The Benefits of Electronic Drums
Considering playing drums or adding an acoustic drum set to your household, lesson room, or house of worship? Take a look at the unique benefits provided by electronic drums and percussion, especially Roland V-Drums.
Quick Access to a Wide Variety of Sounds
Electronic drum kits allow you to change the sound of your drum kit with a touch of a button. Studio-quality acoustic kits, huge arena rock kits, world and orchestral percussion, electronic and techno kits, funky hip-hop kits, and more are all immediately accessible. With hundreds of drum, percussion, and effects sounds at your fingertips, an electronic kit will let you play authentic sounds in wide variety of musical styles.
One of the main challenges with acoustic drums, cymbals, and percussion is the extreme volume levels these instruments can produce. An electronic drum kit’s drum and cymbal pads make very little acoustic noise when played, and the volume of the sounds can be easily controlled with the volume knob. This makes electronic kits a great choice for small stages, churches, or anywhere stage volume may be a problem. At home, the sound can be monitored with headphones making late night and apartment drumming practical. And for recording enthusiasts, electronic drums make it easy to achieve professional sounding tracks by eliminating the need for multiple microphones and preamplifiers.
Practicing, Play-along, and Built-In Recording
Roland electronic drum sets include valuable practice, play-along and recording tools. All models feature a built-in metronome with adjustable tempo, and a mix-in jack for connecting to an MP3 or CD player so you can jam with your favorite songs. Some also include Roland’s Coach, a unique tool that helps improve drumming skills with challenging exercises and drills, providing feedback on your performance. With many models you can explore different drumming styles by playing along with onboard songs and musical patterns, or access MP3 and WAV files with a USB thumb drive. Even record and play back your drumming performances with easy-to-use recording features, now a common built-in feature with nearly every current model of Roland V-Drums. And for the TD-30, TD-15, and TD-11 series V-Drums Kits, the optional Roland Wireless Connect allows you to record or just have fun jamming using the FREE apps Air Recorder and V-Drums Friend Jam for iPhone.
You can also expand your sound palette and recording capabilities by connecting your electronic drum set to computers and software, external sound modules, samplers and other electronic musical instruments via MIDI. MIDI is the worldwide standard for connecting electronic musical instruments and computers. All Roland V-Drums models include a standard MIDI out connector that requires a separate MIDI interface, and many also include USB for simple connection to a computer with a single cable. Either method allows you to utilize any number of software applications including Roland’s DT-1 Drum Tutor and V-Drums Friend Jam.
Familiar Playing Feel
You’ll experience a great acoustic drum feel when playing Roland V-Drums, and all your acoustic drumming techniques translate seamlessly to V-Drums, from rim shots on the snare to grabbing a cymbal to choke its sound. Even nuanced techniques such as buzz and press rolls, brush play, hi-hat heel splashes, and more are easily performed on virtually all Roland electronic drum sets.
Take the V-Drums Challenge
We invite you to play Roland V-Drums. Compare the feel, responsiveness, and sound quality to other brands of electronic drum sets. We’re confident that you’ll agree that Roland makes the finest and most versatile electronic drums and percussion available.
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September 11, 2013 @ 3:25 pm
I’m a beginner and very confused. There are so many kits to choose from that I don’t know which one to use. Is there a name for the kit that sounds like an acoustic drum? For example, there are kits like ‘stereo kit 1’, ‘Analog Ballad Kit 1’ and ‘waltz kit’ etc. I have a DD-65 btw. Been confused for 1 and a half to 2 years now.
June 9, 2013 @ 11:20 pm
I just want to say… Roland make SUCH sweet drums. I don’t have a set myself, but one of my drum students has a set he plays on (live in a condo) and they are magnificent.
I’ve played on many sets of electronic drums in my time, but one of my favorite thing is jamming on his set before/after a lesson. 🙂
March 17, 2013 @ 7:53 am
How do I get new kit sounds for my new td11k?
