Choosing the right kit for your bedroom music studio is crucial. I used to have neighbors that would report me to the cops for being so loud. It made me have to switch kits. This article will help you choose the right drum kit for you.
The right drumkit for you depends on the size of your room, the genre of music you will be creating, and your budget. If you like rock, jazz, blues, and jazz music, acoustic drums are the way to go. For everything else, you can try electronic drums or drum pads.
Arming acoustic drums for recording can be a lot of work. There are several things to consider:
- The size of your room
Consider the size of your place before buying your drum kit. Acoustic drums can take a lot of space. Make sure you allocated enough space for the drum kit, but still have enough space to move comfortably and do other room activities.
the space allotted for the drums should not disrupt the other functions of your bedroom music studio.
There are different sized drum kits and parts. If you’re a beginner drummer, you can buy a whole five-piece set then upgrade them as you go, depending on the sound you want.
The size of your room can affect the recording output of your acoustic drums. Getting the best sound for your acoustic drums in a recording is a lot of work.
Expect to have a lot of trials and errors when attempting to mic in the drum set.
There will be a lot of soundproofing needed when you choose to buy an acoustic drum kit. You have to find and cover all the holes where the sound comes out. You need to cover the open slots of your window and door with foam.
If your room is on a higher floor, make sure you get a right drum rug.
Reinforce the door and walls with foam if the walls are not thick enough to block sound. In some cases, you will have to cover the ceilings with foam or egg trays as well.
Soundproofing is not only to decrease noise, but it will affect the sound of your recording too.
The type of music you will be creating factors in what kind of drum kits you should choose. For rock, blues, jazz, and alternative, acoustic drums are better. The organic drums will sound a lot better for these genres.
However, there are no limits to the genres for acoustic drums and electric drums. It is totally up to you as the music producer.
Acoustic and electric drums are equally different and have unique characteristics.
- Acoustic treatment
The acoustic treatment is related to soundproofing. When you soundproof your bedroom studio, it will improve the acoustics.
It will help get sound output for vocals, drums and any other acoustic instruments recorded through a microphone.
Acoustic drums tend to be louder than electric drums. Your neighbors or roommates might not like it if you make so much noise.
You wouldn’t want the cops knocking on your door because of noise complaints.
In terms of your budget. There are acoustic drums you can get for as low as $300. The prestigious drum brands will cost you more at about $600- $2,000 for the whole kit, including good-sounding cymbals.
You can also get used drum kits at a local Guitar Center. If you are going for acoustic drums, I suggest you get used but excellent brands, instead of brand-new cheap brands. The better quality gets you better sound.
Choosing a good drum set is only half of the job, setting up the drums for recording is the other half.
You can buy a 5-piece mic set for recording your drums. The simple way for arming your drums for recording is to put one mic on each piece of the set, one for the bass drum, one for the snare, one for each tom, and one over-head microphone.
The cymbals can be loud, and the surrounding microphones can pick the sound. It depends if you are hi-hat heavy, then you should assign one mic to your hi-hat.
For the positioning, the angles should be about 45-degrees facing the piece, and 3-4 inches above. When using a cardioid mic, the further it is from the section, the more full the frequency it picks up.
SHURE DMK57- 52 DRUM MIC KIT
This product is an example of a mic kit set for recording drums. It includes 3 SM57 microphones, 1 Beta 52A mic, 3 A56D drum-mounting systems, a carrying case, and user guides.
This kit is suitable for home and live recording. You can buy all of the components separately.
The SHURE SM57’s is for your toms and hi-hats, and the Beta 52a mic is good for getting low ends frequencies like the kick drum.
AUDIX DP7 7-PIECE DRUM MIC PACKAGE
This microphone package comes with seven premium microphones suitable for recording drums and percussion. The package also includes gooseneck clips for mounting and a heavy-duty aluminum road case.
The package includes:
- 1 D6 mic for the kick drum
- 1 I5 mic for the snare
- 2 D4 mics for rack toms
- 1 D4 mic for floor toms
- 2 ADX51 mics for overheads
- Four gooseneck rim mount clips
- One clip for the kick drum mic
- An instructional video on “how to mic drums.”
