Best Electronic Drum Kits for Beginners

Best Electronic Drum Kits for Beginners

I’m often asked to recommend the best electronic drum kits for beginners. So here you go.

Back when it all began my 1st Electronic Drum Kit with OMD was made out of a Remo Practice Pad, a Cystal Mic and a Circuit board.

It was probably one of the 1st Electronic Drum Kits to appear on a stage. It lasted for 2 gigs with OMD until I hit the mic and smashed it to bits. Then Roland, Yamaha, Alesis, Carlsbro and also Ddrum came along. They showed us how to do it and now make some of the best electronic drums available. Fortunately things have improved and these days Electronic Drums (E-drums) are tough and reliable both for beginners and pro’s.

Roland’s V-Drums are the world’s most popular and probably the best electronic drums around today. My Roland Hybrid Kit has played in front of massive crowds. It has spent years in and out of trucks, gigs, aeroplanes and flight cases and it still works as new.

Why Electronic Drums (E-Drums) ?

  • Play hard with a heavy Rock sound, then instantly change kits
  • Acoustic drums need to be set up to play a specific style of music, so you’re stuck with one type of sound
  • E-Drums are easily packed down and stored away or easily moved to practice or live gig locations
  • Practice and Rehearse with Headphones in the morning or late at night without disturbing the neighbours.
  • Play along and practice with your favourite tunes
  • Record directly into your computer perfect for home studios
  • Wiring snakes connects all of the pads, cymbals and pedals.
  • Outputs can be connected to an amp or sound system

1. Roland TD – 1K V – Electronic Drum Kit

Roland TD-1K V Electronic Drums
  • Acclaimed V-Drums sound and performance in an entry-level set
  • Enjoy drumming in any musical style with 15 expressive drum kits
  • Space-saving, ergonomic design and stylish looks to suit any room in your home
  • Sturdy drum rack with quick and easy height adjustment for every drummer, from kids to adults
  • Intuitive user interface for easy operation

15 Onboard Drum Kits 

Every onboard kit reacts just like the acoustic and electronic kits they emulate, giving you a huge range of variety in one compact, standalone instrument.

On Board Training

You can use Coach mode to develop technique, build and maintain speed, stamina, and accuracy, or play along with the onboard metronome to tighten up your timing. You’ll get instant feedback of your progress as well as quickly capture and playback a new fill or creative groove.

Play along with your Favorite Songs

Jam with the internal songs in the sound module, or connect your phone via the Mix In jack and drum along with your favourite tunes.

Practice with Headphones 

Playing drums at home is fun for you, but can be a problem for everyone else around! Quieter operation is a major benefit of electronic drums thanks to the sound module’s headphone jack, the noise-reducing pads and beater-less pedal design. It all helps with  keeping the neighbours happy.

Best Features

  • Acclaimed V-Drums sound in an entry-level set
  • Supports essential acoustic drum techniques, including cymbal choke, advanced hi-hat playing, and more
  • 10 Coach exercises, Coach function and recorder
  • Practice along with headphones with onboard songs or your favourite tunes
  • 15 kits – legendary Roland sound quality
  • Quiet and compact thanks to cushioned rubber pads
  • Expandable and upgradable
  • USB/MIDI connection for use with computer music software and virtual instruments
Alesis Nitro Mesh Kit

Overview of the Alesis Nitro Mesh Kit

This 8 – piece Alesis Nitro Kit with next generation AlesisMesh head drum technology has a natural and ultra-quiet response.

You can easily tweet an existing kit or create you own custom kit from the 385 great drum, cymbal and percussion sounds that are included in the Nitro Drum module.

40 Onboard Drum Kits

The Nitro Drum module is filled with sounds and has a backlit screen for easy navigation. On board you’ll find 40 ready to play classic and modern kits.

Onboard Learning

Inside the Nitro Module has 60 play-along music tracks and an onboard metronome to improve your drumming skills and timing. There is also an advanced sequencer and performance recorder.

Connect to your Computer

Connect to your computer and mobile devices via the USB MIDI connection. The Nitro module also offers some old school MIDI In and Out jacks to connect a MIDI-eqipped drum machine or sound module. 

Practice with headphones

You can use the headphone jack for private practice or use the stereo outs to connect to a PA system, amplifier or record console. The stereo aux input enables you to jam along to your favourite tracks on your MP3 or CD player.

Best Features

  • Next Generation Mesh Drum Heads
  • Mesh drum heads deliver the most realistic, responsive and immersive playing 
  • Premium Eight Piece Configuration 
  • 8 inch dual zone snare pad, 
  • 3 x 8 inch tom pads 
  • 3 x 10 inch cymbals: ride cymbal, hi hat, crash w/choke
  • Kick drum, Kick pedal and Hi hat pedal included
  • 40 ready to play classic and modern kits
  • 60 play along tracks and 
  • 350+ expertly curated sounds
  • Powerful Educational Features 
  • 60 built in play along tracks, sequencer, metronome and Aux input
  • 4 post aluminum rack, connection cables, drum sticks, and power supply included

3. Yamaha Electronic Drum Set DTX402K

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Overview

The DTX402 has Yamaha’s years of experience of creating authentic and top quality drum sounds. They have mastered the art of designing realistic drum kits with useful features. The simple design of this kit reduces set of time. The rack is compact, lightweight and portable with 4 sturdy steel posts.

10 Onboard Drum Kits

10 high quality built in drum kits include acoustic effects and electronic sounds to help you find the perfect kit for you. You can also easily create your own kits and choose from the various sounds. 

