Roland TM-1 Trigger Module for Hybrid Drumming

If you’ve been considering diving into the world of hybrid drumming but thought it cost more than it was worth, think again. Roland has released the TM-1 (I assume TM stands for Trigger Module) which gets you started for under $200.

Pait the Roland TM-1 with any of their RT series triggers or use the TM-1 with any compatible Roland trigger pad to add a whole new range of sounds to your acoustic drum kit.

The TM-1 is a floor module with two switches that you control with your foot, similar to what many guitarists use.

What’s Built into the TM-1?

There are 30 pre-loaded sounds and 15 kits already inside the TM-1. You can add up to 30 more sounds using the (Windows or Mac) software that works with the module.

You get a USB cable (type B) to connect the module to your computer for editing sounds.

All this is programmed into the unit that weighs about 1.25 pounds and measures roughly 6 inches wide by 3.75 inches wide by almost 2.5 inches high.

The TM-1 is battery-powered (battery included), but you can also get a DC adapter separately.

Total Control of the TM-1 Is Yours

As you might expect, Roland gives you all the control of your sounds that you could possibly want. Knobs on the top of the module include Sensitivity (SENS), Pitch, Decay, and Level.

Roland TM-1 ports

You get switches for changing kits, muting, and (on the back) selecting power source. There is also a button for selecting the various modes within the unit.

Also on the back side, besides stereo headphones, output, USB, and DC jacks, there are 2 trigger input jacks. You can set these to either mono or stereo.

How Do I Get Started?

The TM-1 is really quite simple to setup, but if you want help, Roland has a series of excellent videos that shows you exactly what connects where. They also show you the basics of using the built-in software and how to work with the Editor on your computer.

As of this writing, major online retailers are accepting pre-orders for the Roland TM-1, but by the time you actually read this, they will probably have them in stock.

So if you are an acoustic drummer who has been thinking of going hybrid, I think you should seriously consider ordering a Roland TM-1 today.

Simmons Electronic Drum Sets: Can You Hear Me Now?

Simmons SD2000 Electronic Drum Set
Simmons SD2000 Electronic Drum Set

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Many drummers love the Simmons electronic drum sets because they realize you get what you pay for. However, many others are generally disappointed with what Simmons has been producing lately.

In this article, I’ll take a brief look at the various kits from Simmons. I’ll try to point out what it is that owners like and don’t like so you can judge for yourself whether a Simmons drum kit is for you or not. Continue reading “Simmons Electronic Drum Sets: Can You Hear Me Now?”

2Box DrumIt Five Electronic Drum Set Review: One Trick Pony?

2Box DrumIt Five electronic drum kit
2Box DrumIt Five

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2Box is the Swedish manufacturer of the DrumIt Five electronic drum set. They really only have the one product (as of this writing) available in the US. They have developed a universal sound module called the DrumIt Three, but that is currently only available in Europe.

The DrumIt Five was highly anticipated before it debuted several years ago. The kit seems to have lived up to the hype, as many users today rate it very highly. It’s just unfortunate that it took much longer than expected to arrive and that no other products are yet available.

That said, in this review we’ll take a look at what the DrumIt Five is all about so you can see if it’s a kit that matches your needs. Continue reading “2Box DrumIt Five Electronic Drum Set Review: One Trick Pony?”

NFUZD NSPIRE Electronic Drum Packs Review: Lids for Your Heads

NFUZD NSPIRE Standard Pack
NFUZD NSPIRE Standard Pack

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You say you already have an acoustic drum set you really love, but you sure could use an electronic kit once in a while? Take a good look at the NFUZD NSPIRE line of electronic drum packs.

The NSPIRE “kits” are (to date) unique in the drumming world. They are something akin to slipcovers or lids for your acoustic set. They are electronic pads that you slide onto the heads of your acoustic drums and over your metal cymbals so you can play them with all the goodies that an electronic kit affords.

In this review, I’ll take a look at three of the NFUZD “packs” as they’re called – the Rock, the Standard, and the Pro. Continue reading “NFUZD NSPIRE Electronic Drum Packs Review: Lids for Your Heads”

KAT Electronic Drum Kits Review: Is the White Look for You?

KAT KT3 electronic drum set
KAT KT3 electronic drum set


KAT (I’m not sure where the apparent acronym comes from) makes four basic drum kits, known simply as the KT1, KT2, KT3, and KT4. What makes the KAT electronic drum kits stand out from the crowd is that they are all basically white.

Sure, there’s a little gray and black here and there, and the KT3 has some bright red accents, but the drum pads themselves are all white.

That’s rather refreshing. But is white your best color? Does that matter? Continue reading “KAT Electronic Drum Kits Review: Is the White Look for You?”

Pearl ePro Live Electronic Drum Kit Review: Are the Real Wood Shells Worth It?

Pearl ePro Live
Pearl ePro Live

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Pearl has long been known for top notch acoustic drums. With the Pearl ePro Live electronic drum kit, they entered the electronic world of drumming several years ago.

The chief distinguishing feature of the ePro Live, which comes in two variations, is the real wood shells used for the drums. You can swap out the electronic pads for acoustic heads and play them as an acoustic kit.

Would you want to do that? Is the ePro Live worth getting for that reason and just because it has wood shells? Continue reading “Pearl ePro Live Electronic Drum Kit Review: Are the Real Wood Shells Worth It?”

Roland TD-30K and TD-50K Review: Best Electronic Drum Kits

Roland TD-30KV electronic drum set
Roland TD-30KV electronic drum set

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The Roland TD-30K and the Roland TD-50K (and their near relatives the TD-30KV and the TD-50KV) are arguably the best electronic drum kits in the market today.

If you need top notch equipment and sounds, you will want to check out these V-Pro flagship sets from Roland.

I’ll take a look in this article at each of these four sets and compare them so you can decide which one is best for the money in your situation. Continue reading “Roland TD-30K and TD-50K Review: Best Electronic Drum Kits”

Roland TD-25K Electronic Drum Set Review: Near the Top of the Line

Roland TD-25KV
Roland TD-25KV

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You say you want a top of the line electronic drum set from Roland but can’t swing the price tag?

Check out the Roland TD-25K which Roland says has an “advanced SuperNATURAL sound engine based on the flagship TD-30” and the “sound quality and expressiveness equivalent to the top-of-the-line V-Drums.” Continue reading “Roland TD-25K Electronic Drum Set Review: Near the Top of the Line”

Roland TD-11K Electronic Drum Set Review: Best Compact Kit?

Roland TD-11K
Roland TD-11K

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While not as small as the TD-4KP, the Roland TD-11K electronic drum set is considered a compact kit. If a compact drum set is what you need due to a limited amount of available space, you should check out this kit.

In this review, I’ll look at the TD-11K in some detail and compare it to the TD-15K which is in many ways very similar. Continue reading “Roland TD-11K Electronic Drum Set Review: Best Compact Kit?”

Roland V-Drums Overview and Review: The Best Electronic Drums Available?

Roland TD-25K kit
Roland TD-25K kit

If you’re in the market for a really, really good set of electronic drums, you simply must check out the kits that Roland offers. Many drummers consider these to be the best electronic drum kits available today, especially if the set includes mesh drum heads.

But I’m getting ahead of myself just a little.

What I’m going to do in this article is introduce you to the 6 basic kits that Roland manufactures today. You may see older kits still available online or in a store, but these are the models that Roland touts on their website as of this writing. Continue reading “Roland V-Drums Overview and Review: The Best Electronic Drums Available?”