The PylePro PED021M electronic drum set is currently the top of the line from Pyle. For a company originally known for their speakers and now for many non-musical products as well, this electronic drum kit isn’t bad.
Let’s take a quick look at the PED021M so you can see if it’s a drum set that you would be interested in acquiring.
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What Pieces Do You Get in the PylePro PED021M Drum Set?
The PED021M is quite a full set. There are more pieces than in the PylePro PED041, for example. That said, you will note some similarities between the two as well.
Various electronic drum set manufacturers count the number of pieces in a drum kit in different ways. This is unfortunate because it causes confusion when you try to compare one set to another.
The proper way to advertise how large your drum set is is to give the number of drums only – not the cymbals. So when Pyle describes the PED021M as having 7 drum pads or when Amazon says it has 9 pieces, you need to understand that there are really only 4 drums you hit with your drumsticks, 3 cymbals (including the hi-hat), and 2 foot controllers – one that goes along with the hi-hat and one for the kick drum.
The owner’s manual that comes with the set (and which you can download online as a PDF) really only does two things for you. Most of the pages describe how to assemble the frame, pads, cables, and sound module. Some owners seem to have had some problems with assembly, but I think the manual is rather well put together. You should have no problems putting the drum set together.
Some users also complain about the cables hanging all around the frame and getting in the way. Well, that will be a problem with any electronic drum set because you simply need a lot of cables to make it work. With a few velcro strips (or something similar) you can attach the cables to the frame to get them out of the way.
You can adjust the height and the angle of the pads to suit your body size and style of play. One thing worth noting here is that the frame itself is basically a straight line. That is, unlike many other kits, you can’t wrap the set around you to bring any of the pieces within closer reach, other than the snare. The height adjustment will help somewhat, but it may not be enough for a very small person.
The other feature you will find in the owner’s manual is a listing of the 33 preset drum kits programmed into the sound module. Each one is labeled with the name you will see on the LCD display. The sound that you hear when hitting each piece in the kit is also given in a chart.
One feature I noted in the chart that I haven’t seen elsewhere is that you apparently get a different sound when hitting the rim of the snare than when you hit the main part of the pad. Essentially this seems to be a dual zone pad then.
Something that often seems to go along with dual zone drum pads is chokeable cymbals. This is true of the PED021M too. You can grasp the near part of the cymbal after striking it to stop the sound prematurely.
Speaking of striking the pads and cymbals, Pyle provides a pair of drumsticks with the kit. Not every manufacturer does so. I don’t know the size of weight of the sticks. They are probably fairly standard, like 5As.
It almost goes without saying that you get a power adapter in the box too. I mention it here so you know that you don’t have to hunt for a suitable gadget to plug in and give your set some juice.
What Are the Features Built Into the PylePro PED021M Set?
The brains of any electronic drum set is the sound module. As I mentioned above, this module has 33 preset drum kits. It also allows 4 customized kits that you can apparently setup yourself. Note that the owner’s manual makes no mention of these however.
Other features of the module are fairly standard. You get a metronome to help you keep a steady tempo when practicing. There is a volume control so you can play without disturbing others too much or so you can broadcast your performances to the entire neighborhood (not recommended).
If you really want to play quietly, you can plug in a pair of headphones, so only your can hear the sounds of the drums and cymbals. Be aware that, due to physics, others will still be able to hear the wood hitting the rubber pads. There is just no getting around that, unless you are in a soundproof room.
You are supposed to be able to set the sensitivity of the drum pads, but I don’t see an explanation anywhere of how to do that. This doesn’t negate the physics mentioned above, but you might find it useful depending on the strength of your arms.
There are several inputs and outputs (see picture above) which are found on most sound modules as well. You may find the USB port to be one of the most useful. You can play songs from a connected device and drum along with them for practice. This is great when you don’t have the whole band in the house for a full rehearsal.
There is a MIDI output for connecting to other musical instruments or to computer software. You can also record your drum sessions with the sound module.
The entire assembly weighs just under 30 pounds, so it’s quite easy to move around. You probably won’t need to do that often, but it’s good to know that the average adult should be able to pick it up and carry it to a new location.
The approximate size of the kit is about 45 inches long by 26 inches wide by 45 inches high. If you think you might have to transport it in a car or truck sometime, keep those figures in mind.
What’s the Verdict on the PylePro PED021M Electronic Drum Set?
Online reviews of the PED021M are generally favorable. Despite the few items mentioned earlier, users are satisfied with what they get for the money.
There are better quality sets available from other manufacturers (Roland, for example), but you may not want to or be able to afford them.
The PED021M is probably not strictly in the beginner set class. You could probably use it for a real live performance with a band. Most people would probably not notice that you’re not playing a kit of extremely high quality.
If you don’t think this set is for you, however, perhaps because of the price, check out other offerings from Pyle here.