This holiday article takes a look at some of the most popular electronic drum kits from three of the most widely respected electronic drum kit manufacturers—Alesis, Roland and Yamaha. These nine kits cover everything from the most affordable beginner kits up through high-end professional kits.
If you’re interested in electronic percussion, there are two basic categories to choose from: Electronic Drums and Drum Machines. Electronic drums are essentially electronic versions of acoustic drum sets, whereas drum machines are tabletop devices that enable you to perform and program beats.
If you take a look at the available groove production sampling workstations, you’ll find a range of instruments that either borrow heavily from classic designs that are more than twenty years old, or you find products that seem like they were made solely for cyborgs.
Roland’s SPD-30 Octapad digital percussion pad is now available in black. The eight-pad Instrument comes with over 600 sounds arranged in 50 kits, along with 30 different types of multi-effects, plus live looping functionality.
Roland has announced the new TD-11 and TD-15 drum sound modules, which are available individually or bundled in new V-Drums kits, and feature Roland’s SuperNATURAL technology with Behavioral Modeling. But how do these flashy-sounding marketing terms benefit you?
At the 2012 NAMM show, in Anaheim, California, Acorn Instruments announced the Acorn Triple-D10. It’s a complete five-piece set (kick, snare and three toms) and it creates a compelling new option for beginners and intermediate players in the $500 price range.
In this video, we take a look at an electronic drum kit from Roland. With mesh pads, a cloth-covered kick drum, naturally swinging V-Cymbals, and 25 built-in kit models to choose from, the Roland TD-4KX2 is an excellent kit for performing and practicing.
Electronic drum sets have been available since the mid-1980's and have evolved considerably from the sample and special- effects trigger complements of acoustic drums that they were when they first appeared.