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Basic electronic drum set made by Pintech.
An electronic drum, also known as electric drums, digital drums, or electronic percussion, is a modern electronic musical instrument, a special type of synthesizer or sampler, primarily designed to serve as an alternative to an acoustic drum kit or other percussion instruments. An electronic drum consists of an electronic or digital sound module which produces the synthesized or sampled percussion sounds and one or more electric sensors to trigger the sounds. Like regular drums, the sensors are struck by drum sticks or by the hands (depending on the type of drum pad) and they are played in a similar manner as an acoustic drum kit.
Strictly speaking, sequencers playing pre-programmed electronic drum tracks and electronic or digital drum machines are not electronic drums, because a drummer or other musician is not triggering the sounds.
The electronic drum (pad/triggering device) is usually sold as part of an electronic drum kit, consisting of a set of drum pads mounted on a stand or rack in a configuration similar to that of an acoustic drum kit layout, with rubberized (Roland, Yamaha, Alesis, for example) or specialized acoustic/electronic cymbals (e.g. Zildjian's "Gen 16"). The drum pads themselves are either discs or shallow drum shells made of various materials, often with a rubber/silicone or cloth-like coated playing surface. Each pad has a sensor that generates an electric signal when struck.
The electric signal is transmitted through cables into an electronic or digital drum module ("brain" as it is sometimes called), synthesizer or other device, which then produces a sound associated with, and triggered by, the struck pad. The sound signal from the drum module can be plugged into a keyboard amp or PA system for use in a live band performance or listened to with headphones for silent practice. Since digital drums have become more popular, companies have started selling digital electronic drum files, referred to as drum kits. While electronic drum kits are typically used to trigger drum and percussion sounds, a MIDI-equipped electronic drum kit can be used to trigger any types of MIDI sounds, such as synthesized or sampled piano, guitar, or any other instrument.
In 1967, Felix Visser, a drummer playing with the Dutch pop band the VIPs, modified one of the pre-Roland-era Acetone electronic rhythm boxes, which was intended to play simple pre-programmed rhythms, so that it could be played as a live instrument. The Acetone rhythm box was designed by Ikutaro Kakehashi, who later founded Roland Corporation Japan. As with all rhythm boxes and later drum computers, before a "human feel" was developed by introducing subtle variation and "swing", the Acetone rhythm boxes had a metronomic, machine-like sound.
In Visser's modification, the Acetone box was extended with a large flat board holding 12 printed circuit boards of approximately 4 × 4 inches, with the copper traces intertwining like forks. The copper traces formed the touch surfaces for the sounds generated by the Acetone box. Each touch pad was sensed by an electronic circuit driving high-speed Siemens computer relays he found in surplus shops. These were connected to the drum and percussion sounds of the rhythm box. Although it was a crude way of playing electronic drum sounds by hand (like a percussionist playing bongos and congas), it worked and added a "human feel". Visser's approach enabled drummers to have new type of virtuosity (e.g., rolls on electronic bass drums could be played with sticks). The unit was used in Frans Peters' studio in radio city Hilversum, Netherlands.
The system was over-sensitive to humidity:
"The circuits would be triggered by the touch pads, merely by damp. Just breathing over them would do the job. So in the end a 40 Watt light bulb was built inside the box holding the pads, electronic circuitry and relays, to heat up the unit when the instrument had been sitting in a car and then put on a stage in a relatively warm, damp environment.
After all we'd just left the dark ages of electronic music... "
Question - "One of the strangest pieces was 'Procession' (Every Good Boy Deserves Favor, 1971), which featured the pioneering work of Graeme Edge's electronic drum kit. How did that come about?"
Graeme - "I'd got in touch with the professor of electronics at Sussex University, Brian Groves. We worked up an electronic drum kit, a marvellous idea. I had the control panel in front of me, it's old hat now but we were the first to do it. There were pieces of rubber with silver paper on the back with a silver coil that moved up and down inside a magnet that produced a signal, so it was touch sensitive. I had 5 snares across the top and then ten tom-toms and then a whole octave of bass drums underneath my feet and then four lots of 16 sequencers, two on each side. There was a gap -- to play a space -- a tambourine, ebony stick, snare and three tom-toms. This was pre-chip days, back then you did it all with transistors. So it had something like 500 transistors. The electronic drums inside looked something like spaghetti. When it worked it was superb, but it was before its day, because it was so sensitive..."
