If you want to be a drummer, most likely you know who rocker Lars Ulrich is. If you don’t, well he’s the drummer of the mega rock band called Metallica.
However, before we move on, I must say shame on you for not knowing him. Most of us were inspired by Mr. Ulrich himself to get into drumming.
The other rocker would be the great, Vinnie Paul. drummer of Pantera. Vinnie is probably one of the greatest drummers in the history of modern drumming (Don’t forget Pantera’s insane guitar player Dimebag Darrell).
So if you want to join this elite league or even surpass them, it’s time to make a decision and get started. There are also electric drums and you will find them here as well. Let’s start with the regular ones first.
Here are our picks of the best beginner drum sets for (adults and kids alike) in 2018. I also have a drum throne section to go along with your drums set.
One thing I would like to clear up is drum set’s don’t include 808s used in trap music. Don’t feel embarrassed if you didn’t know this as this site is for beginners just like you.
Anyways, one thing is for sure . . . You will definitely find each review quite informative.
Gammon Drum Set (5 Piece) – Adult Drum Set
- Full Size Complete Drum Set with Everything Included
- Hi-Hat & Crash Cymbals Sticks Stool Stands all Included
- Everything You Need To Play Professonial Size Set - Nothing Else To Buy
- High Gloss Black Finish - Chain Driven Pedals
- Best Seller - Ships Fast - Best Value - Best Price
Although it’s designed for adults, this is a good beginner drum set for the taller young ones as well. Gammon specializes in creating affordable yet quality percussion products.
This is a full size drum set that comes with every single thing you need. Including drumsticks and a throne aka drum stool.
So if you got a few hundred bucks on you, check out this fun quality drum set. Excellent choice for beginners of all ages. If you ever feel like recording what you play, just connect it with some microphones and a multitrack recorder.
Best Choice Products Drum Set
- Full Size Complete Drum Set with Everything Included
- Hi-Hat & Crash Cymbals Sticks Stool Stands all Included
- Premium Quality & Easy Assembly
- High Gloss Silver Finish with Chain Driven Pedals
- Assembly Instructions Now Included
A somewhat new company in the adult drum set market, Best Choice Products have quickly established itself as one of the top contenders in the business. A great example of that is the BCP 5 piece complete adult drum set.
When I say complete, I’m talking about the stool, cymbals (2), drumsticks and a pedal for the bass drum as well. If you are just looking to get your feet wet as a new drummer, this drum set is for you.
Once you get fairly good, then upgrade to a brand like Pearl or something. Great drum set for beginners though. A popular choice for adults and teens between 12 – 15 alike.
Ludwig Drum Set – Accent Combo 5 Piece
- Famous Ludwig quality
- Wrapped finishes
- Select wood shells
Another great choice for a 5 piece drum set by Ludwig (Accent Series). Once you’re done assembling it, there will be no turning back. These drums look good and sound great. Especially the Ludwig standard snare drum.
Just like the Best Choice Products drum set above, this one comes with the same “fixings” if I may. If I had to pick one for myself, it would be this Ludwig drum kit but that’s cause I love the black color on it.
Most people prefer the cymbals on the BCP’s but as a beginner, you shouldn’t have any issues.
Great choice for anyone looking for a full entry-level Ludwig drum set.
Ludwig 4 Piece Drum Set
- Compact, mobile design
- Bass drum lift
- Remo heads
- Velvet storage bags
This is a 4 piece drum set by Ludwig. You might be wondering which is better, a 4 piece or 5 piece? To be honest, it depends on how much space you have. If you goal however, is to learn how to play drums even a 3 piece would be ideal but if you have more space, then feel free to go with the 4 or 5 piece.
This epic “Pocket kit” comes with a bass drum, tom, floor tom, snare drum and a foot pedal. Plus a throne (Drum stool) is also included. This Ludwig LC17 is designed to be portable so you can take this drum set with you pretty much anywhere.
If you are an entry level drummer, hopefully you won’t be banging away on this drum set in a public place anytime soon. Don’t want you to get hurt or anything as this set produces quite a loud noise. Good for you, not so much for the neighbours (Who cares right – Ha!).
