Updated: August 2nd, 2022
Whether you are a seasoned electronic drum kit player or an acousic kit player who wants an electronic kit for studio or practice use, you may be on the market for a digital kit.
If that describes you, then you have likely already taken a look at some of the usual contenders by brands such as Roland. You may, however, have seen the 2Box Drumit 5 and may be wondering about it.
This kit is unique in a few notable ways, and you might be wondering to yourself – How does it sound? Is it worth the price? What’s with that loud orange color? This 2Box Drumit 5 review is meant to answer those questions for you.
For with this kit, 2Box has thrown their hat into the ring with some heavy hitters, and they have tried to make a splash by offering a truly singular electronic kit, something that stands out from the crowd. The question is: have they succeeded?
2Box Drumit 5 at One Glance
Update: the 2Box Drumit 5 is no longer availble in the US – not even on eBay. For alternative options check out my favorite e-drum kits here.
- To my ears: Impressive natural drum sounds
- All sounds fully customizable via the included software
- Eye catching (to say the least) color scheme (remember that audiences primarily judge your performance by your visual appearance)
- Reasonably priced
- Only one effect included (delay)
What’s in the Box?
- 3 Toms – This kit comes along with 2 rack mounted Toms and one “Floor” Tom mounted on the side by the drum module.
- 1 Snare – One of the interesting things about this kit is that the snare is mounted on its own stand, independent from the rest of the kit. This makes it, to me, feel more like an acoustic kit.
- 1 Kick Pad
- 2 Overhead Cymbals
- 1 Hi-hat
- 2 Floor Pedals (one for the hihat and one for the kick)
- Drum Module (more on this later)
- Tubular assembly – This is not a metal assembly, but it still feels quite robust – and I found it rather difficult to assemble correctly
- Assembly instructions (rather lengthy and quite necessary)
- Independent Snare Stand
- Software – This is one of the highlights of this kit. More on the software later.
The 2box Drumit 5 Module
The Drumit 5 module is easy to use and high quality.
It produces some truly great natural drum sounds and comes stocked with a variety of highly usable presets.
The sounds this module is capable of producing are lacking in the synthesized, digital, electronic kit department when compared to the straightforwardly wacky sounds that some other comparable kits can produce, but I don’t know if this is a problem for me.
Highly digital drum sounds define an area that drum machines have by now all but made their own.
The Module’s Software
Finally, there is the software. This is one of the things that sets this kit apart from virtually all others. The software included with purchase goes beyond subtle customization and allows the player full sonic control.
The built-in sounds are great and with 100 preset kits and up to 127 sounds per pad, you will likely have more sounds than you ever need. But in case, you have a truly unquite taste for sounds, you can also create your own individual sounds and fully, completely, customize your kit. There are 999 (!) more slots available for preset kits
Given the sonic strengths of this kit’s module – and it’s proclivity toward great acoustic sounds – you will likely not want or be able to use this software to create wild, synthetic sounds. But if you are interested in having a limitless supply of great, fully custom acoustic sounds, then this software will appeal to you.
The 2Box Drum Pads
One of the strengths of this kit, to me, is its pads.
The heads themselves are thin mesh – not unlike some Roland heads. Yet, through the multi-layered construction and the screws, the 2Box Drumit 5 heads can be made to feel like almost anything, including your acoustic kit.
To me, this is a real strength. There is something great about electronic kit heads when they are done well (and these heads are), especially if you are trying to play quietly at home – but for some of us there is simply no replacing the feel of our acoustic kits. Now, you can have both!
2box Drumit 5 vs Roland TD-11K
Roland is a great name, and we musicians are vain. We love our Fender guitars and our Roland electronic kits. For that reason, it can be hard to look past an electronic kit such as the Roland TD-11K.
The TD-11K is a fantastic kit, and even though it is not inexpensive, it can be had for less than the Drumit 5. So how does the Drumit 5 stack up?
