Home Blog

Alesis Command Mesh Electronic DrumSet Review

0

The Command Mesh is a new take on an older drum systems.  This is the upgrade over the previous  Command drum kit.  The mesh version came out in January 2018.  The goal was to bring the mesh heads to lower cost kits.  The end result is a nice, portable practice kit.  It won’t completely break the bank, but it does pack a lot of great features into a $750 drum kit.

Drum Rack:

The drum rack is chrome and pretty sturdy.  It is very lightweight and has a small footprint.  Boom arms on all of the cymbals are a nice feature that is usually only found on higher end drum kits.  Many owners report that it will stand up to a beating.

The Kick Drum:

I never feel like I’m actually playing the drums unless my kick pedal is hitting something.  I was pleasantly surprised to find a real kick drum on the Command Mesh.  It has a an 8 inch mesh pad that  will accommodate a double bass pedal.  The drum set does include the kick pedal.

Dual Zone Snare

The snare is one of the most used drums in any set.  It is important to be happy with the snare.  Alesis recognizes this and equips the Command Mesh kit with a big 10 inch dual-zone snare.  It responds well to all of the rolls and ghost notes you can throw at it.  And, because it is dual zone you can work the rim.  You won’t find positional sensing at this price point, but the snare is a good choice.

3 Dual-Zone Toms

All of the toms are dual zone as well.  This is a nice feature.  I don’t find myself often needing a rim shot on my tom drums.  However, it does give you another programmable trigger.  You can change the sounds on your rims to be a splash crash, or any of the 671 sounds it comes with.  I think it is a pretty nice feature.

The Cymbals are a Weakness

The cymbals are where users usually lodge the most complaints.  There isn’t anything earth shattering about the cymbals for the Command Mesh Drum Set.  You will find these same cymbals on some of their other kits such as their entry level Nitro Mesh.  For a $350 kit, I find the cymbals to be adequate.  I was hoping for more on this one.  The hi hat garners most of the complaints with sensitivity and trigger issues.  This is a common theme with Alesis electronic drum sets.  Likely you will need to spend some time calibrating to get it to work right.  Others have noticed that the choke feature on the cymbals stops working after a few months.  I can understand not having a 3 zone ride at this price point, but I have a hard time forgiving quality issues.

The Alesis Command Drum Module:

The Command Mesh module was originally used on the Crimson kit, which was a more expensive electronic drum set.  The module comes with 54 pre programmed kits, but also gives the user the ability to add 20 of their own customs kits.  The user interface is pretty easy to use.  It has a big readout and a dial that lets you just scroll through features.

Each drum can be programmed individually.  You can adjust the volume, pan, and pitch of each drum.  This lets you come up with your own sound for your drum kit.  Overall there are 671 sounds that you can use for the customization.

One thing to note, you cannot hookup a 3 zone ride.  While it uses the same drum module as the Crimson kit that does have a 3 zone ride, this feature has been disabled on the Command Mesh Kit.

Here is a summary of the drum module:

  • Sounds: 671
  • Kits: 54 Factory/20 User
  • Custom Samples: Load your own via USB
  • 120 built in songs
  • USB Midi
  • 5-pin Midi out
  • 1/8” Stereo Aux input
  • Two 1/4” Main outputs
  • 1/4” stereo headphone output
  • 2 Additional triggers

The sounds are just okay.  As with most Alesis kits they try to give  you a lot of bang for your buck.  For the most part they do deliver.  I do find the drum module to be a little old though.  For a practice kit it gets the job done.  I find some of the sounds to be a little fake.  If you are just looking for a quiet alternative to your acoustic kit for practicing it has what you need.

Unpacking and Setup

I will say it is a relief to purchase a set that has everything needed to get started.  It is pretty disappointing when you unbox and realize your kit didn’t come with a kick pedal.  That’s a pretty important piece of equipment.  You will need to supply your own drum thrown but I think that is to be expected.  Another nice feature of the drum rack are the boom arms for the cymbals.  This gives you much more flexibility on the placement.

All of your drums can be positioned horizontally to get them just where you like them.  The overall height of the kit can be adjusted and you have room to move individual drums up and down about 5 inches or so.  The snare is mounted on a bar that extends from the main leg.  I have seen users use a separate snare stand to get it in a more comfortable position.  This is an option.

Here is a video of unboxing and setup.  As you can see there are many little boxes to open.  Assembly isn’t difficult but with the number of pieces it will take a while.  Plan on a good 45 minutes plus to get everything assembled.  It is extremely lightweight so once you do have it together moving it is a breeze.

