About Electronic Drums:
Usually a type of pad and trigger technology wired to a sound library, either on the unit itself or on a computer or workstation, electronic drums allow drummers in all genres to recreate sounds of acoustic drums, percussion, noisemakers and play samples from one compact, portable unit.
Common uses for electronic drums include increasing sound palette on tour or in a compact studio. Richie Gajate-Garcia’s touring percussion rig, for example, utilizes electronic percussion to provide sounds from exotic drums, oversized percussion pieces or other highly valuable or priceless pieces that could potentially be damaged on the road. Tony Royster, Jr. utilizes electronic percussion on his acoustic drum set to trigger sampled sounds from a record, or to add 808 electronic drum sounds, claps and more.
Roland, Yamaha, Sound Percussion, Alesis and others have made important innovations in the world of electronic percussion. These companies benefit from their prowess in other technological fields like recording, sampling and synthesis, and pride themselves on providing these cutting-edge technologies in their electronic drum packages.