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Two great deals on kits at either end of the price scale, and Roland’s class-leading e-Drum module all with healthy savings this week!

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If you’re looking for a great deal on an e-Drum kit, here are a couple of great suggestions catering to those on a budget and those who can splash a bit more cash. There’s also the fantastic Roand TD-50X drum module that is the centre of most of their top-of-the-line e-Drum kits.

EFNOTE 5 e-Drum Set

Japanese e-Drum manufacturer, EFNOTE, is fast becoming synonymous with producing smart, refined and well-designed e-Drum kits. They have definitely struck out on their own and set themselves apart from the market with excellent features and equally excellent build quality.

There is, without a shadow of a doubt, a clear Japanese design ethic going on. Clean, effortless and practical. And they don’t skimp on the features either. With 360º flat sensing, multi-sensor technology, EFNOTE drums feel and sound great.

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The EFNOTE 5 drums are all birch wood shells with 2-ply mesh heads. The snare, the most nuanced drum in any kit, has 7 sensors alone, including an independent side rim sensor. Equally, the hi-hat pad features multi-optical sensing and a free-swinging top and bottom design.

The drum module is deceptively powerful for its size. It is so minimalist in design, with a metal chassis and brushed aluminium face plate. Underneath this gorgeous facade lies a truly authentic collection of drum sounds with great training features and superb connectivity.

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Alesis Turbo Mesh Kit

I would never claim that Alesis e-Drums are just ‘budget’ e-Drums, but they do offer an excellent range of kits for those counting the pennies. Whether it’s for a beginner or maybe as a compact practice kit, the Alesis Turbo Mesh kit can do both with ease.

There was a time when kits like this compromised on the playing surface, but those times are long gone. As the name suggests, the Turbo has a full complement of mesh heads across the snare and three toms. All drum pads are 8″ in diameter and are single zone. Cymbals (hi-hat, crash and ride) are 10″ in diameter.

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So the Alesis Turbo Mesh kit is very compact. This is made more so by the inclusion of the padless kick drum pedal and a slim but sturdy aluminium rack.

The drum module has 120 and 10 preset kits. There are 30 built-in play-along tracks and plenty of training functions. And once you’ve registered your Turbo Mesh kit on the Alesis website, you will receive a promo code for 60 interactive drum lessons from Melodics!

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Roland TD-50X e-Drum Module

Rounding off this week’s article is the daddy of all e-Drum modules. The Roland V-Drum TD-50X resides at the heart of all of Roland’s top-of-the-line e-Drum kits. But you can have those sounds and control on any e-Drum kit simply by buying the module itself.

Using their patented Prismatic sound modelling technology, the TD-50X delivers the level of detailed sounds you might only expect from a massive sample-based drum plugin. But the chances are that with the TD-50X, you will never need a drum plugin again!

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There are 100 drum kit presets to choose from and you can playback your own samples directly from an SD Card. All of these sounds can be run through a 3-band EQ and compressor PER PAD! There are three multi-FX processors with 30 different algorithms supplied. There’s also EQ and compression on the main outs.

As for connectivity, the TD-50X does not disappoint. 14x external trigger inputs, 3x digital trigger inputs, 8x direct outs and a pair of balanced XLR outs. There are audio inputs and headphone jacks as well as regular and USB MIDI. Best of all, the USB Audio output is a 10-channel affair for multitrack recording via a single, solitary cable.

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One response to “E-Drum Deals: EFNOTE & Alesis Kits and a Roland e-Drum Brain”

    Diki Ross says:
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    “Whether it’s for a beginner or maybe as a compact practice kit, the Alesis Turbo Mush kit can do both with ease.”

    Bit of a Freudian slip there!

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