Loads of session drummers use electronic kits (Roland etc.) to trigger the drum sounds. I've recently recorded 3 drum tracks for a local band in my home studio an example of which is on my MySpace(http://www.myspace.com/alansykesdrums - the example is called 'EZ Drums Demo').
We used this 'EZ Drummer' software which has samples from a New York studio (plus others if you prefer)I know of other software that can do the same job.
Set up time is minimal...say 20 mins...plug into my Roland TD8 and away you go! Two drum tracks were recorded last week within a couple of hours...so you don't need the big studio, big set-up time ( believe me I've been there!) and big costs.
If this is of interest my contacts are on http://www.drumschoolbelfast.co.uk
We have various live rooms which go from controlled to chaotic, stone & Brick to wood,
good natural reverbs as well as many outboard plates, springs & tape echoes.
We have drums by Hayman, Rogers, Pearl, Premier, various cymbals,
various snares like Ludwig maple, black beauty, Mapex Black Panther, Yamaha Birch,
Pearl Brass snares and more.
Recording to Pro Tools HD3 with pre amps by Universal Audio, API, Chandler, Avalon & Focusrite.
Credits include: Oppenheimer, In Case Of Fire, And So I Watch You From Afar, Robyn G Shiels, Not Squares, Yes Cadets, Tom McShane, Pocket Billiards, General Fiasco, Duke Special, Cutaways, Mojo Fury and more.
email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like more info.