Alesis Command Mesh Playing Impressions

For practice I like the Command Mesh.  It reacts pretty well unless you are having trouble with the hi hat.  It keeps my playing chops up to snuff when I need to be quiet.  If I need to let out some aggression after midnight, the neighbors aren’t going to hear me.  The mesh pads feel more like my acoustic kit so it is a nice substitute.  The boom arms

on the cymbals let me get them in place to mimic my acoustic set.

Pros:

  • a full 5 piece kit
  • mesh heads
  • boom arms for the cymbals
  • looks cool
  • comes with kick pedal

Cons

  • cymbal quality
  • hi-hat not on it’s own stand
  • same pads found on other kits
  • drum module feels a little dated

Final Words on the Alesis Command Mesh Kit

As with most Alesis electronic drum sets the Command Mesh Kit packs a lot into an inexpensive kit.  For $750 you do get a lot of drum real estate.  For a practice drum set it checks all of the right boxes.  The only downside is some of the long term quality.

That being said, I cannot recommend it as the drum set to get in this price bracket though.  For an extra $100-$200 you can step up to a much higher quality drum set that will last longer.

Roland TD-17KVX Review – Top of the line for much less

0
RolandTD-17KVX_Review

Roland really launched an amazing drum kit with the TD-17KVX.  Many of the features available with this drum set have only been available for Roland’s top echelon kits.  It seems to me that Alesis has been eating into some of their market share and they decided they needed to step up their game to compete.  I for one am certainly glad they did.  This is an amazing electronic drum set for under $2,000.

The TD17KVX comes with the following:

    • Sound Module: TD-17
    • Snare: PDX-12
    • 3 Toms: PDX-8
    • Hi Hat: VH-10
    • 2 Crash Cymbals: CY-12C
    • 1 Ride Cymbal: CY-13R
    • Kick Drum: KD-10
    • Drum Stand: MDS-COMPACT

Roland TD17KVX Setup

The rack for the TD-17KVX is pretty simple to setup.  It is lightweight and compact.  You can easily fold it up and throw it in the back of your car.  It is worth noting that this set ships with the MDS-COMPACT drum rack.  Many of the promotional videos are seen with the MDS-4KVX rack.  This is an upgrade that is sold separately.  The main difference is that it gives boom arms for all of the cymbals.

 

Still, even if you stick with the standard rack that it comes with it does a lot of things really well.  We’ve already mentioned that it is light and convenient with it’s small footprint.  The other great thing about it is the use of ball joints for the snare and the cymbals.  This lets you adjust the pads to be a comfortable angle for your playing style.

The floor tom can be moved horizontally which is nice to get it positioned where you like it.  Unfortunately the rack toms are where they are.  Given the compact nature of this drum rack the two posts that the toms are on are where they are.  This also limits you to only using the KD-10 kick drum that it comes with.  If you wanted to upgrade later, a larger kick drum would not fit.

Still, the rack works well overall.  It is sturdy, ready to take some abuse, and has enough flexibility that just about any drummer will be able to get the pads in a comfortable position.  If you want more adjustability for the cymbals upgrade to the MDS-4KVX and you will have boom arms to move and swivel to your heart’s delight.

The KD-10 Kick Drum – Double Bass Ready

I find the KD-10 kick drum to be a really good bass drum.  It is basically the newer version of the KD-9 which Roland has been using on sets for quite some time.  It works well, it’s a little sturdier than the KD-9.  One thing I want to point out is that the pedal is not included.  This isn’t necessarily a bad thing though.  You can choose a kick pedal that you prefer, and the KD-10 kick drum does accommodate a double bass.

PDX-12 Snare Drum

The PDX-12 snare drum does not disappoint.  It is a good size being about 12 inches.  The mesh head is responsive and provides good bounce and feedback.  You will not find hotspots.  It gives consistent sound regardless of where you strike it.  What’s more, the rim is a normal height and space making it easy to avoid mistakenly hitting it while being a comfortable distance from the head to allow for rim shots and cross stick work.  The only thing it is missing is positional sensing.  To get that you would need to upgrade to the TD-25.  I just don’t think it is worth it though.  The TD-17 drum module is superior and positional sensing on the snare just isn’t worth the added expense.

