Cheap amp/speaker options for basement jams?

audioragegarden

Senior Member
Just graduated college a couple weeks ago and since I've been home I've started making some changes to my acoustic kit. I'm adding a couple of cheap Simmons trigger pads for some experimental sound variety, and I'll be using them with the module from my Simmons SD5K kit that I had with me at school. I'm looking for a way to get the sound output loud enough so that my guitarist friend can hear it amongst the sounds his amp and my acoustic drums/cymbals when we jam in my basement.

I've been doing a bit of research on the web for the past day or two and most of what I've been reading says that I'll need an amp (god help you if it's a guitar amp) specifically made for E-drums (with a keyboard amp appearing to be a popular backup choice), or I need to get some type of PA speakers.

I'm not looking to spend all that much on an amp/speaker since it's not for gigs or anything, it's just for my friend's benefit when we jam. But at the same time I want to make sure I'm getting something that's both compatible and safe to use with my module, and will be loud enough for him to hear. I have some possible products I'm looking at, but I wanted to see if I could get some suggestions and/or advice here first.
 
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Matt Bo Eder

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Check out those cheap little Harbinger PA packages they sell at Guitar Center, a little 4-channel powered brain and a couple of speakers isn't more than $200 and it's a full-range PA (albeit, small and cheap).

Unfortunately full-range PA system is really the best way to go, and those can get very expensive. I like the roland KC-550 keyboard amp too, but those are $500+ for a single 15" speaker and horn in a cabinet pushing 150W.
 

wildbill

Platinum Member
Ya - an inexpensive powered mixer w/passive speakers, or powered speakers will work.

If you want a dedicated drum amp, Roland, Yamaha, Alesis, Simmons and others make them in a wide price range.
I've had a Simmons DA200s for a couple years, and it's worked out just fine.
http://simmonsdrums.net/product/da200/
They normally go for a non-sale price of $329, but are cheaper during a sale.
You also can find them used sometimes:http://www.musicgoround.com/search?q=simmons+da200s&sid=true
It's a heavy dog though at 60 pounds with 5 speakers.
They also make a less expensive, lighter, 50 watt one.

My initial thoughts about it are in the last post in this thread:http://www.drummerworld.com/forums/showthread.php?t=90267&highlight=simmons+da200s

The other brands probably work fine as well.
 

bobdadruma

Platinum Member
I have two of these powered speakers by Kustom and they are really good for the price. I hook them up to the monitor out on my Fender Passport Pro 500 and use them as supplements to the passive mains in my practice studio. I use them for Keyboard and vocals primarily. You could simply connect one of them to each channel of your drum trigger brain. For $200 you would get 200 watts.
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-audio/kustom-pa-kpc12mp-12-powered-monitor-speaker?cntry=us&source=3WWRWXGP&gclid=CIXBppO068UCFdQTHwodV0EAGA&kwid=productads-plaid%5E80558293227-sku%5E485594000000000@ADL4MF-adType%5EPLA-device%5Ec-adid%5E51870555867

I have been using these for a few years now with no issues.
 
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audioragegarden

Senior Member
I have two of these powered speakers by Kustom and they are really good for the price. I hook them up to the monitor out on my Fender Passport Pro 500 and use them as supplements to the passive mains in my practice studio. I use them for Keyboard and vocals primarily. You could simply connect one of them to each channel of your drum trigger brain. For $200 you would get 200 watts.
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-audio/kustom-pa-kpc12mp-12-powered-monitor-speaker?cntry=us&source=3WWRWXGP&gclid=CIXBppO068UCFdQTHwodV0EAGA&kwid=productads-plaid%5E80558293227-sku%5E485594000000000@ADL4MF-adType%5EPLA-device%5Ec-adid%5E51870555867

I have been using these for a few years now with no issues.
I took a look at the specs and reviews and I think this is exactly what I'm looking for, thanks!
 

bobdadruma

Platinum Member
I took a look at the specs and reviews and I think this is exactly what I'm looking for, thanks!
In the future you could add a powered sub to get more low end. I found a used JBL for a good price and I added it to my system.
I have played my e-kit through this system at band practice and it sounded really good.
As you eventually get better gear for your e-drums the Kustom speakers will always be useful as floor monitors, etc.
 
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