For a long time, the only drum sets commonly used were the physical/manual sets, which normally make part of a music band. However as the world progresses towards the digital age, so have the musical technology advanced. This is where electronic drum sets come in. in recent times, most songwriters and music producers no longer need to rely on finding a drummer – which is a whole task in itself – or to rent a studio space for him/her for recording purposes.
Nowadays, most drummers are advancing with the latest technologies and adopting electronic drums, which have been seen to ensure music sales remain booming. The most common drum machines include the Linn LM-1 and the Roland TR-808 machines.
How do electronic drums work?
When an electronic drum surface is beaten, a change is generated in the enclosed transducer. The derived signals are transmitted to the drum surface and then translated into digital waveforms which then produce the desired percussion sound attributed to a certain pad. All the same, over the past several years, technology has led to the development of improved versions of electronic drum sets that impress even the most critical of drummers.
In today’s improved technology, there are affordable low-end drums being produced. Their quality is slightly better than their previous versions. Generally, these ones are normally designed for children or those who consider drumming as a hobby.
The current electronic drum set kits include the following components:
- Kick drum
- Snare drum + rim
- Hi-hat controller
- Cymbals (bow and bells) or bow + bell + edge)
- Hi-hat cymbal
Most acoustic kits can be duplicated and are almost identical to previous versions. The capacity to attribute different sounds to any particular pad ensures great flexibility, giving the electronic drummer boundless potential for configuring different kits.
Electronic drums are more versatile, because electronic drummers can sample other drums or non-percussive sounds. This is a great advantage over the normal acoustic drums because you can sample other genres such as funk, jazz, rock, reggae, orchestra, among others. You can do this by just switching the kit selector switch on the module.
The most common electronic drum sets are manufactured by Roland, Ddrum and Yamaha which have dominated the market for quite some time. Each of these manufacturers has entry-level units for beginners. They also have professional kits are adapted towards developing a sound and playing experience which is almost identical to a quality acoustic kit.
Parts of an electronic drum set
- Sensing and impact detection – this part exposes which area of the drum head is hit providing a sample representing the strike on an acoustic head.
- Hi-hats – these part produces open and closed sounds with some models delivering variations, which give the drummer quite realistic playing options.
- Multiple audio outputs – these ones allow independent mixing, for instance in the mixing of an acoustic kit.
Electronic drum sets are continuously advancing with the digital age. What is in sync right now may be outdated in two to three years’ time. However, the quality of sound remains uncompromised.