PDX-8 Toms

As far as toms go these are okay.  They are serviceable, dual-zone pads.  The mesh heads are good.  They do not have positional sensing, but really that isn’t needed for your toms.  It would be nice to have a larger pad for the floor tom.  Instead all three are the same size.  One thing I dislike, and has been reported by many others, is the extra plastic rim.  Between the extra plastic rim and the smaller size it is pretty easy to mistakenly hit the rim.  Overall though, the toms do an adequate job and do not detract too much from the many other positives of the kit.

VH-10 Hi Hat

This is where the TD-17KVX really shines.  The VH-10 high hat is one of the best on the market.  It is basically a slightly smaller, less expensive version of the VH-11.  You will need to supply your own hi hat stand.  This does add to the expense but at the same time lets you get one that you are really comfortable playing.  I can’t say enough good things about this hi hat.  Roland makes the best hi hats for electronic drums and the VH-11 does not disappoint.

CY-12C Crash Cymbals

There are no big surprises here.  Roland has been using the CY-12C cymbals in kits for a long time.  They are very good, sturdy, and responsive.

CY-13 Ride Cymbal

Overall this is a pretty good cymbal, but it would be nice to have a little larger ride.  It feels a little small and the bell is tiny.  While playing I’ve found it is easy to miss the bell when playing which leads to mishits when trying to take advantage of the 3 zones.

TD-17 Drum Module

As drum modules go the TD-17 is about as good as it gets.  It feels like Roland made a light version of the TD-50.  It comes with many of the features that make the TD-50 so good but at a fraction of the price.

Now it doesn’t have as many instruments or sounds as the Alesis Strike, but the sounds it has are top notch.  Roland uses 310 sounds to make up the pre configured kits.  Other kits have more sounds, but the quality here is so high that it works well.

You will get 50 preset kits with the option for the user to add 50 of their own kits.  The sounds are used in different configurations to make up the 50 kits.

The snares are really good with authentic sounds that really pops.  It responds well to the sticks and does a good job with ghost notes.

The cymbals also sound great.  It is easy to build swells and they respond well to playing quietly.  All things considered, we think that the TD-17 module is a big step up over the TD-11.

Add your own sounds!

For the longest time Roland hasn’t really let users add their own sounds.  This has changed with the TD-17.  Users can upload their own sounds and there is even the ability to layer.  Layering is what really gives realism to the sounds.  Roland has avoiding allowing users to add their own sounds and avoided layering because it impacted latency.  With the technology available now this is no longer a concern.

Editing and adjusting drums is much easier with the TD-17.  You can adjust specific pads and zones on the pads.  With the split zone it gives you so much control.  From adjusting ambiance, room size, volume, and more.  It gives complete control.  You even have a global EQ for the whole kit and a local EQ by pad.

About the only thing I don’t like is the snake cable.  All things considered I can deal with it though.  The TD-17 is one of the best drum modules you can get at this price point.

Playing Impressions

I just love the TD-17KVX.  There is no reason to even look at the TD-25 any longer.  The TD-17KVX does everything as good if not better.  The only thing you are missing is the positional sensing on the snare.  Even still the snare is quite good.

For under $2,000 you will not find a better quality practice set.  It’s good enough that you can even take this on gigs and record with it.  Bluetooth connectivity to your phone makes it easy to play along with tracks.    We think this kit is just about the best in this price point.  About the only thing that comes close is the Alesis Strike.  The quality issues Alesis has had make us hesitant to recommend it though.

Alesis Strike Pro Kit Review – Is it the Best Electronic Drum Set for the Money?

0

There are basically 3 Alesis drum sets under this banner.  There is the Alesis Strike, The Alesis Strike Pro, and the Alesis Strike Pro SE or Special Edition.  Why would Alesis put out 3 electronic drum sets with such similar names and cause so much confusion!  Well, as the saying goes done is better than perfect, unfortunately for Alesis this strategy backfired in a big way.

The Alesis Strike Kit and the Alesis Strike Pro Kit were basically the same exact drum set.  The main differences were the number of pads and cymbals.  The Pro series has two extra crash cymbals and one extra floor tom.  Other than that, they are basically the exact same set.

When you hear of quality issues and problems with Alesis drums there is a very good chance that it was from these initial sets.  There were major issues with the hi hat controller, and the piezo trigger plates in the drum pads were prone to breaking.  A hack to extend the life of the trigger plates was to apply some packing tape.  I’m not joking.  Here is a video showing how to do it.

All of these problems really gave Alesis a black eye.  You will read about quality issues from Alesis electronic drums all over drum forums.  Most of these problems relate to the hi hats and drum tiggers.   In effort to fix the issues Alesis has released the Strike Pro SE.  It has an all new hi hat, thicker trigger plates, and has corrected many of the issues from the other two versions.  My recommendation is that for the extra $600 it is worth it to move up to the Alesis Strike Pro SE to avoid these quality issues.

