because many pro drummers are looking for, that authentic acoustic drum sound.
I only saw your post after I'd written mine. I agree on recreating those '80s sounds!Well, I use both acoustic and electronic, acoustic for a Motown covers ban I am in and a concert band (30 piece wind band). I am also in an 80's covers band where faithful re-creation of the "sounds on the record" are very important, the "80's acoustic kit" on my TD27 comes in very handy (with a few tweaks). I would struggle to replicate the drum sounds on "Dancing on the Ceiling" or "Sweet dreams are made of This" on my acoustic kits. I do theatre work as well where the huge sound palette on an E-Kit as well as volume control is very, very useful!
I use IEM's fed directly from a mixing console and have no problem hearing myself, the rest of the band can hear me via a Yamaha DXR15 I use as a monitor.
Now the negatives, set up time is longer (unless you are mic'ing up every drum on an acoustic set) and I always live with the fear of a cable or the module failing mid gig (it never has) to the extent that I carry around a spare acoustic snare, kick drum, tom and cymbals "just in case" This last point is more about my paranoia than anything else, the only tech failures we have had recently was when the guitarists entire pedal board went bad half way through set 1, our keys players laptop has also played up but luckily solved via a reboot.
With all due respect; I think you overestimate how much the average audience member cares about the sound of the drums - especially the snare. I don't think they care at all. If anything, the sound of the cymbals (and the volume they're played at) makes or breaks the drummer's sound.I think a lot of people here are missing a consideration. Some audiences (usually casual listeners) don't like the sound of live drums at a gig, especially small gigs. They don't like to hear the same boring old snare on every song. Some people say it's loud and annoying. I currently play in a cover band and use an unusual set up. I use a 22" bass drum, cymbals, some percussion, bongos and a Roland SPD-SX for all other drum sounds and loops. When you play a song like Purple Rain, Sweet Dreams or Radio Gaga, many people in a pub are not going to be satisfied with an acoustic snare. That big '80s electro snare sound helps people enjoy the songs they know and love. After all, we're supposed to be serving the song right? Thinking an entirely acoustic kit is always going to cut it is like expecting a string quartet to sound like Kraftwek.
I think the audience are unconsciously affected by a sound that is almost the same as the one they hear on a song they know especially if it is electronic. I'm not a fan, but I've been in places where the opening bars of "shape of you" by Ed Sheeran come in and everyone just wakes up and says "I love this song". They do that because their senses are switched on by that glockenspiel sound or whatever it is. If it were played on an organ or a piano at a gig, it just wouldn't have the same effect. Take the Human League for example. I saw them at a festival in 2015 and they used a full electronic kit because an acoustic one just wouldn't provide the sounds their fans know and love.I think you overestimate how much the average audience member cares about the sound of the drums - especially the snare. I don't think they care at all. If anything, the sound of the cymbals (and the volume they're played at) makes or breaks the drummer's sound.
You can make your own sound if you’re not lazy to use only presets. And you can have your playing style. Just the way I would only call an acoustic one someone’s “own sound” if they deliberately create something, either with gear, technique or recording tools (or all of these). I see no difference.from alot of information i have read ,being a pro drummer usually means having his or her own sound & feel on the drums. do you get your own sound on electronic drums ? ,or do you get the sound of software ? Just MY Take on it. no disrespect to drummers who prefer electronic drums
With modern electric drums advances, why don't many professional drummers use an electric kit when playing live?