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Music Equipment Buyer's guide

Electronic Drums



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Electronic drums are set up similarly to acoustic drum sets but use rubber or mesh playing surfaces called trigger pads. Electronic drums feature a digital sound library capable of generating numerous drum and percussion sounds as well as sound effects.




Features
  • Digital sound library
  • Low level of surface noise
  • Volume control when played through an amplifier or played through headphones
  • Create custom drum sets by shaping sounds
  • Easy to play along with and/or practice with a stereo or TV
  • Takes up less space than an acoustic drum set; great for both home and studio settings










Acoustic Drum Triggers



Drum Trigger
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Drum triggers give players the ability to blend in hundreds of sounds while using an acoustic set. The sounds can be samples of the natural sound of each drum or a different drum set and sound effects.




How do triggers work?

Let’s say you own three snare drums. You can bring only Snare Drum 1 on a gig and use triggers to get the sound of Snare Drum 2 and Snare Drum 3 even though you left them at home.
  • Triggers are fastened to the rim of bass drums, snares and toms
  • Each trigger has a sensor that rests against the edge of the drum head
  • When the drum head is struck the resulting vibrations trigger the sensor, which sends a signal to the sound module
  • Triggers are touch sensitive; the sample produced by the sound module will have the same force you hit the drum with
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