The first commercial electronic drum was the Pollard Syndrum, released by Pollard Industries in 1976. It consisted of an electric sound generator and one or more drum pads. It quickly caught the attention of numerous high-profile drummers/percussionists at the time, such as Carmine Appice and Terry Bozzio. However, the Syndrum was a financial failure and the company failed in the following years.
In 1978, the Simmons company was created to produce commercial electronic drums sets. Its most notable product was the SDS-5, released in 1981. With its characteristic hexagon-shaped pads, the SDS-5 was first used by Richard James Burgess on From the Tea-rooms of Mars ...., "Chant No. 1" by Spandau Ballet, and "Angel Face" by Shock. After its debut on the top musical chart shows and parades, this electronic instrument garnered significant attention from established and influential rock/pop musicians. The sound of the SDS-5 is often described retrospectively with phrases such as "awful" or "sounded like trash can lids" by those who employed them at the time. Despite the critics, the distinctive Simmons sound was extensively used during the 1980s by pop/rock & synth-pop groups such as Duran Duran and progressive rock bands such as Rush, among others. Simmons drums are often viewed somewhat nostalgically by those who began to experiment with these early forays into electronic drums and percussion.
In the following years, other companies started selling their own versions of electronic drums, notably Roland and Yamaha. At that time, the electronic drums were similar to 2016-era starter or entry-level kits. They consisted of rubber-coated sensor pads mounted on stands. The pads were created to be velocity-sensitive and the sound was generated through single or multiple-layered sampling or synthesized sound.
In 1997, Roland introduced its TD-10 model, which had two important musical/electronic innovations. The first and more controversial innovation was its method of providing a sound for the drums/pads to trigger, instead of generating its sound by using samples of an acoustic drum or cymbal . The TD-10 used mathematical models to generate its sounds using synthesizers. While some drummers lamented the fact that the produced sound was not a "pure" sample of an acoustic sound, others felt that simple replication of an acoustic drum was not the goal. Secondly, instead of only providing rubber-coated pads, Roland featured a new mesh-like pad, produced in collaboration with acoustic drum skin manufacturer Remo.
The mesh-head pads look and feel approximately like a smaller-sized acoustic drum. The Remo/Roland mesh surface is made from a double layer of taut woven mesh fibers, fitted with several electronic sensors or triggers. The playing feel is close to that of striking an acoustic drum, but with more bounce than an acoustic skin. Roland termed its innovative commercial drum set "V-Drums", which later became the marketed brand name of its electronic drum line. Together, the mathematical/computational modeling, mesh-head pad surface and improved trigger sensor technology greatly increased the quality of sounds, volume levels in practice and live show settings and the "realistic" feel of electronic drums.
Newer drum kits from major manufacturers have therefore addressed many of the shortcomings of early electronic drum pads and modules. While each of the significant market brands have entry-level units, the professionally marketed kits are geared toward creating sounds and playing experiences that are nearly indistinguishable from playing a quality acoustic kit or world/orchestral percussion instruments. Examples of these high-end professional kits include the Yamaha DTX 950k and Roland V-Drums TD-30KV. Typically, these professional-level and studio kits are equipped with:
High-quality digital sounds - These drum modules offer high quality modeled drum sounds - with hundreds of on board sounds, effects and audio loops and song options/patterns to choose from. Some of these modules allow the user to dial in the specifics of tuning, head type, depth/width and material (metal, wood type, etc.). Trigger sensor/reliability and reduction of cross/talk have been vastly improved. Triggering now allows both the head and the rim to produce sounds, facilitating rim and cross shots as well as shell tapping and many other audio sounds that can be assigned to the head or rim, so that the options for live music increase even more. Cymbals can accommodate more zones: for edge, bow and bell strikes, with choking capability and realistic cymbal swells (Roland and Yamaha video demonstrations on YouTube and Facebook with Craig Blundell, Michael Schack, and Johhny Rabb for Roland, and Zak Bond and Andy Fisenden for Yamaha).
