Remember back in the 80’s…when electronic drum kits made their first appearance in the world of music?
Well, what many folks don’t know is…
In the decades since, they’ve gotten MUCH better.
Some of today’s kits sound so impressive, they’re tough to distinguish from the REAL.acoustic drums.
Not only are they great for live settings, they are particularly useful in the recording studio…
As some even have multiple outputs to connect each drum to a separate channel on youraudio interface
And every few years or so, these kits get EVEN BETTER.
To show you just how far they’ve come, in this post I’ve compiled a list of:
The 10 Best Electronic Drum Kits (videos included).
A Brief History of Electronic Drums
As I’ve said in the intro, electronic drumkits have come a long way since their wide spread.
But how long exactly?
Well, to put it simple, this is what a the first commercially successful electronic drumkit looked like back in the early 80s.
Pretty rad, huh?
It was produced by Simmons under the name SDS-5 and worked essentially as today’s e-drums:
- It had pads that you would connect to a module
- The module had a few presets and 2 free slots to add extra pads
Watch it in action here:
If you were around back then, you probably remember it and its hexagonal shaped pads.
Now, it wasn’t until the mid/late 90s that the true revolutions appeared…
With 2 major names making their first contributions to the market:
- Yamaha, and…
- Roland – which basically rewrote the rules of the game with its TD-10, the first e-kit to sport mesh pads.
Roland also created a whole new way sounds were created on the module, but that’s a bit out of the scope of this post.
But if you wondered why Roland was such a big name — if not the biggest — in the electronic drums industry, these 2 innovations probably explain it.
How We Ordered This List…
Once more of a toy, or a cheap and dull alternative for frustrated apartment drummers…
Electronic drums are nowadays a completely viable alternative to acoustic drumsets. And depending on who you ask, some will actually tell you they’re better. But I’ll lleave this debate out of this article.
Anyway, with an ever growing and evermore diversified offer, it’s hard to even know where to start looking.
And so, after a lot of research, I managed to identify 4 categories of e-drums, so feel free to skip directly to the sections you’re interested in by simply clicking them.
- Cheap and beginner electronic drums – these offer minimal element count, very basic module and single zone pads
- Mid-range models – With brands such as Alesis pushing the boundaries of “bang for your buck”, you can nowadays look at a $400 kit and consider it mid range. These models generally offer more features such as chokable cymbals, 3 zone pads and mesh heads.
- Advanced models– Most of the improvements here are both on the module and the hardware end. You’ll generally get real hi-hat and snare stand and a module offering very high levels of controls.
- Acoustic Design Drums– A trend first launched by Roland, other premium manufacturers now also make acoustic looking electronic drumsets.
So let’s start with the first pick…
1. Roland TD-1DMK
Few folks can argue, that for many years now…
Roland V-Drums have easily been TOP DOGS in the electronic drum industry.
- Theirmid-rangemodels rival the flaghsip models of other companies…
- Their high-end models remain virtually unchallenged, and…
- Their budget modelsare the perfect option for first-time buyers and children.
And so…the obvious first pick for today is Roland’s newest entry-level kit: the Roland TD-1KV.
Notable features of this kit include:
- 15 kits + percussion sounds
- Built in metronome
- Easy recording and playback
- Outputs for headphones and amplifiers
- Smartphone/Mp3 connect for play-along
- USB connect for computer recording
Watch this video to see the TD-1KV in action:
Also be sure to check out the slightly more expensive TD-1DMK, which offers double mesh snare and toms… and the even higher range TD-4KP, which also lacks a mesh snare, but is fully portable, and has a better sound engine. It even has a dedicated carrying bag!
Here are the links to each version:
- Roland TD-1K – (Amazon/B&H/Thomann)
- Roland TD-1DMK – (Amazon/B&H/Thomann)
- Roland TD-4KP – (Amazon/B&H/Thomann) / TD-4KP Carrying Bag (Amazon/B&H/Thomann)
2. Alesis Nitro Mesh Electronic Drum Kit
As the 2nd of the 3 top brands featured in this post…
Alesis Studio Electronics was one of the first electronic instrument manufacturers to make affordable products for the average home studio.
