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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-03-2011, 02:20 PM Thread Starter
 
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Anyone use electronic drums for band practice? Got some questions...

Hey guys! After getting in deep **** with my neighbors/land lord for having band practice here (at a reasonable volume during daylight hours, i feel i should add) and subsequently going through the hassle of finding somewhere new for us to practice, i've started thinking about alternative solutions.... namely, using band money to buy an electronic drum kit so that we can practice in near silence.

my idea is, if we did that we could amplify the E Drums with a small amp, and we can use our practice amps. if we did that, we could jam at very low volume any time, any place, which is an amazing thought. Plus my drummer could get some practice in any time he wanted to (which is always a big problem for drummers.... drums are a menace to society).

Problems: E Drums can be expensive, right?
Also, they generally sound like ****. Like total 80's ****.

So here's my thing... is it possible to get a decent E Drum kit, and load it up with samples from Drum Kit From Hell, that way it at least sounds as good as Periphery/Animals as Leaders drum sounds?
Thanks for the help!
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Re: Anyone use electronic drums for band practice? Got some questions...

Find out how noisy they are when you play them properly.

I have seen before that the repettetive tapping and banging can be almost as annoying for neighbours regardless of the headphone/small amp element. I dont know if it variies from kit to kit.
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Re: Anyone use electronic drums for band practice? Got some questions...

It will only sound as good as your playback system for starters.

And I don't think any modules can be loaded with the soft samples you mentioned. You can however use them as a midi controller to control the samples in BFD and others.
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Re: Anyone use electronic drums for band practice? Got some questions...

we use electronic drums and they sound awesome. roland or yamaha kits are killer. we don't use amps either. we take all instrument preamps and drum stereo outs and run to a heaphone distribution rack. we all wear headphones. it's great when no vocalist is present. we have jammed at 1am while my wife and son are sound asleep and it sounds awesome! you hear everything in the mix: headphones. dream theater recorded their first couple albums with Edrums. i have a yamaha kit and love it! it doesn't sound 80s at all. technology has come a long way
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They sound amazing to what they used to. Like shredmaster said, You can jam as long as you want with all the possibilities. A good investment.
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Re: Anyone use electronic drums for band practice? Got some questions...

With a mesh head kit, the tapping shouldn't be bad at all. I've been considering getting an electric kit for a whole for that same reason. Good for practice.
The biggest thing for me is that the recoil and overall feel is much different than an actual kit. But hey, it's a very practical idea!
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My drummer uses Roland V drums to gig/practice and it sounds killer but be aware "They are very expensive"
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