Whether you’re looking to upgrade from your basic electronic drum set or you’re looking to utilize a hybrid drum set for live performances, you’ll want to invest in an electronic bass drum to connect to an electronic drum ‘brain’. In this guide, we’ll take a look at the best electronic bass drum pads, pedals, and kick towers. I’ve compared performance, design size, and cost to give you my top recommendations.
What are the Best Electronic Bass Drum Pads?
Electronic Bass Drum Pads Reviews
Roland KT-10 Kick Trigger Pedal Review
The Roland KT-10 Kick Trigger Pedal is without a doubt one of the best electric kick drum options to suit a wide range of drummers. This beaterless kick drum trigger takes up a small footprint and there are no physical impacts with this pedal- making it extremely quiet.
Compared to other electronic kick pads, you might think that it suffers on the performance side as it doesn’t have a beater or pad impact, but it provides an astonishingly realistic playing response.
The reverse-action trigger mechanism offers a playing action that mimics the motion and feel of a real acoustic kick drum pedal. It’s seriously impressive, and the electronic trigger is also accurate and responsive.
The unit itself is extremely solid and heavy-duty, it’s immediately apparent that it’s very well engineered. This pedal will certainly find favor amongst drummers utilizing hybrid setups looking for a reliable, gig-worthy electronic drum pedal.
Overall, I can’t recommend this Roland bass drum pedal highly enough. It’s small, rugged, and simply feels great to play. It features groundbreaking design throughout. Plus, because it’s so quiet, It’s perfect for allowing drummers to play drums in smaller living spaces.
- Expressive and dynamic playing feel permits for a wide range of bass drum techniques
- Quiet in use with no beater impacts - making it perfect for apartments
- Excellent build quality and accurate triggering
- Limited adjustability and the action feels on the lighter side
Roland KD-140 V-Kick Trigger Pad Review
This KD-140 electronic kick pad is the same Roland bass drum that I have in my Roland electronic drum set. The flexible mesh head provides a natural and comfortable rebound that feels so satisfying to attack with a bass drum beater.
No matter what style of music you play, whether it’s jazz or extreme metal, this electric bass drum tower provides exceptionally accurate, velocity-sensitive triggering that will capture all of the nuances of your playing to help you express yourself fully on the drums.
This electric kick drum pad is supported by four legs that add serious stability. It is perfect for double pedal players such as myself, and it can handle aggressive playing, unlike more affordable kick triggers, while providing a realistic and satisfying response.
The KD-140 feels far superior to cheaper kick drum trigger pads, especially rubber and plastic options found on basic E-kits, and It would make an excellent upgrade from a stock electric kick drum pad.
- Extremely stable and sturdy in use
- Natural feeling, comfortable mesh head reacts like an acoustic kick drum
- You can increase or decrease the head tension to achieve your desired playing feel
- Expensive standalone electronic kick drum pad
- Quite large and bulky compared to other options like the KT-10 pedal
Roland KD-7 Kick Trigger with KDB7 Beater Review
The compact Roland KD-7 Kick Trigger is the ultimate workhorse for touring and it’s incredibly popular amongst hybrid drum set players on the live circuit. It has an exceptionally small footprint and it can conveniently be connected to any single bass drum pedal.
This simple and no-frills electronic bass drum pad definitely ticks lots of boxes. It’s extremely rugged, lightweight, and offers a realistic bass drum impact while used in conjunction with the included KDB7 beater.
Many professional drummers have the KD-7 in their rig because it’s so reliable and dependable for touring. With accurate triggering and a realistic bass drum playing impact, this inexpensive Roland bass drum pad is a suitable option for all different drummers seeking a portable kick trigger.
The Roland KD-7 also carries an affordable price tag without sacrificing on quality or performance, making this the best standalone electronic bass drum pad to use with a single kick drum pedal.
- Built like a tank and is super compact, making it perfect for live shows
- Excellent value for money considering the performance and price
- Accurate and reliable triggering
- The KD7B beater looks unconventional as it plays in reverse, but it still feels great to play
- Requires strong velcro or spikes to stay firmly put for professional live use
Yamaha Electronic Kick Tower Pad - 6.5" Review
The Yamaha Electronic Kick Tower Pad is an inexpensive option that should appeal to lots of drummers, especially those looking to upgrade their electronic bass drum to one that can accommodate a double kick drum pedal.
The build quality of the unit is surprisingly strong and robust. It has a large playing surface that offers a realistic feel and the triggering is responsive to different playing dynamics. There is also a knob that allows you to adjust the output response which is a nice additional feature.
For the price, this is definitely one of the best electronic kick drums on the market that is compatible with most electronic percussion controllers and modern drum modules. It’s a solid and reliable tool for rehearsals and even live performances.
- Large impact surface area provides a realistic playing feel
- Excellent price to quality ratio will certainly appeal to a wide range of drummers
- Ideal for rehearsals and small gigs
- Frame is not rugged or supportive enough for professional use
- Rubber impact surface is rather loud, so if you want a quiet option look at the KT-10 instead
Roland KD-10 V-Kick Pad Review
The new KD-10 Electronic Kick Drum Tower is an excellent recent innovation from Roland. This is the electronic kick drum that features in the latest series of TD-10 and TD-17 series electronic drum sets, and it’s designed to produce the feel of an acoustic kick drum with significantly low-noise.
The innovative mesh head utilizes a cushion-like surface that absorbs the shock of the bass drum beater and it feels awesome to play. It can accommodate for both single and double bass drum pedals, which allows for versatile use.
In my opinion the best thing about the Roland KD-10 is the unique impact surface of this electronic bass drum pad. It provides a satisfying kick drum response when struck with the beater.
Where the KD-10 suffers, however, is it’s lack of support in its frame. The frame doesn’t feature supportive legs like the Roland KD-120 kick drum tower, and therefore it’s not going to hold up as well to fast and aggressive double pedal work.
This is quite a significant drawback especially for those looking for an electronic bass drum pad for live performances, where reliability is paramount.
- Feels great to play and is also quiet in use
- Accurate triggering responds well to different dynamics
- High-quality components and build quality
- Lacks some stability, especially if you play fast and aggressive double pedal
- Doesn’t necessarily offer good value for money with its high price tag