Once looked down on by the drumming community, Alesis has made their way into the drummers’ heart, so much that they’ve become a fully viable option.
And guess what? With this surprisingly inexpensive Alesis Nitro Mesh Kit they striked big.
This is simply the MOST sold electronic drumkit EVER.
Now, it might be the single cheapest kit on this list, but it certainly doesn’t look the cheapest (as you can see in the picture), which is also why it’s so successful.
And while the legacymodel of this drumkit — the Alesis Nitro — didn’t offer a mesh snare and toms, which was a significant downgrade compared to the TD-1DMK…
This newer model does offer it, for essentially half the price.
Apart from that, the Alesis Nitro Mesh Kit, offers better hardware, including a solid aluminum rack, and an upgraded kick pad.
For more intricate kick drum work, you ideally want a real pedal attached to a pad, rather than an electronic pedal such as the one used in the TD-1K.
To see the Alesis Nitro Mesh Kit in action, watch the video:
3. Alesis Surge Mesh/Yamaha DTX452
So by now you might be wondering…
How isn’t there any Yamaha kit in here yet?
And you wouldn’t be completely wrong. The thing is, Yamaha seem to not have exactly followed the direction the market has been taking along the last 10 years or so…
As a result, their entry level kits, such as the DTX402/452/452K are simply way too overpriced compared to the competition.
Ask yourself: if you could get mesh heads, a real drum kick and a three-zone snare for the same price of a basic Yamaha kit with none of this, what would you choose?
Easy decision, right? That’s what you get with the Alesis Surge Mesh.
Check it out in this video to listen to the kits:
To be completely honest, the Alesis Surge Drum Module is bad. The sounds are just not good overall and pretty much any other module sounds better.
That being said you could potentially use it with a drum software thanks to the various ports such as USB and XLR MIDI ins.
Check it out:
Now, as for the Yamaha…
It is actually part of 3 entry level models:
- The DTX402 – which doesn’t offer nor a real kick drum pedal nor a kickpad and has a low-range hi hat pedal
- The DTX452 – which offer a real kick drum pedal with a kick pad AND an upgraded hi-hat pedal
- The DTX452K – which compared to the DTX452 only adds a 3 zone snare
These models are available at $100 increments, starting from $500. So, hardware is not exactly the selling point of these models BUT the module is way better than Alesis’.
Check out this video for a presentation of these models:
And here are the links to the 3 models:
Now, one last word on Yamaha’s Rec’n’Share app. Since the module on these models doesn’t have a screen, Yamaha decided to develop a great app.
This app offers mainly educational and practice features, and you can find out more about it in this video:
Now onto our next category…
4. Alesis Command Electronic Drums
Now that we’ve fully covered the top entry-level kits…
Let’s continue this post by moving on to some of the more advanced models.
Starting first with the Alesis Command kit.
A significant upgrade from the Alesis Nitro Mesh which we saw earlier…
The Command adds an improved sound module featuring 50 presets and 20 kits, compared to Nitro’s 25 presets and 15 kits.
But the biggest feature of the module is that you can actually upload your own samples.
In terms of hardware, the Command adds a sturdier aluminum rack, and an advanced mesh pad on both the snare and kick drum.
While mesh snare pads are quite common these days…mesh kick pads are usually only reserved for ultra high-end kits costing several times more than this one.
Now that you’ve heard the features, hear what it sounds like in the following video:
5. Roland TD-17KV Electronic Drums
Right smack in the middle between the budget kits, and high-end kits…
We have the Roland TD-17KV.
And who exactly do I recommend it for?
Well if you find yourself thinking…
I’m willing to spend as much as I need to, but I’m really not looking to spend more than I need to.
Then the TD-17KV is the perfect choice for you.
Because quite honestly, with electronic drum kits, you eventually reach a threshold where good becomes good enough.
