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Today you are reading the Donner DED 200 review – probably one of the best electronic drum kits under $400,-.
Looks good – what do you think? 😉
In this DED 200 drum kit review, you will learn, why this electronic drum set is so great and why I recommend it for anybody who is on the brink of spending money on a music instrument like this.
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The in depth Donner DED 200 Review
What would you expect from an electronic drum set for the price of less than $400,-?
I wasn't too sure either, and my expectations weren't high.
Then the day came, the doorbell rang, and the postman delivered a huge parcel containing the Donner DED 200 drums.
Here are my thoughts – in short.:
How to assemble the Donner DED 200
Assembling the Donner DED 200 is easy, and it only took me about 30 to 45 minutes. Every single part of the drum rack is signed with a letter so that it becomes clear, which parts belong to each other:
Why buy the Donner DED 200?
As mentioned above, the Donner DED 200 is a very good entry-level electric drum kit with many advantages over its competitors at the same price range.
Here are the main advantages:
#1 What are mesh heads?
Mesh heads are synthetic drum heads created for electronic drums. They are quite different in comparison to conventional drum heads and don't cause as much noise as normal drum heads would do when you hit them.
Still, these kinds of drum heads feel similar in comparison to normal ones. The great thing about these drum heads is, that you can “tune” them and modify the amount of rebound they produce.
#2 Kick drum pedal and drumsticks included
Another great thing is, that also a kick drum pedal and a pair of drumsticks is included. All you need to start playing is a drum throne, which is not included.
I was skeptic about the kick drum pedal first, but after a few weeks playing it, it's better than supposed.
Of course, this bass drum pedal isn't anything special. Still, it works fine, doesn't seem to be cheap by any means and every single part of it and the mechanics are quite sturdy and work smoothly.
I would say, you will have a good and long time using this kick drum pedal.
#3 The DED 200 doesn't cost a fortune!
Yes, there are decent and (even) cheaper electronic drum sets than the DED 200, which you can find here.
But before you leave this page and hit the buy button, please compare all the drum parts which are included!
So, the DED 200 Donner isn't really cheap, but for all the features it brings to the table, it's a very affordable and serious e-drum kit for beginners!
Donner DED 200 sound module
This is the sound module of the DED 200.
If you want to listen to its sounds,
It has 15 full drum kit presets on board, which are the following:
Besides these drum kit presets, there are a lot more single instrument samples, which you can create your own drum sets with.
Sound module connection ports
There are several ports which you can use to connect your devices.
USB: The great thing is, that you can connect the DED 200 to your computer via USB. This allows recording your playing directly into your DAW.
Audio In: If you want to play to your favorite Spotify playlist or any other music coming from your smartphone, the audio in port is here for you.
Headphone Jack: Here you can connect your favorite in-ears to the sound module and practice the quietest way possible.
Audio out: This port is the main out to connect the sound module to an external amp, mixer and other devices.
Here are a few audio samples of the Donner drum set:
Drum Kit 1:
Drum Kit 4:
This is what it sounds like playing on mesh heads and cymbals:
Donner DED 200 dimensions
The Donner DED 200 dimensions could be described as:
Neither it is tiny nor it is huge, and there's a lot of flexibility to determine its dimensions.
The following image will give you an idea about the size of the DED 200:
- Blue arrow: 8.661 inches (ca. 22 cm)
- Top Yellow arrow: 21.65 inches (0.55 m)
- lower yellow arrow: 30.71 inches (0.78 m)
- Left red arrow: 19.69 inches (ca. 50 cm)
- Right red arrow: 19.69 inches (ca. 50 cm)
The height of the DED 200 is also pretty flexible, so that children, teenagers, and adults will find a good playing position.
I must admit that my expectations weren't high before I got the Donner electric drums. Now I have tested the Donner DED 200 for nearly 3 months, and I am super happy with it and I can even recommend it for beginners.
In comparison to other drums at this price point, this Donner e-drum set is equipped with mesh heads on every drum. That's really exceptional for the price.
Conclusion & final thoughts
For less than $400,- the Donner DED 200 is one of the best electric drum sets at this price point and doesn't have to hide behind its competitors.
If you are new to playing drums, you will enjoy playing on mesh heads, which will make it easier to get the same impression as on acoustic drums.
I hope that this Donner electric drum set review helped you make a well-thought-out decision whether this e-drum kit is the one you should aim for or not.
If there are any questions, please leave a comment below and l will answer as soon as possible!
Should i get an electric drum set?
An electric drum set is a great alternative for drummers who can't play during the day or need to play quieter, as an acoustic drum set can be played. Due to modern mesh heads and very sophisticated drum modules, playing on an electric drum kit becomes more and more comparable to conventional acoustic drums.
Is an electric drum set loud?
An electric drum set offers many advantages in comparison to acoustic drum kits. The most important advantage is the loudness, which the drummer can regulate like it is possible on any other electric audio device. In addition to that, the sound modules of electric drum sets also allow inserting either headphones or loudspeaker systems, so that any loudness is possible.
Where can i buy an electric drum set?
You can buy electric drum sets in music stores and on the internet in your preferred online stores.
Are electronic drum kits noisy?
Whether electronic drum kits become noisy or not depends on a few aspects:
1st. Have you plugged your electronic drum kit into a pa system and loudspeakers?
2nd. Are you using headphones when playing on your electronic drum set?
3rd. Does your electric drum kit stand on a noise isolating rug so that pedal work can get absorbed?
4th. How hard are you hitting the drums and cymbals of your e-drum set?
These are a few important things to keep in mind, how noise an electric drum set can become.