This set is the whole package and all you’re ever going to need.
PEARL ROADSHOW 5-PIECE DRUM SET
Pearl is known for making high-quality drums. The Pearl Roadshow is a proper drum kit to start with as It includes the essential drum components so you can start playing right out of the box. This medium-sized drum kit will take about 46 x 46 x 50 inches when assembled.
The product includes:
- 22 “x 16” bass drum
- 1” x 8” tom
- 12” x 9” tom
- 16” x 16” floor tom
- 14”x 5.5” Snare
- 16” crash-ride
- 14” hi-hats
- Drum stool
LUDWIG QUESTLOVE POCKET KIT
If you want a more compact kit, the LUDWIG LC178 is an excellent choice. It may be on the smaller side. The design of this kit is for adults and kids alike.
The drum set includes:
- 16” bass drum
- 10” tom
- 13” floor tom
- 12” snare
- Foot pedal
- Drum stool
Smaller drums kits have a tighter sound that is good for light listening. If you want a bigger sound, you will need a larger drum kit.
TAMA SUPERSTAR CLASSIC
The 7-piece Superstar Classic is an intermediate-level kit. The package includes more significant components. This package does not include any cymbals.
The Tama Superstar includes:
- 22”x 18” kick drum
- 8”x 7” tom
- 10”x 8” tom
- 12”x 9” tom
- 14”x 12” floor tom
- 16”x 14” floor tom
There are more components included with this kit, and it would take up greater space.
Recording E-Drums is much simpler, but it does not have the dynamic range as acoustic drums.
- The size of your room
Electric drums do not take up a lot of space. It is much easier to fit electronic drums in your bedroom.
For electric drums, you don’t need any microphones to record the output. All you need is to connect the drums via USB and record straight to a DAW.
Recording e-drums are more precise as you can edit and quantize the midi for more accurate measuring.
E-drums do not need a lot of soundproofing. Through the speakers, you can adjust the volume output. You can also use headphones.
Electronic drum kits are suitable for most musical styles, including hip-hop, pop, rock, EDM, etc. The advantage of using e-drums are the wide variety of sounds it can get for DAWs and presets.
Electronic drums are midi pads but formed to resemble an acoustic drum set to get the same feel.
- Acoustic treatment
Since the audio output of e-drums can go directly to the DAW, you wouldn’t have to worry about the acoustic treatment for drums. Although, you’re still going to need acoustic treatment for vocals.
E-drums creates less noise. The only sound it will make is from the sticks hitting the rubber or mesh pads, that is not too loud in an enclosed room.
The price of electronic drum kits ranges from $300 to over $2000 depending on the make and materials.
ALESIS COMMAND X MESH HEAD
The Alesis Command X is a 9-piece mesh head e-drum kit. It has adjustable pads for a realistic feel.
The package includes:
- Three tom pads
- Four cymbal pads
- One snare pad
- One kick pad
- LCD module
- 50 built-in presets
- 20 user presets
- 600 different sounds
- Line input
- Headphone jack
- USB and midi inputs
ROLAND V-DRUMS TD-1DMK
Roland is known for making revolutionary electric drum machines. The quality of the built-in drum sounds in a Roland is better than most of the virtual instrument plug-ins out there.
The TD-1DMK includes:
- One snare pad with dual trigger
- 3 PDX-6A toms
- 1 KD- Kick drum
- 3 CY-5 cymbals
- One hi-hat control pedal
- 15 quality drum presets with the Roland standard
Kick pedal not included in the package.
For acoustic drums, the flooring will affect the bounce of sound frequencies. Getting the right drum rug will improve the sound if you have hardwood flooring.
If you do not have enough space for acoustic drums, you always have the option to tear it down after using it.
Drums can be programmed in a DAW if you are a non-drummer. You can buy or download free drum samples to complete a song.
If you are a drummer, it will always be easier for you to record the drum parts.
Choosing the right drum kit for your bedroom studio can be hard as there are many factors to consider. To make the most out of your budget, select the equipment you need. Happy recording!