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#1 rubydanger

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Posted May 20, 2020 - 05:14 PM

So if I am going to give drums a go, I am gonna do it right and go pro drums.

 

Knowing what you know now, what would be a good starter pro drum kit to pick up??

I really don't want to use the RB drum kit - too much like a toy

 


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Posted May 20, 2020 - 06:05 PM

What did you think of my Alesis kit? I think it was $500 at the time I bought it.



#3 hardcoredrummer

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Posted May 20, 2020 - 09:15 PM

you could probably find a used Yamaha dtxplorer kit for cheap. baffles the mind why anyone bought the ion drum set when you could get one of these cheap....

 

has all the midi notes for proper colours etc. this kit just isn't programmable.



#4 rubydanger

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Posted May 21, 2020 - 05:09 AM

What did you think of my Alesis kit? I think it was $500 at the time I bought it.

I honestly didnt pay that much attention since at the time I had no intentions of ever drumming.

 

 

you could probably find a used Yamaha dtxplorer kit for cheap. baffles the mind why anyone bought the ion drum set when you could get one of these cheap....

 

has all the midi notes for proper colours etc. this kit just isn't programmable.

 

Hmm, it appears not unless I am looking wrong, that the Alesis kits are cheaper than the Yamaha kits

 

But I am not too concerned with price, as long as it is a fair value and worth it


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#5 Shroud

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Posted May 21, 2020 - 07:26 AM

If you're going to use it beyond just the RB game, the most suggested eDrums model for beginners is the Alesis Nitro. Last year the model was updated with mesh pads without increasing the price, so make sure you check if you buy it second hand.

If you live in Europe, Thomann sells Millennium eDrums models which are comparable in price and quality to the Alesis, but each one has its own benefit to consider.

#6 rubydanger

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Posted May 21, 2020 - 07:36 AM

No I am US, and this will simply be for RB3.  Too old with too much going on to become the new Jon Bonham


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#7 Shroud

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Posted May 21, 2020 - 08:21 AM

No I am US, and this will simply be for RB3.  Too old with too much going on to become the new Jon Bonham


Why would you need to become the new John Bonham when you can be the one and only Rubydanger? :D

The Alesis Nitro is probably your best choice then. It's less than 400$ new, if the price doesn't bother you, but you can easily find it second hand, although probably not yet the mesh version because it's too new.

Whatever model, before buying make sure it has 5pin midi output and that it either uses standard midi drums events OR it allows you to change them (even better since you'll be able to also play open hihats with the pedal), otherwise you'll have to pass the eDrums to a laptop before the MPA.

If you're too undecided, like I was, you can anyway pick up first a very cheap throwaway option and see how it feels. I was torn between the Nitro and a very similar Millennium for weeks, then I saw a much older model sold second hand for 30e and I just thought... well in the worst case I am wasting 30 euros for testing how it feels. Then it actually turned out it's good enough for the game and I still haven't switched to a better set.

#8 rubydanger

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Posted May 21, 2020 - 10:07 AM

The Nitro kit looks good - I went ahead and ordered one and a midi adapter.  Hopefully rocking out with it this weekend.

 

Thanks for the recommendations!!


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Posted May 21, 2020 - 02:33 PM

Excellent choice! Alesis makes good stuff for a great price. And those mesh heads make a big difference to me.



#10 rubydanger

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Posted May 21, 2020 - 08:13 PM

Grrr. I read it wrong, delivery isn’t until next Friday. I should have just ran to my local guitar center. Oh well


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#11 glarms

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Posted May 21, 2020 - 11:47 PM

The Nitro kit looks good - I went ahead and ordered one and a midi adapter.  Hopefully rocking out with it this weekend.

 

Thanks for the recommendations!!

 

It's been a little while since I looked into this, can you link what you ordered and how one sets it up to Rock Band?



#12 rubydanger

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Posted May 22, 2020 - 01:46 AM

 

It's been a little while since I looked into this, can you link what you ordered and how one sets it up to Rock Band?

 

When everything arrives I will update


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#13 Shroud

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Posted May 22, 2020 - 06:14 AM

 

It's been a little while since I looked into this, can you link what you ordered and how one sets it up to Rock Band?

 

Well this is the Alesis Nitro kit mesh version: https://www.alesis.c.../nitro-mesh-kit

 

About setting up, I think it's as easy as connecting the Nitro midi out to the RB MPA adapter midi in with a simple 5pin midi cable.



#14 rubydanger

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Posted May 22, 2020 - 07:13 AM

I am hoping it's that easy - here is the adapter I bought

 

https://www.amazon.c...0?ie=UTF8&psc=1


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#15 JustMyselfAndI

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Posted May 23, 2020 - 08:37 PM

I am hoping it's that easy - here is the adapter I bought

 

https://www.amazon.c...0?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I actually just set up my Nitro yesterday - thankfully it really is that easy! Only thing that needed adjusting was the crash and ride placement specifically for Rock Band playability reasons but that was as simple as switching the cables for both. Granted, it's a pretty tight fit getting the crash cable to the ride, as the cable lengths are specifically tailored for a standard acoustic setup, so you could also save a new kit to the module that changes the midi values for the crash and ride instead. 



#16 Shroud

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Posted May 24, 2020 - 06:53 AM

Granted, it's a pretty tight fit getting the crash cable to the ride, as the cable lengths are specifically tailored for a standard acoustic setup


Why not swapping the cables at the entry of the processing unit?

#17 JustMyselfAndI

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Posted May 24, 2020 - 02:42 PM

Why not swapping the cables at the entry of the processing unit?

Well, in the Nitro model at least, all the cables connect to one head. 

 

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#18 Shroud

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Posted May 24, 2020 - 02:56 PM

Well, in the Nitro model at least, all the cables connect to one head. 

 

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Aha, ok! When I also tried to switch ride with crash, I noticed the other cable was very short and tight just like in your case, but my older model has separate cables each one going into a different hole.



#19 JustMyselfAndI

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Posted May 24, 2020 - 05:26 PM

 

Aha, ok! When I also tried to switch ride with crash, I noticed the other cable was very short and tight just like in your case, but my older model has separate cables each one going into a different hole.

Ah, that would definitely make it easier! In the adapter instruction book, it says that crash is tied to 49 while ride is tied to 51, so I'd imagine it wouldn't be too difficult to program and save a kit in the module that simply swaps those numbers. 



#20 rubydanger

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Posted May 27, 2020 - 08:42 PM

Ahhhhh. The drums arrived today. Got it all put together but neither the drum kit nor the midi adapter came with a midi cable. Looks like I’m running to guitar center. 
 

Just had the worst Guitar Center experience ever.  I got to my local one at 2PM. it was closed due to covid, I understand that.  An employee outside told me. just order it online and request curbside pickup, you will have it in 2 hours or less.  So I go online and they didn't have the cable at that location, but had one about 30 minutes away, so I ordered it and headed to the store.  Sat in the parking lot for 3 hours, no notice at all.  Then an employee is delivering to another curbside customer, I ask him how long this should take.  He says - if you payed attention to the website, it says it can take up to 4 hours.  Fine - be a dick and I will wait another hour.  5 hours later, I call customer support to check on my order, and it is still being processed online, I look up and they turn the closed sign.  Order cancelled - never using them again.  Amazon will deliver it Friday.

 

Oh well, the drums look pretty


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