Roland Users Group
Roland® has long been a leader and innovator in electronic percussion technology. For years, Roland’s popular V-Drums® have become the standard by which all other electronic drum sets are measured.
Roland’s percussion legacy also includes a legendary line of digital percussion pads, beginning with the original OCTAPAD™ in 1985. The OCTAPAD (PAD 8) was a revolutionary percussion instrument that was adopted by musicians worldwide and became a classic. Over the years, Roland has continued to refine and improve these unique instruments with features and technologies that are both powerful, versatile, and musical.
For 2010, Roland is proud and excited to introduce the OCTAPAD SPD-30. Combining cutting edge drum and percussion sounds with the latest triggering technology, a Phrase Loop function, USB MIDI and much more, the OCTAPAD SPD-30 is a rugged instrument that's a perfect addition to an electronic or acoustic drum set, or percussion set. It’s designed to be versatile and flexible for any musical application.
Great Feeling Pads For Expressive Performances
Unlike some other percussion pads on the market, the OCTAPAD SPD-30 features superior pad-sensing technology that responds to all the dynamics of your playing. Each pad is a separate, isolated unit, providing the ultimate in sensitivity with complete crosstalk rejection.
With its large backlit LCD and intuitive interface, navigating menus and editing parameters on the OCTAPAD SPD-30 is extremely easy. The pads also feature illuminated LEDs, helpful for performing in low-light settings.
The OCTAPAD SPD-30 includes more than 600 drum and percussion sounds from around the world suited to cover any musical style. Arranged in 50 kits, the sounds are dynamic and expressive, and range from traditional to contemporary to exotic. You can customize the sounds with the onboard controls by adjusting tuning, muffling, attack, pitch sweep, and more. With 30 types of multi-effects onboard, EQ, limiter, and seven Ambience types onboard, sound creation options are even more powerful. You can also layer two sounds per pad to create an incredible number of sound combinations.
The onboard Phrase Loop function is a powerful creative for both recording and live use. With Phrase Loop you can quickly record your playing in real time and overdub up to three layers per phrase. Fifty phrases can be stored internally on the OCTAPAD SPD-30, and you can also save your Phrase Loop data using an optional USB thumb drive.
The external trigger/control inputs allow players to connect additional pads and a hi-hat controller to create a powerful yet portable mini-electronic kit.
The OCTAPAD SPD-30 is also compatible with Roland RT-Series acoustic drum triggers, allowing additional options for drummers who want to add electronics to their acoustic drum set.
With USB connectivity for both data backup and MIDI, allowing players to expand their recording capabilities with personal computers. Standard MIDI connections are also included, allowing connection to external sound modules, samplers and other MIDI devices.
A perfect addition to an existing electronic or acoustic drum set, percussion set up, recording studio, or DJ set up, is the OCTAPAD SPD-30, designed to be as flexible and musical as you are.