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  • What speakers could I use for an electronic drum kit?

    I just bought the Alesis Burst Kit. Does Alesis even make the amp or speakers that could be used for it?

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    KBD amp or plain ole PA monitor. Two if you want stereo, although most PAs are mono.
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    • #3
      This is what I use for my Roland TD-4 kit and now my TD-11 kit. As long as you have two channel, stereo out, all you need is this and two guitar audio cables to connect them. This is more than enough for a practice room/garage and maybe up to a small church/community center?? Plus they make bigger if you need it. ;-)
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        Got this one! It was 25% off at Guitar Center, got it for $175 new. But just yesterday it got even lower all the way to $131 new! I should have waited a month. LOL.
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    • #4
      I use a Roland KC550 keyboard amp for practice with the band. live I use either a QSC K12 or Yamaha DXR15
      whatever you decide, make sure it can handle the thump from the kick drum and floor toms


      • #5
        Yamaha's DXR line has a built in 3 channel mixer. I have the DXR 15. Plenty of power. Plenty of low end. And if your hobby takes you outside the room later on it gives you room to expand. Probably more expensive than you're looking for but it won't disappoint. Or Yamaha's DBR15 - A slightly lower priced DXR15.

        Both are highly recommended for vdrums because of the extraordinary, undistorted bass response, which is mandatory for kick drums. Typically any 15 inch full range 2-way PA speaker will be enough for a multi-purpose amp though. Size is important, as you want the ability to move enough air without needing a subwoofer, for the correct feel in an enclosed room.


        • #6
          Keyboard amps or your typical full-range PA cabinet alone aren't going to be satisfactory if you have good e-drums. Your drums will only sound as good as your PA system. You need something capable of producing good low-end and those items just don't deliver. If you really want to hear/feel them, you'll need to add a subwoofer. You don't have to go crazy with an 18" or 21" subwoofer. There are subs with single or twin 10" drivers or 12" drivers which will produce some good results.

          Here's a 12" sub:

          This one has twin 8" drivers:

          If you don't want to bother with subs, try a nice 15" monitor such as the RCF NX 15-SMA (you may need a small mixer depending on your drum module):

          Something else to consider is the DB Technologies ES 1203 (this has a mixer built-in):


          • #7
            one of the best e-drum kits I've heard over the years was an Alesis [don't know the model, sorry, but not the Nitro] through a pair of 1000W 15" Mackie Thumps...plenty of bottom, plenty of sparkle, plenty of ooooomph...
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