Pearl Drum Set – EXX725S/C
- Poplar/Asian Mahogany Blended Shells
- Matching Wood Snare Drum
- Low Mass Lug Design
- Opti-Loc Suspension System
- Lifetime Warranty
Here we go! My favorite and most likely your favorite drum set brand, the one and only Pearl. This Pearl 5 piece drum set model EXX725S/C is my favorite. Think if this brand as the Yamaha or Fender for guitars. A little pricey then the others but definitely one of the best here.
If you can spend a few, this is a great beginner drum set. The quality is unmatched and this model is endorsed by students and drum instructors alike. Unlike the other drum sets that all come in one giant box, this one comes in 3. Pearl is always top notch when it comes to shipping their products. The only downside is it doesn’t come with cymbals, throne (Drum stool) or drumsticks.
That said, you should be fine with using any entry level cymbals. Brand name wise I’m totally down with this one but as far as the overall package goes (Especially for the budget conscious), there are other better choices on this list.
These are also more intermediate than entry level.
Anyways, enjoy the lifetime warranty on these too. A standard feature on Pearl drum sets. Best for rock and metal music.
Sonar 4 Piece Drum Shell Pack
- The Shell Pack Consists Of: 14" x 12" Bass Drum with Mount 8" x 8" Tom Tom 13" x 10" Floor Tom with Legs 12" x 5" Steel Snare Drum
- 9 Layer, Poplar shells for bright tone, nice attack, and excellent projection
- Natural Finish Bass Drum Hoop Accent;Bearing edge: 45
- Hardware and Cymbals not included
The Sonar 4 piece drum set comes in a funky turquoise color.
You get the bass drum with mount, Two toms and one snare. Great set but not all in one package like a few others here.
Although it’s somewhat smaller in size, it’s great on the sound.
If you have decent size den, just put this Sonar drum set in there and practice away.
A great upside is this is one of the fastest drum set to assemble.
Gammon Percussion 5 Piece Drum Set
- Gammon Percussion
A total gem of a package by Gammon, this one includes everything.
A total 5 piece drum kit which comes with adequate warranty on most parts. The head on these drum sets seem to get replaced often so if that’s not a big deal to you, this might be your pick.
If you think about it, for the price of what you are getting here, it might not be that bad of an idea.
Not necessarily the best adult drum set but your kids will be satisfied for sure.
Pearl 5 Piece Drum Set
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If you like sounding good while practicing or playing, then don’t worry about it as Pearl is one of the best (If not the best).
However, if you like to look good too, than the Pearl EXX725S/C should be something worth checking out. After all it comes in 5 various styles.
This Pearl drum set is pretty much a shell pack with hardware but you do need to purchase the throne, the cymbals and the drumsticks as well.
Not just for beginners as this specific model is a popular choice for intermediates as well.
Pearl Clear Drum Set (5 Piece)
- Seamless Acrylic Shells
- 6mm Tom Shells
- 7mm Bass Drum Shells
- Acrylic Bass Drum Hoops w/matching finish
- 2 year Warranty
Get your drumsticks ready for this bad boy. This a Pearl drum set that is used by the pros. Just the color choices should blow you away. Especially my personal favorite which is ‘see through’.
This is definitely the most gorgeous clear drum set. Keeping the Pearl tradition of quality alive, this drum set is shipped in 5 pieces all together.
Plus if you have any issues, just contact Pearl and their mostly phenomenal customer service will help you out.
If you value quality and don’t mind spending for it, this is shell pack (Bass drums and the toms) for you.
Pearl 5 Piece Lacquer Drum Set
Part of the Pearl export series, you are looking at one of the most popular Pearl beginner drum sets ever produced.
This 5 piece Pearl shell pack is also the most beloved on our list.
It includes all the parts and all you have to do is just set it up, assemble it and then off you go.
That means you also get a drum pedal (P930 Demonator Pedal), snare and all the bells and whistles.
A throne is the only thing you need to provide though.
Best Drum Set Brands For Beginners
When you think of a proper 3 to 5 piece drum set, brands like Pearl or Ludwig come to mind. However, due to popular demand, a lot of other brands have stepped in and have created some quality drum sets of their own.
Here we have a look at the best drum set brands for beginners. We’ll start off with the most budget friendly ones and work our way up.