Realistic hi-hats - These newer versions are no longer single cymbal pads but dual replicated cymbals, that can be mounted on regular stands like their acoustic versions. These cymbals allow for actual opened and closed hand/foot playing. A high-spec electronic module detects hi-hat movement/height and position, providing realistic variations of sound via degree of placement - open, partially open, and closed hi-hat strikes. Some modules, like the Roland TD-30, also feature foot close and quick close-open sounds, with pressure on the cymbals also being sensed and replicated when tightening or loosening the foot pressure, even on a closed hi-hat. So, the audio sounds tighter when firm pressure is applied on an already closed hi-hat pedal (Roland's TD-30 Module, as demonstrated by Craig Blundell, Omar Hakim and Michael Schack on YouTube for Roland. Tom Griffen for Yamaha also demonstrates cymbal sensitivities in a demo on YouTube).
Multiple outputs - The professional-level modules from the leading manufacturers have multiple outputs to the sound board such that each percussion group (i.e. Toms, Cymbals, etc...) can be independently mixed (like the multiple miking of an acoustic kit). Additionally, these groups have independent volume faders on the module to fine-tune volume settings for each group. Another commonly designated output is the MIDI connection, which sends signals to a computer based specialist MIDI software or, for example, a DAW (digital audio workstation). The increased processing power provided by this option allows the user to utilize actual, randomized samples of professionally recorded or modeled drums. The output and input of the pads, trigger devices etc. can be augmented or controlled through digital software, the module, MIDI instruments and other samplers. The result is a phenomenally credible, nuanced, flexible set of instruments and, arguably, by some accounts; an almost indistinguishable augmentation or replacement for traditionally recorded drums and melodic/world percussion and effects. Not many acoustic drummers will warm to that, and many studio engineers will quibble about the finer audio details regarding acoustic vs electronic, but that is not the scope of the article.
Comparison to acoustic drum set
Although not totally silent because they are still being played by striking on the surface of the drums, electronic drums and their counterpart devices usually produce considerably less acoustic noise than a traditional drum kit.
Also, the drummer can use headphones for an essentially silent and private practice in dwellings where it would be impossible to have a studio or acoustic noise level, and perhaps where regular-sized kits would not fit. They are lighter and easier to transport than an acoustic drum kit.
Electronic drum sets are (usually) more compact than acoustic drums- though it is possible to have them customized to acoustic sizes - or convert acoustic kits to become one and so that alters their size benefits, depending on your choice.
A single electronic kit can (via its module or software) simulate the sounds of countless acoustic kits and instruments/effects. A drummer in a cover band or wedding band can switch instantly, for instance, between a vintage jazz drum kit and a powerful maple rock kit. Other options include congas, piano, guitar, brushes, orchestral timpani, gongs or even add hand claps or sound effects such as a sirens. In the 2010s, many non-musical samples and effects are available. It is therefore possible to achieve much more than one can with an acoustic kit alone and one has to transport significantly less kit to play a wide variety of sounds and instruments.
Electronic drums do not require complex and expensive microphones or their large stand arrangements for recording, unlike acoustic drums. Instead, the sound can be obtained through line-out or MIDI connections. Because of this, an electronic drum is good for education, practice, composition applications. The best-quality electronic drums and drum modules can even be used in studio recording or live performance.
Electronic drums usually have useful features for both the aspiring beginner or professional alike, such as metronomes with different metronome voices; play-along songs/loops and samples, with the ability to record practicing or playing; syncing of the metronome to a studio DAW metronome instead of using the studio's click; or experimenting with composition. It is also easy to use an MP3 player or iPod to play songs for practice or for looping those parts to target technique issues or replicate drum parts.
