Electronic drum kits are becoming more sophisticated and closer to acoustic drum kits every year. This is great news for drummers wanting to get in some practice at lower volumes. That being said, the selection of electronic drum kit china cymbal pads compared to traditional cymbals is lacking.
Luckily things are changing and some great electronic china cymbal pads are being released. Let’s have a look at some of the best ones currently available on the market.
Why would I want electronic drum kit china cymbal pads?
In short, you do not need pads to be shaped in a certain way to produce a certain sound. That is one of the beauties of electric drum kits. Any pad, no matter the shape, can make whatever noise you program.
This doesn’t take away the desire to have an electronic drum kit that looks like an acoustic one though. The ability to trigger acoustic drums accurately is now common but the cymbals have been neglected a bit. We have pulled together a collection of electronic drum kit china cymbal pads you can buy today.
Electronic drum kit china cymbal pads currently available
Triggera D14 14″ China Cymbal Pad
This is a great looking china pad that fulfils the visual requirements. The only issue you may have is with the size at just 14″. It is a one-zone pad, this isn’t an issue as acoustic chinas only really have one sound. Best of all, it is well priced. At the time of writing, you can pick this cymbal up from Thomann for just £56 ($75).
ATV aDrums Artist series 17″ “China” cymbal
Now, this is a truly amazing looking china pad from ATV. At 17″ this comes the closest to a full-size acoustic china cymbal. These cymbals aren’t cheap though at around £400 ($545). We have also had issues trying to find suppliers with available stock.
Jobeky Low Volume “Real Feel” Electronic Dual Zone “China” Cymbal
Technically this isn’t an electronic cymbal pad but we thought it was worth a mention. This is a hybrid of a low volume cymbal crossed with a triggering that can be plugged into your drum module. You get the real cymbal feel with the triggered sound. The main thing is that you will get the ping sound from the metal rather than the tap of a rubber cymbal pad. These cymbals also come in a range of finishes. You can see more on the Jobeky website.
Which electric china would we choose?
This all comes down to budget and taste, just like most things in drumming. Luckily the selection of electronic china cymbals covers all bases.
If you have a lower budget
Go for the Triggera china cymbal. The price can’t be beaten in the market currently.
If you have a higher budget
Go for the ATV china cymbal. It looks great and it is the closest china pad available to the real deal.
If you already have hybrid cymbals
Go for the Jobeky china. I love the Jobeky cymbals but the only thing that hesitates me is metal sound produced when hit. If you are trying to keep the volume down this could be an issue. Also, if you only have pads on your setup you might not want to bring hybrid cymbals into the equation.
It is great to see more innovation in the electronic drum kit cymbal space. Currently, the range of electronic china cymbals is still limited but we have high hopes for things progressing even further in the next couple of years. As more options become available we will make sure to update this page for you.