All these guys do is make drum sets. That’s it. At least that’s 90% of what they do.
They do not sell to the public either but only through their distributors. Gammon specializes in making drum set for kids, beginners, adults and more. In fact the youth really enjoys their drum sets and Gammon just happens to be one of the few companies that actually make a 7 piece drum set.
In addition, Gammon also makes other related percussion products like congo drums and bongo sets as well. In a short period of time, Gammon has quickly established themselves as one of the good drum set brands out there especially with their full size and junior drum sets.
We’ve also featured a few of their products here as well. If you’re looking for your first brand new drum set, Gammon should be looked at as a top brand in the drum set game that is definitely worth checking out.
Best Choice Products
Don’t let the simple name fool you, these guys have been in the retail industry for over 15 years (Also known as Sky Billiards). Not sure when they started selling their drum sets but BCP is now a well respected brand in the consumer drum set industry.
They source their drum sets from other manufacturers but quality is definitely BCP’s main priority. As it reflects in their percussion productions.
That’s why they’ve are now considered one of the best drum set brands especially for beginners. Kids and adults alike.
Okay now we’re about to learn about the big boys and Sonar drums is one of them. A German brand so you expect it to be a quality brand and to be honest, they don’t disappoint at all. Established in 1875, the company made it’s first mass produced percussion instrument in 1890.
Which was a Glockenspiel. Soon they followed up with a drum pedal and soon the official logo was drawn out. In around 1925, they had over 100 employees and became one of the largest businesses of their own kind. In 1950, their first drum kit was introduced and they haven’t looked backed since. Sorry for the history lesson but
Needless to say, Sonar is still going strong as a handmade drum kit manufacturer and is well respected by it’s competitors and the artists who love banging away on them.
Every genre has two companies that are in a league of their own. Pepsi vs Coca Cola in the beverage industry, Mercedes vs BMW in cars and when it comes to the drum and percussion world, it’s Ludwig and Pearl.
Established in 1909, Ludwig drums have been used by countless artists like Charlie Adams (Yanni’s drummer), Ben Barter (Lorde’s drummer), Lemar Carter (Demi Lovato) and the list goes on.
Ludwig has been making quality percussion drum sets for ages and if you are at an intermediate level or looking to upgrade your current starter drum kit, Ludwig should be the next stop. They do have some excellent 4 piece drum sets which might be a great pick for beginners too.
Okay I might be totally bias here but I think Pearl makes the best drum sets in the world. All my favorite artists use it so there . . . that’s my totally bias review.
However, I should maintain my professionalism here and most likely, I think you agree as well. Maybe Pearl might not be the best drum set brand for a few of you out there but one thing we can all agree on is they sure are the most popular ones.
That should say something about their products right? Especially their Roadshow models that enables even beginners to buy a real Pearl drum set.
Anatomy of a Drum Set
Ever wondered what are the parts or a drum set? Where here you’ll learn exactly what each piece is.
Common on a drum set. You know the ‘riser’ effect you hear on a drum roll? That’s done on a cymbal.
Usually placed on the right side of the drummer, also an essential part of a full size drum set.
Placed on the top of the bass drum. These are always part of a drum set along with the bass drum. Especially if you get a 3 piece drum set. They come in pairs.
Also known as the kick drum because it produces the ‘kick’ sound. Once you hit it using a foot pedal, it also produces a bass or in music production terms, the low end.
Using the ‘drum roll’ example I used earlier, the very last ‘splash’ or ‘crash’ noise that is created at the end of the drum roll is created by a crash cymbal. Hence the name ‘crash’.
Hi Hat Cymbal:
Another standard part of a full drum set, the hi hats are the ones that create the ‘hissing’ sound. Used in almost all drum patterns. Especially in EDM or Urban music.
Remember when Eminem said “I need some snare in my headphones”, this is the instrument that he was referring to. In a classic drum pattern, the snares always come after a kick or two.
Now let’s have a look at the “electronic” version of a drum set.
Best Electronic Drum Set
There are two main reasons why someone would get electric drums.
First because of the sound of course (A lot of EDM and hip hop producers use electric drums) but also to practice drumming.
For example, if you live in an apartment and practice on a traditional drum set, it might be more wise to use a electric drum set (Especially if you have sound proofing issues).