Electronic drums can be played at a significantly lower volume level, and so are less restrictive for use, avoiding the need for the rest of a band or other quieter musicians to have to increase their volume acoustically or electronically to match the percussive volume level. This is particularly advantageous in smaller rooms, or older architectural theatres/classical/folk/choral style settings, where excessive volume is not necessarily desired and can dominate in a way that is difficult and time consuming to solve (with acoustic drums, some small venues use plexiglass screens to reduce the onstage drum volume).
When equipment such as sticks, brushes (vinyl brushes for mesh heads) and mallets are used with electronic drums, they last slightly longer than on acoustic kits, due to the use of rubberized rims and hoop protection that prevents stick contact with metal.
They can be used to control or sample from other MIDI instruments or work with other samplers (Roland SPD-SX, or Yamaha DTX Multi-12), or percussion pads (Alesis Percussion Pad, Roland SPD-30 Octapad/Handsonic- HPD 20 or the Yamaha DTX Multi-12). They also work well alongside DAW software for using samples rather than modeled computer generated sounds.
Electronic drums do not perfectly reproduce the sound of acoustic drum kits. (This may not be the entire scope or purpose for electronic kits in 2016, but it is still a large priority for many customers.)
Unlike acoustic kits, the individual drums, sensors, pads, modules, and cables of an electronic kit may be incompatible with those of other models or brands.
Electronic drums may be more costly than an acoustic kits of equivalent quality, particularly when the need for a keyboard amplifier or other sound system is factored in.
Important features such as realistic-feeling pads and advanced, realistic sound modeling or samples are generally limited to expensive sets. Entry-level electronic kits generally use single triggered rubberized hard pads and modest-quality samples or sound modeling.
Unlike acoustic drum kits, which are powerful enough to be audible in a small gig without amplification, electronic kits need at least one power outlet and a keyboard amplifier or small PA system to be audible.
The quality of the sounds reproduced by an electronic kit depends on the quality of the sound module, samples, amplifier, personal monitors, headphones, satellite speakers, or audio system used by the performer.
Every region has regulations on electronic equipment. Bands that are on tour with electronic drums will need to do maintenance and periodic tests of the equipment. As well, bands that are crossing international borders may need accurate paperwork for their electronic drums. Cables, plugs, adapters, earthing, and any sign of damage or modification without the proper paperwork could nullify a band's or a venue's insurance policy. Occasionally a venue may require a risk assessment before electronic drums can be used on stage.
A table-top electronic drum (or portable electronic drum) is an electronic drum that has all of its pads (except foot pedals) and the electronic sound module combined in a single table-top unit. It usually has a small amplifier and small loudspeakers incorporated. The sound generation is generally simpler (single-layered samples) when compared to more expensive, full-size electronic kits. Also, the feel when playing a table-top drum/pad is very different from using a full-size electronic kit or an acoustic kit. The advantages of table-top drums are the portability and the relatively lower price.
Some acoustic drummers use a table-top electronic drum as their first foray into electronic drumming, since purchasing a single table-top unit and setting it up alongside an acoustic drumkit is much cheaper and simpler than fitting an entire acoustic kit with sensors and connecting them to a "drum brain".
Acoustic triggered drum kit
An acoustic triggered drum kit is a regular acoustic drum kit coupled with drum trigger/s (sensors) on the drums and cymbals. The triggers can be "built inside" or permanently fixed on to cymbals-so that they are necessarily either: fixed triggers (electronic kit essentially), removable (can be either acoustic or electronic by default of purpose at the time), or simply an acoustic kit that is now actually a "Hybrid" kit-using external triggers that attach to the rim and skin (or batter head) so as to trigger other sounds on top of the natural acoustic sound produced or simply to boost it for performance.