If you’re a drummer by trade, you may not reach that threshold until you have the very best of the best (which can be found at the bottom of this post).
If drums aren’t your main instrument, and you’re using it for your home studio, or if you just wanna play it for fun…
The Roland TD-17KV is the upper limit of what I would recommend to most buyers…
Because it has all the “essential” features you really want, such as:
- a mesh snare,
- a cloth kick pad,
- a sturdy rack…
PLUS…the advanced TD-17 sound engine featuring the same Behavior Modeling, and SuperNATURAL Sound Engine Technologies used in Roland’s higher-end kits.
Most of all, this module is much more expandablethan the one on the slightly cheaper TD-07, which is actually why I chose the TD-17 over the TD-07 for this list.
Now, the TD-17K is available in 3 different versions:
- TD-17K-L – that only offers mesh on the 8″ snare
- TD-17KV-L – that offers mesh heads on the snare and toms, the snare being bigger at 12″.
- TD-17KVX – which offer an extra cymbal, better cymbal pads all around AND a hardware, “real” hi-hat stand.
And here are the links to all these versions:
Layering your Samples
To conclude on the module, let me introduce you to the layering feature.
This is a feature found on most new mid to high range e-drums nowadays. What it allows you to do is to superimpose, or layer 2 or more sounds depending on the module so as to customize your kit even more.
In practice, it makes the whole sound library MUCH more realistic, especially because it sounds much more natural depending on the volume (how hard you hit), as opposed to being the same sound played at different volumes.
And so the TD-17KV is the first model on this list to offer this feature. To understand better what layering does in practice and how to use it, check out this video:
You also get a Bluetooth connection which lets you jam along your favorite tunes.
Moreover, again, when compared to the TD-07 you’ll also get dual-zone toms, instead of the single-zone ones on the lower end model.
Finally, you get the option to choose a real hi-hat stand.
All in all the TD-17KV is definitely one of the very best mid-range e-drums with one of the most powerful sound module with an insane level of customizability.
Watch this video to see the TD-17K in action:
Now…Mesh pads on the toms is the perfect example of a feature that while certainly “nice-to-have”… is mostly unnecessary when you really think about it.
And for the remainder of this post, the higher-end kits I’m about to show you offer MUCH more in the “nice-to-have” category.
And so up next we have…
6. Yamaha DTX6 Series and DTX PRO module
Now onto what’s probably the most breakthrough thing to happen in mid-range electronic drumkits for at least the past 20 years.
And, yes, I am very serious! This brand new series by Yamaha brings various innovations. I won’t cover them all in depth in this list but here are some of the most significant improvements:
- TCS Head Material – 7 years in the making, this exclusive technology brings next level realism and feel when hitting your drums thanks to a technology that replicates the bounce you get when hitting a double-ended shell.
- Module – Beyond the fact that the sounds of the module were recorded in high end studios, they are highly customizable. And by highly, I mean highly. You can adjust transient response, muffling level and pitch tuning AS WELL as changing the EQ of all your cymbals.
Ok so I could spend hours praising how insanely powerful the DTXPRO module is but rather than doing that, just have a look for yourself.
Here’s an in depth and quite long video about this drumset and the DTX PRO module.
I’ve specifically linked the video to the part where they play the cymbal and personnally, I’ve NEVER heard such realism playing on rubber cymbals, especially not on e-drums:
You can either buy the module alone if you already own compatible drum pads or buy a drumkit that comes with it.
Don’t forget we’re talking mid-range up to high-end models, so if you’re an advanced drummer but still don’t want to break the bank, even the cheaper model should fit your needs.
Now, the differences between these models are essentially hardware:
- The DTX6K-X doesn’t have a full hi-hat stand and only has rubber pads, except for the snare
- The DTXK2-X has a full hi-hat stand and one extra cymbal
- The DTXK3-X has a 9-piece full mesh configuration, a full hi-hat stand and an extra cymbal
Here are the links to the module, and the drumkits:
- Yamaha DTX-PRO Module – (Amazon/B&H)
- Yamaha DTX6K-X – (Amazon/B&H/Thomann)
- Yamaha DTX6K2-X – (Amazon/B&H/Thomann)
- Yamaha DTX6K3-X – (Amazon/B&H/Thomann)
A quick word on Yamaha’s e-drums current range: as of time of writing this article, it seems Yamaha have simply stopped producing high-end electronic drumkits. The company doesn’t seem to have issued an official statement on the matter but essentially the DTX6K3-X is, at east for now, Yamaha’s top of the range kit.
7. Roland TD-27KV-S Electronic Drums
Of all the kits we’ve seen so far…
The Roland TD-27KV is the first that surely qualifies as a “professional” electronic set.
It has all the top features we’ve seen in previous kits…
First off, there’s the hardware, which compared to the previous models in this list is upgraded on virtually every part of the kit.
- The snare and toms use the more advanced PDX-100 and PD-85BK
- The snare has a real acoustic snare format and a real stand
- The cymbals use the upgraded CY-12C crash and CY13R ride and offer realistic sizes
- The hi-hat features the ultra realistic VH-11 and a real stand
The most impressive of all is the snare which features multi-position sensoring that sounds different across the entire drum head, depending on where you strike it, and how hard.
If you pay close enough attention, you’ll notice the “drumheads” are actually tunable, just like on the real thing…
Meaning that if you like to play on a specific tension, you can!
And finally there’s the sound engine, which is the true reason why the TD-27K sounds so incredible.
With features such as:
- Prismatic Sound Modeling – which offers virtually a unique sound anytime an element of the kit is hit
- PureAcoustic Ambience Technology – which is a feature that allows you to change the “position of the mics” and therefore tweak your sound precisely.
Honestly if you’re a die-hard acoustic drums fan, do me a favor a take a look at this video. This is the Roland TD-27KV-s with a special acoustic sound kit:
Now tell me you wouldn’t confuse it with an acoustic kit if you listened to it with your eyes closed!
Check it out:
8. Alesis Strike Pro Special Edition
Here’s Alesis’ offer on the high-end electronic drumkits market…
So, as I’ve said before, Alesis kind of always were considered the underdog in the “e-drum game”.
Worse even, drummers were generally very suspicious of them and never quite put the brand on the same level as, say, Yamaha or Roland…
And they were actually RIGHT.
Indeed, if you look at reviews of the Strike Pro (non-SE) they were quite bad and reviewers essentially advised you to stay away from Alesis.
What happened though is that Alesis understood they needed to deliver twice as much to impress crowds and gain respect.
First, they aggressively attacked the low-end segment with ridiculously cheap AND good drumkits, offering insane value for the price, as we saw in the beginning of this post.
But deciding you’re going to rival the best of the best in the HIGH END segment is a whole different story, right?
Well, it seems Alesis have their say in this market too, with their flagship, the Alesis Strike Pro Special Edition.
Ok so let’s start with the module, and here is what you get on the back:
- Included 16Gb SD card – so you can directly upload your own samples and use them on your kit
- 8 individual outputs – this is great for the recording studio so you can mix all of these signals however you feel like
- 3 MIDI in and outs – you get 2 regualar MIDI in and out, plus one USB MIDI so you can send your sound digitally and work it on your DAW
As for the front, what probably stands out the most is the 12 band equalizer. This is actually really useful to mix your sound precisely while you play.
On top of that there are a few other important features:
- The 4.3″ screen will show you your EQ levels and where you are playing on the kit LIVE
- The looper – this is actually a great tool for practicing a specific part of a track. Just loop it however you want and keep playing it!
- In-depth editing and customizing – with the utility mode you can edit and tweak every sound of your kit exactly how you want.
As for the drums themselves, you essentially get close to an acoustic drumset’s dimensions, which obviously adds to the comfort, and of course real wood shells as well as a 20″ kick drum.
