In this tutorial I explain some of the terms used by DIY'ers when talking about electronic drums and related accessories.
I try to add images when available to better support the definitions given.
Step 1: The difference between an electronic drum and an acoustic drum
Acoustic drums don't need a power source or an amplifier to produce sounds, they are by nature fairly loud and can be tuned.
They come in 2 categories:
Electronic pads or Acoustic to Electronic conversions.
The Electronic pads do not produce much sound other than the stick noise against the pad's material, (Rubber, Mylar, or Mesh) they need a module to produce the sounds and an amplifier or headphones. Some pads can be tuned.
The Acoustic conversions volume level depends on the material that is used on the batter head (the head that is hit by the stick) if Mylar is used then the same acoustic volumes are to be expected, if Mesh is used a lot less volume will be produced. Rubber is a little more noisy than mesh but a lot less noisy than Mylar.
In my previous tutorial I explain how to make an acoustic to electronic conversion with minimum alteration to your drums, furthermore you can make your own mesh heads or buy them from several different places all over the internet.