Best E-Drum Kit under $500

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Roland TD-1K
Playability
Sound
Quality

The Roland TD-1K is a small compact electronic drum set for home practice and drummers with small setup space. It is configured like any standard 5 piece acoustic drum kit featuring components like a snare, kick, hi-hat, 3x toms, crash and ride. This e-drum set is perfect drum kit for electronic drum newbies that do not want to spend more than 500$ while experiencing a quality electronic drum experience.

Drum Pads

pads

Four compact 6” rubber mono trigger pads that are perfectly integrated into the smart rack design, are used as snare and toms. These quality pads provide an accurate trigger result while being adjustable in terms of height and angle.

The snare pad can be upgraded in case you want to add a dual zone mesh pad with head and rim trigger zone later.

Cymbals

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Hi-hat, crash and ride cymbal pads do each come with a bow and edge trigger zone. Crash and ride cymbals are even choke-able. These 10” Roland CY-5 cymbal pads are quiet and extremely durable.

All e-cymbals are attached to height adjustable cymbal poles. The cymbal mounting mechanism provides a realistic swing. The trigger accuracy is perfect for a dynamic play style.

Pedals

Hi-hat controller and kick drum pedals are very quiet. The hi-hat controller enables a smooth transition between open and closed hi-hat. The beaterless kick pedal is sensitive but also very quiet. It is one of the quietest electronic drum kick drum solutions available which makes this drum set perfect for apartments in terms of keeping the noise down.

Both pedals are detached from the rack and allow you to place them wherever you like them to be.

The kick drum pedal can be upgraded to a Roland KT-10 or a Roland KD-9 kick tower that can be played with a real single or double bass drum pedal.

 

Module

The cable snake is connected via multi-pin connector for easy setup and features an additional cable for an extra crash cymbal ( Roland OP-TD1C).

The centre of this amazing electronic drum set is the TD-1 Module. It has 15 expressive drum kits in Roland sound quality, 15 onboard songs with or without metronome and Roland’s Coach Function with 10 exercises for optimised practice sessions.

The USB connector can be used to connect the module to your PC/Mac to trigger a VST MIDI software. The Mix In connector allows you to plug in your audio player to play along to songs.

The cable snake is connected via multi-pin connector for easy setup and features an additional cable for an extra crash cymbal ( Roland OP-TD1C).

module

The cable snake is connected via multi-pin connector for easy setup and features an additional cable for an extra crash cymbal ( Roland OP-TD1C).

Hardware

All components, except the pedals, are applied to a very compact but steady drum rack. The vertical bars and clamps are height adjustable to make the drum set suitable for everyone from kids to adults.

Conclusion

The Roland TD-1K is the cheapest electronic drum-set from Roland, but also the best e-drum set for under 500$. It is a quality e-drum kit with very dynamic trigger components that is not only fun to play but also a recording tool for songwriters.

It is small and quiet enough to use is in apartments or at limited setup spaces.

And the best thing is, it is expandable. So you can add another crash and a mesh snare later.

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