drum sets were used in the early 1970's and
recorded by Carl Palmer of Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Once the
synthesiser was developed, it was inevitable that the
sets would eventually be incorporated into
the electronic sound.
During the early 1980's.
drummers such as Bill Bruford of
Crimson incorporated large electronic drum
sets within their acoustic setups. Bill Bruford almost
completely diminished his need for acoustic
drums. Electronic drum sets like those used
by Bill Bruford were primarily made by the now defunct Simmons
Later electronic drum sets
were made by Tama of Japan. Many people have criticised the use
of electronic drum sets, but the level of acceptance is greater
now. There are some drummers, such as
Akira Jimbo and Tony Verderosa, that
incorporate electronic drum sets into their acts in interesting
and innovative ways.
Yamaha, Roland and many others
companies have created electronic drum sets which use pads or
triggers that are mounted on acoustic drums. This is done to
play sampled or synthesized sounds. The cuurent trend in
electronic drum sets since the late 1980s has been to move away
from the overtly electronic sounds and towards an intense
The sound of electronic drum
sets has changed considerably towards a more naturalistic
approach. The electronic pads on electronic drum sets have
improved over the last few years and now feel different.
Companies like Roland and Pintech that make electronic drum
sets now offer popular styles like 'Mesh' or 'V-drum' pads.
Those electronic drum sets have pads that are designed to
emulate the feel of a real
The Yamaha company offers
rubber pads that are designed to mimic the feel of a real drum
set. The pads on the first sets of electronic drum sets were
very hard and very unforgiving. Because the pads on the older
electronic drum sets were not like traditional acoustic drums,
many drummers suffered from wrist pains and other related
The positive side of the old
style of pads for the electronic drum sets, they offered a high
rebound. This made it easier to play double
stroke rolls up and down the toms. There were a lot of drummers
that looked down on this feature of electronic drum sets while
others liked it. Rick Allen, the drummer of hard
band Def Leppard, had custom electronic drum
sets made for himself after a car accident in 1984 that left
him without his left arm.
One of the later electronic
drum sets that Rick Allen had made played back the sound of the
pre-recorded parts of his acoustic
kit whenever he struck each respective pad.
Omar Hakim was one of the first mainstream drummers to really
take electronic drum sets seriously. He toured to promote
Roland's vDrum line of electronic drum sets for several years
and continues to promote them to this day.