Gear recommendations for finger drumming 2019

So you want to get started with finger drumming but you have no idea what stuff to get?
Here’s a list of the stuff I recommend.

My free beginner course deals with setting things up and troubleshooting when stuff doesn’t work, so check that out if you’re just getting started.

==== My current finger drumming gear recommendations ====

Latest update: Feb 2019

Check out these review videos for a detailed explanation on how I came to the recommendations below.

(*) Make sure there's an option to return items and get your money back and test them soon after you get them so returning and trying something else is still possible.

(**) When everyting is working, swap your free Addictive Drums Demo for the real product ($150). They don't give refunds so demo first!

(***) At the moment I recommend Addictive Drums custom with the Fairfax 1, Black Oyster and Funk Kits. The first one just sounds nice and the other two have very distinctive Hi-Hat sounds which makes it easier to practice accurately.

Your cheapest option that's still good:

  • Presonus ATOM ($150)

    * You cannot edit the notes the device puts out. This is not a problem when using Addictive Drums because you can use "midi learn" to assign sounds to pads, but this will be a problem with for example EZ Drummer.

  • Focusrite sapphire solo (2nd gen) ($100)
  • The (best) computer you currently own ($0)
  • The (best) headphones or earbuds you own ($0)
  • Addictive Drums 2 demo software ($0)
Estimated initial cost: $250,-
After software purchase: $400,-

The slightly more expensive option which is noticeably better:

  • Maschine Mikro Mk3 ($250)

    * Midi standalone mode works after a firmware update, but you cannot edit the notes the device puts out in midi standalone mode. This is not a problem when using Addictive Drums because you can use "midi learn" to assign sounds to pads, but this will be a problem with for example EZ Drummer.

    ** When you buy this device second hand, please make sure the firmware is updated and you can switch midi-standalone mode on and off. When you don't own an official license to maschine software you might run into a problem otherwise.

  • Focusrite sapphire solo (2nd gen) ($100)
  • The (best) computer you currently own ($0)
  • The (best) headphones or earbuds you own ($0)
  • Addictive Drums 2 demo software ($0)
Estimated initial cost: $350,- After software purchase: $500,-

When you want the best pads available right now for a fair price:

Estimated initial cost: $600
After software purchase: $750,-

When you're an Ableton user this might be interesting:

Estimated initial cost: $750
After software purchase: $900,-

When you like the feel of Akai pads a lot and you like the idea of a standalone device that does not need a computer:

Estimated initial cost: $1300
After software purchase: $1450,-

When money doesn't matter and you just want really HQ new stuff:

This is seriously over the top though...

Estimated cost: $3850

What I am currently using: