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The original Octapad PAD-8 changed the world of electronic percussion. By introducing a small, single-unit system with the capabilities of an entire ...Read More

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The original Octapad PAD-8 changed the world of electronic percussion. By introducing a small, single-unit system with the capabilities of an entire electronic collection, the options were endless. Now the Roland SPD-30 Octapad builds on the traditional design to offer an Octapad that can keep up with contemporary musicians. The PAD-8 was only a MIDI controller but the SPD-30 has an internal sound bank with 50 unique kits from a full range of musical genres. This system also has 30 multi-effects along with EQ and 7 ambiance types. Customize these sounds with tuning, muffling, or pitch sweep. This system also features V-Drum triggering technology in which each pad functions as an isolated unit. As a result, each has the best, singular sensitivity. There is also the awesome capability of attaching 4 dual-trigger input pads and a hi-hat controller to create a compact drum set. The Phrase Loop Function allows you to use your SPD-30 Octapad to create layered loops and phrases. Up to 50 loops with 3 layers each can be recorded and saved on this device. The large, backlit pad and LCD lights enable you to easily see even in a club or on stage.

Portable, powerful, percussion pad perfect for your productions and performances!

FEATURES
  • 8 trigger pads with hundreds of sounds
  • 50 drum kits
  • Packed with new percussion sounds from around the world, plus 30 types of multi-effects
  • The latest pad-sensing technology developed for V-Drums provides even and accurate pad triggering with excellent isolation between pads
  • Four dual-trigger inputs plus hi-hat controller for adding pads to create a mini kit, or for accepting triggers from acoustic drums
  • Ambience with equalizer and limiter
  • Phrase Loop function inspires your creativity; record your playing in real time and overdub up to three layers
  • USB connectivity for MIDI and memory storage
  • Large, backlit LCD and pad indicator lights for easy operation onstage or in any environment
  • Rugged, roadworthy design

The Octapad SPD-30 is the most versatile Octapad yet! Order today!

SPECIFICATIONS

SPD-30 Octapad

  • Pads: 8 built-in pads (Four external trigger inputs are provided, allowing you to connect Pads)
    Instruments: 670
    Kits: 50
    Kit chain: 8 chains (20 steps per chain)
    Instrument parameters: Tuning, Muffling, Soft Attack, Tone Color, Pitch Sweep, Volume, Pan, Reverse
    Effect types: Ambience (7 Types), Equalizer, Limiter, Multi Effect (30 Types)
    Phrase Loop: Phrases, 50; Parts, 3; Tempo, 40 to 260; Resolution, 480 ticks per quarter note; Recording Method, Real time; Maximum Note Storage, approximately 10,000 notes
    Display: 60 x 160 dots Graphic Type LCD (Backlit LCD), Pad Status Illumination x 8 (LED)
    Connectors: Phones Jack (Stereo 1/4" phone type), Output Jacks (L (MONO), R) (1/4" phone type), Mix In Jack (Stereo 1/4" phone type), External Trigger Input Jacks x 4, HH CTRL Jack, FOOT SW Jack (1/4" TRS phone type), MIDI Connectors (IN, OUT), USB Memory Connector (for USB Memory), USB MIDI Connector (for USB MIDI)
    Output Impedance: 1.0 kOhms
    Power Supply: AC Adaptor (DC 9V)
    Current Draw: 600mA
    Options: Pads (PD series, PDX series), Cymbals (CY series), Kick Triggers (KD series), Hi-Hats (VH-11), Hi-Hat Control Pedal (FD series), Pad Stand (PDS-10), All-Purpose Clamp (APC-33), Acoustic Drum Trigger (RT-10K, RT-10S, RT-10T), Pedal Switch (DP-2), Footswitch (FS-5U, FS-6), Personal Drum Monitor: PM-10, PM-30; V-Drums Accessory Package: DAP-3, V-Drums Mat: TDM-10, USB memory (Use USB memory sold by Roland. We cannot guarantee operation if other products are used.)

    Dimensions (WxDxH): 541 mm x 272 mm x 88 mm, 21-5/16" x 10-3/4" x 3-1/2"
    Weight: 3.8 kg., 8 lb. 7 oz.
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RolandSPD-30 Octapad
 
4.1

(based on 7 reviews)

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5.0

nice sounding percussion pad!

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from clarksville Tn

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Pros

  • Responsive

Cons

  • Not Sensitive

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment
  • Soundtracks

Comments about Roland SPD-30 Octapad:

This is by far the coolest percussion pad i baught I got a tama imperialstar sounds good and works great i got mine at a local music store i got the optional roland octapad spd 30 in black to match my set very pleased with my purchase!

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5.0

nice sounding percussion pad!

