Electronic Drums

Electronic drums have taken the world by storm ever since their creation and introduction into the instrument market in the late 1970’s. However, those older electric drums lacked the dynamics, sound and feel of acoustic drums.

Fast forward to recent times, and manufacturers such as Roland and Alesis have completely revolutionized the electric drum scene by providing us with products that can now compete as a real replacement for the acoustic drum kit.

The electronic kits have multiple advantages for both live and studio applications that make them next to impossible to ignore as an option for your next kit purchase.

The advantages of Electric kits include:

1) With electronics drums, you are able to achieve different sounds in seconds from one kit. Furthermore, you can edit and create your own drum sounds to suit your needs. If that isn’t enough, electric drums can also be used in conjunction with DAW recording software to obtain even more sound possibilities. You can assign different sounds to different drums and can flick between sounds on the fly.

2) Practice Whenever you want. One of the biggest motivations for drummers to go the electronic route is the ability to be able to practice without disturbing the peace of your neighbours.

3) Recording: Using an electronic drumkit to record drums is an absolute breeze and furthermore, you’re able to record drums at any time of day or night with little noise.

Hybrid drumming is also fast becoming a popular set up choice for many drummers. This includes combining traditional acoustic drums with electric elements. For example, adding a trigger to your kick drum. We can see some of the top drummers and bands in the world are moving towards transforming their drum set up from traditional acoustic, to that of one that includes electronic gear and components.

Electric drum sample pads and modules, such as the Roland SPD-SX are also quickly becoming pieces of gear that drummers are opting to add to their setup.