Alesis Strike Pro Module

All three versions of the Strike Kits come with the same module.  The Strike Module does a lot of things really well, but does have a few drawbacks.  It has 110 kits to choose from with over 1,600 multi-sampled sounds.  This part is really important because the multi-sampled sounds make it sound much more realistic.

Of the 110 drum kits to choose from, some are really bad.  There are several though that are all the way on the other end of the spectrum.  They are so good in fact that Justin from 65 Drums goes so far as to say they are some of the best sounding kits in the industry.  That is saying quite a bit.  I mean, that puts the sound up there with the top echelons of electronic drum sets.

As good as the sound is it does have higher latency than Roland so the response time will not be quite as good.  There is still so much to like about this drum module though.  It has a drag and drop interface that you can use to create your own layered sounds and create your own custom kits.

The module is visually appealing as well with a great 4.3” color display.  It makes it a little more intuitive to move around in it than many of the other modules on the market.

You will also get an 8GB SD card that you can load your samples and sounds onto. It also provides USB and MIDI connections to allow you to connect to virtual instruments.  It makes use of a 1/8 inch steel auxiliary input for connecting headphones in addition to two 1/4” main outs to connect to an external PA system and another 1/4” stereo out for headphones as well.

One major win is that there is no dreaded snake cable.  Overall the main reason why avid drummers hate snake cables is due to the necessity to replace the entire snake cable if one of the inputs is bad.  This adds cost and difficulty.  For a home drummer though the snake cable could be seen as convenient though as it keeps everything in one nice bundle.  The Alesis Strike module has individual inputs which eliminates the frustration fo the cable snake.

All Mesh Heads on the Strike Series

All of the drums come with mesh pads on the Strike Kits.  The Strike and Strike Pro kits used black mesh heads.  Beginning with the Strike Pro SE, Alesis switched to white mesh heads.  Turns out most drummers prefer white drum heads to black.  Who knew?

The Alesis Strike is an 8 piece set.  It is comprised of a traditional 5 piece drum set with a bass, snare, two rack toms, and a floor tom.  It also has a 12 inch moveable hi hat, a 14 inch dual zone crash cymbal with choke, and a triple zone 16 inch ride cymbal.  The Strike Pro and the Special Edition version have 11 pieces.  They have an extra floor tom, and two extra dual zone crash cymbals.

The major differences with the Strike Pro SE outside of the white mesh heads, are a bigger 20 inch bass kick drum, and an upgraded hi hat.  The hi hat upgrade is really important.  Remember the biggest quality issues with the Strike and Strike Pro had to do with the hi hat.  The SE gets rid of the bottom of the hi hat and makes it larger.  The changes to the hi hat immensely improve the quality of the set.

It should be noted that the Alesis Strike series drums use wood shells for the drums.  This makes them larger and gives it the appearance of traditional drum set.  Especially if you get the SE model with the 20 inch kick drum.  Other than just being aesthetically pleasing, it is really helpful if you transition back and forth between an acoustic drum kit and an electronic drum set.  They will feel more similar which helps reduce the transition time.

Another source of quality issues with the Strike and Strike Pro versions were with the trigger plates.  Many players added tape the the trigger plate to help them last longer.  The adhesive has also been known to wear off on the foam blocks which is also a source of failed triggers.  As with the other quality issues Alesis has addressed these in the SE version.

Alesis Strike Pro Demo – How does it sound?

The Strike Pro feels good.  As long as you get past the quality issues the Strike Pro feels good.  Alesis really upgraded the cymbals.  They are larger and feel better.  It would be nice if the crash cymbals were triple zone, but all things considered they work well and having a 3 zone ride cymbal is huge.  I like to work the bell on the ride so being able to do that makes me really happy on an electronic kit.

It is nice that the Strike uses a traditional hi hat stand.  Albeit you must provide your own, but having  a real stand lends to the feel of authenticity.  Now, if you have either of the two earlier generations be prepared to spend a lot of time calibrating your hi hat.  The hi hat has been the source of the most frustration with these kits.  There are many reports that if you spend the time to calibrate the hi hat especially after the 1.4 upgrade to the drum module that you can get really good performance.  It is time consuming and frustrating though.  The SE series corrected these issues.

The pads are really big which is nice to play on.  There is the quality concern, but overall the mesh heads feel good and they are responsive.  Not quite the real thing, but they feel good.

