Electronic Drumming for Musicians

roland_el_drums.pngMaybe by now you have noticed that I’m on a small quest to bring musicianship back to electronic music. That means that there’s an attempt and it takes time to learn an instrument, but then you have far more nuances compared with copy/pasting loops or using fixed MIDI sequences.

For example, the state of art concerning electronic drum kits are far beyond the early days of the Simmons sets. Check out the Roland TD-3S kit, a very reasonable price, you could usually get them for below $1000 or even lower. The videos at the link also shows what could be done, provided you do your homework and learn to play the instrument.

Now, compare using something like this for recordings or live sessions versus using a drum machine or drum loops. There’s something special about humans that play, the nuances will pop out. Yes, I know, many of us try to put them back with shuffle modes and all kinds of tricks, so that’s another way to do it. But then again you could do it in one take — assuming you want to learn to play drums.

Those electronic drum kits are also easy to transport, for example for jam sessions. Not to speak of the clarity of the drum sounds when running them through a PA. And we have not even touched the options to trigger and play all kinds of percussive and non-percussive sounds during a live set. The other bonus is that the audience loves people playing instruments.


  1. I really want to get a electric drum set. But anything under like 600 sucks. I’m not that big of a drummer to want to spend more than 600

  2. I’ve seen cheaper sets now and then on sale. Check out for example Musician’s Advocate, http://www.musiciansadvocate.com, they sell B-Stock from Yamaha and similar vendors from time to time, and you could get a good price on an electronic drum kit.

  3. Oh, also scan craigslist from time to time, electronic drum kits float around, especially units that have seldom been used and the seller wants to make room.

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