The triggers detect hits/ vibrations on the batter head and/or hoop rim and generate an electric signal. The signal is then sent to an electronic module/sampler or via cables and an Audio Interface to MIDI-DAW/drum software on a PC/laptop/Mac-to trigger the selected sounds. Usually, the "acoustic triggered kit" has either commercially available mesh head "skins" (silent), or the drummer keeps her natural skins (using acoustic skins for a Hybrid kit are standard practice) and other muting accessories to reduce the acoustic sounds generated when played. This way, an acoustic (electro/acoustic) or Hybrid triggered drum kit has the feel and sizes of the standard acoustic kit but with the added benefits of an electronic kit's onstage silence, controllable volume (an important factor in small venues) or the added sound library available in 2016-era high-end kits, which includes sounds for large gongs and other instruments that are expensive and hard to transport in their original acoustic form. A recent innovation is DrumsAnywhere software, which uses only a single piezoelectric microphone to trigger eight different drum pads on any flat or irregular surface.
^[For the definition employed here cf: -'The Case for Vintage Electronic Drums' by Michael Render, page 1 (originally published in the Not So Modern Drumming Magazine) & sourced from "The Electronic Drum Experts" web site]
^ abRender, Michael. The Case for Vintage Electronic Drums. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-02-08. Retrieved .CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link), accessed June 21, 2011
^Greg Rule & Steve Fisher. V-Drums History. , accessed June 21, 2011
^UK Musicians Union (April 2014), "Powered Performance", Drummer Magazine, p. 46
^See Craig Blundell on: "Hybrid Kits" & Roland V Drums, "Triggers" & Trigger bar on YouTube; See 682Drums for materials on conversions and DD Drums, Hart Dynamics Drum-tech or Pintech for Custom Acoustic/Electronic Kit sizes, that function dualistically or primarily as electronic kits but in various acoustic sizes).
Feel The Difference Mesh Can Make At Alesis Drums we know perfect feel and natural-response is a must have for an immersive, expressive drumming experience. Introducing the Alesis Nitro Mesh Kit, the latest addition to our critically acclaimed all-mesh kit roster that delivers the most realistic playing experience modern drummers demand. The Nitro Mesh Kit is a complete 8-piece electronic drum kit featuring our next-generation Alesis mesh head drum technology — the unanimous preference of electronic drummers for their natural feel and ultra-quiet response — perfect for late night practice sessions and privately honing your drum skills. Donât settle for second best, discover the new standard in electronic drums with Alesis Drums.
Pro-Performance Mesh Heads The Convenience of electronic drums fused with the response of a traditional acoustic kit. The Nitro Mesh Kit comes complete with an 8" dual-zone mesh snare drum, (3) 8" mesh toms, (3) 10" cymbals, custom-designed Alesis hi-hat and kick pedals, and a durable 4-post aluminum rack.
Everything You Need Right out-the-box, the Alesis Drums Nitro Mesh Kit doesnât disappoint and guarantees to get you playing drums immediately. All the cabling, a power supply, and a drum key are included for easy, hassle-free setup; we even include a pair of drum sticks!
Sound Matters Itâs not just about the feel, Alesis Drumâs Nitro Kit features a core sound-set ready for any genre you throw at it. With 385 drum and cymbal sounds, expertly curated into a collection of 40 ready-to play kits, we give you everything you need to supercharge your performance.
Sharpen Your Skills Nail that all-important drum fill and lock down the perfect groove with the Nitro Mesh Kitâs powerful practice-centric features. With 60 built-in play-along tracks, a sequencer, metronome and performance recorder, Nitro Mesh Kit is the ultimate tool that gets the best out of your performance.
Connectivity Covered Pump up the volume or practice in silence — whatever your preference, the Nitro Mesh Kit has you covered. With a 1/8-inch headphone input, stereo Â¼-inch TRS inputs and a 1/8-inch aux input, hassle-free rehearsals, practice and recording sessions couldnât be simpler!
Creative Control Take command of your studio, capture your creativity and discover a world of virtual instruments! With Nitro Meshâs USB-MIDI and MIDI In/Out ports, transmit MIDI information directly to a computer and unite your synthesizer, drum machines and more for expanded performance potential.
The Alesis CompactKit 4 is a tabletop electronic drumset that's a great first kit for anyone learning the basics of drummingâyou even get a pair of drumsticks.