Both of these kits have great modules, and each is unique in its own way:
- the Roland possesses some by-now standard Roland sounds that the Drumit simply does not
- but the Drumit is more customizable and perhaps closer to an acoustic kit in both sound and feel.
In that sense, the choice between them is one of preference, and it may come down to the price tag for you.
But for my money, there is something about the Drumit that points toward what I hope is an emerging trend in electronic kits – real attention paid to the reproduction of acoustic kits.
When I use an electronic kit, I love that it is lightweight, and easy to move and store. I also love that I have a large number of sounds at my disposal. And both points are true for the 2Box Drumit 5 as well as the Roland TD-11K.
But in the end, the 2Box Drumit 5 felt a little more like an acoustic kit to me – and I liked that very much!
My Final Opinion
Update: nothing but the module is still being sold in the US and I’m currently looking to test one of the newer 2Box drum kits. In the meantime, check out my best alternatives.
Perhaps this kit is less digital than most electronic kits. Less digital in the sense of being more analog sounding, more acoustic oriented (both in sound and in feel).
And for me, this is a good thing. For I think highly synthetic sounds are the province of drum machines and handheld pads. We program them in our DAWs and tap them out on our tablets. But there is so much to be said for live drumming – for the presence of a real life drummer with sticks in their hands. This 2Box kit is all about that sound and that experience, and it comes highly recommended.
The bottom line is this – I would buy this kit in an instant if I was looking for a great electronic kit that reproduces acoustic sounds and feels well and that gives me great control over the sounds I have at my disposal.
Let me know what you’re thinking about this kit so far.
Any questions? Criticism of what I said? Or do you own this kit yourself?
Drop me a comment and I’ll get back to you within 2 days at the latest!
What do you think of using the 2box module with the td11kw? The qauality is not that good actually. Cymbals break all the time.
If using td11 with a vst like ezdrummer, could it be as good as the 2box in feel and sound?
What would be the differences?
Using the TD-11KV with the 2Box Drumit would be different in terms of the hardware of course. Everything else (sound range, sound quality etc.) would stay as it is with the 2Box Drumit 5 module.
Sam McDouall says
I have the 2Box drumit 5 mk1 module with a 64 GB card connversion. The 2Box drumit 5 sounds very real compared to my Roland TD11.
My diy snare plays like it has positional sensing. On the snare I’am using 2 different edge triggers mounted @ 11 o’clock & 1 o’clock into the 2Box and a 3rd smaller 27mm center mounted trigger (Quartz percussion lowest sensitivity) plugged into my TD11 that adds dry Roland sounds. I’am right handed so the 35mm tigger @ 11 o’clock is the most sensitive (Quartz percussion). There is an Extreme trigger @ 1 o’clock it is medium sensitive with a higher threshold setting has the same snare file but tunned +0.1 and a decay of 1.5 -2.5 that is plugged into Tom 1. Hitting the mesh snare head at different sides and at different dynamics triggers 3 different layers of sound, diy positonal sensing.
I have a Roland BT1 mounted top right for the rim click samples (Tom 1 rim). I have 2 toms on a splitter cable from the Tom 2 output. With a guitar ABY pedal I plug the kick into both the TD11 & 2Box modules. Only the snare & kick are connected to the TD11. Different TD11 kits will change the tuning, tone, snare buzz, ring and kick fattness of the combined drum sound.
The 2Box open sound does benefit from the fat tight attack Roland snare & kick sound. The 2Box headphone output is plugged into the TD11 aux input, so I can still use the metronome and coach function. The 2Box sounds are superior and you can make & play your own multilayered samples.
I hope this help 2Box users get positonal sensing.
I’ve been playing on electronic drum kits for more than 15 years. I had every single brand you can imagine but I have to say, nothing compares to 2box in terms of quality sounds. My first 2box module was the drumit 3 and I just got a old classic orange drumit 5 mk1. The pads are amazing! I have a little hybrid monster drum kit Alesis strike, 2 box and Roland.