With an electric drum kit, all you have to do is connect your headphones and drum away without bothering anyone.
As far as electric drumming goes, there are three basic types.
- Tabletop drum pads (You usually beat on them with hands).
- Drum machines, that a lot of rap beat makers use these like Zaytoven, Timbaland, etc.
- Then finally, electric drum kits.
Here we will focus mainly on professional electric drum sets for beginners.
Alesis CompactKit 4 – Best Portable Electronic Drum Set
- C batteries required (best with Polaroid C batteries)
- 4 velocity-sensitive pads provide realistic sound
- 70 percussion voices, 10 effect voices, and 50 play-along songs built in
- Coach feature displays notes on LCD and instructs user
- Play immediately with included drumsticks and AC adapter
Entry level drummers, this one is for you. The Compact Kit 4 is a solid entry-level model that offers 4 striking zones (4 Pads). These pads have good sensitivity and great response time. The CompactKit 4 model allows you to train with the 50 available rhythms and its 20 training songs.
You can program the pads and assign them with specific sounds as well. With over 80 sounds you can truly create some amazing drum sounds.
The Alesis CompactKit is light in size which makes it quite portable too. So you can always practice while on the road. Meant for the amateur and beginner musicians, but also those who want to practice their drumming whenever they can. The Alesis CompactKit 4 can also be connected to a jack, an amp and played in group settings as well.
So if you’re just getting started with an electric drum kit, this model is highly recommended. Downside is you can’t connect it to your DAW or music software as it has no MIDI output.
Yamaha Electronic Drum Set TX 420 K
- Stereo drum sounds sampled directly from acoustic drums and cymbals
- Built-in interactive training modules to help improve rhythm and speed
- Free iOS and Android apps "DTX402 Touch" and "Rec'n'Share" help users navigate the module, record songs and rehearse
- 415 drum & percussion sounds, 10 Drum Kits, 10 Songs, and 10 Training Functions
- USB to Host port for transmits audio and MIDI information to a computer, phone or tablet
Specifically designed for the beginner drummer, it’s fairly quite which makes it a pretty solid choice (Especially if you live in an apartment). Comes with about 287 high quality built in sounds.
Which is more than enough for any drummer. It also comes with it’s own app so you can listen to your track of choice and drum away to it (Recording the beat pattern for later use or mixing, etc). Yes thanks to the MIDI option, you can actually connect it to the most popular music software like Ableton, Logic Pro, etc.
The only cons of this drum set is the pads seem a little smaller than usual. An upside to that is it can actually help you improve your hitting accuracy. Guess that’s one way of looking at it.
Overall, this is a solid electric drum kit. Yamaha does it again.
Alesis Nitro Mesh Kit
- Premium Response, Natural Feel - Alesis patented Mesh drum heads for a quiet authentic response; perfect for practice and honing drum skills
- Eight-Piece Configuration - 8" dual-zone snare pad, (3) 8" tom pads, (3) 10" cymbals: ride cymbal, hi-hat, crash w/choke, 8" kick drum, Kick Pedal, HiHat Pedal
- Performance Ready - 4-post collapsible aluminum rack; super solid for stability and packs down rapidly for ultra-convenient storage
- Nitro Module Included - 60 built-in play along tracks, sequencer, metronome and performance recorder; CD/MP3 aux input to play along with your own songs
- Everything You Need - Connection cables, drum sticks, drum key, and power supply included for immediate creative potential right out the box!
The Alesis Nitro Mesh kit is a great electric drum kit with 8 striking zones (Yes it’s a 8 piece electronic drum kit). It even comes with a bass drum and hi-hat pedal. The Alesis Nitro Mesh Kit is what the professionals use too (Your traditional drummers and music producers alike).
In fact, it’s regularly compared to the a lot of the high level Roland electric drums and some even prefer this specific model over them.
The Alesis Nitro Mesh Kit offers 350 professional drum sounds (Which is a lot actually). In addition, there are 40 pre-set kits and 60 training tracks. The Alesis Nitro is an ideal drum kit to train and to record in professional studio settings as well.
With its USB output easily convertible to MIDI through an adapter, it can be connected to a computer.
