With the growing popularity of electronic drum sets, it is easy to convince yourself why you need this. With the trend toward hybrid drum kits, where drummers can add multi-pads or electronic triggers to augment their instruments, it is easy to forget the importance of choosing the right drums for making live sounds.
If you are ready to buy your first e-drums, you could surely feel the excitement – if you already know what you want. If you are not sure what to buy yet, you probably have a lot of questions roaming around in mind. When you insist on making a purchase decision with such doubts, you will end up wasting a lot of things in your life – energy, time and money. So, before going to your store and let your money out, think about what you want to do with the kit and think about what kind of kit you have been looking for.
Before buying the set you like, think about how this thing may change your life. Think about how it will last. A simple plan might help you avoid frustrations and will ultimately help you from making premature upgrades. If it is your first time to buy e-drums, you don’t need to wait until the new things come out for there will always be something better on the board. You just need to ask yourself some questions.
What to Ask
Questions can help you figure out something quickly. First-time buyers ask a lot of things so when you encounter any e-drum in your way. Consider these questions:
- Do you like the sound quality?
The quality of the sound is a lot personal. It depends on individual’s taste. It depends on how we trained our ears to hear different things. The subjectivity of the sound is based on the styles of music we often heard. When it comes to sound quality, the physical condition of our ears can also make a difference. If you really want to find the one that fits your needs, try to audit all the e-drum kits you’re interested in and play them next to one another in the same room. The modules should have been reinitialized to factory specs for you hear what the sound does manufacturers have intended.
You can play the first ten kits. This will give you a good representation of the sonic character of the module. Don’t forget to listen for the change in sound character and for how natural the cymbals sound.
- Are there enough audio outputs?
If the audio outputs are not enough to meet your needs, look for another one. The number of audio outputs is essential if your sole purpose is to record or perform in large venues such as a concert or any other big band performance. In fact, the need for various audio outputs will often dictate you what to buy. You can check the specs of the drum module for the number of outputs. Generally, outputs are in the range of two to ten depends on the make and model of the device.
If you are using the instrument for small venues, e-drums with a small number of outputs can be just fine. However, if you are performing in big places and occasions having e-drums with a lot of functions is important. Whether you need the instrument for big or small spots always goes for e-drums with many individuals outputs than getting those ones that offer less.
- Does the kit fit your space?
The size needs to be considered especially if your area is small or has too many things lying within. Before shopping, think about the space it consumes in your place. Different kits also have different sizes. Some high-end kits have a larger footprint which can be problematic if you live in a small home or studio city walk-up. Many of the e-drum sets with a moderately sized footprint have a full drum feel. To make that feel better, determine your space before you go shopping and make sure the drum throne comes along with the measurement.
If what you want is a kit that is too big for your room, you can save the space by mounting all or some of the pads on traditional hardware instead of buying one with a rack.
- Can custom samples be loaded into the module?
Most e-drum modules are able to access and play back custom sounds. However, there is still some kind that does not. Choose the best as you could. Never let yourself fall on kits with pretentious features. Commonly, modules are sample based. You can load custom sound samples being formatted for the specific modules. The loaded samples will remain even when the kit is powered on. Kits with 2box module have PC and Mac software so you can load your own samples and make custom multi-samples kit you.
Also, go for modules that let you load samples thru USB for you to access any other factory sound. To generate sound in the e-drum module, you can use two different techniques: First is the sampling which is the most common format and can be done with a few software-based sound libraries. Second is the sound modeling.
- What is included in the price?
Before making any purchase decision, it is better to know first what is included and what is not in the price. This is highly important to give your money a worth. Bear in mind that not every e-drum includes everything you need to get started and keep the play right in one box. Generally, every e-drum has a sound module, pads, rack, hi-hat controller and cables to enable the pads and module connection but some other important items such as drum throne, kick pedal and stands can be purchased separately.
Add-ons can be costly. If you have them already in your old kit, use them on your new one for you to save money.
Having an electronic drum kit that works and sounds as good as possible is the key to full drum playing enjoyment. There are still a lot of questions to ask in order to test how the e-drum you like passes your set standards. Considering them will not just help you to have your first e-drum but will reward you a perfect kit for life.