Originally Posted by wildbill
You need an acoustic kit and cymbals for most of that, except recording. There is no satisfactory substitute.
Sad but true. I only have an acoustic kit and it's really hard to adjust to acoustic kits because I am really lacking for exposure. I did get myself a set of Zildjian's Gen 16 electric acoustic cymbals though and that has really helped with being able to use the hi-hat proficiently, best thing about my ekit setup in my opinion.