The only down side is the initial setup (A few users have reported this) so take your time with it.
When setting up an electric drum kit, read and follow the instructions to the tee and you should be set.
Yamaha DTX-500K – Best Yamaha Electric Drum Set
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The Yamaha DTX 500k is one high performing drum set. Considered one the best around and definitely the most popular one by Yamaha. It comes with seven striking zones: 2 cymbals, a snare drum, a hi-hat and three toms.
The drum pads on these are quite sensitive too but that can also be a downer for some players. However, you can adjust the sensitivity so that should take care of that.
This Yamaha electric drum kit comes with over 400 sounds. Heck Yamaha even offers additional sound bundles and collections that you can download. To be honest, you won’t be running out of fresh new sounds any time soon. Just like the 420 K model, this one can be connected to your music software as well.
The DTX 500k also comes somewhat pre-assembled so setting up shouldn’t be that big of an issue.
Overall, the DTX 500K is a very popular electric drum kit with midi features to boot.
Alesis Surge Mesh Electric Drum Set
- Natural Feel, Premium Response - 8" mesh kick drum tower with kick drum pedal (included), 10" dual-zone mesh snare and three 8" dual-zone mesh tom pads
- Express Yourself - (3) 10" cymbals: ride cymbal, hi-hat, crash w/choke
- In-Demand Sound - Surge Drum Module with 40 kits, 60 play-along tracks and 385 sounds
- Connectivity Covered - Inbuilt Sequencer to record your own playing, connect your mp3 player to the Aux input for jamming to your favourite tracks or record / control MIDI using on-board USB / MIDI inputs / outputs
- Everything You Need - 4-post chrome rack, connection cables, drum sticks, drum key and power supply included
This 8 piece electric drum kit is another popular model by Alesis. Considered a step up from another mesh electric drum kit which is the ‘Nitro’, Surge is very well received by most users.
The mesh heads on these might require a little tightening but after that you’re good to go. The only two suggestions I have for the Alesis team is have more clearer instructions and the kick pedal can definitely be a little bigger.
If you only played on an acoustic drum set before, you are in for a pleasant surprise. MIDI output is available as well.
The Roland TD 11K Electric Drum Set
- SuperNATURAL-enhanced sound engine with Behavior Modeling provides an expressive and natural drumming experience
- Diverse sound library covers a wide variety of musical genres for performance and practice
- Professionally recorded backing songs onboard, ideal for play-along practice and performance
- Practice features include Quick Record/Quick Play, plus a unique COACH function that helps players of all levels build drumming skills effectively
- Large LCD and icon-driven user interface for easy operation
Pearl, Ludwig and the Roland brand are the ones you think of when it comes to your standard acoustic drums. Recently though, Roland has been making waves in the electric drum market segment as well. In fact, the Roland TD 11K is a true testament to that.
An overall mesh drum kit, the TD 11k it’s one of the few drum kits that actually comes with three pairs of drum sticks, guess they really want you to go hard on this one. I wouldn’t be surprised because as we all know, Roland has making quality products in the music industry for quite some time now and TD-11K is one of them.
Recommended by entry level drummers and experienced acoustic drummers alike, the TD-11K is a great electric drum kit to learn on or to continue practicing on as well. As a beginner, you might have issues in the beginning adjusting it properly but once your done, you’ll be good to go.
Roland TD- 1KV Electric Drum Set
- Advanced SuperNATURAL sound engine based on the flagship TD-30
- Sound quality and expressiveness equivalent to the top-of-the-line V-Drums
- Simple, logical interface for easily swapping and customizing each drum and cymbal in a kit
- PDX-100 10-inch mesh-head snare pad with support for positional sensing and rim shot/cross stick playing
- Three mesh-head tom pads: two PD-85BK 8-inch pads for rack toms and one PDX-100 10-inch pad for floor tom
This is definitely an entry level drum kit. It also happens to be one of the most popular electric drum kit around. Not just for beginners, the TD-1KV can be easily connected to your music software or DAW (All thanks to the built in USB-MIDI capabilities).
One of the best things about this drum kit is it comes with super professional and high quality sounds.
I mean that’s almost a given with any Roland drum kit. Overall a great kit but why in Lars Ulrich’s name it doesn’t come with drumsticks beats me.
