Let Bill Bruford of King Crimson show you.
Okay hear me out here before you get tiggered, but I really think this trend of the past couple of years of “low volume” cymbals is really stupid. Yes yes, I get that some people (including me) live in small apartments with neighbors all around who really will not like you banging on full volume drums, but if the option is playing something that looks like a drumset, but sounds like awful garbage, like the example above, I’d rather just play guitar.
I started playing drums when I was 10 years old, and as a kid (and as an adult), the power, loudness, resonance, and tones of the drums, all are part of why I loved playing them so much. If I had something that sounded like cardboard boxes and baking pans, I never would have wanted to play them. So what can you do?
Well, what I do is rent a small room about 10 blocks away from my house in an industrial neighborhood for my drums, but I realize this option isn’t realistic for everyone, so option 2 is build your own electronic drum set. Even though I kinda hate electronic drums too, but at least they’re better than what you hear above. I built my own electronic kit back in 2009, and it wasn’t that difficult, here’s some pics:
I’ve also made a playlist of youtubers who made some pretty awesome ones:
Or… you can just buy one (which is probably what I’d do now, haha.
E-kits have gotten a lot cheaper and better in recent years. But honestly, I would rather play any of the above than Low Volume cymbals with silent heads. At this point you’re just hitting drum shaped objects that sound like nothing. At least with electronic drums you can record them and have endless options of sounds. Plus they’re STILL QUIETER than LV cymbals and drums.
Anyway, I know this was a bit of a rant, but just had to get it out there ;P
Despite not even being out yet, the YouTube video being overrun by angry trolls, this drum kit is the first electronic set I’ve actually wanted. Simmons came back into the e-drum market a decade or so ago and has mostly been focused on lower end kits until now.
A few things immediately caught my eye about this kit, the classic hexagon shaped pads, the mesh hitting surface, the classic Simmons sound banks, and lastly but most importantly, the ability to sample and import your own sounds into the kit!
I really want one of these things!
There’s more options for finger drummers out there than ever right now, and M-Audio fairly recently released their new Trigger Finger Pro. The more I see about this controller the more I like it. This video shows a great performance using all the original samples that come with the unit. The nice big display screen is definitely a nice feature and the built in step sequencer is a very cool feature.
The only controller that seems to be in the same league as the TFP one is the Maschine, which is an amazing product. But the Maschine MK2 is $599, where as the TFP is only $199. I can’t comment on the feel of the pads themselves since I haven’t used one personally. But from what I have seen they look like nice sized pads and most comments about them have been good.