First things first– I do love Justin (65 Drums). I think he’s THE authority on electronic drums, and has been, for at least three years. He really covers EVERYTHING you need to know, about gear (where/what to buy), and basically every detail about everything on the market. He really is THAT thorough.
That said… he does not always recommend cost-effective and cheap (and SMART) options for people into electronic drums.
I watched a handful of his videos earlier tonight, and thought… holy crap, I need to make a video, correcting a lot of his videos, and I need to help steer people in the right direction, about a LOT of things, e-drum-related.
Here’s a quick bullet-list, of stuff I’m planning on covering in a future Youtube video… REALLY quick.
- Roland’s built-in sounds (on all of their modules, including their $2500 flagship TD-50) are dated, and not realistic. Are they usable for most things? Sure. Even recordings… if you’re lucky. Truthfully, the sounds have gotten better over the years, but they can’t touch Toontrack and their EZ Drummer 2 and Superior Drummer 2 line. Not even close.
- Side-mounted triggers are WORTH IT (more on this later).
- You don’t need a $300-500 kick drum OR snare drum, from a boutique company like ATV, Drum-Tec, or Jobeky. You don’t. It is smarter to pick up a set of drums with a color/finish you like, and do a conversion.
- You do not need a really expensive drum module. I got killer results with Superior Drummer 2.0 for years (from 2008 to what, 2017 or so) with a very, very cheap $125 Roland TD-3 module, just controlling Superior Drummer 2.0. After that, I used a Roland TD-6V module, which is even older than the TD-3, but I liked the screen on it, which is why I switched. Currently, I’m using a Roland TD-9 that I got used for only $250.
- My snare drum is dual-trigger, and is a $35 (like-new) Pearl Soundcheck shell, with a $20 mesh head by Prism, and a Roland RT30HR that I got new for only $70. That’s a dual-trigger, 14″ surface, for only $125. These boutique places charge around $500-600 for their snares. Why? Is it needed? No.
- Do you need positional sensing? Not really. It’s cool, but… you don’t need it.
- Can you easily get 99% of drumming needs (quiet practice, the fun of electronic drums, AND recording) done for really cheap? Yes, you can. And by really cheap, I mean… you get the look of a real drumkit, the feel of a real drumkit, and the sound of perfectly-recorded drums (of various decades, brands, etc) with cheap options, and Superior Drummer 3.0.
- More to come… check out the videos below, though. And be sure to check out Luke (DrumAngleOfficial) and his videos, below. And the perfect drumming by Drum-Tec.
The kit below costs $2,000 (for JUST the shells), without the Roland cymbals or TD-25 drum module, which adds about $2,000 more to the cost (the CY cymbals are about $275 each new, and the module is $1,060). FOUR THOUSAND DOLLARS…. Or………………. (stay tuned for my Youtube vid)….
Again, I have to say, how perfect this guy (Ralf)’s drumming is. Perfect. Really makes the Drum-Tec channel that much more watchable.