That said, it’s still well worth the extra inconvenience.
RockJam RJ760 Electric Drum Set
- Drum pads provide realistic expression; similar sounds to a non-electric drum kit
- 9 drums pads with variety of sounds: Crash cymbal, high tom, Snare, open/close hi-hat, low floor tom, low-mid to, ride cymbal
- USB MIDI connection enables musician to upload beats to computer
- Thick pad can be rolled easily to make travel easier
- Necessary Accessories included: Two Pedals. Power Supply, and Drumsticks; built in speakers
Great for beginners and especially for kids, the RockJam RJ760 is definitely of the entry level drum kits that are out there. However, it’s not some toy. You can actually connect it using MIDI to your DAW (Music software) and drum away.
Comes with a headphone jack so you can rock out till you pass out (Just a joke, don’t rock out that much) and your neighbors won’t complain.
If you have zero experience when it comes to trying an electric drum kit, this would be a very budget friendly purchase.
Behringer XD8 USB Electric Drum Set
- 8-piece electronic drum set with HDS110USB sound module
- Ships ready to rock with everything you need to start immediately
- 10 factory presets plus 5 user-programmable drum sets
- USB interface to connect with any virtual instrument and drum software (not included)
- HDS (High Definition Sampling) technology provides an authentic drumming experience
For all you nay sayers out there that think electric drums are more of a gimmick, this kit is for you.
We all know how valuable Behringer is in the music production space in general but recently they’ve really started killing it with their electric drum kits as well. Case and point, the Behringer XD8 USB.
This is a great beginner kit and quite an addictive one if I may add (Especially after you tune it to get the sound that you’re looking for). A few people have reported the snare drum has this slight “buzzing” sound which comes and goes but that might be because of a faulty snare pad.
Behringer has a good reputation so if you do end up with a damaged product, exchanging it shouldn’t be an issue. You can connect this one with your music software too.
Yamaha DTX400K Electric Drum Set
- FREE iOS Apps allow easy customization, song importing, and training programs
- 297 high-quality sounds, 10 customizable kits and built-in lesson programs
- Yamaha's KU100 Silent Kick Unit makes this the quietest kit available; perfect for apartments
- HH65 remote hi-hat, allows half-open, pedal and splash hi-hat sounds
- Genuine Yamaha quality parts
One of the best compact electric drum kits, the DTX 400k is one of the few drum kits around that come with a “silent” kick. Basically it’s one of those high quality kicks that can take a lot from you without creating any major loud noise.
This is why the Yamaha DTX series is absolutely one of the best for practicing indoors. The 400K is recommended for drummers of all levels. Since it’s simple to use (Midi output as well), it’s great for beginners and since it’s a Yamaha, you know it’s a quality product all around.
By the way, this specific model is also great for ‘live’ drumming.
Bottom line, don’t let the simple design fool you, it’s a solid sleek kit. The pads are not mesh but that’s pretty much the only downside.
If you’re a beginner to electric drumming, it shouldn’t be an issue anyways.
Pyle Pedo21M Electric Drum Set
- 9 PIECES SET: This electronic drum kit includes 5 drum pad heads, hi hat and bass drum digital pedal controller, and 2 cymbal crash pads to effectively reproduce complete drum set sounds including toms, hi-hat, snare, and cymbals
- PRESET DRUM KITS: This product comes packed with 33 pre-loaded and 4 customized drum kits to easily change the tone of your drums depending on the music you like to play along with like jazz, rock, metal, blues, etc. For professional and beginners
- ACCESSORIES INCLUDED: This portable electric drum machine by PylePro includes 5 drum pads, Hi Hat and kick bass drum foot pedal controller, 2 cymbal crash pads, sound module, drum stick, stand, audio connection cable, power adapter
- CONNECT TO EXTERNAL DEVICES: The compact size module with rack mount also features a MIDI out and line in for connecting external devices like smartphone, tablet, computer, synthesizer, DJ controller, etc. It also has a 3.5mm jack for headphones
Although it’s a great electric drum kit, the Pyle marketing team really dropped the ball when it came to naming this product (Bad joke?).
A 9 piece drum kit that is great for kids and adults alike.
