7 best electronic drum kits in the world today

3rd Oct 2012 | 15:00

7 best electronic drum kits in the world today
7 best electronic drum kits in the world today
UPDATED FOR 2012: Outstanding pro-quality sets for studio and stage

This is a regularly updated gallery of the best electronic drum kits on the planet - pro-quality sets offering the very best in sounds, features, design and ergonomics.

All the sets here are hand-picked from the reviews pages of Rhythm magazine following a gruelling test process. So, have a browse and be sure to click through to read the full review for an in-depth look at each kit.

First up: Roland's flagship TD30KV

7 best electronic drum kits in the world today
Roland TD-30KV
£5779

MusicRadar's verdict:

V-Drum technology enables a variety of kit components to be completely altered or simply tweaked, with a choice of shell types, drum and cymbal sizes, dampening, tension and so on. Pay out for a high-end acoustic kit and you only get one. With this set-up you get hundreds of kits and the cymbals thrown-in too!

Full review: Roland TD-30KV

Next: Yamaha DTX950K

7 best electronic drum kits in the world today
Yamaha DTX950K
£4999

MusicRadar’s verdict:

Yamaha have improved the top end of their DTX range still further. DTX pads feature innovative Textured Cellular Silicon Heads, with the excellent Hex rack holding everything together. The power of the new DTX900 brain means it’s easier than ever for the kit to integrate with the world outside.

FULL REVIEW: Yamaha DTX950K

Next: Roland TD-11KV

7 best electronic drum kits in the world today
Roland TD-11KV
£1350

MusicRadar's verdict:

The TD-11KV offers a no-nonsense compact kit solution which, despite its compact size, remains capable, commendable and sounds great. It's worth the extra cash for the mesh heads.

Full review: Roland TD-11KV

Next: Yamaha DTX700K

7 best electronic drum kits in the world today
Yamaha DTX700K
£2145

MusicRadar's verdict:

Fabulous pads and a solid, responsive module work together perfectly to deliver what is a very convincing package. For real world drummers needing to strike that bang-for-the-buck balance, it's an excellent option.

Full review: Yamaha DTX700K

Next: Alesis DM10 X

7 best electronic drum kits in the world today
Alesis DM10 X
£899

MusicRadar's verdict:

Overall the module and pads cope well with our manic and frenzied test performance, taking each strike in its stride without skipping a single beat. There is plenty that impresses with this electronic kit.

Full review: Alesis DM10 X

Next: 2Box DrumIt Five

7 best electronic drum kits in the world today
2Box DrumIt Five
£1799

MusicRadar's verdict:

The DrumIt Five is really good, and a very interesting addition to the marketplace. Different in character to offerings from the big boys, it's rewarding from the box, and will allow creative players scope to design sounds that are unique to their kit. A few OS updates from now and 2Box will be a force to be reckoned with...

Full review: 2Box DrumIt Five

Next: Yamaha DTX540K

7 best electronic drum kits in the world today
Yamaha DTX540K
£1599

MusicRadar's verdict:

The ability to trigger external sound sources over MIDI, add extra pads and so on means that long-term usability is guaranteed, with the basic kit able to grow and morph as needs change. The 540K continues to uphold Yamaha's increasing reputation as a serious electronic drum brand.

Full review: Yamaha DTX540K


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