Electronic drums are electronic musical instruments, mostly designed to replace an acoustic drums kit. These are devices that contain built-in sound generating components, which are usually made of non-conductive material like plastics, or metals. They are commonly used as musical instruments in jazz and rock fusion. These types of electronic devices have the following parts: controller, motor, pickups, speakers, etc. The components of this type of musical instrument can be separated into three main categories:
This type of electronic drum can be distinguished by its distinctive look and feel. Cymbals with this type of kit have a triangle-shaped body, while other types of electronic drums do not. Some models of this instrument have a front panel, that houses all controls and hardware. It is also distinguished by having no pedals. Other types of acoustic drums include the rock bass drum, which has a triangle-shaped body, and the pop/rock bass drum, which has a double-sided drum sound emitted from two different sides of the drum.
The sound modules or envelope modules on the other hand are the components of this electronic drums kit. They are also divided into three main categories. The first one is known as the "table-top electronic drum kit", which comes with only two standard pads, and two-foot pads. These pads can be configured using software such as Digital Performer to produce different sound modules.
The second type of electronic drum kit contains four standard pads, along with knobs and a special trigger. The third type of this electronic drum kit comes with two footpads, and four trigger pads. The last type, called the multi-effects processor, has a high, mid and a low gain mode. The last models come with special effects like echo, chorus, reverb, flanging, compression, threshold, limiting, bandpass, limiting, and more. Basically, this type contains many sounds and effects that you can experiment with when recording.
V-Drums: As what have been said earlier, V-Drums are electronic drums that are a combination of different types of drums. These types include the pad and rackety drum sets. The rackety drums contain a hi-hat, a cymbal, a tom-tom, and other types of percussion instruments. These types are typically made of wood.
Snare drum samples can be played through a V-Drum, using any hardware device that has a microphone input. A specific V-Drum device that has a USB port is the Snare Logic. The other types of electronic drums are the Hybrid, the Classic, and the Vintage. These types have their own characteristic. Among them, the Hybrid is a combination of the acoustic and the electric hi-hat/snare/piano snare, the Classic is a combination of the Ride-on/tabletop snare/tom/chair, and the Vintage is the digital and the analog signal of the bongos/claves.
Some electronic drum kit models actually come with additional hardware such as snare pads, bass drums, hi-hats/hi-hats, and other cymbals. Other additional things to consider are whether it comes with a USB interface for synchronization of samples with computer software like Cubase or Pro Tools, whether the drum pads and the bass drums are velocity-sensitive, whether it contains special effects, whether it has connectivity to other drum machines, whether the drum kits come with noise-reduction microphone preamps and so forth. One point to remember is that drum kits with additional features may cost more but they can also be a lot of fun to play and experiment with.
There are certain characteristics that all good electronic drum kits must have in order for them to be considered as complete electronic drum kits. First, all good ones should have electronic drum modules. Drum modules can be used to integrate other pieces of hardware like the ride-on/tabletop/tambour unit and also other cymbals. When thinking about purchasing a new electronic drum kit, it is important to purchase a drum module with sensors, so that you can attach other drum sensors as you see fit.