Pros

  • Cost
  • Drum Module is good
  • Sounds are great in many of the kits
  • Pad size is closer to the real thing

Cons

  • quality concern
  • only comes in red
  • kick drum on the Strike and Strike Pro is a little small

Should You Buy It?

This really depends on what is most important to you.  If you are looking for a quality practice kit that will last you for years, Roland is probably a better option. If sound quality and appearance is important, as well as having features to enable you to record quality tracks it is hard to top the Alesis Strike Pro SE.  For the price point you aren’t going to find as many features with another kit.

Long term reliability is still a concern though.  If I’m buying a practice kit for daily use I probably would not choose this one.

Alesis Nitro Mesh Kit Electronic Drum Set Review

0

If you are looking for a beginner electronic drum set the Alesis Nitro Mesh Kit may be just the ticket.  The Nitro Kit is one of the cheapest 8-piece drum sets in the space.  Now you won’t be taking this drum set out on gigs, or to a professional recording studio.   But, for learning, practicing, and enjoying a hobby without taking up a great deal of space, or waking the neighborhood this kit warrants serious consideration.

The Alesis Nitro Mesh Kit replaced the original Alesis Nitro model.  The primary difference is given in the name.  The pads were all upgraded from rubber to a much more authentic feeling mesh.  You can still find the original Nitro model for sale in a few places, usually used.  There isn’t enough of a savings to warrant purchasing it over the new mesh kits.  In this situation we recommend going new, and going for the upgraded mesh pads.

Alesis Nitro Mesh 8-piece Electronic Drum Set

The first thing you will notice about the Nitro Drum Set is that it looks cool.  Other beginner electronic drums look like toys.  When you unbox this kit and set it up you will smile.  It feels cool, it feels advanced, it looks awesome.  I couldn’t wait to play it.  Here is what you get:

Kick Tower with Pedal

I find it difficult to get the same feeling when I play if the bass drum doesn’t have something to hit against.  When my bass drum pedal looks like it was meant to operate a sewing machine I just don’t play with the same feeling.  This entry level drum set gives you a mini kick drum tower so if feels more like the real thing.  I’m a big fan.  The Nitro Kit tower will also accommodate a double bass.

Dual-Zone Snare

Electronic drums operate with a trigger that tells the drum module when to produce a sound.  Rudimentary edrums are single zone.  This means they produce one sound only.  With a dual-zone snare it gives a more realistic feel and sound allowing you to get a different sound from the center of the pad versus the rim.  This allows rim shots and

Two Rack Toms and a Floor Tom

The toms are all single zone.  In my opinion this is fine.  There aren’t many times you will be wishing you could hit a rim shot on your tom, at least not early on in your playing career.

Alesis Nitro Hi Hat Pedal

You will get a 10” hi-hat with pedal.  If you are used to playing a traditional acoustic drum set this may take some getting used to.  It is not connected to the hi hat stand like a traditional drum set, but you are able to reproduce most of the sounds you would expect.  For the price point, I can live with the hi-hat and actually think it does a pretty good job.

Crash and Ride Cymbals

The crash cymbal is 10 inches which gives you a good playing surface to hit.  The crash comes with a choke letting you muffle the sound.  Unfortunately the cymbals are not dual zone, but you can’t have everything with an inexpensive entry-level drum kit.

Alesis Nitro Drum Module

The drum module is the heart of any electronic drum set.  It is what reads the inputs from the triggers and produces your sounds.  The nitro drum module has an easy to read display and the buttons are large, well spaced, and nicely labeled.

It includes a headphone jack which is really useful for quite practice.  Most likely this is one of the major reasons you are looking at buying an inexpensive electronic drum set.

You also have two 1/4 inch line outputs to connect to a PA system, amp, or speakers.

There is also a USB port so you can connect to a Mac or PC so you can record your playing and use music production software.  A really cool feature and if you are trying to improve there is nothing like a playback so you can hear how you really sounded.

It comes with a 1/8 inch input so you can plug in your iPod or other media device for songs and sounds.   There is also a traditional midi in and out if you are using more traditional recording devices.

The drum module also come with two additional inputs allowing you to add a fourth tom, and a Crash 2 cymbal if you want to expand your kit.

The module comes with 40 kits and 385 sounds.  One of the coolest features of an electronic drum set is to be able to change the sound of your drum set with the push of a button.  This lets you tailer your sound to the music genre you are playing along with.  Even better is the ability to customize your kit.  You cannot record your own sounds to use like on higher models.  However, you can select any of the built in sounds and add them to the kit of your choice.

