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NAMM 2018: Roland Drums & Percussion

Reinforcing the importance of Roland in the world of electronic drums, the company launched a series of innovative products at the show, one of the quirkier, but no less interesting, being the TM-6 PRO Trigger Module, a compact and powerful device for hybrid drumming. The TM-6 PRO features 500 sampled sounds – including many newly recorded at world-famous studios – plus 268 V-Drums sounds, 80 ready-to-use kits, and inputs for connecting up to 12 pads and/or drum triggers. Adding in user sample import, four assignable audio outputs, a click track, headphones monitoring, and more, the TM-6 PRO makes it simple for any drummer to bring these electronic sounds and samples to their stage performances and control everything right from their kit.

From the TM-6 PRO’s panel, players can easily assign, mix, and modify sounds, apply built-in effects, monitor trigger status, and more. It’s also possible to play backing tracks directly from SD media and use the TM-6 PRO as a USB audio interface and trigger-to-MIDI converter for a computer DAW.

Roland RT Mics

The TM-6 PRO features six dual-trigger inputs that can accommodate up to 12 total trigger devices when using Y cables. Available Roland devices include V-Pads, RT-series acoustic drum triggers, the BT-1 Bar Trigger Pad, and more. There’s also a hi-hat control input for connecting an FD-8 hi-hat pedal.

Roland Noise Eater

Also newly announced was Noise Eater drum hardware, an innovative new line of accessories for electronic drums designed to solve the noise and vibration problem faced by electronic drummers. Designed specifically for electronic drums, the professional-level construction offers an advanced built-in noise and vibration reduction system and offers a perfect hardware match for Roland’s V-Drums line-up. Roland’s Noise Eater technology is offered in an assortment of drum pedals and stands including Noise Eater Single Kick Pedals, Noise Eater Double Kick Pedals, and Noise Eater Hi-Hat Stands.

The Noise Eater hardware’s pioneering built-in anti-vibration system helps reduce unwanted noise and vibration sounds from electronic drums by up to 50 per cent and works by using an air channel and rubber system to suspend the hardware off the ground.

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