I’ve been trying to find a good way to practice drums in my house, but drums are LOUD. I’ve been interested in electronic drums for a long time, but never figured out how to choose which kit to buy. Eventually I found 65 Drums on YouTube and it has been very helpful!
My main requirements were a 3-zone ride, very good hats, and $$$ as low as possible. I ended up purchasing a used Roland TD-25 on Reverb.com. It took me a while to get used to the kit, but it has been a big success for me. I used to set up my acoustic kit in a nearby Caltrain parking lot whenever I wanted to practice. It makes me tired just thinking about it, but it was good practice for quick set-up and tear-down.
News flash: e-drums aren’t silent! I was disturbed by how loud the tapping was! In particular the hard rubber hi-hats and cymbals are quite loud! Also the kick pedal makes a serious thump.
My solutions include:
- Hi-hat – Microfiber cloth with pillow stuffing, also around the vertical position sensor
- Kick sensor – Canvas bag with pillow stuffing and microfiber pad
- Cymbals – foam drum mutes
Also I’m impressed by a real advantage of electronic drums – ease of recording. With my complementary version of Ableton Lite, the USB Midi interface works great!
What you want is the ability to record MIDI from the TD-25 while playing to a track for overdubbing. Then you can tweak the MIDI, bounce the MIDI to the TD-25 and record audio from the TD-25. Here’s the setup I recommend:
- Track 1 = Midi IN/OUT from TD-25
- Track 2 = Recorded audio IN from TD-25 playing Track 1
- Track 3 = Overdub track