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Since they were first introduced by Moody Blues drummer Graeme Edge and Sussex University prof Brian Groves in 1971, there's no denying the impact that electronic drums have had on the percussion scene. These instruments might be best-known for the 1980s, where their distinctive sounds helped to shape the decade in music. Today, electronic drum sets are better than ever: not only can they still make those characteristic '80s beats, but advancing drum machine technology has made them incredibly realistic. In fact, they're used more now than they ever were before - but most people didn't even notice, because modern electronic drums sound so natural that they're easy to mistake for acoustic sets.
Of course, like any instrument, the best place to get started is on the "ground floor," and this selection of starter electronic drum sets is the perfect way to do that. The emphasis of these drums is on playability and an easy learning curve, so you can get started quickly to master the ins and outs of electronic percussion. Of course, they're also solid performers, so you can take them onstage just as confidently. If you're looking for a set that's compact and portable, perfect for garage band rehearsals, check out the Simmons SDXpress2 Compact 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit or the Roland V-Drums Lite. These are full-featured electronic drums with a small footprint, so you can set them up or tear them down in a hurry.
On the other hand, if it's a full-sized set you're after, you'll be looking at options like the Alesis DM LITE or Simmons SD500 five-piece drum sets. The layouts of these sets are as comfortable as any acoustic drum set to play, and their rack setups are a natural fit for the stage. Whatever you're looking for in your first electronic drums, there's bound to be a starter set in this section that offers it. Better yet, you can get all the versatility of electronic drums without breaking the bank, since they're affordable on a student budget. The only question that's left to ask, really, is how far your new electronic drum set will take you.