Electronic Drum Accessories

There are certain drum accessories you must get with your electronic drum set to make it enjoyable, and even reasonably usable. Like a typical acoustic kit, and electronic drum set does not come with everything you need to start playing. But some items that come standard with an acoustic kit are not found in an electronic set, and you must buy them as accessories.

First and foremost among the items included in an acoustic kit but not found in an electronic drum set is the bass pedal, and you cannot reasonably use a drum set without one. The omission of the bass pedal is quite reasonable. Bass pedals used in electronic kits are the same as those used in acoustic kits, and electronic drum kit manufacturers are not usually in the business of manufacturing standard drum hardware. So while bass pedals are not quite “drum accessories”, they are drum necessities, you do have to buy them separately. This gives you the freedom to choose your favorite bass pedal, and choices are always good.

Rug

In the picture above you can see a DW 7000 double bass pedal I purchased for my Roland V-Drums. (Click the picture to enlarge.) If you want to get a double bass pedal, make sure your electronic bass pad can take two beaters.

The above picture also shows a small blue rug underneath the kit. If you don’t have a carpeted floor, a rug is also a must for electronic and acoustic drums alike. The rug prevents the pedals from moving around. In fact all the pedals shown have some Velcro strips underneath that cling to carpet fibers. Before I got the rug, I thought I could at least get away with playing the right side bass pedal by leaning the bass pad braces against the wall. But this did not work. Instead of creeping forward, as a bass would normally do, it moved to the right! Lacking any support, the left bass pedal was impossible to play, and the hi-hat pedal was quite unruly.

The drum throne is another member of the must have drum accessories group. Thrones are sometimes put into acoustic drum set packages but are not included with electronic kits. The ones that are included with acoustic sets are usually quite flimsy. It is best to invest in a sturdy, comfortable throne. If you’re uncomfortable, your playing will suffer. A regular chair, or a flimsy throne just won’t do, especially if you’re planning on doing some good drumming leg work.

Speaker

The picture above shows a Gibraltar throne, with double braced legs, felt covered bicycle style seat, and back support. When picking a throne, choose one with a wide, stable base and sturdy legs. Personally, I found a bicycle seat to be more comfortable than a round one, and the back support not to be as important.

One of the following accessories is a must for an electronic drum set. You must either have headphones or a speaker to hear what you’re playing. You might already have headphones and/or a stereo system to plug your drums into, but in case you’re missing any one, I thought I’d show what I got for my drums.

Speaker

Headphone style is a personal choice, but I found the Sony ones pictured above to be very good. I once used large studio monitor headphones to play keyboard with, but aside from being expensive, I found them too heavy and uncomfortable for extended use. These Sony ones fit around your ears like eyeglasses, are very light, non-intrusive, and sound great. I also had to get a headphone extension cable because the length of the original cord, suitable for CD player use, is too short.

Speaker

If you can’t get your drums to hook up to a stereo system, this small and inexpensive keyboard speaker/amplifier would do nicely for practice. This 8″, 12W speaker is a Crate KX15, and sells for a little over a hundred dollars.

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