The tabletop drum set is the ultimate solution to the problem of drum sets and the space they take up. Like most technical things that have been shrunk down, tabletop drum sets are often less playable and have fewer features than the real thing. If you're looking for a fun mini drum set for desk top, they can be a lot of fun.
There are some like the Paxcess electronic drum set that are great for children and adults who just want to have some fun drumming, but don't have a lot of money or space to do so.
Some come with a lot of features including; headphone jacks, built in metronome, tracks to play along with, programable drum and percussion sound, foot pedals, already built in drum kits, and built in speakers in some cases. Some can even be powered by batteries for that acoustic gig on the beach. (Or does that only happen in movies?)
For the more discerning drummer with a higher budget, you can use a programable multi pad in conjunction with foot switches or pedals and a bass drum pad. A set up like this is the closest to a real electric drum set you can get with the smallest amount of space.
These tabletop drum sets are low in price, but can be a lot of fun and beginning drummers can still learn a lot using one. You can work on your time keeping or coordination while learning some new rhythms and practicing with play-along tracks. The headphone you can play through are a nice way to not annoy your neighbors or housemates as well.
The Paxcess electronic drum set comes with 2 pedals, sticks, headphone jack, built in speakers, and can be played for 10hours on a single charge.
As of this writing, 4.5 stars on Amazon.
The Yamaha DD75 is the next step up. This has 8 touch sensitive pads and a built in 4 track recorder for making your own music. It can be played through the built in speakers or headphone and can even be battery powered. However the plug in power supply must be purchased separately.
As of this writing, 4.2 stars on Amazon.
Yamaha PA150 Power Adapter
Pyle 7 pad tabletop drum set. This comes with 2 pedals, sticks, built in speakers, headphone jack, plug in power supply, and it can be powered by batteries. This can interface with windows or mac to act as a MIDI controller.
As of this writing, 4.4 stars on Amazon.
The next set of options you have are both more expensive and far more versatile. These have more of a learning curve and are usually meant to be used as an add-on to an existing drum set. All of them give you the ability to connect bass drum triggers and high hat controllers to use them as highly versatile, stand alone, drum sets that can be used in far less space than their full size brethren.
The Yamaha DTX multi pad, has 9 pads and inputs to add on a high hat controller, bass drum trigger and 5 more triggers for expansion. There is also an iPad app available that can be used with this for increased versatility. The KP65 kick pad and HH65 high hat controller are not included. You would also need a bass drum pedal to be used with the kick pad.
As of this writing, 4.3 stars on Amazon
Yamaha KP65 kick pad. Does not come with bass drum pedal.
Yamaha HH65 high hat controller pedal.
Alesis strike multi pad. This comes with a slew of features, including a built in looper and the ability to record and loop your own playing. Also has a wide variety of built in sounds and the ability to add your own. Add pedals, (not included), and you have your own very capable tabletop drum set. Included are 2 different software options you can interface with your computer and record your own tracks with.
As of this writing, 4.6 stars on Amazon.
Alesis Kick Pad and Pedal combo.
Alesis DM High Hat pedal
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