Onboard Learning

The DTX comes with 10 built-in trying functions. These include the Pad Gate, Rhythm Gate Function and Recording function to assess your skills. You can take advantage and make the best use of these functions to improve your groove, feel and expression on the kit.

Free DTX402 Touch App

The DTX402 comes with a free app so you can easily customise drum kits and make the most of the training functions. The app will help make practicing fun and help with developing your playing skills with different music genres.

Connect to your computer

You can connect the Yamaha DTX402 drum module to your computer via USB and link the module to your DAW for music production. This will let you create audio data from the sounds produced in the DTX. 

Best Features

  • Stereo Drum Sounds sampled directly from acoustic drums and cymbals
  • Built-in interactive training modules to help improve rhythm and speed
  • Free IOS and Android apps to help navigate the module, record songs and rehearse
  • 10 Drum Kits 
  • 415 drum and percussion sounds
  • 10 songs and 10 training functions

4. Carlsbro CSD130 Digital Drum Kit

Overview

The Carlsbro CSD130 Digital Drum Kit is the ideal solution for drummers who desire an electronic drum kit that is portable, durable and retains a classic acoustic kit sound. Able to replicate the same presense as an acoustic kit, the Carlsbro CSD130 Digital Drum Kit can be folded away to achieve an ultra portable size, making it ideal for the travelling musician or student.

The kit features 2″ reserve bass kick pads that perfectly replicate a realistic beater swinging action. Also featured is a 7.5 snare pad that is dual zoned to allow for standard snare and rimshot sounds.

20 Onboard Drum Kits

The innovative commander sound module is home to 250 high quality sounds with preset drum kits, 10 user defined kits and 20 demo songs for the user to play along with. 

Practicing

The sound module enables you to record and playback your drumming which is great for practice and analysing technique. Also great for practice is the inbuilt metronome that allows the player to play along to user defined tempos that test consistency and timing.

Best Features

  • 250 high quality percussion voices
  • 20 preset drum kits
  • 10 user defined drums kits
  • 20 demo songs
  • Aux in jack, Line output, Headphone output
  • USB interface (USB to device), MIDI IN/OUT
  • Recording and playback facility
  • Adjustable sensitivity
  • Adjustable crosstalk
  • Trigger curve settings, Metronome, reverb

5. Alesis Surge Mesh Kit

Alesis Surge Drum Kit

Overview

The Alesis Surge 8-piece kit has a great feel, natural dynamics and makes a top kit for gigging at the price. The mesh heads deliver a hard to beat response and playability, whilst the compact size its easy to transport. The solid and secure drum rack allows you to go from rehearsal room to gig without the nuisance of any “travel” or loss of positioning.

40 Onboard Drum Kits

The Surge is filled with sounds and comes with a backlit LCD screen making navigation a breeze at gigs and on a dark stage. It comes with 40 classic and modern drum kits which are easy to control and tweet. For your live gigs or rehearsing with a band you can create your own kits using the 385 drum, cymbal and percussion sounds.

Practicing

The practising features include 60 play-along tracks and an onboard metronome to sharpen up your timing. The sequencer and performance recorder will also help out to expand your music-making potential.

Connect to your computer or smartphone

USB MIDI connection is easy so you can hook up to your computer and DAW and start programming drums to your own or your bands songs.

Play with Headphones or a PA.

The built in headphone jack is there for private player or connect to a PA, amp or mixer via the stereo outputs. The aux input on The Surge allows you to connect a CD or MP3 player so you can play and practice to your favourite songs.

Best Features

  • Mesh drum heads deliver the most realistic, responsive and immersive playing 
  • Premium Eight Piece Configuration 
  • 10 inch dual zone snare pad, 
  • 3 x 8 inch tom pads 
  • 3  cymbals provide a hi hat, a ride cymbal and a  crash cymbal with choke function
  • 8 inch mesh kick tower pad and pedal
  • 40 ready to play classic and modern kits
  • 60 play along tracks and 
  • 385 drum, cymbal and percussion sounds
  • 60 built in play along tracks, sequencer, metronome and Aux input
  •  Solid collapsible 4 post mouthing rack

6. Alesis DM10 MKII Pro Kit

Alesis DM10 MKII Pro Kit

Overview

The Alesis DM10 MKII Pro Kit is a high end 10 piece kit designed for the studio and live performances. The ultra-quiet mesh drum heads make it ideal for late night practising due to the reduction in acoustic pad noise. It’s the most expensive on this list but offers more when it comes to sounds and feel of the kit.

80 Onboard Drum Kits

The module is pack full of  features including 80 kits (50 preset and 30 user) with over 700 sounds/voices.

Pads and cymbals

The DM10 MKII Pro comes 2 x 10 inch and 3 x 12 inch dual zone tom mesh pads with a patented Alesis trigger system. The 8 inch mesh kick pad works with a double bass drum pedal. A 16 inch triple zone ride cymbal, 2 x 14 inch dual zone crashes and a 12 inch hi hat take care of the cymbal pack. 

Best Features

  • Woven black mesh drum heads for enhanced feel
  • Premium Ten Piece Drum and Cymbal Configuration 
  • 4 piece cymbal set
  • 6 piece drum pad set
  • Heavy duty collapsible 4 post chrome mouthing rack
  • Download your favourite voices to the DM10 MKII Module
  • Real-time recording / Aux input / Metronome  
  • Real snare drum stand

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