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Extreme Drums!

5935 State Road 44

Martinsville, IN 46151

USA  

+1 765 621 4816

Marshall@extremedrums.com

New & Improved

Recently redesigned and improved Extreme Drums Triggers are more sensitive and more durable than ever before, giving you greater performance, both now and for years to come. Now you can have the most sensitive drum triggers available today ... along with all cables needed to hook them up to any drum module you choose.

 

You can quickly and safely install Extreme Drums Triggers inside your drums in just minutes per drum.

 

And our Custom-Built Triggers  come supplied with all the connecting cables you need to connect your drums to your drum module or trigger-to-MIDI converter.  We will also be available, both before and after the sale to help answer any questions you may have about converting your church drums.

 

30-Day Satisfaction or Money-Back Guarantee, plus a 5-Year Repair or Replacement Warranty. 

 

Order your Extreme Drums Triggers today and turn your drums into the best feeling and best responding electronic drums you've ever played.

 

Mesh Heads, E-cymbals, & Drum Modules

People contact us with lots of questions about electronic drumming. And the questions we get the most are about mesh drumheads, electronic cymbals, and drum modules. And they want to know whether or not we sell them. We always have to tell them no, we only sell our custom-made Extreme Drum Triggers. But I can offer advice on each of these topics based on my personal experiences and discoveries I’ve made through the years.

Mesh Heads

Mesh drumheads are becoming more accepted and desirable for drummers who want to quiet their drums for home practice. And mesh heads are also becoming more popular for drummers who want to upgrade from an electronic drum kit with small pads to a full-size e-drum set using regular acoustic drums.  I've used most brands of mesh heads since Roland first introduced their 2-ply V-drums heads in the mid-90s. Those were limited to 10-inch and 12-inch sizes.  Later on Pearl, TDrum, and Percussion Plus came out with single-ply mesh heads for all sizes of drums.   The single-ply heads stretched out easily and didn’t last long, but they were a great beginning to being able to convert any size acoustic drums into e-drums.

Through the years a few companies introduced 2-ply heads that were more durable, and eventually, some companies introduced 3-ply heads that are almost indestructible. But many of those companies were located in Europe and with shipping, the total cost of your mesh heads can be very high. There were two versions of two and three-ply mesh heads in the US offered by Billy Blast Drums and Prism-Products. Unfortunately, Prism has recently gone out of business. So for a good 3-ply mesh head, I recommend Billy Blast's Ballistech 3.0 Mesh Heads. 

We are looking into offering two and 3-ply mesh heads but it may be a while before we do.

If you don't mind a little extra bounce with a single-ply mesh head I recommend the Remo Silentstroke heads. They are lower in price than most other mesh heads and are very sensitive. You can find Silentstroke heads from Musiciansfriend, Sweetwater, and many other outlets.

Drumsticks … when playing on mesh heads you need to be careful not to play with a broken of splintered drumstick. A sharp drumstick can easily cut through the mesh head. For this reason it is best to use nylon tipped sticks on your converted drums. The nylon will not splinter or split and will offer greater protection for your mesh heads.

 

 

Electronic Cymbals

 

Electronic cymbals and cymbal samples have come a long way in the last several years but they have been the weakest link in electronic drumming. So if you can still use your regular cymbals with your converted drums then do so. It will save you some money and maybe some frustration too.

But if you need quieter cymbals for home practice or for playing in small places where real cymbals would be too loud then you will obviously need to use electronic cymbals.

The easiest e-cymbals to use are the ones that are made for your drum module. Several companies that offer e-drum modules have designed their modules and their cymbals to work best with each other rather than using an off-brand of e-cymbals. This is their way of trying to force us to use their brands only. 

However, a few companies that offer e-cymbals but don't have their brand of drum modules are building e-cymbals that might work with your module. You need to do your own research before purchasing e-cymbals to be sure they will work with your module.

We have been developing our own brand of e-cymbals and are scaling up our company to handle great increases in sales before we introduce them to the general e-drumming community. 

 

 

Drum Modules

 

Back in the 80s and early 90s, there were very few drum modules to choose from and what was available was very limited. Today things are drastically different with numerous choices. You can buy a new one for a wide range of prices from $150.00 to $2,400.00 and everything in between depending on your needs and your budget. For $2,400.00 you can get Roland’s best drum module, the TD-50 with lots of bells and whistles and great sounds, many of which you will never use, but some that will help you quite nicely.

 

Many drum modules today have USB outputs that let you plug your module into your computer to access software programs like Superior Drummer or Steven Slate Drums in your computer. Some modules will let you load new samples.

 

In a studio environment using a drum module with a USB connecting your drums to the studio computer can give the studio engineer more control of the drum mix and sounds than ever before. But you and the studio engineer will need to spend some time together in advance of a recording session so you will be able to get everything working properly.

 

Where to start when buying a drum module

 

First, consider what you will use your module for. Will you be using it for quiet home practice; for live performances in concerts, for project studio use, or for pro studio use?