Since the Nitro Mesh Kit is designed as an entry level and practice kit it does have great built in features like metronome and play along songs with adjustable tempo.

The Pros and Cons of the Nitro Mesh Drum Set

Pros

  • Extremely inexpensive
  • Looks like a real electronic drum kit
  • Pretty sturdy
  • Mesh heads

Cons

  • single zone ride
  • may not hold up well for long term playing
  • some sounds are are a bit fake/artificial

Alesis Nitro Kit Setup

The kit is easy to setup.  It has a well positioned, sturdy aluminum rack.  The foot print is small enough to fit in about any space.  The position of the drums feels pretty natural.

Here is a video of the unboxing and setup.  There are a lot of small boxes but it is packaged in a compact way allowing for easy shipping.

The hardest part of the setup is the rack.  Once that is setup it’s a breeze.  The way it is designed you can position the overall hight and horizontal position of the drums and cymbals.  This is important to ensure a comfortable position for players of all sizes.

The cables are all clearly marked indicating what drum or cymbal it belongs to.  This saves a lot of time and headache setting up your kit.

Playing Impressions

First of all, an electronic drum set is never going to feel exactly like an acoustic drum set.  There is just no way to reproduce the same feel.  This isn’t a bad thing, it’s just different.  That being said, the mesh heads to respond more like an acoustic drum head.  The ability to tighten or loosen (tune) the heads can give a more approximate feel.

I would also like to point out that the Nitro Mesh drum set is not silent.  It will be much quieter than a real drum set, but it does still make noice when the pads are hit.  The sound is sort of like someone hitting Tupperware with  a drum stick.  Again, much quieter than a traditional drum set, but not silent.

As far as electronic drum sets go, the Alesis Nitro Mesh Kit does an adequate job as an introduction into the world of drumming.  It gives a full size kit, that allows overall height adjustment and horizontal positioning to make it feel comfortable for any player.  Having an actual kick tower makes the bass feel better and the dual-zone snare is a nice touch.

I don’t feel like I will break it when I’m hitting it which is a huge plus.  I like to pretend I’m Dave Grohl and not every kit will hold up to the abuse.  There have been some quality complaints with Alesis drums.  Personally, I think this tends to come from players that are ready to graduate to a more advanced drum set, or just have expectations that are beyond a sub $500 price point.

If you are beginning or just want something to bang on to keep your chops from getting rusty, I recommend looking at the Alesis Nitro Mesh Kit.  If you will be playing gigs, recording often, or playing for a few hours a day, you should probably check out some of the higher end models.

The Best Electronic Drum Set for Beginners, Kids, and Adults

0

If you are looking for the best electronic drum set, our reviews have you covered for all skill levels.  From cheap to high-end, from beginner to professional.  From the top brands like Roland, Yamaha, and Alesis, to less well known, but worth considering electric drum manufacturers like Simmons and yes, even Pearl has thrown their hat in the world of electronic drums now.

Best Electronic Drum SetSo where do you start?  If you just simply want to know the best, without price restraints it is hands down the Roland TD-50KV V-Drums.  You can even step it up from there and go with the RD50KVX.  It is an amazing drum set, but boy is it expensive.  For most of us, we need something in between.  To find the right fit we need to answer a couple of questions before we get into the good stuff.

  1. What is your goal with this drum set?  Do you just want a cheap drum kit for practice at home without disturbing your family and neighbors?  Or, are you going to be using it to record for a wide variety of drum sounds?  If you will be taking it out to play gigs you will need something with a bit higher quality.
  2. What is your Budget?  Do you have unlimited funds (I am so jealous if that is the case), or are you like most of us that needs to balance the quality of our drum set with what we can afford?  This article if geared more for those of us on a budget that don’t necessarily want something “cheap”, but we do want to get the best electronic drum set for the money.
  3. Do you need the ability to expand?  If you are getting started with what you can afford now, but do want to upgrade over time it is important to really consider the electronic drum module.  This is the brain of your set and what is responsible for registering all of the trigger strikes, and produces the sound everyone hears.  If you go too entry level you could handicap yourself in the future.

The Best for Beginners

There is so much more we need to discuss when it comes to choosing the best electronic drum sets, but I know how short attention spans are these days (myself included) so let’s jump in with some rankings.

Cheap Electronic Drum Kit

Looking for the best drum set for the money.

Under $500

Under $1,000

Roland

Yamaha

Alesis

Used Electronic Drum Sets