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Not long ago, I published the Donner DED 200 Review, which is – so to say – the little brother of the DED 400 by Donner, which I will talk about in this article you are about to read.
This is the Donner DED 400 Electric Drum Set
If you wonder which of these 2 e-drum sets might be the best fit for you, please stay and read on.
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The Donner DED 400 review
There are hundreds of entry level electric drum sets to choose from.
Making the right decision isn't easy, especially when you are completely new to playing drums.
To decide which one is the best fit for your own needs can be difficult, and I hope that this Donner DED 400 Review will help you make the best decision possible.
Here are the main features of the Donner DED 400 drum kit in short:
Donner DED 400 electric drum set
This is the Donner DED 400 electric drum set.
For the money, it is very well-equipped, and it comes with mesh heads on all drums – even the kick pad – a drum stool, a pair of drumsticks, a bass drum pedal and a headphone.
With all these components in a single box, you can start your drumming career without having to worry about any other accessories.
In comparison to its little brother – the DED 200 – the Donner DED 400 drum kit looks a little different:
The snare drum pad is bigger and measures 10.5 inches (ca. 27 cm) in diameter compared to an 8” snare drum pad on the DED 200. Additionally, sounds can also be assigned to the “rim” (edge) of the Donner DED 400 snare drum pad.
All drums are equipped with white mesh heads showing the “Donner” logo. Also, the drums seem to be heavier and maybe even sturdier than those of the DED 200.
In comparison to its little brother – the DED 200 – the Donner DED 400 drum kit looks a little different as mentioned already.
All drums and also the kick pad are very well-built and make a very sturdy impression. Nonetheless, the drum throne and the headphone work great, but their quality isn't quite the same as the rest of this electric drum set.
The functions of the sound module are easy to understand and finding the perfect drum kit for your own playing works without much ado.
The huge parcel contains several smaller boxes. This allows a very secure transportation of each drum part to your house.
Inside, you will find a drum throne, a headphone 2 drumsticks, the snare pad, hi-tom, mid-tom, floor-tom and kick drum pad with mesh heads. The sound module, the hi-hat plus a foot pedal, a kick drum pedal, crash and ride cymbals complete the Donner DED 400 e-drum kit.
If you need help or instructions on how to set it up, there is the DED 400 manual included.
The Donner DED 400 costs $649.99,- at the moment. That's $200,- more than the DED 200 costs. Still, there are many occasions during the year to get it for a discounted price.
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Like the DED 200, also the Donner DED 400 is a great entry-level electronic drum set. This drum kit comes with a more sophisticated sound module with many more sounds and functions to choose from.
In addition, the included drum throne and headphone will help you start playing drums right out of the box. If you are looking for a complete e-drum solution, the DED 400 might be the right one for you!
The Donner DED 400 is also available here..
Donner DED 400 vs. 200
I mentioned a few differences between the Donner DED 400 and the DED 200 already, but there's more:
The main difference between those two entry-level electronic drum sets are the snare drums and the cymbals:
Donner DED 400
Donner DED 200
Donner DED 400 sound module
The Donner DED 400 sound module contains 25 preset drum kits and another 25 user presets to build your own specific drum sets you want to play with.
Donner DED 400 Sound Module
The sound module also contains 50 demo tracks to practice to. You can change the drum set volume within those tracks so that it becomes easy listening to your own drumming.
The built-in metronome offers a wide range of tempos from 30 to 250 BPM and there are 9 different types of metronome sounds you can choose from.
On the backside of the Donner DED 400 sound module there are several in- and output plugs.
Donner DED 400 In and Outputs
In- and Outputs
From left to right:
The 1/8” headphone input is located on the front side of the sound module.
This is what the Donner DED 400 sounds like
Finally, here are a few sound samples, so that you can get an impression of what the Donner DED 400 sounds like.
The great thing is, that any preset can be modified to your own needs and likings. You can change effects and the drum sound itself to create your own favorite drum kit.
Upgrade to a more professional sound library?
Even the most sophisticated electric drum sets come with a specific amount of drum samples to choose from when creating your own drum set presets.
The great thing is, that you can upgrade the sound library of any e-drum set for a relatively small amount of money.
Check this article for more information and how to use Ezdrummer 3 to improve your e-drum kits sounds and playability.
My final thoughts
If you are about to buy your 1st. electronic drum set, the Donner DED 400 is a great drum set to consider.
Compared to many other entry-level drum sets the Donner DED 400 is very well-equipped and comes with a lot of features other manufacturers don't offer at this price point.
If you are on a tight budget, you should also consider the Donner DED 200 drum kit which I can recommend for beginners of any age group.
If there are any questions about this drum kit, please leave a comment below. I will answer as soon as possible!
Enjoy playing drums and talk soon!