After the relative fireworks of Roland’s daily online product launches, Wednesday’s offerings – an updated V-Drums Portable and an enhanced SPD-SX Sampling Pad with expanded memory – may not quicken heart rates quite so much, but will no doubt go down well with Roland’s legions of electronic drum fans.
The TD-1KPX2 offers the same innovative folding design of the TD-1KPX V-Drums Portable with an updated kick pad. Roland’s mesh-head V-Pads for snare and toms: ‘…deliver an inspiring drumming experience with natural rebound, feel, and playability, while the kick pad is now perfect for either double – or single – kick pedal set-ups, thanks to a wider playing surface’.
The TD-1KPX2’s unique folding design allows the kit to be packed down in seconds for easy transport and storage without removing the pads and cymbals. Despite its minimal footprint and light weight, the durable stand offers rock-solid stability for any performance style, Roland says. Set-up is fast and simple, letting users play the TD-1KPX2 anywhere – home, live gig, or rehearsal studio. Simply add a twin or single acoustic kick pedal and start drumming.
Meanwhile, essentially an enhanced version of the popular SPD-SX Sampling Pad, the SPD-SX Special Edition offers the functionality of the standard SPD-SX with greatly expanded onboard storage capacity. Users can store up to 16 GB of samples on board, eliminating the need to carry external memory. The SPD-SX Special Edition also comes in a Sparkling Red finish, and includes an Ableton Live Lite software license.
With its expanded memory, the SPD-SX Special Edition supports up to 50 hours of mono sample storage.
Roland says that integrating the SPD-SX Special Edition with the included Ableton Live Lite music software forms a highly flexible production and sample creation setup. Sounds played in Ableton Live Lite can be sampled in the SPD-SX Special Edition, and sounds played on the pads can be recorded into the software. The SPD-SX Special Edition can also be used as a MIDI pad controller for recording expressive MIDI tracks in Ableton Live Lite or any popular DAW. Connecting the sampling pad to a computer requires only a USB cable.