First off let me say I love edrums. I love them for what they are and do not try to make them into acoustic drums. Half of the things people think are "features" of acoustics kits are actually limitations based on laws of physics or acoustics. So I am baffled when people want a hi hat that moves or a 20 inch floor tom. The smaller and more agile my kit the better.
This being said i love the way real drums sound. I am a drummer after all and started playing when there were no e drums.
While I love edrums I am not a fan of any particular module. I own a TD-30 and am getting quite irritated at some of the amateur hour lack of features, like layering, and sampling and almost intentionally sucky default kits. Inexcusable Roland. You should have the best kits of all, no one should know your own module better than you. They don't even try. So I am no Roland fanboy. I check DTX900 prices weekly.
As I asked questions here and occasionally griped, a refrain kept emerging, in fact i hear it everywhere here: 2box, 2box, 2box.
That toy looking thing? You cant be serious. I kept reading about how the sounds were so real, sample based, open source, hackable etc. I guess i gave in and bought one. You can't argue with those great famous Swedish drummer right. I am fortunate enough to have been able to keep my TD-30, at least for a while. I sacrificed a Nikon to do it though. And I make more $$$ with photography than drumming.
My first impressions were spot on with my instincts. The thing is a toy, the build quality flimsy. Everything about it feels plasticy and cheap. I don't see these pots lasting long. The paint is runny, the buttons feel mushy, and my gut told me this was a $200 pieces of electronic equipment at most. That's probably what it would cost if it were more massed produced. But OK, lets hear how it sounds.
And that's where I truly feel completely WTF guys. This thing sounds like complete sh*t. Way worse than My old Alesis DM10. Not just the sounds, but the triggering, the machine gunning (at least it got something realistic - I feel my house should be full of bullet holes.) The worst bass drum sounds I have ever heard. Out of 100 kits there are maybe 10 worth keeping. They go great with that little 2 foot Casio keyboard from the 80s. Also, it hardly has enough power to drive my headphones. I need to amp it.
Continuing in my bafflement, this things UI is a joke. That's where you gotta give the DM10 it's dues. Its user friendly as hell where this thing is a Gordian knot of Obfuscation and perplexity. I love the little button labeled "more" off to the side that does absolutely nothing. My guess is, at this point, unlike other modules, this one actually REQUIRES a computer to use. Editing kits is certainly not intuitive.
So lets try to make our own. This is where the thing is really supposed to shine right? Well everyone hear made it sound like you wave a magic wand and your VSTs fluttered into your 2Box with yummy drum goodness. Not true. Making kits ids an ENORMOUS pain in the ass. You pretty much have to be a sound engineer to get any use from this thing. If you are like me and just want to play drums, maybe a little tweaking, then this isn't for you. You are going to spend weeks making kits and I am not even sure they are going to sound all that good given the machine gunning I am hearing from the built in kits.
Somehow, I got the impression it was not only easy, but everyone had made all these awesome kits and they were all all out there somewhere you could download them and pop em in your own module. I have seen not a single complete kit for download anywhere. And I have been looking.
There is a $40 piece of software that claims to make kits for you but mostly seems to require 2 other paid software packages to make it work ( they should really tell you that up front) But it does turn my whole screen orange right before it locks up and that matches the toy. And then, apparently, cause I still can't get it to work, it doesn't actually make the kits for you.
So my opinion is the 2Box is for people who really like to spend more time in front of their computer than their drum set. Its a end user toy fro people who like to tweak VSTs as their primary avocation.
If anyone wants to actually send me a kit that sounds as good as all of these claims, be my guest.If I am missing a HUGE piece of the picture, feel free to enlighten me. I will try to mess around with it for a while before I junk it. But, I prefer to spend my time playing drums, (or writing posts about how confused I am that everyone loves this thing). For everyone else out there, don't buy into the hype.