Electronic Drum Kits Buyer's Guide
A recent report from mi-pro.co.uk reveals that Electronic Drums market is truly booming, as more and more hobbyists take up the challenge of beating the crap out of synth and sample triggering drum pads. Let's take a look at this burgeoning bandwagon…
It’s probably fair to say that there has been nothing like the recent boom in electronic drum kits of the past five years since the explosion of electronic keyboards in the 1980s. The advance of sampling and synthesis technology, combined with increasingly sensitive and complex triggers has meant that – as with the keyboard’s successor, the digital piano – an instrument whose sound and playability depends upon the acoustic structures achieved through traditional manufacturing methods can now be imitated very closely by synthetic means.
The electronic development of musical instruments has led to three significant selling points: noise levels, size and price. Nowadays would-be players can buy a drum kit for well under £400 (the popular Alesis DM5 Pro kit retails at £379, for instance) pop it in the corner of a bedroom without having to do more than clear a small space, plug in the headphones and start learning.
Those in the know will already be reaching for their ‘Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells’ letter templates. Acoustic drum kits have long been as compact as electronic kits, of course, with practice pads readily available to silence a kit and entry-level kits have only recently been matched by electronic ones for price.
But with prices now coming down, there are now signs that youngsters starting out on an electronic kit are beginning to come back to the stores looking for an acoustic kit. It is a recent development, but one that bodes well.
In other words - people are starting with electronic drums and then moving to "the real thing". In a way, not entirely dissimilar to kids playing Guitar Hero then deciding to get a proper guitar. But, of course, electronic drums are actual musical instruments.
E-drums have also helped to popularize drums - It wasn’t that long ago that a drum kit in a home was unusual. Give it a few more years and it will be positively normal!
What follows, then, is, as ever, far from a comprehensive run through of electronic drums, but it should be enough to give those pondering the possibility of getting into e-drums a bit of inspiration as to where to get started...
Alesis DM6 Kit 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit With DM6 Drum Module £ 369.99
The Alesis DM6 Kit 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit features a completely new sound module with 108 quality drum, cymbal, and percussion sounds. Its pads feel great and its hardware and rack system are high quality. Great starter drum kit.
Like all Alesis drum sets, the DM6 Kit features realistic, natural-feeling playing surfaces. To reduce vibration feedback, we selected natural rubber drum and cymbal surfaces for the DM6 Kit's pads. This five-piece kit gets you started on a dual-zone snare pad for two-sound compatibility.
Alesis DM5 Pro Kit £ 379.00
The Alesis DM5 Pro Kit is a complete high quality electronic drum kit.
The DM5 Pro's quick setup and easy portability are complemented by a versatile sound selection. With the DM5 Pro Kit, drummers can practice quietly with headphones, or get as loud as they need on-stage by connecting to an amplifier.
The flexibility of the DM5 Pro Kit functions insures that it performs equally well for recording or live gigs.
Yamaha DTXplorer £ 442.41
The DTXPLORER is Yamaha’s lowest-priced professional-grade 5-piece electronic drum kit.
It features 214 high-caliber Yamaha drum and percussion voices, 22 preset songs, 32 preset drum kits, digital effects, and a 16-bit tone generator with 32-note polyphony. High-impact rubber pads with a natural feel and rebound, a sturdy folding rack, and an FP-6110 bass drum pedal complete the set.
The DTXPLORER is an ideal kit for practice at home or gigging live.
Roland TD-4K 8-Piece Electronic Drum Kit With V-Pad Mesh Snare £ 819.00
The Roland TD-4K V-Drums Electronic Drum Kit offers outstanding feel, versatility, and affordability
It is also a great choice for the project studios, with improved sound quality and expression, and MIDI output for sequencing or triggering other sounds.
Roland TD-4KX £ 999.00
Based on the popular TD-4K kit, the new TD-4KX takes the best of the past — outstanding feel, versatility, and affordability — and spices it up with newly developed 6.5-inch mesh pads for high toms.
Other features include High-quality dynamic sounds, Easy editing with customizable tuning and muffling, Coach function for building skills and technique, Expandable with an optional pad or CY-12R/C ride-cymbal replacement, and Compatible with optional VH-11 V-Hi-Hat® to mount on conventional hi-hat stands.
An amazing kit - even for advanced players!