I wanted to ask if an electronic drum will work as an alternative to acoustic drum in recording. Because I wanted the cheapest way to record instead of buying mics. And this will be connected through MIDI IN in the audio interface (Presonus) and I wanna know if it will work?
I find that using an electronic drum kit to add live drums in a home studio recording a great way to go.
First of all, a live drummer will give your recording a more organic flavor and feel - and sound "real" and less processed than strictly using a drum track or digitized samples.
And although an acoustic kit properly mic'd can sound even more authentic, it is difficult to get an acoustic kit set up properly and mic'd properly in a home studio setting. There is the issue with proper positioning of the mics, proper type of mic, how many mics and inputting all those mics into your audio interface.
Then with acoustic drums you have to deal with the ambient noise, reflections in the room etc. It's very difficult to isolate the individual pieces on an acoustic kit no matter how you position the mics. The other mics are going to hear every hit on every piece unless you use tons of acoustic baffling and shielding and .... it's just very difficult to do properly.
With an electronic kit, you don't have to worry about the sound of one piece of your kit (ride cymbal, snare, tom etc) bleeding into the mics on the floor tom or the hi hat or whatever! And with decent recording software you can tweak the sound of each piece and make it sound pretty good. It may not sound exactly like a live acoustic kit, but will probably sound better than what the average home studio amatuer recording engineer can reproduce from an attempt to mic and record an acoustic kit.
So it's not only cheaper than buying mics to mic your acoustic kit, it's much easier to record and isolate each part to enable and facilitate adjusting the drum mix during mixing and post production.
Good luck - and have fun recording your music!
If you don't already have the Alesis DM Lite, then buying mics will actually be the cheapest route. Micing a real kit will also give you the best results and speaking as an owner of an electronic kit for quiet practicing (Roland V-Drum)...there is no comparison, recording real drums is the way to go.
I have the Red5 Audio RVK7 drum mic kit (£159...or $228 according to google currency converter) and they are great mics. It has everything you need to completely mic up a drumset. I've done shootouts with more expensive mics like Shure SM57's, AKG D112 for kick, Audix drum mic kit, etc. and the Red5 Audios beat out everything except on kick. So not only are they inexpensive, but they are actually really good mics too.