Posted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 11:32 am Post subject: Advice on Budget Electronic Drumkit (Alesis DM5 Pro?)
I'm thinking of selling up some gear and buying an electronic drumkit on a budget of around £400. I'm wondering if anyone has any experience or knowledge so can point me in the right direction, and if it's possible to get a half decent one at that price? I've been looking so far at the Alesis DM5 Pro which seems to tick all the boxes but gets some mixed reviews.
As far as requirements go:
- Decent response on triggers
- Non-rubber pads on the toms (cymbals are okay)
- Drum sound quality is not important as I will run it primarily as a MIDI trigger with Toontrack
- Module is not that important either I suppose
- A five piece with room for expansion would be great
Awesome! I'm tempted to get this going as a project instead of waiting to afford a full on kit. I'm picturing a load buckets cut to the bottom, mousemats, contact mics and some kind of 2nd hand drum rack. Sounds like the most expensive bit will be getting the midi converter which can be had off ebay. I might even take a cue from that video and cover some cheap cymbals in rubber.
Christ, so really I don't even need to buy a contact mic, just a transducer? I don't know what the difference is there but it seems a transducer is 20p and a sounder is £1.20. Will either/both pick up different hitting strengths?
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Posted: Tue Nov 16, 2010 2:00 pm Post subject:
Probably worth buying a couple to experiment.
I'll try and get a picture up of a transducer built by Simon Pitchers of the original Mysteronz (and then The Diagram Brothers) using acrylic sheet and a small loudspeaker. I did a little electronic circuit to make a Syndrum type sound. I don't think we ever used it in anger.
Sorry, but after badgering you all for ages on the subject I just picked this up for £45 off gumtree with stool, headphones and everything. It's very entry level but I'm learning paradiddles and shit so it suits me fine. It's got midi out so I can set up with Toontrack and other stuff, and it actually sounds pretty decent. HAPPY!
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Posted: Wed Dec 29, 2010 2:47 pm Post subject:
I'm sure it's past relevant now, but Musician's Friend has the Simmons SD5K as their stupid deal of the day for $299. I know nothing about it though and if it's remotely quality or not, but incase anyone else is looking for an e-drum set on the cheap:
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