Tech Tip:Electro-Drumming: The New Tools, Part 2
by Tony Verderosa
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Electronic Drum Systems for Beginners
Compact electronic drum systems have become extremely popular in the past five or six years as prices have dropped and the systems offer multiple functions at good value. This type of system is a good first step for anyone interested in practicing at home with headphones, recording drum parts for CD's and also for playing live. These systems are also beneficial as they come complete with MIDI sequencing. They are the equivalent of buying an entire music production/performance system in one easy to use machine. Here is a list of some of the key functions these systems provide.
These modules act as a sample library, holding 100s of CD quality recordings of drum sounds and loops, special effects, ethnic percussion, voice samples, bass, guitar, horns and more. To build a similar collection of sounds, you would have to own an entire digital audio production facility including computer, digital editing software, digital effect processing, mastering software, samplers and a recording studio with microphones.
Suggested Complete E-Drum Systems
1. Yamaha DS9XP DTXpress Electronic Drum Set
Great sounds, loops, songs, phrases, onboard sequencer. Features Yamaha's DTXpress module and a price tag significantly lower than its predecessor.
Approximately $1295.00, $999.99 used
2. Alesis DM Pro Kit Electronic Drum Set
A massive library of over 1,000 drum and percussion sounds plus advanced new triggers.
Approximately $2599.00, $1999.99 used
3. Yamaha DS11 Electronic Drum Set (DTX 2.0 Module)
880 percussion voices take you beyond modern drumming! Open the door to a whole new world of playing and recording.
Approximately $2575.00, $1899.99 used
4. DDrum (sic) Electronic Drum System One
A highly advanced system, now more affordably priced. Its compact design, real drum feel, and versatility make it a winner.
Approximately $3595.00, $2599.99 used
5. Roland V-Custom Electronic Drum Set
Includes 1 PD-80R V-Pad 8" mesh-head dual-trigger pad for both snare drum and rim shot sounds.
Approximately $3295.00, $2699.99 used
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