Electronic drums have gone a long way in the history. First models of them appeared in the eighties. Electronic drums offer much more than its ancestors (both in respect of sensitivity, and concerning return, thanks to either modern rubberized pad, or surfaces from mesh plastic (Mesh head) today). Rubber and mesh pads are equipped with the unary or double trigger. Unlike unary, the double trigger can process two sounds, both from the middle and from the edge of a surface. Mesh pads use the wattled special surface reminding a membrane of acoustic drums on return. The majority of electronic drums with such mesh plastic have an opportunity by means of a special key Mesh head allow regulating a surface tension stronger rebound, as makes a game on them easier, than on real drums.
Nowadays there are two approaches for use of electronic drums.
The first consists in use of drum pads (disks) with sensors. These pads with a rubber or net covering are usually set on supports/stands in the same places where the traditional casing of drums. Each disk has the crystal pickup which transmitting an electronic signal from the place of the shock to the synthesizer and the electronic module. Thus, when the drummer strikes disk, which works as drum diaphragms, its impact is absorbed and the synthesizers’ module reproduces a drum sound. In the meanwhile, the performer can select any range of sounds, from sounding of a normal drum or a plate to electronic sounds of percussion instruments. The drummer can even reproduce thus audio effects, unrepresentative for percussions.
The electronic drum pad has a row of unique advantages. You can connect earphones and engage almost silently. With the sound recording studio, you can give a signal directly from the module of electronic drums on the mixer panel that will allow recording a good drums sound easier and quicker. Besides, drum pad does not need sound check and does not need additional microphones. Another advantage of this electronic device is the possibility of selection for necessary drums sound and percussion from hundreds available.
The second approach consists in use of a regular drum kit (with wooden cases and metal plates) and sensors. The drummers preferring acoustic drum kits when it needs reproducing of some unusual, alternative sound can make it by means of the ordinary reel, having used the special trigger (Trigger). These are the small sensors attached to the plasticity of ordinary reels and causing sounds from the external electronic drum module (Drum module). The advantage of such approach is that the drummer can switch during playing between traditional, natural sounds of percussions and fancy sounds of percussions electronic.