And now I'm thinking we should do both.
Electronic drums and D.I. everything else. (And yeah, that must needs includes guitars at least most of the time.)
- Electronic drums are not as fun
- Emulated guitar amps won't sound as good (although it's my contention that emulations do a good job of dirty amps, not clean amps.)
- My little ritual of going to Hanco's on Smith Street to get a bubble tea before rehearsal.
- We need six outputs from the drums: kick, snare, stereo cymbals, stereo toms. Right? Most single modules do not allow this so we'd have to get multiple modules.
- Monitoring will be a tad more of a pain in the tuchus
- Electronic drums are a bit sterile and have to be dirtied up to sound good (or at least to sound less giant 80's-90's.
- Electronic drum kits are freaky deaky expensive. Like the price of a very high-end acoustic kit. Well, at least for the high end ones.
- In the end, the sound quality will be album-quality.
- We can replace the guitars with amped guitars. In fact, we can entirely mute a guitar and it really disappears. So when somebody makes a mistake (me) it can easily be cut out.
- We can do overdubs with completely clean backing tracks.
- We save about $1800/year in rehearsal space costs.
- We don't have to deal with how loud other bands are in the rehearsal studio.Their leakage can't bother us.
- My least favorite sound (snares vibrating whenever a guitar player does anything) won't happen.
- What's a more comfy place than my apartment?
- The Yamaha controllers have what they call a "vintage" kit and it really does sound pretty good.
It may be that the "best" kit is some kind of combination of Roland and Yamaha. I dunno. Roland for the snare and toms and Yamaha for the cymbals? Or maybe the other way around.
Update: my office might be a better location. And a guitar amp (at least one) could run in the VO booth.