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Summary : Ddrums has an amazing history and used to be a revolutionary company. However, this specific kit is just plain average. It's not bad in any way but it's not really good either. Worth it? If you're a beginner, yes.
Ddrums DD1 Electronic Drum Kit
Ddrums is widely credited with starting the electronic drum revolution over two decades ago, making them a huge player in the production and marketing of electronic drum sets and related technologies. The Ddrums DD1 Electronic Drum Kit is one of their more recent products, and is well known for being hailed as the most recent addition to their line of fully featured, electronic drumsets that are near-perfect analogues to their analog counterparts. Here, we’l take a look at how the Ddrums DD1 Electronic Drum Kit fares as a replacement for a drum set and a silent practice piece.
The Ddrums DD1 Electronic Drum Kit sounds good, but not excellent. It delivers on its promise of faithfully reproducing analog drum sounds, but it does some somewhat inconsistently (the snares sound better than the toms, for instance) and without the same oomph that analog drum sets afford. That’s not to say the DD1 is a bad set, by any means: It’s just not the revolutionary piece you might expect it to be, given Ddrums history. If, however, you’re just in the market for a reasonably priced drum kit you can use to practice quietly or experiment on, this is your machine.
With drums, the question of durability always arises. It’s never obvious that a given kit or rack will hold up to the forces thrown at it by an ardent drummer, which is unfortunate, because you’ve kind of got to know before you buy one. This one is pretty sturdy; it can handle all the normal wear and tear you’d throw at it as a musician operating under normal constraints. Some people naturally have a heavier hand, though. Those people might fare better with a traditional drumset or more expensive electronic kit, as the Ddrums DD1 Electronic Drum Kit has a tendency to loosen in the racks a little bit when struck too hard.
Electronic drum kits afford the advantage of being able to sound like many different drums. This versatility is significant, because it drastically reduces the costs associated with entering the world of drumming, and is artistically liberating in its ability to afford up-and-coming musicians the ability to explore the sonic capabilities of their new instrument. The Ddrums DD1 Electronic Drum Kit offers quite a bit in the way of preset kits and sounds, but isn’t as fully featured as some of the “higher” drum machines out there.
The Ddrums DD1 Electronic Drum Kit isn’t the best of the best, but it certainly does its job, and does it well, for a drum kit in its range. Anyone looking for a quieter, less expensive alternative to a traditional drum set should definitely check it out, and anyone looking for a silent practice piece should consider it, as well. Those with a heavier hand might want to look elsewhere, as well, if the urge is irresistible. Overall, the DD1 is a is a wonderful choice for any beginners to drumming.