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from clarksville Tn

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Responsive

Cons

  • Not Sensitive

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment
  • Soundtracks

Comments about Roland SPD-30 Octapad:

This is by far the coolest percussion pad i baught I got a tama imperialstar sounds good and works great i got mine at a local music store i got the optional roland octapad spd 30 in black to match my set very pleased with my purchase!

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(30 of 31 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Competent but unfinished.

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from Europe

Comments about Roland SPD-30 Octapad:

Great for playing percussion but the phrase looper is not good enough. A hasty work developing. If you pretend to get as much out of it as possible to maximize value, be prepared to spend a lot of time with it learning all features. Also, you need to solve problems with an open mindset and make "mental detours" in the creational process to intuitively at a blink realize what you want to do live.
Pros: Great sounds and possibilities of variation between them. Good pad feel and playability. And other great ways of saving sounds and handling of menus.

Cons: Doesn't forward MIDI clock.
No separate pad for stopping and starting loops ONLY.
Hard to use in a live setting syncing to a external beat/music. No way to tap tempo in pre-listening mode, also because Metronome doesn't start when immeadately when pressing start/standby button.
It's easy to become impressed by Michael Shacks demos but the Phrase loop function seems more or less meant to be played in a solo context. Maybe easier if syncing to a midi clock. But hard in an overall acoustic environment.
Good as expected.
Almost there, unfinished product regarding the Phrase loop. Buy a Loop pedal instead. Prepare for steep learning curve.

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Big J. Brownwood, Texas

Comments about Roland SPD-30 Octapad:

Great adition to my accoustic kit. Great pad. I love it.
Easy to use lots of sounds and features. Easy to record and use loop function.
Made very well, pads respond great.
Kind of pricey but you get what you pay for.

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(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

great fun.

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from around ATL

Comments about Roland SPD-30 Octapad:

i didn't give it full marks because the spd-sx has some features that i think the spd-30 should have as well. this machine would be way cool if it did!
i have read in reviews and forums that some say roland v drums and this pad sound like a toy. it is my opinion these people must be running their sound through a toy amp. i personally run mine through a peavey kb-5 and the sounds and tone are spot on. it still blows me away when i play. the high end electric drum kits require doing your home work and investing in good sound equipment to take advantage of all the hard work that went into the product. roland holds many patents that others must pay to use just to keep up. i have several roland models and just love them.
as far as my review of this pad. learn to adjust the sensitivity to take advantage of multi triggering the pads. i had to learn some techniques to get the pads to come alive. takes a little practice but thats the fun part.
this newer model octapad is built well. my five year old misses the pads and smacks the plastic from time to time and it doesn't phase it.
a bit pricey but what isn't these days?

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(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

I expected a bit more...

Comments about Roland SPD-30 Octapad:

After playing the SPD-20 since 1999, I have grown to love the compactness of Roland Multipads. The SPD 20 and SPD S made a formidable foe for the Roland modules of the past, until the TD series arrived. I was hoping the SPD 30 would rival the TD series, but that was not the Roland business plan. Make no mistake,it is built very well and has LOTS of way cool world percussion samples, but that's the end of the story. If you want a good percussion tool with unique and high quality sounds, you could not do any better, but if you are thinking about a matching hot rod drum kit, not much here. On this unit, Roland makes the outboard pads unable stack two sounds,(rim & head don't count) it's drama to turn off sound bank A while programming sound bank B, the acoustic drum selections are skimpy and many just plain bad sounding. So this is definitely a percussionist machine or an add on to another Roland (they planned it that way) module. I guess I was hoping for an improved sound bank with more samples (the Yamaha has over 1000) of high quality drums and cymbals along with the world percussion instruments. I plan to keep the SPD 30 because of those unique instruments, but will simply have to buy the Yamaha to finish the job. With the Yamaha having sampling capabilities, I might be able to lose the SPD S and it's insensitive pad response...but that is another story.

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(14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Roland octapad spd-30

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from Las Vegas, NV

Comments about Roland SPD-30 Octapad:

Yes, this is the best Octapad, latest and greatest, I'll give you that, but it is still lacking key elements that could have made it great. With 2 usb connections and audio in, you would expect this to have some sort of audio import feature like the SPD-S, but it does not. The pad lights only shine when a phrase loop is active. The monochrome LCD display is a bit tricky to navigate and the phrase loop light just keeps flashing and driving me crazy. There are no user banks or storage locations to set up kits inside the unit, but thankfully there is a USB memory connection. Output is weak, but headphones are ok. Pads are soft able to be controlled individually with absolutely no cross talk, but are more sensitive in center, less at the edge. The literature lies. Very limited number of samples and pitched instruments have way too few resamples. Phrase looping is nice but nothing new here. You can only combine 3 tracks in a loop, but SPD-S can combine 9. Hows that for progress. Solid instrument and easy to play, good addition to V-drum set or SPD-S.

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