Electronic drum kits: 6 best beginner sets in the world today

18th Jun 2010 | 08:26

Electronic drum kits: 6 best beginner sets in the world today
7 best beginner electronic drum kits
Budget edrums for starters and home players

This is a constantly updated gallery of the best beginner electronic drum kits on the planet - budget sets ideal for playing at home and for those making their first move into edrumming.

If you’re after a ‘real’ acoustic playing experience, a sturdy rack for extensive live performance or a powerful sound module you should check out our guide to the best pro-level electronic drum kits. If not, read on…

All our top beginner sets are hand-picked from the buyers’ guide pages of Rhythm Magazine following a grueling test process. So, scroll on and be sure to click through to read the full review for an in-depth breakdown of each kit.

First up: Roland’s best budget electronic set, the TD-4KX

Electronic drum kits: 6 best beginner sets in the world today
Roland TD-4KX
£1179

MusicRadar's verdict:

“At this price, the TD-4K was the most organic-sounding, dynamic set that Roland had ever introduced. The TD-4KX, however, is even better. All the really important stuff - the basic ergonomics and sound - remain the same, but the upgrade is welcome. It’s the best budget electronic drum kit your money can buy.”

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FULL REVIEW: Roland TD-4KX electronic drum kit

BUY: Roland TD-4KX is currently available from Andertons Music Co., Thomann, PMT Online, Soundslive and Production Room.

Next: Yamaha DTXplorer

Electronic drum kits: 6 best beginner sets in the world today
Yamaha DTXplorer
£649

MusicRadar's verdict:

The ‘other’ big brand in worldwide e-kits, Yamaha’s entry-level DTX is equipped with 214 sounds and 32 ready-to-go kits. The rubber pads on the five-piece kit play as well as can be expected, and while the Roland option has the edge on sound, the DTXplorer is very well priced.

BUY: Yamaha DTXplorer is currently available from Andertons Music Co., Thomann, PMT Online, Soundslive and Production Room.

Next: Alesis DM10 Pro

Electronic drum kits: 6 best beginner sets in the world today
Alesis DM10 Pro
£899

MusicRadar's verdict:

"It's good to see Alesis back in the electronic drum saddle with a product that does the name justice. Those expecting a champagne experience on relative beer money might be (unjustifiably) underwhelmed, but the DM10 hits the mark where it counts, making it worthy of serious consideration."

FULL REVIEW: Alesis DM10 Pro electronic drum kit

BUY: Alesis DM10 Pro is currently available from Andertons Music Co., Thomann, Studioxchange, PMT Online, Soundslive and Production Room.

Next: Roland HD-1

Electronic drum kits: 6 best beginner sets in the world today
Roland HD-1
£529

MusicRadar's verdict:

"The V-Drum line is essentially a premium series, so although this is the entry-level, the HD-1 was never likely to be a sub-£300 product. It has its limitations but it fulfils its brief as a super-compact, good-sounding practice set very well. Surprise at the price has to be balanced against the superb build quality and general design."

FULL REVIEW: Roland HD-1 electronic drum kit

BUY: Roland HD-1 is currently available from Andertons Music Co., Thomann, Soundslive and Production Room.

Next: Gear4Music DD501

Electronic drum kits: 6 best beginner sets in the world today
Gear4Music DD501
£269.95

MusicRadar's verdict:

"You soon forget that you are playing a smaller sized rack, quickly acclimatising without having to alter your technique. This is a great little kit which will give any beginner a good foothold into the world of drumming."

FULL REVIEW: Gear4Music DD501 electronic drum kit

BUY: Gear4Music DD501 is currently available from Gear4Music

Next: Gear4Music DD502(J)

Electronic drum kits: 6 best beginner sets in the world today
Gear4Music DD502(J)
£299.99

MusicRadar's verdict:

"Even though technology has moved on significantly since the DD502(J) was first introduced, this electronic kit still represents good value for money."

FULL REVIEW: Gear4Music DD502(J) electronic drum kit

BUY: Gear4Music DD502(J) is currently available from Gear4Music


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