Originally Posted by eddiehimself
Okay well if that's true then what are they for? And i do think it is actually easier to play an electronic kit then an acoustic one, I'm not trying to "minimize" his ability in anyway i'm just saying what i think is true. And yes i know i probably couldn't do that but i'm sure there are SOME people here on DW who can.
I agree, an electronic kit can allow anyone to play much faster than an acoustic.
You can set a pad to pick up even the smallest stroke as "loud" and set the dynamics so that all hits sound the same. I can't play extreme metal parts on my acoustic set that well (I'm not really into it) but on my Roland kit, I do blast beats with no problem. LOL.
It's pretty common in the extreme metal scene (and other scenes) to trigger the bass drum to that a player can play faster without having to hit the drum as hard, giving the illusion they're doing more than they are. It's pretty clear on the video, he's not hitting the drums very hard, but the sound of the electronic drums are giving the sound of someone who is.
Add in those pedals, and it's pretty clear he's doing something that would sound very different on an acoustic set. Maybe he could pull it off, maybe he couldn't, we don't know, but it would be different.
When I see something like that, I still think "cheating" because it's not what we traditionally think of playing drums. But then again, guitar players use harmonizers and other effects to make it sound like they're playing more strums/picks than they really are, keyboardists can layer near unlimited sounds, vocalists use harmonizers to make themselves sound like multiple people, so why no a drummer using technology to make themselves sound they're doing more?