I know fuck all about them, so bear with me.
I want a decent kit that I can run to DKFH/Battery for triggers - basically, I don't care what the brain sounds like that much, because the actual samples will be from software on my machine.
I'm looking at this:
Roland V-Compact Series TD-4S Electronic Drum Set and more Electronic Drum Sets at GuitarCenter.com.
"The amount of muffling can be user-customized as well, from '70s-style choked funk to open-cannon stadium rock."
( because I want to play open-cannon stadium rock! )
What I want is more pads, and less brain. (heh) With that kit, I'd want a second kick, one more tom and one more cymbal. Am I better off building a kit from scratch? Can you even do that?
If you're wanting a second kick especially, you'll need to buy it separately. Most kits I've seen tend to only come as 5pc ones with the 2 cymbals and hihat. I'm not sure if that roland brain has enough inputs for an extra 3 pads as well, so you might end up having to upgrade that too.
I have only limited experience with e-drums really. I have an Alesis DM5 pro kit. The pads are nice, feel a lot more like real drums than mesh heads, but they're slightly louder as a consequence. The rack is sturdy enough, and the DM5 does me pretty well although is kind of limited in expandability (used it live last week to trigger my kick too). The cymbals on the other hand can suck on my nads and burn in the fieriest pits of hell
2 of them broke, got them repaired under warranty, and now two of them are broken again and I'm out of both warranty and patience