Zendrum ZAP is as easy to play as tapping your desk with your fingers 05/02/08
The Zendrum is a MIDI triggering controller designed by drummers
to allow musicians to express their creativity in rhythmic
and intuitive ways. However, the Zendrum can trigger
any sound via MIDI, so according to its makers, it is much more than drums yet
as easy to play as tapping your desk with your fingers.
Unlike a keyboard, there are no moving parts to break
or wear out. It is a handcrafted instrument carved from
fine woods, assembled and tested by the inventors.
The latest model from Zendrum - ZAP (Zendrum Articulating Programmer) - is a compact stationary MIDI controller
designed with a smaller footprint specifically to fit in tight
spaces and studio environments. Four adjustable threaded
feet customize the playing angle for desktop workstation beats.
It can be mounted to a snare stand (via optional universal adapter)
for live playing situations. The makers say that solid heavyweight wood species were chosen
for beauty and lasting value as well as for density and trigger isolation, even
in the toughest onstage playing conditions.
The ZAP features 19 triggers in five
offset rows in a hexagonal cluster which can be played as a single instrument with many different articulations, or used as separate voices to be expressed individually or together with a minimum of physical effort.
The ZAP is even more adaptable as a melodic instrument with the Zendrum default note map scales suggesting many applications, playing techniques and creative possibilities.
The ZAP uses the same proven electronics and trigger components as the Zendrum ZX and LT, with 3 extra 1/4" trigger pedal inputs and a 1/4" sustain pedal input for "drummer-friendly" footwork as well as the Zendrum momentary sustain button on the top that acts as a "choke" for longer sounds and MIDI effects.
Standard accessories shipped with the ZAP include direct-connect 12vdc power supply with locking connector, 15' MIDI cable, and instruction manual..
ZAP physical specifications:
Dimensions: W12" by D10.5" by H2.5"
Weight: 7 lbs
Choice of five beautiful woods with handrubbed oil finish