I know this might seem a little long winded!
Right, before I go any further please dont swamp this thread with comments about electronic drums being a cop out, 'not real' etc etc...we all know they are electronic and have synthesised sound.
Also no comments about **** the neighbours etc.
My situation is that I am a father of 2 in a semi detatched house. No garage, no space for a garage.
Now I work shifts, sometimes morning, sometimes late finishing at 2am and sometimes all night finishing at 7am, and I rarely get to play on the drums because of various reasons, mainly childcare commitments, and not wanting to upset the neighbours as they have kids who are young and go to bed early.
I am, however, 'up' for playing on the drums at 3am or at 7am, whenever the time feels right.
I have considered soundproofing but the structural layout of the building wont allow for very good soundproofing.
I currently have a pretty decent acoustic kit in my basement. I love playing acoustic and have never played electronic. I am by no means an expert, but am pretty good. I like perfection, including the different types of sound the hi hat produces depending on how it is allowed to be played. I love how depending how hard you hit every cymbal it creates so many different sounds. I love the 'feel' of playing the drums with some tact, instead of just playing them in monotone.
I have been thinking about buying a practice kit so that when I am watching my little ones I can set the kit up on the ground floor or at night I can set the kit up in the basement. Obviously this would only lead to dead sounds. I would probably still have to play very often on the acoustic kit to make sure I am playing right.
Alternatively is one of these electronic kits, so I could set it up upstairs or downstairs, I could play at night, in the morning, or any other unsociable hours that could affect my children and wifes quality of sleep.
My main question is that with my passion for different sounds of each drum, cymbal and hi hat, is an electronic kit feasible?
Will I get the same satisfaction?
Obviously it wont compare to polishing the cymbals, and sitting down behind 'a kit', feeling the passion of looking at a kit and wanting to enjoy it.
BUT it would mean that I can actually play more often and enjoy it a lot more than I do now. And it will stop the marital arguments and my worries of waking people up.
Play silently to everyone else, have some headphones on and be making a lot of noise to myself...
Anyone with any experience, I would love to get some imput from you.
Any makes to avoid? Any tips? Is there a massive difference in feel and technique that is required?
Do I have to spend the earth or can I get a budget kit that would create the various feels that a real kit does?