Expanding an entry-level electronic drum kit is hard, but not impossible using creative thinking. In a series of articles I will describe how to convert a Roland TD-11 kit into a Neil Peart sized kit.
I’m a hobby drummer since several years, having owned three different kits. My first kit was a used Pearl Mapex with a total of 6 toms but only 1 cymbal. It became clear, that the kit was way too big for my abilities, and that a single cymbal wasn’t as fun as my school’s kit that had only 2 toms but three cymbals.
A few years later I bought a TAMA Swingstar 3-tom kit, which I immediately expanded with a second cymbal.
With a move pending from a house to a condo, I recently replaced it with an electronic Roland kit.
I wanted to be able to expand the kit, but didn’t have the €7.000 for a TD-30KV V-Drum Pro Set. So I had to compromise and read up on the alternatives. Eventually, I settled for a TD-11K for €1.000. Quite far from my dream kit, but realistic.
So, what about extensions? The TD-11 came with 3 small rubber tom pads, and two rubber cymbals. The only mesh pad was the snare drum. I had kept my old Pearl double kick pedal and drum throne, which were the only items missing from the kit. Having downloaded the manuals for the kit beforehand, I knew it had an unused crash 2 input that could be used used for a third cymbal or fourth pad.
- 3 Toms: high, mid, low
- left Crash cymbal
- right Crash cymbal
- Ride cymbal supporting bell, bow and edge trigging
At this point, the kit was maxed out in terms of inputs. But, there are some hidden gems in the TD-11 module. In the next article, I’ll show how to add a cowbell using nothing but changing the configuration of the pads. It is even possible to add more cymbals and tom pads than there are inputs!
- Article 2: More cowbells!
- Article 4: Adding more cymbals and tom pads than there are inputs