To sum up it’s pretty simple, at time of writing this article, no other electronic drumkit on the market offers such a high level of equipment and features for this price.
But again, one could argue it’s not really surprising since it seems more and more that this is the very moto of Alesis.
Who do I recommend this drumkit for?
You’re an ex drummer, or you’ve long owned an acoustic drumset and SWORE you’d never ever as much as touch electronic drums.
But, see, now that you’ve moved to an apartment you really have no choice. The problem is, you’re not willing to spend thousand and thousands just to get a decent kit…
But you’re also NOT buying an entry-level model, as you know you’ll end up being overly frustrated when playing it.
If that sounds like you, then this is the perfect e-drum kit for you. See it in action here:
Check it out:
Note: the hi-hat stand is not included, so make sure you get it too when purchasing your kit.
9. Roland TD-50KV
Despite the fact that they already had the best electronic drum kit on the market…
Roland recently decided to take things one step further…
By introducing the newest flagship model in their lineup: the Roland TD-50KV.
Compared to the discontinued former flagship TD-30KV they’ve added a number of impressive upgrades, most notably the following:
The ride is now a larger 18″ model, with a weight and balance much closer to that of the real thing.
The snare is now 14″ just like a standard acoustic snare, and it includes a 3-ply mesh head which carries a far better rebound than the 2-ply heads used on the toms, and on previous snare models.
It also adds a mute sensor for easy cross-stick playing.
Arguably the biggest advancement on BOTH the ride and the snare, is the introduction of DIGITAL triggering, which is the first of its kind in the entire industry.
Up until now, electronic drums have relied on analog triggers. With digital triggering however, a LOT more information can be sent to the sound module, allowing for a far more realistic response.
While the kick drum still comes with the same KD-140 used on the TD-30KV, a new upgrade option known as the KD-A22 is now available…
Which allows you to convert your own real 22″ kick drum shell into a trigger compatible with the rest of the kit. It looks and feels just like a real kick drum…because it IS a real kick drum.
With the TD-50 module, the entire sound library has been re-built from the ground up, recycling none of the samples used in the TD-30 or any other module.
The rear of the module adds 2 balanced XLR outputs which will definitely come in handy for live performances…
And for the studio, they’ve added a single USB output which allows you to multitrack record the entire kit on your DAW.
So even though the 8 analog outputs from the TD-30 are still available on the TD-50, all you really need now…is a single USB cable.
Pretty awesome huh? Now check out the video to hear it:
And finally, for the last category of this post…
Roland Acoustic Design Electronic Drums
It seems there was one last step electronic drums manufacturers needed to take in order to attract the last “e-drums reluctant drummers”…
And this was creating drums that look AND feel just like acoustic drums…
While offering all of the advantages of an e-drumkit.
And guess which manufacturer was the first to understand and act fast? That’s right, Roland.
With their VAD (V-drums Acoustic Drums) they managed to created unprecedented drums that offer the playability and the look of an acoustic kit, with a technology that is today good ENOUGH to create undistinctible sounds from electronic to acoustic.
Now, following the path of Roland, a few newcomers understood the ever growing demand in this “hybrid drums” market…
Some even decided to ONLY develop drum modules, but I’ll keep this for another article.
So I decided to make a selection of the best hybrid drums currently available.
1. Roland VAD Electronic Drum Series
Roland’s VAD series are acoustic looking electronic drums.
They’re typically targeted at:
- Apartment drummers – that have to use an e-drumkit but hate the look and feel of it
- Professional drummers – who actually need a good looking drumset on stage but still need the convenience of an electronic kit
There are 4 models in the Roland’s VAD range:
- The VAD 306 – which is the cheapest model but also the least feature-rich one
- The VAD 503 – which is the original flagship of the series
- The VAD 506 – which is the same as the 503 only with an extra tom and cymbal
- The VAD 706 – which is the new flagship of the VAD series
So let’s see each of these models in more details.
Now, I would not exactly recommend the 306 simply because it doesn’t offer the full size drum shell the 503 and 506 offer, which kind of goes against the whole point of these hybrid drums.