 

Next, you need to decide what features you want in your module … whether a complex module with all the bells and whistles or a simple one or that's easy to learn but gives you some good sounds to choose from without being too complicated. All modules have a learning curve that will take some getting used to. You will need to learn its operating system to get the results you're looking for. So be ready to do your homework, both before you buy one in order to know what features are available on some of the different modules out there, and also after your purchase while you are learning to use your module with your drums.

 

Also, if you will be using your converted drums in live performances you need to spend a few hours with your sound engineer to get your drums hooked up to the sound system. You will also need to communicate with your sound engineer and listen to his or her advice about what drum sounds are good in the room you're playing in and which ones don’t. What may sound good to you from your monitor speaker or your in-ear monitors can be totally different for the audience. So be sure to include your sound engineer.

Once you get the sound you're looking for I suggest you leave it alone and don’t change to another drum set in your module during the performance. You can drive your sound engineer crazy chasing the mix every time you change to another drum set in your module. So if you can, set it and forget it during live performances.

 

The next thing you need to consider is what your budget is. Can you buy a new one with all the features you’re looking for or do you need to try to buy a good used one at an affordable price? If you are going to buy a new one, shop online for the best prices and good customer service. If you are trying to buy a good quality used one take some precautions to protect yourself from getting stuck with a faulty module. For instance, if you are buying one from eBay make sure the seller’s feedback score is 100% or as close to it as possible. Also, be sure they have a return policy if you need to return it. If you are buying from an individual or from a store get a written guarantee about being able to return it for a refund if it isn’t what it is supposed to be.

 

As far as an all-around module you can’t usually go wrong with a Roland module. Even their low-end modules have lots of sounds and features that their high-end modules have. Most of their older modules are still very capable and can be tweaked to sound and perform well if you spend some time experimenting with the settings and sounds.

 

Stay away from older modules like a Roland DDR30, TD-5, or the TD-7. They are old technology that you wouldn't be happy with. The old Simmons modules from the 70s and 80s are the same way.  Although a TD-5 or a TD-7 could still be used for a simple home practice situation, but don't expect much from them.

 

However, Roland has a new TD-27 module that is a great module with great sounds for around $1,200.

 

Be sure your module comes with an owner's manual because you will need to use it as a road map to get you where you want to go with adjustments and editing of the sounds. If you purchase a used module that doesn’t come with a manual go to the module brand’s website and download one for your model. Print it out for easy reference or at least save it on your computer for future reference while you are learning to get around on your module.

 

If a tight budget causes you to start out with a lesser module than you want, don’t let that stop you from converting your drums. You can always upgrade to a better module later on. And you can probably get some good money back on the old module by selling it on eBay. Everything doesn't have to be perfect before taking the plunge into acoustic-electronic drumming. 

 

The Alesis D4 and DM5 modules from the 90s are still decent modules to use for home practice. Just be aware that they don't have dual trigger capabilities on the snare or cymbal inputs but they still have some decent sounds. And you can still find good used ones on eBay. Alesis modules like the DM6, DM7, DM8, DM10, and Strike Pro modules are okay modules to choose from. However, they don't have the accuracy of a newer Roland module. Another drawback with Alesis modules is that the cymbal inputs are not as full-featured as most of the Roland modules. But they still have some good sounds to offer so don't count them out. But if you want to use a three-zone ride cymbal with the newer Alesis modules you will need to use an Alesis 3-zone ride cymbal. 

 

Pearl R.E.D. Box drum module is basically the same thing as the Alesis DM10 but in a red package.

 

Yamaha makes some very good modules with lots of great sounds to choose from. One thing that Yamaha offers with some of their better modules that other brands don't is three-zone snare triggering with the use of their three-zone snare pad. This gives you head triggering and two different rim triggers, one on the left side and one on the right side of the drum. You need to be aware that when using your converted acoustic drums with one of these Yamaha modules you will only get dual triggering, a head trigger, and one rim trigger, instead of two rim triggers. Something else you need to be aware of is that Yamaha modules do not have as many parameter adjustments as Roland modules. You can adjust sensitivity and a few other things in the Yamaha modules but you may not be able to make as many fine adjustments as you would like.

 

Pearl Mimic Pro is a great module choice if you have the room in your budget.

 

2Box makes some good-sounding modules also. Be aware though that the earlier 2Box drummit 3 has some limitations with the type of e-cymbals you can use. Even though you can use other brands of crash cymbals with the drummit 3, its hi-hat and ride cymbal inputs are mostly limited to using 2Box brand cymbals. 

 

When considering a drum module do your research and read online reviews to see what other people think. Don’t just take two or three people’s opinions. Check out what several people say. With some research, you can lessen the odds of getting something you won't be satisfied with.

 

Marshall

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Extreme Drums!

5935 State Road 44

Martinsville, IN 46151

USA

 

+1 765 621 4816

Marshall@ExtremeDrums.com

 

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