Hi friends! My name is Andrea Gatti. I’m a drummer and a percussionist. I started my career playing professionally as a percussionist, and since my conversion, I have been playing in the church and in the mission field. One of the most common problems in churches is having a sound that is well balanced and of good quality. Bands are quite hard to manage especially when it comes to the volume of the drums. The solutions that we have now allow us to solve these problems, and since electronic drums are of much more quality and also more affordable. The competition has helped to forced to increase the quality and lower the prices of this market. Being honest, if I think back a few years ago, I would of never have recommended the purchase of an electronic drumset. However, at this point, I can honestly say that electronic drums for church are a great solution. The recent models are fun to play and offer a very clear and quick response. These drums are able to satisfy and please the musician who plays them.
Let’s look at the models I consider the best if your budget doesn’t go beyond $2000.
It’s important to know that none of these kits come with a throne, a hi-hat stand, or a kick pedal.
Alesis Strike and Alesis Strike Pro
The Alesis Strike, and the big sister, the Alesis Strike Pro, are some of the latest models of Alesis. These are the first models I would recommend for your electronic drums for church.
- Individual outputs
- 100 different kits, 1600 instruments
- 8GB SD card included for storing user kits
- Wood shells,
- Mesh heads
- 14″ kick,
- 14″ snare
- 8, 10 and 12″ toms
- 16″ triple-zone ride cymbal
- 14″ crash cymbal
- 12″ hi-hat
- Premium 4-post chrome rack
- Drum module can customize kits and instruments, and import wav files
- LCD screen
- The kick pedal and the HI-Hat stand are not included
The Pro version comes also with extra:
- Tom 14″
- 2 14″ crash cymbals
The Alesis Strike and the Alesis Strike Pro are good electronic kits. If compared with the Roland kits, they have a great look. These drum kits offer large dual-hoop pads featured with mesh heads and sensitivity adjustment knobs.
The sizes of the Alesis Strike drums, are close to what you would have on an acoustic kit, and the Pro version has the extra 14″ tom and the extra 2 14″ cymbals. The snare drum is a full 14″ that is a standard size of an acoustic set, which is a great thing for an electronic kit. Also, the kick is 14″, not bad for an electronic kit. It all gets mounted on a steel rack.
The Alesis Strike and Pro, have a great drum module. The module has an LCD Display type, with a choice of 100 different drum kits, and 1600 different sounds. It has 9 Trigger Inputs, and a Line input, it has Headphone Jack, USB port, and MP3, and also MIDI. Training Functions are available in the module, and it has 8GB of memory to record playing and sounds. there is a click for studying and perfect the executions.
- Display Type: LCD
- 100 Drum kits
- 1600 Sounds
- 9 Trigger inputs
- Line input
- Headphone jack
- Training functions
- Memory: 8GB
- Size: the Alesis Strike and the Alesis Strike Pro are a good solution for drummers who are moving to an electronic set since the size and the feel are closer to an acoustic kit
- The number of pads and cymbals you get
- Many nice sounds and adjustments
- Faders for each instrument
- Many inputs and outputs
- Great drum module
- Not as durable as the Roland
- Switching drums in the module is not as quick as Roland
- Sound adjustments need to be made
Roland TD-17KVX is one of the latest products. It’s the top-tier model in Roland’s new TD-17 Series, which is the new intermediate line. It has great quality sounds, responsive mesh pads, easy-to-use features, and training tools. Roland is well known for being strong and reliable.
With the Roland TD-17KVX we have a 14″ dual-trigger snare drum (keep in mind that the surface that is playable is actually 12″) with a playable rim, it has 3 dual-trigger mesh tom pads of 8″ each. (the playable surface is actually smaller because of the internal rims), a good kick trigger KD-10 that has a realistic-feel, a 13″ three-zone Ride Cymbal, and two dual trigger Crashes. The Hi-Hat is a 10″ Hi-Hat, solid and very responsive.
- TD-17 drum module
- PDX-12 dual-trigger mesh snare pad
- Three PDX-8 dual-trigger mesh tom pads
- KD-10 Kick trigger pad
- Two CY-12C dual-trigger crash V-Cymbals
- CY-13R three-way ride V-Cymbal
- VH-10 V-Hi-Hat
- MDS-COM drum stand
The really nice thing about the Roland TD-17KVX is actually the TD-17 drum Module, which is of the same generation as the Roland top-level model, the well-known TD-50. This provides 300 drum, percussions, effects and 100 kits (50 presets and 50 you can customize), with the possibility to import sound. The sound editing is very easy, although the sounds are quite good even without adjustments. This is very good for electronic drums for church since probably it will be played by many people.
With the ambiance regulation, is possible to give an even more realistic sound. This is a specific feature of this drum kit. You can EQ your sound by adding muffling. Recording our practice and performances is possible by saving them on a classic SDHC card. The Roland TD-17KVX has a greatv coach function which allows the module to detail how precise is the playing. The bluetooth eneables the drummer to play along with songs from a MIDI device.
