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The 5 Most Popular Myths About Using Electronic Drums

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It is a debate held by drummers all over the world. The question is: which are better, electronic or acoustic drums?
In the final analysis, it is almost always a matter of personal preference than a question of quality. The problem is that this ongoing debate has contributed to the common myths surrounding electronic drums. In reality, they are just myths, not facts. Here are 5 of the most popular myths surrounding electronic drums:
1. I’m just starting to learn to play the drums. I’ve heard that I should learn to play an acoustic set first ? this myth has been around as long as electric drums have been in existence. The source of this myth is uncertain, but this may have originated from the quality of the earliest models, which didn’t have the same “feel” as acoustic drums. There may have been some truth to this myth before. However, today’s models are vastly different, and quality electric drums, like Roland drums, feel more like acoustics than ever. Most electric models are configured in the same manner as their acoustic counterparts. They contain toms, a bass, a snare, and cymbals, just like acoustic drums. A beginner learns on electric drums the same way he or she would on acoustic drums.
2. Electronic drums don’t have the same sound quality as acoustic drums ? this may have been true of early models. When electric drums started to be sold in the mass market, the technology was poor. Technology has improved tremendously in the last two decades. Today’s models, especially quality models like Roland electronic drums, have numerous sound samples that can’t be distinguished from acoustic drums.
3. Electronic drums are difficult to transport ? many models are no more difficult than acoustic drums to transport from one place to another. In fact, some electronic drums, like Roland drum sets, are designed to be collapsible. They can be disassembled in several minutes and packed compactly into a vehicle, than can be re-assembled quickly at another location.
4. Electronic drums are too expensive ? Actually, electronic drums are comparable to acoustic drums with regards to pricing. Today’s digital components are not only of better quality than in the past, they are also more cost effective.
5. Electronic drums are practical only in certain venues or situations ? In reality, they can be used anywhere acoustic drums can be used. They are ideal for playing in small venues, because acoustic drums tend to be overpowering in small venues, while electronic drums have built-in volume control and their sound can be adjusted for the venue. They are not only good for performance, they are also ideal to use as practice drums. The drummer can simply plug in a headset, adjust the volume, and he can play the drums without bothering anyone with the sound.

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