OV Valle [Roland US]
March 19, 2013 @ 5:21 pm
Hi Joshua, sorry for taking so long to reply to your comment. Regarding your question, you cannot import new sounds into the TD-11 module. However, the TD-11 does allow you to edit existing sounds and it also allows you to make up your own drum kits. http://youtu.be/w82sGIzhg88?t=2m55s
I hope this helps.
David S. Thomas
March 14, 2013 @ 8:05 pm
How can I download new drum kit sounds into my TD9?
Drew Armentrout [Roland US]
March 15, 2013 @ 8:48 am
If you own a Version 1 TD-9 module, there is a Version 2 update that includes 30 new kick and snare drum sounds, increases the internal kit memory from 50 to 99, and also allows MP3 file playback from a USB thumb drive. The easiest way to determine your TD-9’s version is by pressing kit, and turning the value wheel fully clockwise. If you have 99 total kits, you already have Version 2 installed. If you only have 50 total kits, you can upgrade to Version 2. Roland previously offered the Version 2 upgrade by purchasing a USB thumb drive that included the Version 2 upgrade. Beginning in April, this paid upgrade requires sending your TD-9 module to the Roland Service Center in Los Angeles after you obtain an official return authorization from Roland US. If you already have Version 2, there is no way to add new sounds, although there are third-party companies that sell kits that are created from the existing sounds. You can also create your own custom kits by using the TD-9’s built in editing tools.
April 1, 2013 @ 5:33 pm
How long is the turn around time? I have a TD9 version 1 that I play for worship at church. Are the extra kits preprogrammed or are they blank? This is awesome. Also what have you found to be the most realistic cymbal sounds from a TD9? What are some ways to tweak them for the realistic playback? Example, my cymbals they way they are set don’t allow for any cymbal swells when slow accents are needed. I would appreciate any help. Thanks, Jeff
April 7, 2013 @ 11:22 am
Jeff we use an electonic kit for our Sunday worship too. To create the most relistic sound for your cymbals on an electric kit is to use your edit function and crank up the ambiance to your satisfaction. Some kits also alowe Mic positioning if yours does them move the cymbal nice to the furthest back position you can. Hope this helps. Just as a note try to find an online sound bank that you can play back a cymbal sound and try to recreate it with your drum sound.
April 8, 2013 @ 11:26 am
Thanks Josh, I can’t wait to try those adjustments. Is the TD9 upgrade worth it? From what I’ve read, it has a few more bass and snare options and thenjust room for more kits. What ate your thoughts? Jeff
April 7, 2013 @ 8:44 pm
What do you mean when you say;
“Roland previously offered the Version 2 upgrade by purchasing a USB thumb drive that included the Version 2 upgrade. Beginning in April, this paid upgrade requires sending your TD-9 module to the Roland Service Center in Los Angeles after you obtain an official return authorization from Roland US.”??
It is very inconvenient to send the brain back to Roland. Should be easy to download some new software files. How does some update their TD9 version 1? Been trying to get this answer for weeks.
Drew Armentrout [Roland US]
April 7, 2013 @ 10:29 pm
The TD-9 Version 2 was first introduced at Winter NAMM 2011 with the launch of the TD-9K2 and TD-9KX2 kits. This upgrade added 30 new kick and snare sounds, increased the internal kits from 50 to 99, and added MP3 file playback from (optional) USB media. For existing TD-9 owners, we began selling the TD-9 Version 2 Upgrade Package directly beginning in mid-2011 and continued to sell this package until October 2012 when we sold out. During that time the V2 upgrade was only sold as a physical package (USB thumb drive), and unfortunately, that physical upgrade package is no longer available.
The only way to upgrade a Version 1 TD-9 to Version 2 is through our Los Angeles Service Center. We realize that this is not the most convenient way to upgrade your module, but it is the solution that was chosen to continue to service our United States based customers who own a Version 1 TD-9. The TD-9 Version 2 upgrade is not available (nor will it be) via download.
If you’d like to have Version 2.0 installed, call our Customer Service department @ 323-890-3700. They will provide you with an RA# (Return Authorization) and detailed instructions on how to send in your TD-9 module to have the upgrade done. The price for the upgrade is $50.00 which includes return shipping. This is the same price that was charged when the upgrade was first sold two years ago.
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