I thought i'd make a new thread in case anyone else was interested in doing this, maybe we could learn together if I get stuck on something.
I will post pics and updates as soon as everything gets delivered. I'm taking the easy route, because I feel it will turn out better, and I won't have to drill any holes or mount anything in the drums themselves (like you see on some sites that have tutorials for this).
For the drums, I grabbed a set of Ddrum Triggers, and Pearl Rhythm Traveler mesh heads. The mesh heads are cheap, and will fit on any acoustic drum, and make it virtually silent.
For the triggers, I opted for the better Ddrum triggers, didn't go for the most expensive because I really didn't see much of a difference. Just got them a few days ago, they are just an armored piezo, but they are built very well and seem like they could take a beating and still last.
Since I have Superior Drummer, and will be using that for sounds, I grabbed an Alesis I/O USB Brain, which has no sounds, but has a shitload of inputs so I can have as many triggers as I need. Sweetwater has these for $160
For cymbals, I am doing what this guy did (video below) and converting cymbals into triggers. A crash with a choke, dual zone ride (bell and cymbal), and a china. I have not figured out what i'm going to do for a hi hat yet, he has a tutorial for that, but it's just a little bit too much to do IMO.
I already have a cracked crash as my first test subject, and will grab a cheap used wuhan china and a super cheap ride from a pawn shop or something. The top will be coated with a 3M spray to mute them, piezos and stereo jacks mounted on the bottom of the cymbals and protected by a plastic cover of some sort.
So, all together here is what it's costing to make an electronic kit that feels as close as you can possibly get to a real kit:
Ddrum triggers: $199
Alesis I/O brain: $160
Mesh Heads (4 piece kit): $44
Piezo elements: $8
Cheap Ride/China: $30
3M Adhesive Spray: $10
So, barely more than I paid for my shit Alesis kit that literally fell apart.
Will post updates as soon as more stuff gets delivered.
So that Alesis kit lived up to it's reviews online, eh?