The electric drum set is often used as an alternative to an acoustic drum kit. A full digital drum set will have a module that contains all of the drum sounds, or samples, that can be selected. There is also an array of drum pads or triggers that can be arranged and played just like a drum set. This will include a foot pedal with a built in trigger, or a bass drum pad that a regular bass drum pedal can be attached to, a "High hat" foot switch or pedal that will determine whether the high hat is open or closed, (this changes the sound of the high hat when struck with sticks), or it can be played with the foot. There are usually cymbal pads that can be played like a regular cymbal and programed with cymbal sounds.
There are some advantages and disadvantages to playing an electric drum set;
If you are new to drumming, an electronic drum set for beginners may be the way to go.
If you're already an experienced player, you may be looking for the best electronic drum set you can get for your money.
If you just want a little kids electric drum set for you young one to bang around on, check out the popular Paxcess electronic drum set.
One way the electric drum set can be used, is when combined with some acoustic drums and/or regular cymbals. This is called a hybrid drum set and is increasingly popular with todays music because of the wide variety of sounds and samples that can be played on digital drum, making it easier to reproduce 'studio' recordings when playing live.
Another variation is an acoustic drum set that is rigged with triggers so that you have the sound variety of an electric drum set with the playability of an acoustic set. What you lose of course is the quietness of pads and the portability of a digital set.
If you're looking for a portable electronic drum set, an electronic tabletop drum set might be what you need. Some of these can even be carried in a back pack or a duffle bag. Some of these even have built in speakers or are battery powered.
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