My first encounter with an electronic drum set was back in 2011 when I frequented a mall because of work. They had a store that sold music stuff like music pieces, practice books and, of course, instruments. The layout of the store was much like the usual with high, two- level wooden shelves that were lit up in a way that display stocks in an impressive way. Drum kits were there and so were guitars. But in the middle of the store was the electronic drum kit. It cost about PHP 11,000 which I thought was pretty affordable knowing how much technology was in it and how much a real drum set would cost.
Apparently the first prototypes for this musical toy had been around since the 1970s and became popular among the great drummers of the time. They had a constant presence through the years but never really beat out the original drum sets. Brands like Simmons, Roland and Yamaha continued to produce their sets all the way through the 1990s. And they’ve continued to improve on their products ever since.
I’m no music expert but I think I’d know if a new invention has made it big or not. Unless inventors didn’t intend Electronic Drums to go mainstream, I’d say it really has taken the time to have a considerable presence in the market.
Today, Electronic Drums come in different forms. There’s the minimalist kind like this one from ion:
There’s even a futuristic peg like this vest called “Drop the Beat”:
And then there’s the portable one such as the TD-4KP V-Drums Portable from Roland:
Altogether, I think this is the edge Electronic Drums have over the usual ones. They’re easier to transport even if they’re not the foldable- portable kind. Plus, since they’re electronic, it’s possible to plug in headphones for silent practice. No more neighbors knocking on your wall complaining about all that ruckus.