Welcome! If this is your first visit, you will need to register to participate.

DO NOT use symbols in usernames. Doing so will result in an inability to sign in & post!

If you cannot sign in or post, please visit our Forum FAQs section for answers to forum related FAQs.


No announcement yet.

Would this setup be any good?

  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Would this setup be any good?

    Ok guys im a guitarist (ducks) / recording engineer/producer. I need a simple kit that I can use to record with/trigger with. This kit will never be used live and only to trigger addictive drums (for now)

    I am thinking about getting the alesis usb pro kit with surge cymbals and adding a roland pad for the snare as the alesis one seems to just be a tom called snare lol. I also like to have a snare that is of a decent size as the alesis one is only 8' I think? Will the trigger i/o accept a roland snare and do the roland snares have 3 triggers, ie centre, rim shot and side stick. Is there a model of roland snare that I should get?

    Would this set up be ok for a home recording kit or am I better off buying a roland kit? I have big dreams and little funds lol, I dont need a module for sounds.

    I welcome any ideas

  • #2
    Hi Rotaholic,

    If you have more money and less time you're better off just going for something like a TD-12 kit. It will give you the "feel" of an a-kit and a good level of manipulation of your outputs. If you are getting real drummers to play it then they will appreciate the level of quality.

    If you have less money and more spare time then have a look at all the diy info on the various forum threads - a lot of the guys here do fantastic "home made" gear at very low cost, but you need to be handy with tools, soldering etc and have the time available to do it. A 2nd hand a-kit with mesh head and sensors on the toms my get you by + some piezos on the cymbals .....

    How much control do you need?
    If you want to assign a separate track for each pad you need a TD-20 module.
    If you can live with doing multiple overdubs to capture each kit piece or are just going to MIDI record and edit / quantize it (to hide the mistakes...) then you may get away with something like a 2nd hand TD-6V as a cheap option or a new TD-9V if you have a few more $s.

    More $s gets you bigger pads generally if you are going Roland.

    Don't be too put off by the rubber pads either - they're cheaper and the response makes very little difference to a non-drummer.


    • #3
      Hey thanks for the replys, I know the roland stuff is the way to go, but this home studio that im building for our band is just snowballing out of control if that makes any sense. I was just hoping someone would say with some fine tuning you can get the same results with a budget kit like the alesis pro. I guess I will have to save a bit more money. Atleast this way I dont need to buy an extra 14 expensive mics and more tube pres lol

      I really want a kit that has alot of detail/feedback in the hihats and snare and from what I have read rolands are the only route.


      • #4
        Herc covered it pretty well. I would add that you should stay away from brands other than Roland, Yamaha, Hart, Pintech and (one of my personal faves) Dauz. If you go Roland, at least get a mesh head snare.


        • #5
          Thanks guys, looks like im gonna have an angry missus. Ive decided to get the TD-9 SX (KX) over here. Went into the shop and it looked really small and cheapish, they hadnt set it up as a kit, but had everything folded away etc I wasnt even allowd to demo it. So I will have to wait a few weeks and will have to drive somewhere else to get one.

          Im sure its a great kit, in the photos it looks amazing but in real life it looked a wee bit kids toy. To be honest im new to drumming and ekits so maybe thats just how they are. I cant imagine how cheap and nasty a cheaper kit would look lol. Im still going to get it after reading heaps and heaps on these forums. Will post back after xmas day and let you guys know how I got on


          • #6
            I suppose they do look a bit toy like - have a look at my kit (http://www.vdrums.com/forum/attachme...3&d=1225714583) it looks pathetic but sounds fantastic and huge! I really use the dual triggers allot 2 out of the 4 toms have cymbals etc on them the remote hihat is also a cymbal the ride is also a crash etc. They are the most versatile of the electronic drums so congrats on a good purchase.


            • #7
              Originally posted by tomrbland
              I suppose they do look a bit toy like - have a look at my kit (http://www.vdrums.com/forum/attachme...3&d=1225714583)
              That looks wicked, I still think you could fit in a marshall stack, a bass rig and some more cowbells in there. Then you would have one tight little room lol