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Keep the Beat with these Electronic Drum Sets

Turn down the volume, but turn up the fun with these drum alternatives

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Ready to lead the beat? These electronic drum sets are for you. Alesis

Back in the 1970s, the music scene was changing. Not just with the introduction of synthesizers and rock operas, but that’s when electronic drum sets (or drum kits as they are known in Europe) started keeping the beat. Invented by the drummer and co-founder of the British rock band the Moody Blues, Graeme Edge, electronic drum sets offer versatility and volume control for beginners and experienced musicians alike.

If you’ve scored over a million on RockBand, or just wanted to try your hands at being the backbone of the band, electronic drum sets are a fantastic way to play and practice. Malcolm Gladwell famously said it takes 10,000 hours of practice to gain mastery of a skill, so what are you waiting for?

Alesis Drums Nitro Mesh Kit - Electric Drum Set with USB MIDI Connectivity, Mesh Drum Pads, Kick Pedal and Rubber Kick Drum, 40 Kits and 385 Sounds

Advanced beginner set

It comes with a built-in metronome too, which is great for practicing those flamadiddles. Alesis

These mesh drum heads provide a more natural feel and rebound action, just like a regular drum set. Learning to play a musical instrument can be daunting. Getting started with this advanced beginner set provides not just high quality and all the features you need. The drum module also comes with 60 pre-recorded classic and 60 modern play-along songs. With an eight-inch snare pad, tri-toms, ride and crash cymbals, and a hi-hat (the two cymbals that are used by pedal and can also be used with drum sticks or brushes), this set has all the cords and cables to make it ready to rock, jazz, or bluegrass.

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Roland TD-17KVX-S V-Compact Series Electronic Drum Kit

Performance worthy

Want to play with your favorite band? This set has the chops to do just that. Roland

This top-of-the-line electric drum set is one of the finest on the market. Not only is it performance quality, the onboard recorder lets you listen, review, and evaluate your solid rhythm and fills. It’s a great way to rehearse before your next gig. It’s so realistic, in fact, that the hi-hat can even be mounted on an acoustic stand. The specialized sound module is filled with coaching and features to make the most of this complete kit, which includes: a 12-inch snare drum, three eight-inch toms, a 10-inch hi-hat, two 12-inch crash cymbals, a 13-inch ride cymbal, a 10-inch kick drum, and a complete drum stand.

Donner DED-200 Electric Drum Set Electronic Drum Kit with 225 Sounds, More Stable Iron Metal Support, 5 Drums 4 Cymbals, Electric Drum, Audio Line, Drum Stick

Garage band ready

When your session is done, simply fold the lightweight setup until you are ready to turn the beat around once more. Donner

Full of Features

Donner DED-200 Electric Drum Set Electronic Drum Kit with 225 Sounds, More Stable Iron Metal Support, 5 Drums 4 Cymbals, Electric Drum, Audio Line, Drum Stick

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Garage band ready
When your session is done, simply fold the lightweight setup until you are ready to turn the beat around once more.

From practice to performance, this set feels like the real thing, but with all the features you want from an electric drum set. If you’ve got a budding Buddy Rich, a new Neil Peart, or a training Travis Barker, this complete drum set has everything you need. The two crash and two ride cymbals are made of silicon for a quiet tone and realistic response. The snare, three toms, and bass drum are crafted in mesh for an authentic drum feel without the noise. Just don your headphones and get into the groove with the 225 included sound effects and 30 pre-recorded sounds without disturbing your neighbors, family members, or sensitive pets.

QoQoba Electronic Drum Set PRO Lite 8K Series | MIDI Digital Electric Drum Set for Kids Adult Beginners | 3-Cymbals, 3-Toms, 1-Snare, 1 Module | Incl Studio Headphone & Drum Seat w/ 60-Days Live Lesson

All you need, all included

This set is a snap to put together, folds to store, and makes a great practice set if you’re limited on space. QoQoba

Teacher’s Pet

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QoQoba Electronic Drum Set PRO Lite 8K Series | MIDI Digital Electric Drum Set for Kids Adult Beginners | 3-Cymbals, 3-Toms, 1-Snare, 1 Module | Incl Studio Headphone & Drum Seat w/ 60-Days Live Lesson

All you need, all included
This set is a snap to put together, folds to store, and makes a great practice set if you’re limited on space.

This complete electronic drum set even provides live interactive lessons. Times have changed since more than 7,000 years ago when some of the first drums were crafted from alligator skin. The only thing that’s the same is they are still played with drumsticks. This set includes everything from the seven-inch snare and tri-toms to the 10-inch ride, crash, and hi-hat cymbals, two pedals, cords and cables, foldable rack, sticks, and throne. Sixty days of lessons are provided to help make the most of the record and playback features, as well as a metronome.

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PAXCESS Electronic Drum Set, Roll Up Drum Practice Pad Midi Drum Kit with Headphone Jack Built-in Speaker Drum Pedals Drum Sticks 10 Hours Playtime, Great Holiday Birthday Gift for Kids

Mothers will approve

Adjustable volume levels allow players to make the most of the quality built-in speakers – or just put it on silent. PAXCESS

Portable and fun, this drum set is perfect for your young musician. Most electric drum sets require some setup and space, but not this set of practice pads. Instead, the snare, three toms, ride, crash, and hi-hat cymbals all roll-up. Inside or out, this rechargeable battery-powered drum set provides about 10 hours of playing time and gives kids the flexibility to take their instrument with them. There are also two foot pedals to emulate the sound of the bass drum. Your percussionist can play indoors or outdoors and take the show on the road. Eight demo songs are included, and three rhythm tracks.

Cyndi Mathews is a contributing writer to Florida Travel & Life, an online brand that inspires active, affluent travelers, providing them with insider information on discovering the best of Florida. Informative and engaging, the website showcases travel destinations, arts and cultural venues, vibrant dining scenes, recreational activities, the great outdoors and the revitalized real-estate market. Cyndi recently published her first book and enjoys traveling to Florida in her sailboat.


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