Pyle is not my brand of choice for electric drums but this kit is a good for someone who doesn’t want to spend too much.
Best Electric Drum Set Brands
Drumming has come a long way and electric drums have really taken things to the next level. Here are some of the most popular electric drum brands today.
As you’ve already figure out. Alesis is definitely one of the top electric drum kit brands out there right now. They make a few other things like Synthesizers, midi controllers, etc but have really made a name for themselves with electric drums. A well respected brand that is truly becoming the market leader in this space.
We all know the quality Yamaha brings to anything and when they committed themselves to the world of musical instruments (Especially their guitars), we all got blessed big time. Same deal here with Yamaha electric drum sets. They are in a class of their own and with the success of the DTX series, expect more great things to come from these guys.
One of the legendary manufacturers of ‘regular’ drum kits, Roland is also big in the electronic drum kit world. They have some great models and their electrical drum kits are considered more on the high end side of things. Not yet so popular with the mainstream crowd but their electric drum kits are creeping in for sure.
Anatomy of an Electric Drum Set
An electric drum kit is setup in an exact way like an acoustic drum kit. You have your cymbals, your toms, your bass drum the whole works. The only difference is the size is smaller but with an electric drum kit, you can program the whole thing to sound like anything you want.
Yes it is actually a pretty fun experience. Speaking of programming, the only difference between an acoustic or traditional drum kit and an electric one is that little black box that you see on the left side of this image.
That’s where you can access all the sounds and program your electric drum kit to exactly what you want it to sound like. In addition, if you decide to connect your electric drum kit to a computer or anything else, it’s through that little ‘magic’ box.
Who Invented The First Drum Set?
Although all kinds of drums have been used in various cultures, the modern drum set as we know today was actually invented during the middle ages in Europe. Archaeologists have found not just drums closer to the formation we use today (Snare, Tom, Floor Toms, etc) but also drums sticks that went along with them. Most experts do like to argue about drumsticks being introduced a lot later but there is no real evidence back up this claim.
How Much Is A Drum Set?
A new beginner drum set can cost anywhere between a couple hundred dollars to being in the thousands. Of course if you’re in another country like Canada, India, Philippines, Malaysia or Singapore, the prices may vary.
Overall, it all depends on the brand, the total hardware and the accessories that drum kit comes with. These days, a decent drum set cost can be between $200 to $800. This price range includes professional drum sets too.
So if you’re looking for a high quality drum set, there are plenty of options today. Obviously a used drum set would be cheaper but if it breaks down, you might pay up ending more than before due to a lack of warranty.
You can rent one as well but then you’ll be paying per use and if you really want to improve as a drummer, it’s best to have the proper (At least a starter drum set) drum kit at home so you can practice as much as possible.
Especially if you’re taking drum lessons on the side.
Are Drum Sets Tuned?
You only tune instruments that create a ‘pitch’ like the strings of a guitar or a ukulele. Drums just create ‘blobs’ of sound so they don’t necessarily need to be tuned. The drums might need some adjustments from time to time but they don’t necessarily need to be tuned.
What is a Drum Set Throne?
A drum set throne is just another word for a drum stool. Also known as a drummer’s chair. Depending on the brand, a drum throne can come fully assembled or partially.
How To Setup A Drum Set?
It all starts with your throne or chair or whatever you’re going to sit on. Once you have that sorted you place your kick drum in front of you and basically start adding the remaining pieces. It’s the most basic way of assembling your drum set.
For more details, check out this great video on how to setup a drum kit.
How To Mic A Drum Set
Well it all starts with a kick drum. Here you will need two microphones. A ribbon mic and a dynamic mic. One is placed at a 45 degree angle and one right in the front of the bass drum (Dead center).
The 45 degree angle ribbon mic is placed to capture the presence and brightness and the dynamic mic on the side is there to capture the ‘kick’ or top end of the sound that is created. The ‘tick’ so to speak.
For the snare, you need to place one mic on Top of the snare and a second one right under. Just make sure you flip the polarity (From the input control of these mics) so the phase between the top mic and bottom mic is in sync.
On the hihat you just need one mic. Usually a dynamic or ribbon mic does the job fairly nicely. Just make sure you point it away from the rest of the drum parts so it only picks up the hihats (No bleeding in of other sounds).
