john emrich wrote:Couple of questions for you.....
Are you using the variable articulation for the trigger on your Zendrum?
Is your Zendrum a Z4 and is the expression pedal plugged into it? If so, what kind of pedal?
What CC # are you using for that Variable message? Is it the same # that is in the HH CC box on the MIDI Keymapping page?
john emrich wrote:What do you have for the HH Choke Fade settings on the Preferences Page/Engine settings?
john emrich wrote:Hang on.....
In your first post you mention a setting of 1 triggering the closed HH. I think that you may have your pedal set up backwards. Closed should be up around 127, or wherever your closed setting is set with the slider.
You might also try lowering the value of Your HH Closed Tip Choke Fade.
richardbrown wrote:Hi, I've been trying to figure out how to connect a pedal like an Ernie Ball 6181 to a Z4 Zendrum for longer than I like to think about. I'd -really- appreciate knowing what other hardware is required and what connects to what. For instance, what do the input and output of the 6181 connect to? I'm guessing the 6181 output goes to the Zendrum cc pedal input but then what connects to the 6181 input? It's a passive pedal so I assume both the input and output must connect to something (yes???)
I sure wish the Zendrum documentation had a couple of diagrams showing sample configurations.
richardbrown wrote:Many thanks, Secherm.
I had looked at the Zendrum (ZD) Z4 manual and it says: "The Z4 allows for Variable Input Devices such as hi-hat and volume pedals to send changes that can be used to modify sounds. The Zendrum must read the output voltage and polarity, then scale the value from 0-127 in MIDI to have any changes that are read control a function, so you must first calibrate the input device and train it to operate properly."
The part about "The Zendrum must read the output voltage and polarity..." threw me because the Ernie Ball pedal is passive. It doesn't output any voltage without a voltage applied to its input connection and, without such a signal, trying to read the polarity of its output is nonsensical.
For the sake of anyone else that might read this looking for help: as Secherm said, just connecting the output of the pedal to the "continuous controller pedal input" (on the LHS of the ZD LT) worked for me. After I connected it and with just the default BFD2 settings, I could see MIDI events popping up in BFD2's MIDI log every time I moved the pedal. Next, I calibrated the pedal using the procedure in the ZD manual, which was very straightforward. Next, I changed the "CC Message Number" on the Zendrum to "4" so that it matched the "CC ID" number in BFD2 that controlled the "Hihat Height" parameter. The screen capture below shows where I found the number "4" to use (note "Auto" is selected on the LHS).
Next, I went to the key map page (shown in the screen capture below); I tapped on an unassigned ZD pad after which the matching BFD2 keyboard key turned light blue; I dragged the hihat icon over to the key and selected/assigned the "Variable tip" articulation; and then the "Variable zone slider" became active (i.e. no longer greyed-out). To my delight and surprise, everything then worked. When the pedal was moved, different regions of the slider would temporarily turn red (sorry, I couldn't capture the red highlight using Windows Snipping Tool) and the hihat articulation changed.
Hope this helps someone. Setting this gear up is pretty scary at times.
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