Many drummers wish their drums could sound as good as the drums in their favorite songs. If you have trouble tuning, don't have the luxury of a professional soundman, or feel you just don't have the right kind of drums, you may want to consider going electronic.
Electronic drums (edrums) no longer sound like those freaky pop-song laser blasters of the 70's and 80's. The technology has come a long way and developed by leaps and bounds since then. Today's edrums sound exactly like real studio quality drums. Many people cannot even tell the difference between edrums and real drums. In fact, many big recording studios now use them to layer overtop of snare, kick, and tom tracks to make them sound bigger and better. And now you can make use of the same secrets without your audience even knowing.
To make a bass drum sound super huge and professional, all you need is a small trigger on the drum and an edrum module. That's it! You don't need those weird looking 10 inch rubber pads all over your drum kit. Triggers are made to fasten onto real drums. You can even keep your real cymbals and only convert the drums if you want.
No tuning necessary. When you use electronic drums, all you have to do is turn them on and start playing. You never have to tune the heads. They are indeed plug-and-play.
What are mesh heads? If you put electronic triggers on conventional drums, you are likely to still hear the original heads while you play because they are loud. If the edrum module is not turned up very loud, then your audience may also hear them. This is why e-drummers like to switch to mesh heads. They are simply heads designed to be very quiet when hit. So instead of putting the triggers on your conventional Mylar or skin heads, you can put them on the quiet mesh heads and presto, problem solved.
The mesh heads feel similar to playing on regular heads. They may offer slightly more rebound action or bounce, but most drummers enjoy that. They say it makes it easier to play. It enhances playing speed, takes less effort, and causes far less fatigue.
When using mesh heads you should not use drumsticks that have pointed tips. Since the mesh is similar to a woven fabric, pointed sticks may punch small holes into the mesh. Rounded or ball tips work perfectly with no damage and no sacrifice in feel.
Please read Drum Trigger Basics for more info on triggers and modules.