- 100 Drum Kits
- 310 Instruments
- Memory size: 32MB
- File Format: WAV (44.1 kHz, 16/24 bit)
- Kit Effects: Ambience: 25 types
- Multi-effect: 30 types
- Pad EQ on all the pads
- Master Effects: Bass (EQ), Treble (EQ)
- Song Player
- TRIGGER INPUT connector (DB-25 type): Kick, Snare, Tom1, Tom2, Tom3, Hi-Hat, Crash1, Ride, Ride Bell, Hi-Hat Control 2 (Extra AUX, which is used for the CRASH2)
- OUTPUT jacks
- PHONES jack
- MIX IN jack (stereo miniature phone type)
- SDHC SD Card Slot
- MIDI OUT connector
- USB COMPUTER port
- Interface Hi-Speed USB (USB-MIDI, USB-Audio)
- Display 128 x 64 backlit LCD
- Sensitivity: Roland has the quickest response
- Many adjustments like EQ
- Ambiance regulation
- Ready to go: the sounds are good without regulations (of course adjustments will make it sound even better)
- Great selection of sounds
- Many features
- Drum module: it’s of the last generation and it has the sounds of the Roland TD50
- Size: even if the snare is big, the other drums are not huge compared to the Alesis
- Not many plugins
- Not many drum pad and cymbals compared to the Alesis Strike Pro
In tour selection for electronic drums for church under 2000$, the Roland TD25KV is the last one I suggest. The Roland TD-25KV used to be part of the intermediate line of Roland before the TD17KVX took its place. Overall the TD-25KV is a good drum kit, but not being one of the latest models, in my opinion, is overpriced. The sound module comes from the earlier top-line, the Roland TD-30 which has been replaced by TD50 line.
The Roland TD-25KV features a snare drum of 10″, 2 toms of 8″ (there is no internal ring like in the TD17), and a floor tom of 10″. These are all dual-trigger pads with positional sensing on the snare pad. They are easy to select and to add muffling, and the sounds will be automatically saved. The Hihat is 11″ with open-close motion (all models mentioned have this motion on the Hi-Hat), 2 crashes of 12″, and a three-zone ride of 13″.
The drum module of the Roland TD-25KV gives a variety of sounds that are nice, but the selection is not as wide as the other models I have reviewed. There is the possibility to customize your kit and it also has the play along and record function in order to record your performances as audio files with a USB memory stick. It’s possible to plug in your headphones to have soundtracks to play along. The drum module has a USB host port, which is for connecting and recording audio and MIDI data into DAW software.
- Tom pads (2 of 8″ and 1 of 10″)
- 4 Cymbal pads (11″, 12″,12″,13″)
- 1 Snare pad 10″
- Kick pad
- Display Type: LCD
- 18 Drum kits
- 123 Sounds
- 29 Effects
- 12 Trigger inputs
- Line input
- Headphone jack
- Training functions
- Steel Rack
- It’s a good drum kit
- Easy to use
- Roland quality
- Positional sensing on the snare pad
- No internal ring on toms like the TD17
- Expensive for what it is
- It’s an old model
- Not many drum kits and sounds
- Drum module of an older generation
- Size of the snare drum only 10″
Electronic drums for church – My opinion
I would say that all of these drums are good. However, I would consider these things before purchasing them.
- Alesis Strike and Alesis Strike Pro:
By doing some research, I discovered that the first models of Alesis Strike had problems with the cymbal pads. They didn’t trigger evenly and did not respond well to the hits. Also, their durability wasn’t amazing. Given that the makers of the Alesis and the Strike Pro are really innovative and consistently update their products, I would say that the problem will be resolved. Honestly, I have not tried these kits personally. Most people say they are amazing, but I would never promise that they would be 100% problem-free.
If the use of this kit is for personal use, there will be much more time for the drummer to invest in fixing and editing the sounds to create his personal sound and deal with any problems. If the use of the drums is for the church, one thing to keep in mind is that the sounds will need to be adjusted in order to allow the kit to perform at its best.
The look of it is great, and drummers prefer to play a kit that is similar to an acoustic one
I personally play this kit in my church and I honestly like them. It took a little time to adjust from an acoustic kit, but now I really have fun on them. These drums are ready to go when they are mounted and it is very easy to adjust them and EQ the pads. Activating the ambiance will improve the quality of the sound, and, if needed, you can easily edit the sounds.
The presence on stage is not as good as the Alesis, and also the sizes of the toms are not big. I wish Roland would stop trying to save money on the sizes of the toms. But I must say that this kit is durable and reliable, and also quite fun to play.
- Roland TD 25KV
Overall, this is a good kit. I have played it in the past, and I can say it’s fun and responsive to the touch. However, since this kit has been for a while on the market, probably the company should lower its price. When we buy an electronic kit, we must consider it like any electronic device. Would you buy one of the oldest models of phones at the price of a newer one?
The Roland TD-17KVX is a better choice. In my opinion, you are getting more sounds, a large snare drum, and a newer drum module. So why spend more money on something that is giving you less?
As with anything, choosing electronic drums for church depends on your needs and personal taste. In all these models we find pros and cons to consider when choosing the model that suits our needs most.
I hope you enjoyed this article and that it helps in your decision making.
Please leave any questions or comments below and let me know which one you would choose ;).
Please leave your review below if you have tried any of these products.
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