On top of that, if you were to ever consider this particular model I would probably recommend something like the TD-17KV instead, let me explain you why:
- Same module – both the VAD 306 and the TD-17KV share the same module, the TD-17 module
- Cheaper– the TD-17KV is actually way cheaper than the VAD-306.
So generally speaking, many drummers or Roland fans don’t even consider the VAD 306 to be worthy of belonging to the VAD series.
However, a good reason to do choose the VAD-306 would be if you can settle with the TD-17 module but simply prefer the design of the VAD 306 compared to the TD-17KV’s.
In that case, you can check it out here:
A recently dethroned flagship, the VAD 503 is the model that really put the Roland VAD series in the limelight..
And was also the backbone of the series until the 706’s launch, which we’ll take a look at later.
And this is why:
- Design– the first thing you notice when looking at this kit without knowing it’s electronic is… Well nothing actually. At first glance it looks everything like a regular acoustic kit.
- Playability– the idea that led to the creation of this model was to provide the same playability and feel of an acoustic drumset, and most users agree Roland succeeded in this deed.
- Module– although the VAD 506 doesn’t use Roland’s flagship module, TD-50, the TD-27 delivers virtually identical sounds and response. The only differences are the outputs count and the editing capabilities.
All in all the best drumkit for advanced drummers looking for comfort and silence. Check it out:
Now I won’t cover the VAD 506 too much since it is the exact same as the 503, with the only difference being an added cymbal and tom.
Here are the links to this one:
And so for the final model of this series…
There was one missing piece to Roland’s VAD series…
And this was a directcontender to what’s considered one of, if not THE single best electronic drumkit in the world, the TD-50
Because the truth is that none of the VAD 306, 503 or 506 use Roland’s best drum module:
- The 306 – uses the mid-range TD-17 module
- The 503and 506 – use the better TD-27.
And the TD-50K kit uses its own TD-50 module, which was the very best module in Roland’s range, until the brand new TD-50X was launched specifically for the VAD 706 kit.
Ok so you might feel lost with so much information at once, so the key takeaway here is:
With the VAD 706, Roland finally managed to combine a very high-end VAD drumkit with their best drum module: the TD-50X.
Now, Roland didn’t stop there.
After the success of their CY-18DR digital ride, drummers were highly awaiting the same technology to be applied to what some argue to be the most important cymbal on the kit:
Ok so what exactly is a digital cymbal? How is it different than other, cheaper models of electronic cymbals?
Very simply put:
- Electronic cymbals – can have 1, 2 or 3 trigger areas and will always react the same wherever you hit on these areas.
- Digital cymbals – have advanced sensors that see exactly how and where you strike the cymbal and never sound the same.
Here is how Roland’s digital ride cymbal, the CY-18DR sounds:
And here is how a (high-end) electronic cymbal sounds:
So yes, digital cymbals are the better option, although they’re still a very high-end pick and therefore quite expensive. In fact, Roland’s new digital hi-hats cost nearly $1000 alone!
Anyway, if you end up choosing the VAD 706, you’ll get both Roland’s digital snare AND hi-hat.
To sum up the VAD-706 is the very best VAD model, and arguably the very best electronic drumkit in Roland’s entire range of models.
Be warned though, the price is likely to be a deterrent for many people. However if your budget is unlimited, it’s hard to top this model.
Check it out:
Note: as of writing this article the VAD706 and the TD-50X module aren’t available on Amazon yet, but feel free to check back here.
Unless you want to check out some lesser known names in the industry.
And so, next up…
2. The Other Electronic Drum Brands
Did you know there are actually other electronic drums manufacturers, apart from Roland, Yamaha and Alesis?
For some reason, many drummers don’t. They think the 3 mainstream manufacturers are the only ones worth considering when shopping for an electronic drumkit…
Which is a shame since some incredible brands have been steadily appearing on the market in the last decade or so.
Among these brands, there are 3 that stand out of the crowd thanks to their unique features and approach to electronic drumming.
