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A Complete Guide For Electronic Drums

Nov 16, 2007
The drums is one of the most interesting part of the music history. Drums and drum sets form quite a variety and is almost an integral part of many different cultures.

Making a drum is easy and the standard variety of a drum consisted simply of a hollowed out log or gourd with a piece of skin stretched taunt. Dissimilar sizes of gourds and logs created different sounds and beats.

What is Electronic Drums

Electronic drums are kind of percussion instruments where the sound is produced by an electronic waveform generator or sampler instead of by acoustic vibration. When an electronic drum pad is hit, a change in voltage is activated in the embedded piezoelectric transducer (piezo) or force sensitive resistor (FSR).

The signals emitted are then transmitted to an electronic drum brain via TS or TRS cables, which are then decoded into digital waveforms. The result is the production of the preferred percussion sound assigned to that particular trigger pad.

Popular and new drum modules have triggered inputs for a kick, 3 to 4 toms, 2 or more cymbals, hi-hat, and a dual-zone snare (head and rim). The hi-hat has a foot controller which creates open and closed sounds; there are some models which also offer variations in-between.

The electronic drummer has virtually boundless prospects for configuring many different sounding drum kits from one set of electronic drums, because of its capacity to assign diverse sounds to any given pad.

Electronic drummers, also add up, in sampling non-percussive sounds to use them as drum sounds. This is also called as an advantage over acoustic drums due to tuning and changing aspects. The effect can be simply obtained by merely changing the kit selector switching on the module. The result can have a jazz, rock or ballad drum set.

Electronic Drums Module

The modern drum modules are bundled with amazing features and the power to create unlimited drum kits. Acoustic drum kits build their sound through physical divisions of the drums, such as the shell, head and trapped air pressure within the drums.

In comparison to many other musical instruments, the electronic drums are next to silent. The inbuilt electrical sensors pick up the energy produced by the stick-movement and convey it to the drum module for processing.

Market for Electronic Drums

There are four electronic drum companies that control the market today. Each offers a range of models and prices to suit the choice and taste of the amateurists to the experienced professionals. Roland, Pintech, Yamaha and Hart Dynamics are the four in the business, which covers 80 percent of the market.

Technical Advancements

Drum kits being manufactured today have dealt with many of the inadequacies of early electronic drums. Although each of these manufacturers has basic entry-level products, the kits for professionals are aimed towards creating a sound and playing knowledge which is practically interchangeable with the output of a quality acoustic kit.

For example, there are Yamaha DDrum4SE. DTXtreme IIS and Roland TD-12 and TD-20 V-Drums having 2006 MSRPs are equipped with high quality digital samples, multiple triggers, realistic Hi-Hats, multiple outputs, expansion slots/MIDI connections.
About the Author
Victor Epand is an expert consultant for guitars, drums, and synthesizers. You can find the best marketplace for guitars, drums, and synthesizers at these 3 sites: guitars, drums, electronic drum, and synthesizers, keyboards.
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