The Drums that Icons Play – The Main Types You Should Know About

Whether you’re an aspiring drummer or an established artist, nothing beats the sensation of attending a live concert where your icon performs a solo act on the drums. Indeed, there is just something about drums that inspire our souls and stimulate our basic instincts. Let’s take a look at the types of drums that initiate such primal emotions in all human beings.

ICONS of the Basic Bass Beaters ​

The history of the inspirational drum beat can be traced back over five millennia, but the all-too-familiar bass beat kit is fairly new to the percussion family. Although only a century old, drumming sets and their players have systematically revolutionised the commercial music industry.

Dominating show business for 60 of those 100 years, acoustic drums, the original icons of the bass beaters, consisted of the bass drum, snare and tom-toms. Surrounding this carnival of sound, the hi-hat, ride and crash cymbals punctuated the rhythm of the beat. Often, woodblocks, cowbells and tambourines were added to this ensemble for additional percussion effects.

Cover Versions of the Best Beats

The 80s saw the introduction of the electronic age. With it, the evolution of drumming equipment catapulted forward. Acoustic “trap sets”, as they were affectionately labelled, began to be phased out in favour of newer, more technically advanced electronic drum pads.

In their infancy, the new editions faced challenges relating to sound quality. However, their popularity escalated exponentially with advancements in technology. Consequently, many players adopted the new arrivals for their many advantages. Their visual presentation was similar to the acoustic kits. They were thinner, lighter, more portable and more space efficient. Additionally, the tone of the drumbeats could be altered at the push of a button, and they simplified the recording process proving to be perfect cover versions of their predecessors.

One-Man-Band Beat Solutions​

The advent and subsequent evolutionary success of the electronic drum pad, inevitably introduced an all-in-one, compact percussion and sample pad. This new arrival, partnered with advancements in music mixing consoles, audio interfaces and other production software, allows for one-man bands to perform as professional performing artists.

These condensed music-makers come equipped with pre-set kits, built-in libraries of the artists’ most-used percussion and electronic drum sounds and can load samples. A good-quality unit will produce percussion audio as if there were a complete five-piece band performing on the stage.


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