So let’s discover these companies and understand WHY they’re also worth considering, and how they’re different from the competition.
First, we have…
The ultimate hybrid drums
GEWA is a German manufacturer that initially specialized in string instruments manufacturing, about a century ago.
Nowadays they cover pretty much every single type of musical instrument in existence thanks to their subsidiaries.
So you might have not heard their name before…
But you certainly played, bought or used some of their products before without knowing it.
If you’re into drumming and/or percussion for some time, companies such as Latin Percussion, Gretsch, DW or Paiste most likely ring a bell.
Well, these are ALL part of the GEWA group, and I’m only mentioning a handful.
But let’s go back to electronic drums. About a decade ago, GEWA decided it was time to change things in the high-end electronic kits market.
So they took electronic drums to the next level and partnered with no other than Remo for their drumheads, and DW for their shells and hardware.
As you can imagine the result was an extra realistic electronic drumkit, whether it be in terms of aesthetics, or playability.
On top of that, the powerful module offers so many settings and features that I’d probably have to write a whole article about it.
The key takeaways though are:
- Full touch-screen – as of now it’s the only module to offer a full touch-screen interface
- Wi-fi – so you can directly download sounds and other settings without the need of an external device
- Very deep customization – from hi-hat calibration to trigger sensitivity or “mic” adjustments for the ambience, the level of settings is in another league.
- Audio Interface – you can use the module as a full audio interface and record each track separately onto your favorite DAW.
Here is how the Pro L6 sounds:
There are currently 5 electronic drumkits in GEWA’s and the cheapest one is the only one not to offer real wood shells, so keep that in mind.
However, ALL models offer the GEWA G9 workstation module.
Check them out:
The most acoustic sounding electronic drums
Hold your breath if you’ve never heard ATV’s kits live before. Personally, I think they’re the most acoustic sounding kits I’ve ever heard…
Which also seems to be their niche: acoustic sounding electronic drums.
So if you’re looking for quirky and funny sounding kits, you won’t find them here!
In fact, the AD5 module only offer 5 different kits.
That’s right, only FIVE instead of the several dozens or sometimes hundreds you’ll typically find in other brands’ modules.
ATV’s approach and explanation is that whenever you buy an electronic drumkit, you sift through the hundreds of different sound…
And almost always end up playing on 4 or 5 only. Sounds familiar? I know I do…
SO, instead of offering quantity, ATV decided to offer — you guessed it — quality.
The result is what many drummers consider to be the best sounding modules currently available on the market.
ATV’s emphasis is definitely set on acoustic realism, instead of gimmicky sounds.
Check them out yourself:
Pretty sick, right?
Now, unlike GEWA, ATV offer various ranges of electronic drumkits, from “beginner” to “pro”.
The reason I used the term beginner instead of entry-level is because these aren’t cheap models by any mean, not even the cheaper ones.
Here are all the models:
- EXS-3 – (Thomann)
- EXS-5 – (Thomann)
- aDrums Artist Series Basic – (Thomann)
- aDrums Artist Series Standard – (Thomann)
The open-source drums
Now, this company is different in the fact that they actually only offer 2 drumkit and 2 drum modules.
What make them stand out from the competition is their unique “open-source” modules.
What do you mean open source?
Well, let me explain.
First, these modules simply accept ANY type of drum pad you might already own, from ANY brand. You happen to have an unused, old drumpad stored in your basement? The Drumit 3 and 5 MK2 can work with it!
Second, you can import multi layered samples, which sound way more natural than “single” samples.
The main differences between the Drumit 3 and the Drumit 5 are:
- More outputs – you get 6 outputs with the Drumit 5 and 4 ouputs with the Drumit 3
- More memory – The Drumit 5 has 32 Gb internal memory and an SD card reader, the Drumit 3 only has 4 Gb of internal memory and NO SD card reader
All in all and if you consider yourself a “drum module geek”, these highly customizable modules are for you!
Check them out: