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Old 30-01-2014, 04:43 AM   #1
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Electronic Drum Kits

I've played real kits before and while they are fun to bash around and make noise on, I've recently gotten severe G.A.S. for an e-kit. Roland seems to be the go-to on most of the articles and reviews I've seen so far. I want something that has a smaller frame and is easy to transport. Probably going for getting awhat amounts to a 6-piece kit (but I can start with 4 or 5 no prob and add on more pads later). Anyone here have experience with one? I'm looking at the Alesis DM Series, maybe start off with a DM5 since I am a fan of the older D4 and SR-16 samples from way back (but would mostly plug this in to my desktop and run Addictive Drums at home).

Honestly I've never seen a post here about these so maybe not.

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Old 30-01-2014, 06:20 AM   #2
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Re: Electronic Drum Kits

Roland TD-4kp seems to be portable with ok sound, maybe going to get one myself.

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Old 30-01-2014, 06:33 AM   #3
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Re: Electronic Drum Kits

I can't say anything about the kits themselves, but don't forget about the Nord Drum/2 if you think you'd want synthesized electronic sounds

Can be played/sequenced by MIDI, and played by trigger inputs.

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Old 30-01-2014, 06:56 AM   #4
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Re: Electronic Drum Kits

Yeah I'm open to whatever sounds I can get, electronic or sampled from real kits. I'm mainly concerned about things like cymbal chokes, pad quality and compatibility with Addictive Drums and the NI stuff I have. I can't practically haul my desktop to a friend's house every time we want to jam so if the brain module doesn't have alot to choose from it's ok for the time being.
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Okay, I think I get you more clearly, now. I'm sure whatever brain comes with the set you get will be fine for that use, then, no need spending another $400-$600 lol unless you just wanted to.

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Re: Electronic Drum Kits

what about like midi pad drums/finger drumming/or using a stick on said pads? or is this the same thing except set up like a drum kit? im a noob
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what about like midi pad drums/finger drumming/or using a stick on said pads? or is this the same thing except set up like a drum kit? im a noob
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Old 31-01-2014, 02:51 AM   #8
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Re: Electronic Drum Kits

Yeah I'm basically looking to play the drums (I already have owned two different acoustic kits before but sold them because you can't practice in an apartment on those) so finger drumming is sort of not really a substitute. Plus I am way better playing double kick with mah feets than my fingers. It's just the way I learned, in addition to being a friggin blast to jam on.
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Re: Electronic Drum Kits

If you want to keep the same feel of a real kit than Roland with mesh pads would be your best bet, but it doesn't take too long to get used to the feel of the pads on electronic kits. The feeling is more or less the same as practice pads. Alesis is by no means a bad brand to go with and I'd personally recommend them.
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Old 07-09-2015, 04:40 PM   #10
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Re: Electronic Drum Kits

So I bought a Roland TD-3 kit used the other day. Fun as fuck to jam on.
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Re: Electronic Drum Kits

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So I bought a Roland TD-3 kit used the other day. Fun as fuck to jam on.
Mate, get that shit hooked up to Addictive Drums 2.
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Old 09-09-2015, 01:12 AM   #12
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Re: Electronic Drum Kits

Oh I did! Been jamming hard the last two days on AD2 with it.
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Re: Electronic Drum Kits

hows that latency treating you?


i've been in touch via label networking with an artist i've followed for years now, we got on the subject of drums. i've been a big fan and assumed he had a kit. he mentioned that he was using a roland setup with BFD. I've thought about a minimized version of that (as "acoustic" drumming is the achilles heel of my current demo songs) and was wondering how the latency was a factor.

i guess i can bear in mind that i've been using guitar rig for guitar processing for awhile now and although there is lag, im accustomed to it.

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Re: Electronic Drum Kits

I've had it set to 64 samples which is something like 2-3ms in real time. I can't even tell it's not instantaneous even with four tracks of amp Sims and two of bass amp Sims going. Of course my wife's laptop is pretty new and handles more tracks than my computer, so I would guess it depend on your computer's capabilities.
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Re: Electronic Drum Kits

gotcha. in my case it sounds like i'd need to track drums in its own session with my tunes bounced to stereo. i cant get away with 64 samples, too many reverbs running.

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Re: Electronic Drum Kits

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So I bought a Roland TD-3 kit used the other day. Fun as fuck to jam on.
Jelly... I sold my acoustic kit a couple years ago because I don't have a place to play. I miss playing drums so badly. I need an electric kit!!! I've had my eye on an Alesis DM10X. I really want real feeling heads. I just need to win the lotto already, haha. Glad to hear you are having fun on the roland! play some beats for me!

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