on zendrum.com!
This is a stripped down version of ZenEdit that runs in your browser and is used to design your very own custom ZX layout. The files that it generates are fully compatible with the full version of ZenEdit so you can hit the ground running when you receive your custom designed Zendrum!
Check out the Zendrum Custom Shop today!
Darin January 19th, 2013
A brief tutorial describing how to work with projects within the ZenEdit interface.
Darin September 9th, 2012