For the toms you also need a single microphone. In addition, you need two more mics about 3ft from the top where your drum set is placed.
You also need to do some EQing after to make sure your setup is done right. So now when you hear drums on any of your favorite songs, know that a lot of work went in just so you can enjoy it properly.
How To Clean A Drum Set
First you need to know the three main parts of a drum set that actually require cleaning.
- The skin (Usually on top of all the drums).
- The shell – What holds the skin together.
- Chrome or metal parts: That binds the entire drum together.
To clean the skin, you simply need some mild soap. Windex is a great example and available for most.
For the shell, you can use something called ‘Goo Gone’. It will help you easily wipe off any residue as well.
Finally, to clean the chrome and metal parts, especially the ones that maybe be a little rusty, nothing beats good’ol fashioned WD40. Just use a minuscule amount each time.
Now to clean the cymbals, you simply need a soft cloth to wipe things off (Even along the grooves). One thing to keep in mind is do not use a cymbal polish on the following surfaces:
- Natural Cymbals.
- Specialty finishes.
I don’t recommend a cymbal polish anyways but if you do, avoid using it on these 3 specific types of surfaces or you’ll ruin them. Only use cymbal polishes for brilliant finish cymbals only.
How Much Is A Used Pearl Drum Set Worth?
This really depends on the model and what shape / condition it’s in. Pearl drum sets are usually considered quite valuable because they are mostly high in quality and produce a great sound.
The only advice here is if you are going to shell out a few hundred dollars for a used pearl drum set, you might as well wait and save up for a new one.
Buying used things (Especially electronics / musical equipment) that are over 100 dollars is just not a good idea anyways.
How Much is Neil Peart Drum Set Worth?
Well last we heard was Neil Peart replica drum sets sold for over $29,000 (Twenty nine thousand dollars) so the real ones can easily go up to a hundred thousand or more.
After all, we’re talking about Neil Pearl here. One of the greatest drummers of all time.
How To Make A Drum Set Quieter
Sometimes when you’re playing indoors or practicing in your apartment, it can get quite annoying for your neighbours. No doubt about it. So one alternative is to ‘quite down’ your drum set. You can either used folded towels on your snare drum, hi hats, etc or if you don’t want to change the sound too much but just lower the volume, use something called drum mute pads. They are simply pads that you put on each type of drum (Snare, Cymbal, etc) and they help you drop the volume on it by a decent amount. A simple idea that works. Feel free to double down on these pads of you want to make your drum set quieter. Evan drum mute pads (Amazon Link) seems to be the popular choice.
How to buy a drum set for beginners?
Well for starters, you need to make sure you actually get the following 5 pieces in your drum kit.
1. A drum shell which includes toms and the main bass drum. A bass drum also happens to be the largest component of a drum kit.
2. All the hardware which is like the pedals, drum stands, etc.
3. Cymbals. So you can enjoy that classic ‘hissing’ sound, ‘drum roll’, etc.
4. A comfortable drum throne so you can sit and play. You could get away with an adjustable stool (That goes fairly low) but if you can get a proper drum throne, it’s probably better.
Next step is to make sure you get all of these things in your drum kit. They are usually known as a “5 piece drum kit” but make sure you double check everything prior to purchase.
The beginner kits are perfect for starters but the cymbals are kind of amateur on most of these. Not really a big deal when you are starting out but something to keep in mind. Most drummers usually just upgrade the cymbals and keep ‘drumming’ away (Nice pun right?).
Once you start getting better at drumming and decide to go a level up, the hardware just gets more quality. Basically, the higher the price, the more quality the product is. Guess this principle applies to pretty much anything right?
One thing to keep in mind is always get a decent drum throne. Since you’ll be sitting on it for a while and practicing as well, it’s best to not just be comfortable drum throne, but also a safe one. Another fun tip is make sure the pricing of your drum kit is similar to your cymbals (That is when you do decide to upgrade). As most decent sounding cymbals usually cost as much as a beginner drum kit.
Finally if you do decide to upgrade your drums, try tuning the sound first as it’s a lot more cost effective and you just might get that professional level drum sound (Without going broke).
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