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- Aug 5, 2005
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Ian S,Nice set up wolfereeno, I dig the lights. And thanks for chatting about Reaper and the VST's too. I need to learn this stuff.
Anyway I've talked myself into the TD-27. I'm hoping I can swing it by Xmas or so.
I'm probably gonna get slammed by all the e-kit vets/experts here, but a couple of years ago, I was in exactly the same situation as you. I was an e-kit virgin, been an acoustic drummer all my life, never had more than a passing interest in electronic percussion and studiously avoided anything that plugged in or required power (I know zero about electricity except that I'm terrified of it). I just wanted an e-kit to practice on at home, didn't need nor want something to gig out with and wanted to keep it simple and cheap as possible.
My brothers-in-law have a zero-acoustic rock band (no amps, everybody direct in, including all guitars and e-kit) and needed me to fill in when their drummer quit, taking his mongrel e-kit with him. They're all very tech savvy guitarists and one of them went online to get some info on what they could get used that would fit their requirements. They were advised that a cheap and acceptable kit would be a used Roland TD9 (this is where I expect the derision to begin), so they found one online and bought it. I listened to youtube videos of guys going thru all the sounds and told them what sounds to use to make two user kits that would get us thru the gigs.
I had such a blast playing it live that I subsequently picked up another used TD9 for myself to use strictly as a home practice kit - it's nowhere near state-of-the-art anymore, but it's plenty good for what I (and you) want an e-kit for. Because of that, when I got it, I set it all up on a much sturdier Pearl rack and made the left side cymbal my ride and centered the hi-hat so I could use it to practice left-hand lead. The only upgrade I did was to get a KT10 pedal. Sure there are many more better sounding e-kits out there, but I do just fine with the TD9, which is basically like a dinosaur into today's e-drum world. It's fine for my needs, which are essentially yours.
The band's TD9 (extra tom pad & cymbal pad, conventional hi-hat stand)
My used TD9 w/ KT10