Congratulation on your new e-kit! Here we’ll show you how to set up your electronic drum kit for the first time. You’ll be learning how to assemble the drum rack, connect all the drum and cymbal pads, and configuring the module and sound settings. Follow the 4 detailed steps given below
Assembling the Drum Rack
Drum racks might look a complicated to assemble, but it’s quite easy to be honest. While different electronic drum sets have different drum rack configurations, the foundation and setup process is almost the same. Refer to the Owner’s Manual accompanied with your Electronic Drumkit for specific parts and instructions.
Important factors to be noted while assembling the drum rack:
Mounting the drum pads
Once the drum rack assembly is completed, the next step is to attach all the pads, cymbals, and the module with the use of drum rack clamps and mount arms. This is a very simple procedure, so follow these steps which will help you secure the pads and module to the rack.
Use a plastic or rubber beater on bass drum pads, especially the ones with mesh heads. Felt beaters will tear through the heads due to surface friction.
Connecting the drum pads to the module
Few drum modules use multiple TRS cable connections, most of the others use a breakout cable. The breakout cable connection is typically located either on the back or underneath of the module. Almost all the cables are labeled, but make sure that each cable is plugged into the correct corresponding drum or cymbal pad. Follow these instructions to get your pads connected to the module. Manage your cables nicely by using zip ties or Velcro ties to keep it nice and tidy
Image (a) displaying module with breakout port and Image (b) displaying module with multiple TRS ports
Follow these 6 steps to ensure your drum pads are well connected with the module:
Configuring the drumkit settings
Once you have the drum and cymbal pads set up and connected, the last step is to change the pad settings. Unlike acoustic drums, electronic drums may require some additional adjustments. While the factory settings are a great starting point, experiment with different settings until you find the perfect balance between comfort and playability.
If you want to trigger a louder hit, hit the pad softly; just turn the volume of the pad up. Like any other MIDI instrument, electronic drums have a set velocity range from 0 to 127, so even if you hit the pad with a hammer, it will only trigger at the loudest velocity of 127.
Follow these steps to configure the drumkit settings according to your needs: