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Old 01-31-2010, 07:31 AM
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Default Apartment E-kit Drumming

I'm looking for advice from anyone who has or does play an electronic kit in an apartment. I'm looking at either a Roland TD-20 or TD-12, just because an acoustic kit would get me evicted in 2 minutes flat. I play pretty heavy, and I'm wondering if I need to take extra care to insulate even an electronic kit from the floor to spare the downstairs neighbors from hearing the dull thudding of the bass drum pedals.

Any advice is appreciated, including recommendations for floor pads, etc. Thanks!
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Old 01-31-2010, 08:01 AM
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Default Re: Apartment E-kit Drumming

Yes, the force of the bass drum pedal hitting the bass drum pad will still make quite a thumb to anyone living under you.

How much padding you'll need will depend on how your building is constructed, which of course is not something you can really judge that will until you have your kit set up.

The best solution is
http://www.auralex.com/sound_isolati...n_platfoam.asp

This is not a cheap solution, but it give you much better results than trying to layer foam padding.
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Old 01-31-2010, 08:21 AM
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You will definitely need some sort of padding. I have a dtxplorer upstairs and my parents can always hear the bass drum pedal. It's not very loud, but if you're looking to practice at night, you could have problems with your neighboors.
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Old 01-31-2010, 05:24 PM
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Default Re: Apartment E-kit Drumming

Oh man, that's what I was afraid of. Ugh. Thanks for the advice--I'll definitely be shopping for a padding system. Platfoam looks pretty good.
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Old 02-03-2010, 01:10 AM
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Default Re: Apartment E-kit Drumming

If you are on the ground floor you may be in luck. The e-kits with mesh pads are quieter than the rubber pads and the TD-12 would be a good choice. If you are elevated google this forum and search for sound proofing or insulation as this has been covered quite extensively.

Good luck, oh and I have a TD-12 as well.

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