Let’s face it: being in a band and playing one amazing stage after another is great. What isn’t is the logistics. Carrying your kit around from gig to gig and especially setting it up and breaking it down every single day is a real pain.
Is there any solution to it? Well, you can’t get rid of the drum set (at least that would be a huge loss in my opinion) but what you can do is make your process of setting up the kit more efficient.
So that’s what we’ll be covering in this article: how to set up your electronic drum kit the efficient way.
The 15-Minute Goal
So how can you actually set up your drum kit in under 15 minutes? Just follow our steps and with little practice you’ll be able to do it yourself too:
1. The Rack
First take care of the absolute foundation of the kit: your rack. Fold out the poles and bars and position your rack on the right spot on the stage.
And please do decide whether you want to use a carpet to prevent the drum set from sliding right now. If you want to use one, place it underneath your rack now or you’ll regret it later.
2. The Tom Pads
Now put the tom pads in your desired location for them. Do this one after the other starting with the kick pad and going either clockwise or counter-clockwise around the kit. The most important thing here is not to get in your own way. So really figure out a direction and stick to it.
3. The Cymbal Pads
Same as with the tom pads, only that I recommend a counter-clockwise movement here starting with the ride cymbal on the far right.
4. The Cables
Now comes the crucial part. Cables can easily get entangled and this will look bad and might possibly even give you some sound issues down the line.
So I recommend you start with the longest cable which are usually attached to your ride cymbal or the floor tom i.e. the pads on your far right.
Once you’ve connected these cables to the module, you move on to the next longest cable and connect this one.
This way of going about it ensures that you can avoid entangling the cables plus you should be able to get through this in under 5 minutes (depending how big your kit is of course).
5. Finishing Touches
Now you’re in for the final step and for tailoring the setup to your individual needs.
On the one hand this means slanting or sloping the individual pads, so that you can reach them quickly and comfortably.
On the other hand, you might have some additional equipment that might need to be connected to your drum module (MIDI receivers, music or recording devices, a laptop etc.)
Once this is done you should be looking at a well-built drum kit and a setup time around the 15 minute mark.
Again, to get there will require some practice, but follow our steps and you WILL get there.