Four pads deliver 80 percussion and effect sounds with realistic feel and response. To make sure you get the most out of them, the CompactKit 4 includes interactive game- and coach-modes that teach basic drum patterns and styles. Even if you've never picked up a stick before, the visual feedback on the LCD screen makes it possible to train and get the fundamentals, so you can play along with the music of dozens of included songs. You can adjust the tempo to keep the difficulty level at the right amount of challenge, too.
CompactKit 4's lightweight, flat design makes it easy to set up around the house to play and then put out of the way when it's not being used. The all-in-one electronic drumset is also ready to travel on your flight and plug into the wall outlet when you get to your hotel room. Or you can put in six C batteries, so it can sit in a passenger's lap during a road trip for up to six hours.
Either way, the built-in speakers and headphone output jack mean you can quickly switch between public performance and private practiceâwhatever fits the circumstances best.
It all adds up to make CompactKit 4 the perfect portable electronic drum kit for an aspiring rock star drummer, no matter their age.
Frequently Asked QuestionsÂ
How can I assign one of the built in sounds to a pad?
CompactKit 4 has several different sounds that you can assign to each drum pad.
To assign a sound to a pad:
Press Rhythm then turn the dial to select a song.
Press Pad Assign.
Hit a pad to change its sound. Each hit will play and select the next sound. Stop after you hear the sound you want to use for that pad.
Optional: To change the sound of another pad, repeat Step 3.
When you are finished, press Pad Assign. The sounds are now assigned to those pads.
What does the GAME button do?
CompactKit 4 has a built-in game that can help you learn its various drum patterns. In the display, bars will descend in each column (representing each pad). Once a bar reaches below the line, hit the corresponding pad.
To play the game:
Turn the dial to select a rhythm. The upper-right corner will show 1, 2, or 3 stars to indicate the difficulty level: 1 is easy, 2Â is normal, and 3 is hard.
Press Start/Stop to start playing. As each bar reaches the line at the bottom of the display, hit the corresponding pad.
When the game is finished, you will see your score (000—100%).Â After 3 seconds, the game will restart.
Press Start/Stop to stop playing.
What does the COACH button do?
CompactKit 4 has a built-in drum coach that can help improve your skill at learning general drum patterns. In the display, bars will descend in each column (representing each pad). Once a bar reaches below the line, hit the corresponding pad.
To use the Coach:
Turn the dial to select a pattern. The upper-right corner will show 1, 2, or 3 stars to indicate the difficulty level: 1 is easy, 2 is normal, and 3 is hard.
Press Start/Stop to start playing. As each bar reaches the line at the bottom of the display, hit the corresponding pad.
When the session is finished, you will see your score (000— 100%). After 3 seconds, the coach will restart.
Press Start/Stop to stop playing.
Pads:(4) velocity-sensitive pads with indication lights
(70) drum and percussion sounds
(10) effect sounds
(20) coach songs
(1) demo song
(1) 1/8â (3.5 mm) stereo headphone output
(1) power input
9V DC, 800 mA, center-positive power adapter (included)
(6) C batteries (not included) for 4 to 6 hours of use.
Dimensions(width x depth x height): 18.1â x 10.2â x 5.9â
The Alesis Nitro Mesh Electronic Drum Kit is an 8-piece electronic drum kit that includes a Nitro electronic drum module, an 8" dual-zone mesh snare drum, three 8" mesh toms, three 10" cymbals, a custom designed Alesis hi-hat and kick pedal, and a durable 4-post aluminum rack. The kit can be used in several environments by drummers for studio, home, rehearsal, and live applications.
