Electronic Drum Amplifiers
Even the best electronic kits are of no use if you do not
have a good drum amplifier. Electronic amplifiers are used as personal speakers
either for training with other members of the band or for intimate, small gigs.
A good amplifier should be able to amplify both low frequency and high-pitched
sounds while keeping the music clear and crisp.
After wasting a hefty sum of money, we found out that the
value of money is not equal to quality in drum amps. We are here to give you a
guide to the best models out there on the market. So, you can get the best out
of your electronic kits.
50 Electronic Drum Amplifier:
Responsive to both high pitched and
Good value for price
Huge in size
33 pounds in weight
The Simmons DA 50 is an amazing, high-value electronic drum
amplifier. It is targeted at users who are relatively low on budget but still
want to get the best out of their kits.
DA 50 is a 50-watt power amplifier. It has the ability to
produce low frequency, deep sounds thanks to its heavy duty, 10-inch woofer.
High pitched, sharp sounds can also be produced by a high-frequency tweeter
featured in the kit.
Boasting a three-band equalizer, the Simmons DA 50 allows
its users to create the perfect sound harmony. An MP3 is also part of the drum
set monitor. It allows you to play your favorite music, so you can practice by
playing along with it. With a headphone jack, you can continue to play without
disturbing those around you.
It has incredible durability due to a metal jacket
protecting its front. It can handle the toll of moving around, but being a
33-pound piece, mobility is not its strong feature.
All in all, the Simmons DA 50 is one of the best electronic
drum amplifiers out there in the market. It comes at a price, but it is
certainly worth it.
Ultratone KT 108:
Vintage tube sound
Not loud enough for a big room
Not good with high notes
A compact model launched by Behringer, the Ultratone KT 108
is 20 W amplifier for electronic drums. With two channels and an 8-inch dual
cone BUGERA speaker, it is perfect for close, intimate gigs, practice or the
The three-band equalizer provides amazing and seamless sound
shaping and manipulation. The VTC (Virtual Tube Circuitry) is also a great
addition, imitating warm, vintage, tube sounds. It works quite well with low
tones, however, the quality drops steadily as the note rises.
Featuring two separate controllers for both the channels,
the Ultratone KT 108 provides enough options for the perfect sound. Equipped
with a CD player, the user can also play songs and music to practice. A
headphone jack provides noise control for family and neighbors.
Weighing around ten pounds, the KT 108 is small in size and
perfect for transportation. A metal jacket is used to protect all the parts
inside the wooden box, so it can provide security and a good feel at the same
In conclusion, the Behringer KT 108 is an affordable drum
amp for players with a budget. The VTC and seamless control of sound make it
particularly good for the amateurs. Coming in an efficient package, it is
almost the perfect electronic drum amplifier for your drum kit.
Peavey KB 1
5 -year warranty
Small in size
No MP3 player
Offering sharp, polished sound, the Peavey KB 1 provides a
wide range of sound, that can keep up with the best of electronic drum kits. It
is also very good at cleaning unwanted, white noise.
It is a 20-Watt powered instrument, which is a bit much for
its small size. This makes it perfect for small gigs. Furthermore, it features
an extended range speaker to provide louder sounds with a stronger bass.
Featuring two channels, each stocked with a two-band equalizer,
the KB 1 is perfect for manipulation of music. Treble and bass can be changed
separately on each channel, producing harmonious sounds. A headphone jack
allows you to have some privacy while respecting those in your surroundings.
The Peavey KB 1 is moderately heavy and weighs around 16
pounds. It is reasonably easy to transport due to its small size. A metal mesh
protects the speakers, while metal corners protect the edges. Last but not the
least, it comes with a 5-year warranty. All of these aspects make it the
perfect amplifiers for the player on a budget.
Great value for price
400 W peak power
Bass porting and angled baffle
Large in size
The top drum amp recommendation for most critics is the
Alesis TRANSACTIVE 400. It provides high-quality sound at an affordable price.
Being remarkably realistic in sound, it provides a finely
polished and clean output of the music. It provides the most number of options
of all the amplifiers reviewed here. It lets you adjust many aspects of your
music with the help of a standard set of controls. Frequency, bass, and tone
are just a few of the options available.
The TRANSACTIVE 400 comes with RCA and stereo ¼” inputs, and
¼” stereo outputs. Along with these options, ¼” stereo link outputs with a
right/left/stereo selector are also available. Bluetooth is one other mode of
input in the drum and can be used to play music without any hassle of finding
and handling the wires.
The amp is particularly great for handling the highly
transient nature of electronic drums with relative ease while making sure the
sound quality stays the same. The three-band equalizer can be used to adjust
treble, mid, and bass. The features of bass porting and angled baffle, provide
an excellent projection of sound too.
A versatile model, the TRANSACTIVE 400 is moderately heavy.
Transportation is made easy with recessed handles, while a metal grille
protects the speakers.
Overall, the Alesis TRANSACTIVE 400 is one of the best
electronic drum amplifiers on the market. It comes at a great price and is
perfect for both amateurs and pros.