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  • Electronic Drums - Why?

    We call them...
    • electric guitars, electric pianos
    • electric cars
    • electric dryers, electric ranges, etc.
    • electric bicycles
    • electric drills, saws, etc.

    Who on Earth was the first to coin the use of "Electronic drums", and why did is "stick?"
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  • #2
    We had a member years ago that built “electric drums”. He was weird as hell. They made fun of that guy. True story.
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    • #3
      I guess it could be because they, unlike electric stuff, evolved straight from electronic components... Or because it sounds more sophisticated to call them that Anyway, nowadays we use 'eDrums' more than anything.
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      • #4
        I remember Michael Shrieve with Automatic Man played "Impakt Electronic Percussion"... this was in the 70's after Shrieve left Santana. Then there was a Vassar Clements LP that bordered on prog-rock where the guy was listed as playing "electric drums".


        https://www.discogs.com/The-Vassar-C...elease/2247971

        That's the one. It was pretty good but the drums definitely had an unusual sound.

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        • #5
          A couple of blasts from the past...

          https://www.vdrums.com/forum/general...electric-drums

          https://www.vdrums.com/forum/general...10-000-on-ebay

          The fun starts around the third page, and really ramps up around 5 or so. Worth a read.
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          • #6
            legendary thread.. then everytime 'electric drums' was mentioned "some day" would pop up his banner..
            and 'electronic' sounds more classy than 'electric' .. as said probably derived from the components creating sound .. but
            it could also have been called 'powered drums' .. since you need to plug them to play them..
            then.. moving through time, ...this might have been shortened to 'prums' ..
            anyway.. when they are 'flat' like pads .. everybody still calls them 'drums' ..and not 'pads' .. that's kind of odd .. but again 'better'
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Alan VEX View Post
              A couple of blasts from the past...

              https://www.vdrums.com/forum/general...electric-drums

              https://www.vdrums.com/forum/general...10-000-on-ebay

              The fun starts around the third page, and really ramps up around 5 or so. Worth a read.
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              • #8
                Johnny Nobody says...

                Johnny Nobody was something else; a valued gem in a coal mine of cobwebs. Johnny Nobody brought a incredible presence to the forum never forgotten, nor matched... much like his grip.
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                • #9
                  As much as I laughed reading through his hilarious spams, it's still strange to see how many posts this thread got. He even hijacked it to promote his 'product', but nonetheless people here gave him a benefit of a doubt far more than expected... To much amusement, evidently

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                  • #10
                    This would be my definition of electric vs. electronic:

                    Electric piano (fender rhodes) / guitar - vibration of string picked-up by transducer and only amplified.
                    Electronic piano / organ / drums - mechanical movement is picked-up to trigger an electronically generated sound either from an analog source, derived from an oscillator and then manipulated, or digitally, playing stored samples from memory by a microprocessor.

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                    • #11
                      Blatantly stolen from the web electrical circuits have no decision making (processing) capability, whilst electronic circuits do. An electric circuit simply powers machines with electricity.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by djska View Post
                        This would be my definition of electric vs. electronic:

                        Electric piano (fender rhodes) / guitar - vibration of string picked-up by transducer and only amplified.
                        Electronic piano / organ / drums - mechanical movement is picked-up to trigger an electronically generated sound either from an analog source, derived from an oscillator and then manipulated, or digitally, playing stored samples from memory by a microprocessor.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Howstamychi View Post
                          Blatantly stolen from the web electrical circuits have no decision making (processing) capability, whilst electronic circuits do. An electric circuit simply powers machines with electricity.
                          Wouldn't you say that an electric car with autonomous drive (or even without one) makes far more decisions than a drum module?
                          Last edited by MilosDrummer; 04-26-19, 02:01 AM.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by MilosDrummer View Post

                            Wouldn't you say that an electric car with autonomous drive (or even without one) makes far more decisions than a drum module?
                            I'd say an electric car and a self driving car are two completely different things.

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                            • #15
                              They are, still electric car is much more than a motor strapped to some wheels. Any modern car has a powerfull computer to manage it, and electric ones more so. We still don't call it electronic car... nor have I ever heard of electronic pianos Why? The name stuck from early days... Like 'cold turkey' or 'as clean as a whistle'
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