In The Box:
Alesis Nitro Mesh Electronic Drum Kit Nitro Drum Module 8" Dual-Zone Mesh Snare Pad 3 x 8" Mesh Tom Pads 10" Hi-Hat Pad 10" Crash Pad with Choke 10" Ride Pad Kick Pad Tower Kick Pedal Hi-Hat Pedal 4-Post Aluminum Rack Cable Snake Cable Wrap Strips Drum Key Pair of Drum Sticks Power Supply Limited 1-Year Warranty
Electronic Table Digital Drum Kit Top w/ 7 Pad Digital Drum Kit
LED Control Display
Headphone & USB Outputs
Kick, Hi-Hat & DC Power Inputs
USB Port Doubles as MIDI In/Out
7 Drum Pads with Touch Sensitivity
2 Different Voice Metronome System
215 Percussion Voices & 128 GM Voices
25 Preset Drum Kits & 5 User Drum Kits
Dimensions: 19.65" (L) x 14.5" (W) x 6.2" (D)
This electronic table top drum kit is an all-in-one wonder. It's super-customizable, lightweight, and portable - the ultimate tabletop kit for the drummer on-the-go. Each of the seven pads has touch sensitivity for an accurate response. Use one of the built-in 25 presets, or create and store your own kit by choosing from 215 different percussion voices. Use the internal speakers, or envelope yourself in percussive rhythms by plugging in your own headphones. There's more: this kit comes with two pedals so you can get the real feel of a kick drum and hi-hat pedal. You can connect this unit to your computer using the USB cable - it'll function as a MIDI controller for your favorite computer software to get even more functionality You can also play along with the built-in songs. This kit includes a built-in metronome and reverb effect. It runs on batteries or the included AC adaptor. With the PTED01, you'll be making beats in no time.
The RockJam electronic mesh head drum kit combines strong and stable construction with features that have never been seen on a entry level kit. Velocity sensitive mesh head drum kits are normally reserved for mid range to professional level drum kits. A premium feature that provides the drummer with an organic feel and a wholly more natural skin experience than it's rubber counterparts. The RockJam electronic mesh head drum kit has broken this barrier, providing, aspiring or upgrading drummers with a quality, durable and feature packed kit that won't break the bank. Three toms accompany the four mesh head drums along with 2 pedals controlling both bass and Hi Hat drums. The module includes USB out, aux in, headphone port and MIDI out to allow for universal compatibility to exterior devices and provides the drummers with 30 authentic drum kit voices and multiple demo songs. The RockJam electronic mesh drum kits provides everything you would need to get drumming straight out to the box, including drums stick and even headphones meaning you can get on with bringing the house down, without enraging your neighbors.
Premium Feel and Natural Dynamics The Surge Mesh Kit is a complete 8-piece electronic drum kit that includes everything a drummer needs to play like a pro. It features a 10â dual-zone mesh snare and three 8â dual-zone mesh tom pads for great feel and natural response, plus an 8â mesh kick tower pad with pedal. Three cymbals provide a virtually unlimited range of playing expression: a ride cymbal, crash cymbal with choke function and hi-hat. Not only do the mesh heads deliver unmatched response and playability, the compact size means the Surge Kit goes where larger kits canât.
Expanded Sounds The Surge module is filled with soundsâand surprises. The backlit LCD screen makes navigation a breeze. Drum and cymbal buttons are arranged to resemble the layout of a traditional kit, so itâs simple to assign sounds and create kits quickly. The Surge module comes complete with 40 classic and modern ready-to-play kits. Easily tweak any existing kit, or create your own using the 385 superior drum, cymbal, and percussion sounds included in the Surge module.
Expanded Features Inside the Surge module youâll also find valuable extras. The built-in learning features, sixty play-along music tracks, and an onboard metronome allow you to improve your skills. There is even an advanced sequencer and a performance recorder to expand your music-making potential. In addition to the USB MIDI connection for use with computers and mobile devices, the Surge module also offers up some old school MIDI In and Out jacks so you can hook up to your favorite MIDI-equipped drum machine, sound module or other audio gear. There is a headphone jack for private practice, plus stereo outs to connect to a PA system, amplifier, or recording console. The stereo aux input allows you to jam along to your favorite tracks on your CD or MP3 player.
