Here's something new, the Roland VAD506. From what I can figure out from translate.google.com, it is an acoustic kit with electronic sensors and a td-27 box of electronics
Is this idea something new Roland invented or do other companies make something like it?
I got the VAD 306 for my very first eDrum experience. I chose the VAD series, because they use “normal” acoustic drum hardware instead of the specialized rack. It’s just like playing a set of acoustic drums, albeit smaller, and the built-in kit sounds are really fun to play. I enjoy it so much, that I have decided to go hybrid with one of my acoustic kits. I’ll buy another harness and I will then be able to just plug the module into whichever kit I am using.
Well, I haven’t created my hybrid kit yet… I am in the process. But I’ll say this, I fell in love with acoustic drums the first time I put my eyes and hands on one as a small child, and I’ll always have an acoustic kit to play on as long as I live. But with eDrums you have volume control – you can play with full expression and motion without pissing off the neighbors. Then you can completely change the kit sounds with a turn of a knob, which is fun, because the moment you hear the new kit sounds, a completely new beat pops into your head and you can jam on it until you turn that knob again. Then you can also sync up with an audio source and jam along with that with perfectly balanced volume. That said, eDrums currently have the hassle of all the wires and the need for a monitor or an amp (or headphones) and they are also smaller in diameter than normal acoustic drums and cymbals. I imagine a hybrid kit will have similar pros and cons as well. Plus a hybrid kit will have the benefit of being able to switch to regular acoustic if the electricity goes out!
I like the fact that Roland and other eDrum manufacturers are shifting towards making their products more like acoustic drums, because that way we drummers get the best of both worlds.
It's purely for looks. Roland has put this off for YEARS now and they finally caved in to the A2E (Acoustic to Electronic) conversion trend (and then like electrodrummer said, slapped a ridiculous price tag on it).Thank you for the reply. It has a lot of interesting information.
But I see my question wasn't quite clear. By "hybrid" I meant the VAD, not something you were going to create (I'm not a drummer so sometimes I use the wrong word). Now you say the VAD is more like an acoustic drumkit. So let me ask you what is it about the differences that you like? Like does it feel more like an acoustic drum when you hit it? Does it make a sound more like an acoustic drum? Or anything else relevant to why you like it.