Electronic drum kits are made up of various different pieces. Electronic drums kits are offered in different sizes, configurations and there are different parts within. Understanding them will help drummers use the kit well and value the instrument more.
If you are searching for the right drum, examining the role of each drum components can help a lot. If you got your first kit already, knowing the different parts and functions of the instrument will lead you the way of accepting its limitations, understanding its difference and loving it to the fullest. Learn how to understand the components of a drum set and it will reward you with the finest music.
Here are some of them…
Drum pads can either be a rubber or a mesh. Both types of pads are far better to the plastic drum set. The lower end of the pads is often made up of black rubber to provide a nice bounce back that could help the drumming a lot. This material provides a deep thumpy type of sound every time you hit them. On the other hand, high-end pads are made up of a tightly woven mesh material. Think about you are hitting a trampoline and that’s the best way you can describe it. You can feel a very much like a real drum head.
Mesh pads have a good bounce back. They are extremely sensitive and have a quiet sound. A rubber pad will pick up every hit but with mesh pads, you can use a very light touch making it a popular material in drum pad selection.
The module is known to be the e-drum’s brain which controls the overall drum operation. All electronic drum attach back into the brain for it detects what is being done with each pad. The module also helps to make an appropriate sound when the instrument is struck. With the presence of module, you can switch out all kinds of different instrument kits on it to have a very large palette of the virtual instrument to work with.
The brain of the drum makes a sound on its own while outputting MIDI data when you play on an electronic drum kit. The output data does not consist of the sound being created by the module. The data is just all about drum struck, hit velocity and other data that can be used for all sort of purposes. This is can be sent to PC or this equipment with if you want to record your performance and want the hits to be corrected.
There are high-end drum brains which could make up a good portion of the cost of e-drums but are very expensive. Fortunately, some e-drums today can still be used with any drum brain. It is important to note that if you want to be serious about trying to hit the correct drum, you need enough inputs on the brain.
Hi-hats are normally sat to the left of the snare drum and it looks like a hat, hence, a hi-hat. Hi-hat is being played normally with the right hand. Drummers tend to play on top of a closed hi-hat when the singer of the band sings. It will help the drummer play in a quieter way because singers often don’t like too much noise coming from the drummer’s side during some softer parts of the song. If a foot pedal is being used on a high stand, you will see two smaller cymbals clap together.
When your left foot goes on the footboard, you can work the pedal and make the top cymbal clap with the one on the lower side. A sort of chic or clang sound will be made every time the two cymbals clap together.
The snare drum is a small drum on a stand by itself. The snare drum has wires below of it commonly called snares. The wires are made up of real wires but some of them are made of a nylon material. The snare drum gives snappy sound because of the snares or the wires. The central of the most drum kit is the snare and will sit between your legs if you are sitting in your drum. The snare can be played with either one hand or both hands depending on the kind of rhythm you’re playing.
The bass drum is the big drum on the floor commonly on the middle side of it. It has attached pedal where the right foot of the drummer will be placed. The bass drum has the deepest tone of all the drums found in an e-drum kit.
Clamps and rods
Clamps are used to attach on the metal tubing to secure cymbal arms or the steel l-rods. Such rods are used to mount cymbals or the pads. Some drums are using plastic clamps. Generally, they work just fine. But if you look at it closer, it can possibly be damaged when you over screwed while securing it.
The clamps that are made up of plastic are definitely more superior to the other kind. Though metal clamps are much heavier but they do not flex at all. When you are securing a clamp to the stand, you just use a screw to tighten the clamp firmly as opposed to a plastic clamp.
A drum stand is a frame that holds all of the electronic drums pads up as well as other equipment of the kit. The stand commonly measures 1 1/2 “diameter. Stands are metal tube being connected together via plastic or metal joints to make the assembly complete. There are some differences about how these stands can be torn down quickly and put back again but this has been an issue for most drum users.
There are also different sizes of stands. If you choose to have a bigger stand, you need to mount bigger drums and cymbals around you. This setup is an integrated job because you need to buy a big stand and not spend much money on buying drums that come along with it. It only means that if you are trying to put together your own kit from the ground, you should not buy a bigger stand because at the end you will realize that you only have enough money to put a small pad on it.
Stands do not have to be big, focus on your drum needs and it will guide you to find the best options.