KAT Percussion Electronic Drum & Percussion Pad Sound Module
The KAT ktmp1 is the quick and easy solution to expand any setup. Playable with both hands or sticks, this single module adds electronic drum, dance, and percussion sounds immediately to your fingertips. This compact and affordable module features 50 high-quality, fully-adjustable, multi-purpose sounds. Sounds can be tuned, panned and assigned to one of the four highly-responsive pads. Additionally, you can fine-tune reverb, sensitivity and level control to shape every sound to perfectly suit your needs.
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The KAT ktmp1 is a great addition to any drum set, percussion rig, DJ set-up and is also the perfect tool for laying down studio tracks.
Compact and affordable electronic drum and percussion instrument
Four velocity-sensitive pads
50 high-quality drum and percussion sounds
Two additional inputs for hi-hat controller pedal and bass drum trigger
*Optionally Battery Powered: Requires (6) x âCâ Batteries, Not Included
Headphone Jack, 1/4ââ Input
Includes Drum Sticks
Works for Mac & PC
What's in the Box:
Tabletop Digital Sound Module
(2) Digital Foot Pedals
Wall Power Adapter
Cymbal & Drum Sounds: 300+
Audio Drum Kits: 65 (55 Preset + 10 Custom)
Musical Songs: 120
USB Input: Type B
Audio Filetype Created: .MIDI
External Device Connection: Aux (3.5mm) Input
Audio Processing Support: 8/16bit, Mono/Stereo
MAX Wav Support Capacity: 16MB
Power: 120V (12V Power Adapter)
The Pyle Tabletop Digital Drum Kit is an all-in-one wonder. Enjoy customizable sound and compact portability with this versatile drumming machine. Itâs loaded with hundreds of built-in sounds, songs and drum kits -- making each of the seven touch-sensitive drum pads capable of producing a wide range of realistic drum audio. Youâll also have the ability to make your own music! Connect the drum kit to your computer -- record, save & edit your drum recordings. Built-in speakers to plays your audio, or envelope yourself in percussive rhythms by plugging in your own headphones. System also includes two digital foot pedals so you can get the real feel of a kick drum and hi-hat pedal. Additional features include the integrated âDrum Trainer Modeâ thatâs perfect for beginners, âHand Percussion Modeâ, built-in metronome, digital LED display button control center, along with sound configuration adjustments to the tempo, beat, rhythm and EQ settings. The system is also optionally powered, requiring (6) x âCâ batteries, making it convenient for wireless and portable drum sessions. Drum along, or create your own song, with the Pyle PTED06 Electronic Tabletop Digital Drum Machine!
This Bundle Includes: (1) Roland TD-11K Electronic Drum Set (3) Zildjian Trigger Wood Anti-Vibe Drumsticks - Pair (1) 3.5mm Stereo Plug to 3.5 mm Stereo Plug Cable - 6ft (1) Boss BDC-01 Detailing Cloth
Enhanced with SuperNATURAL power, the Roland TD-11K V-Drums V-Compact Series brings a more natural and realistic playing experience to drummers of any skill level and budget. Affordable and easy to use, this new electronic kit is perfect for a variety of applications, including practice, teaching, recording, live performance, and more. The SuperNATURAL-powered TD-11 Drum Sound Module provides improved playabilty and performance with incredibly expressive and natural sounds. It also offers a variety of powerful features, including backing songs in variety of musical styles, Quick Record/Quick Play, a COACH function, and USB for MIDI/AUDIO and data storage.
The PDX-8 mesh V-Pad for snare features Roland's amazing dual-triggering technology, resulting in accurate, even sensing between the head and rim. It offers an expanded 10-inch rim for more comfortable and quiet rim-shots. For toms, the PD-8A durable 8.5-inch rubber pad also offers super-accurate triggering and a time-tested design for years of reliable use.
The CY-5 cymbal pad for hi-hat features a 10" playing zone and natural swing movement. It also provides separate bow and edge triggering. With the FD-8 Hi-Hat Controller, drummers can get realistic hi-hat sounds with smooth transitions between open and closed positions.
With new mechanics and a cloth-designed bass drum head, the KD-9 kick pad provides great feel, dynamic response, accurate triggering and solid playability even with using a double pedal. It's also easy and quick to set up. (Kick Pedal not included)