Originally Posted by analoguesounds
Do you despise electronic drums/drum machines or do you see they have a valid place in music? (edit-sorry that seems a loaded question with hindsight)
Thats a good question. I actually get asked this alot.
I prefer acoustic drums over electronic drums (AINEC). Its what I was raised on. I learned on an acoustic so thats what I am use to.
Now, as far as electronic sets are concerned, I do believe they have a place in music. There are a ton of reasons why someone would want to buy/play an electronic kit:
1. Its easy to control the volume/sound.
2. There usually is a bunch of cool sound effects built into the brain.
3. They are not made of wood so the temperature does not matter. You can store them anywhere and not worry about the shells getting warped.
4. You can put headphones on and be quit. This is a huge plus if you live in an apartment or wanna play at night and dont wanna piss other people off.
But on the other hand, electronic kits just do not FEEL the same as playing an acoustic kit. Each size drum feels different when you hit it.
Example: Try doing a drum roll on the snare drum, then try doing a drum roll on a 16" tom. Way different!
Another downside to electronic drumsets is that the entry level kits are not touch sensitive. The higher end ones usually are (Yamaha, Roland for sure are). Actually, some of the high end kits are 3 touch zones wihich is pretty cool imo.
IMO, having an acoustic drumset with electronic pads mixed into the kit would be the best of both worlds. You get the feel of an acoustic with all the cool sounds and loops from the electronics. When you mix them together, its a beautiful thing.
Acoustic>>>>>>>>> Electric IMO