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It's not bad but there are some things to be aware of
on 25 January 2016
Got this for my daughter as an interim step as she has shown an interest in learning how to play drums - I figured it would be a good small scale practice set to learn some basic rhythm patterns on and saw that it had a 'training' mode which I thought would be helpful.
Now the good news is that it works Ok and she has been able to play with it but not without some minor issues;
Firstly, it can be pretty quiet - when we tried first time round I thought it was broken as we could hardly hear anything. Even with the volume turned up it seemed pretty quiet. Part if the issue is the drum pads sensitivity, bearing in mind my eight year old daughter is just learning, it't quite dependant on you striking the pad exactly right to get any kind of decent volume although we have found some drum kit selections are more sensitive than others.
One thing you can do though is use the AUX out to plug into a portable speaker which thankfully she has and this makes the drum kit much more usable.
Secondly, the 'mix' between the in build rhythms and the drum sounds is far too heavy of the backing rhythm making it almost impossible to hear the drums you're playing while in training mode.
Thirdly, power supply - it used C batteries and who uses them any more - pretty much every other toy we have that takes batteries uses AA's now but we power it from the USB socket anyway which is one of the old style big ones you used to see a lot of in printers so that might be an indication of when this unit was designed.
Finally I would add that there seems to have been a price hike on this unit since we bought it and given this is very much a 'toy' drum pad I wouldn't say it justifies a price tag of over £70 given its limitations (no additional foot pedals for example) and I've seen full used electric drum kits for equivalent price. It has been useful to get my daughter to practice basic rhythms so in that regards it's done it's job, however I would suggest doing some research and shopping around a bit.