Hi everyone, let me first say that there is an unbelievable amount of info about electric drums on this forum and some very knowledgeable and talented people as well. I've been interested in electric drums for probably going on 10 years, mainly as a practice solution. Since having 3 kids in the last 6 years my house has shrunk as well as my opportunities for playing my acoustic set. I'm now very serious about picking and buying a good electric set. Since around October of last year I've been heavily studying the electric drum scene to try to get the best possible set for my needs, and also saving the money to make it possible. This site has been invaluable to me during this process. I decided to join up with this great community to get some more direct advise and to hopefully return the favor by contributing to the community when the opportunity presents it's self.
So I want to emulate the set I already play, that being:
5 piece with double bass pedal, ride, hi-hats, 2 crash, & 2 splash.
(Actually right now it's down to a 4 piece and 1 splash to save room and I used to play with a fast crash over the hats but that was before kids. )
The splash cymbals are not a must but it would be nice for them to be a future upgrade option.
These are the musts for my electric set:
- must sound good
- must be good quality
- must be upgradable
- must have hats, ride, & 2 crash cymbals
- must have 3 toms, snare, and bass
- cymbals must be at least 2 zone (3 zone preferred for ride)
- snare has to be at least 2 zone and at least 10"
- bass must accommodate a double pedal
- must be compact
- must not be crazy priced
Price is always a problem but I'm willing to spend more for quality and to get what I want. Last thing I want to do is buy a cheap set and not be happy with it. I almost pulled the trigger on a dtxtreme iii set for 2k but it was more than I wanted to spend, a bit overkill, and probably bigger than I'm wanting. Although I could definitely see myself upgrading that big and bigger once (if) I get more room. The more I think about it, the more I think a dyi job may suit me. Lots of people around here seem to be nuts about vst and it does sound appealing. This way I could start small and expand and upgrade as I go. Maybe just buy a module, rack, kick, snare, and hats to start with. At least I could practice beats and rudiments with that. And this way I could make it as compact as possible. What module would give the most bang for my buck to connect a set to a computer? I have plenty of computer hardware laying around, I'm pretty sure I could build a compact computer and maybe add a touch screen later. On the other hand, I know next to nothing about building a vst set. Any advise here would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.