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Old 06-27-2008, 08:23 AM
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Greetings,

As you can see I'm new here, i only started the drums a couple of days ago. After going to my first lesson (Today), i realized 2 things...
1. I need something to practice on.

2.No way my mother will allow a real drum set.
So, a few hours ago i heard about electronic drums and in my mind i thought, Electronic = Earphones? = Less noise = Profit?. I asked my mother and she said anything as long as it won't destroy the windows (Noise). So i was wondering if the electronic drum sets would make a bunch of noise as the usual drum set would?

P.S.: I've been eyeballing the Roland TD-12S and Yamaha DTXTREME III, if that helps.
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Old 06-27-2008, 09:26 AM
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Default Re: Electronic drums, Noisy?

If noise and mom are concerns, you've picked 2 good solutions, in the Yamaha or Roland kits. With headphones, you'll make about as much noise as a typewriter. Your sticks are hitting pads. Thump thump. Played thru an amp, you can jam with a portable radio (soft) or you can rattle glass (loud). Welcome to Drummerworld.
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Old 06-27-2008, 01:30 PM
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I'd have to say playing on the Rolands make considerably more noise than that of a typewriter given that those drums have rims to hit. The Rolands are quite noisy especially if you play them at full pelt, and are best played in a room with a concrete floor on ground level.
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Old 06-27-2008, 10:34 PM
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Certainly louder than a typewriter unless you're doing some light work (more thumpy than clicky), but WAY more quiet than traditional drums. Basement is good in either case so you don't get transmission through the joists and whatnot.
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Old 06-28-2008, 01:20 AM
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As long as you're in a different room, they're basically silent. TD-12 is good choice.
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Old 06-28-2008, 03:20 AM
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How about the Roland V-Drums Lite HD-1? They take allot less space.
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Old 06-28-2008, 03:35 AM
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How about the Roland V-Drums Lite HD-1? They take allot less space.
They're more for someone who is on the go or just needs something to practice on here and there. The TD-12 is more of a permanent/serious kit.

Since this is your first drum kit, you should go for something like a DTXplorer. It's only $700, but packs a real punch.
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Old 06-28-2008, 04:19 AM
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They're more for someone who is on the go or just needs something to practice on here and there. The TD-12 is more of a permanent/serious kit.

Since this is your first drum kit, you should go for something like a DTXplorer. It's only $700, but packs a real punch.
Hmm...Thanks, but I'm moving soon so i think the best for me is the Hd-1, since the distance between me and the rest of my friends (with who i may form a band at some point) will be much greater.
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Old 06-28-2008, 04:59 PM
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FWIW - I think practicing versus jamming with band are two very different considerations.

What about just getting something like a DW practice pad kit or something for practice and using a small, traditional acoustic kit for jamming?

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The Rolands with the mesh pads make far less noise then the Yamaha solid rubber pads - but the mesh pad kits cost a hell of a lot of money - so perhaps the Lite kit is your best bet, at least untill you progress a bit as a drummer, and are ready to splash out on something better.
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Old 07-08-2008, 09:26 AM
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My first and only kit is a TD12 and I love it. I have stuck it in the back room in our house but when I really get going with headphones on, My GF comes and slams the door and cranks the telly up very loud.

OK I live in a chalet and it is made of wood so the constant clonking travels a long way - particularly hi-hat and ride. Hitting the mesh heads doesn't make much noise, but playing Nirvana on the thing does get annoying for someone that lives with you after a bit :)

She's given up now btw and just lets me get on with it :D
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Old 07-09-2008, 04:34 PM
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I just set up my Yamaha DTXTREME 3 kit last night and soon realized that I underestimated how loud the pads would be. Then again, it all depends on how hard you play. Since I don't play very hard, I don't think it will be much of a problem for me. But that may be different for somebody else.

To my ears, however, they are not that much louder than the Roland pads. The Roland pads are loud too, they just have a different sound. Where the Yamaha pads make a hollow knocking sound, the Roland pads make more of a spring-y sound. Also, the Roland kick tower is much louder than the Yamaha kick tower.
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