Given the age in which we live, it’s no surprise that technology has made its way into drumming. Electronic drums have been around since the early 70’s and their quality has greatly improved over the last decade. However, still to this day, many drummers have vowed to never play electronic drums. In this first post in our series, we are going to discuss some key benefits of using electronic drums.
5 Benefits of Using Electronic Drums
1. Electronic drums are virtually silent. This is critical since many church facilities are acoustically challenged. The worst thing you’d want to have in worship is an overpowering drummer who plays incredibly hard. However, since electronic drums are silent, you can play as hard as you want with the sound techs controlling your actual output volume.
Bonus: If you have a few minutes to spare while vocalists work on parts, you can always practice with headphones. The same would be true if you want to practice at home or live in an apartment.
2. No need for drum microphones. Imagine that! You will still see patch cords all around your kit but no mics. Instead, they usually have a line-out or midi connections. This is great news if you have a small church with a small music budget. No drum shield, and no mics. Just one 1/4-inch jack. This is also ideal if you have a home studio and not a whole lot of cash to drop on mics and stands.
3. Electronic drums are very portable. Youth retreats. Outdoor services. Christmas Musicals. As a church drummer, the truth is, there are a myriad of events that you need to play at. Electronic drums bring introduce ease to transporting, setting up, and tearing down your kit. You can literally “pick up and go”.
Bonus: What’s more, if you are crammed in a tight spot you are not worried since your electronic kit is more compact than your standard acoustic kit.
4. You can experiment with a plethora of sounds. Hip hop. Power Rock. Jazz Brushes. Latin. The beauty of electronic drums is the ability to access a large sound bank of drum kits and percussion instruments – all without spending more money (i think your church treasurer will like that).
5. They come with a built-in metronome. This is another cool feature since you are not obliged to go out and purchase a one – although I would recommend that you eventually buy your own metronome at some point.
These are just some of the benefits of using electronic drums. What are your thoughts on this? Do you think that many churches purchase electronic drums for budget reasons? Are you a fan? Either way, let us know what you think. this should be a fun series. 😉