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Roland SPD-S Sampling Percussion Pad

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Add sampling to any setup.

The Roland SPD-S Sampling Percussion Pad is a great alternative to acoustic triggers and a rack sampler. The SPD-S lets you record CD-quality samples and play them back instantly using six pads and three edge triggers. Includes preset sounds and effects so you can start playing immediately.

FEATURES
Compact percussion multi-pad with CD-quality sampling
Play any 8 sounds simultaneously via 6 pads and 3 edge triggers
Up to 380 seconds of 44.1kHz user sampling (95 seconds in fine mode)
00 wave form locations with 180 pre-loaded waves and 128 patches
Resampling function and onboard pattern sequencer
28 multi-effects and ambience add dimension to sounds
Wave memory expandable via optional compact flash cards
Mounts easily on conventional drum stands and hardware
MIDI in and out
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4.2

(based on 37 reviews)

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Roland SPD-S

I'm a drummer and bought the SPD-S right around Christmas of '08 to use w/ my uptempo top 40 band. The unit works great and does much more that you'll probably ever need....Read complete review

I'm a drummer and bought the SPD-S right around Christmas of '08 to use w/ my uptempo top 40 band. The unit works great and does much more that you'll probably ever need. The manual takes some getting use to but like anything new, the learning curve is high at the beginning and then tapers-off w/ experience. I'm happy to know that someone's successfully using a 4mb card w/ the unit; although, I'm no where near filling-up the 512 card. If you're sampling entire tunes, sure, you'll use lots more memory. If sampling hits, beats, vocals, etc. off of CD's, or creating patterns using the Phrase Maker feature, one 512 card will hold LOTS of data. Long story short, and I'm not a techie, the more I use the product, and the more familiar I become w/ it, the more I like it. Experience (w/ anything in life) = less frustration, work through it, it's worth it! I did have some real problems w/ a venue that didn't haven't sufficient power; otherwise, zero problems. The unit is durable (so far) but if you're a basher and and play like you're clubbing a baby seal, you're probably going to tear this up. Note: I cut a small piece of plexi glass and used double-sided tape to cover the LCD diplay due to horror stories of people hitting it w/ a stick and shattering it... I would advise buying the Pearl clamp rather than the Roland, much nicer. BigRed

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A decent machine, but overpriced

I bought the SPD-S over six months ago to augment my drum kit with samples, and I've used it almost daily. But I ended up using it mainly for playing "drum...Read complete review

I bought the SPD-S over six months ago to augment my drum kit with samples, and I've used it almost daily. But I ended up using it mainly for playing "drum kit" with a Roland KD-8 kick trigger at open mic nights. For that purpose it's been a portable solution that works fairly well (and impresses the heck out of people for some reason), except that the pad velocity response is so bad, there's no way to finesse anything. Most hits are either full volume or silent. Also, I question the multitimbrality of this thing--hitting one pad often cuts off samples you've already triggered from other pads, and it's truly embarrassing when that happens. All this definitely makes it sound like a machine when you're playing it like a kit. In the worst case, in a live gig, it can make you sound like you're completely incompetent regardless of your chops.Two big drawbacks are the back panel and the built-in sounds. The volume control on the back panel is so tiny, and placed so close to another jack, that it's very difficult to rotate it. You definitely can't see it without a flashlight. Likewise, the power jack is positioned so close to the power button that you must almost rip the L-plug out just to remove the power supply from the unit. This could easily result in the need to purchase several power supplies throughout the life of this machine. To me, these two engineering flaws are inexcusable if they tested this machine at all. Otherwise, the back panel offers a great deal of connectivity, including MIDI. As a MIDI controller, I've found it more useful than the Trigger Finger or a keyboard, except for the velocity problem. The case is plastic, but pretty tough, and it takes a beating well. I haven't had any significant crosstalk problems with the unit.The built-in sounds are generally awful--especially the dismal vocal samples that say pointless things like "Yeah!", "Welcome!" and even "SPD-S"! Who in the world would ever need a sample that says "SPD-S"? (In case you think Roland is just tossing in an advertising plug, they include several variations of this sample, so they apparantly expect people to use it).The latin percussion and gong samples are pretty good, except that the pad configurations for those kits don't make much sense. You'll probably want to rearrange the pad configuration of samples on most kits, in fact.The machine takes a few moments to boot up, and it defaults to kit 1 when you turn it on, so you must slowly scroll through kits to find the one you want. Also, I have found the SPD-S to be very tedious to configure, even when using the fairly comprehensive manual. I've never gotten the effects to have much much of a noticeable "effect", nor have I been able to boost the built-in ride cymbals anywhere near the volume of other built-in drum samples--even by reducing the volume of the other samples.So this device works pretty well as a straight-forward sample trigger from a drum kit, and can also be used with a kick trigger to simulate a real drum kit in a pinch (don't expect much realism though). But when I consider the back panel configuration, the pad velocity response, the built-in sounds, and the complexity of operation versus the price, I'm very unhappy that I paid so much money for it. Knowing what I know now, I might pay three hundred bucks for it, but no more. At the very least, Roland should include a nice padded case at the price they're asking, because you'll definitely want to shell out more money for a case.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Dont listen to n00bs!

By Drumsville

from Texas

This thing is great, the velocity works fine, especially if you learn to adjust it...Also, I USE A 4GB SDcard with mine with no problem, you can use 512, 1gb, 2gb or 4gb, but 4 is the limit. You can also use a play through line and manipulate the audio with the pads as the audio is being played as well as add real time control of effects with a standard Roland volume pedal.You have to do your homework and really read the manual and use your imagination when buying into a product, this thing is worth EVERY dime!

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Cool Sampler

By Biggie-YVhRZ

from Columbia

I got the SPD-S about a year ago, and I 'm just getting to a point where I can incorporate it effectively in my set-up/ I play a lot of worship, and while most guys are using Ableton and Reason, I opt to use this unit. I like having a distorted 2 or 4 bar drum sample to open some songs; its sets the tempo without cheesy counting and, if you got a good guitar player or someone that knows how to pad, your transitions become so much smoother. Totally agree with the other guys, delete everything and start over. I have the #1 Patch holding all my intro drum loops with the filter effects set on it, Patch 2 is an effects patch with and 808, 909, and super low kick samples, distorted snare and hihat, some white noise, and some other samples. I have a few other patches that are for misc. stuff. Since the sampler has a midi out, you can set it up to trigger samples out of Reason or Ableton. A lot of guys are asking drummers to be able to play with this software, so put aside you views on it and learn to play with it. The SPD-S makes it easier because as soon as the song is over, you start the next loop, keeps you from fooling with your laptop.Lastly- My SPD-S fits perfectly in a TAMA ROAD PRO Snare Stand- saved me a bundle on that over priced stand they sell.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice piece of equipment

By Al-vpgjL

from Texas

I just recently bought the SPD-S. I love it, I use all the time. I love the sounds that it came with and it's very easy to navigate. I was originally going to buy the Alesis one but after doing my homework I went with the SPD-S. The only bad thing about it is that it has duplicate sounds on it, which I think is a waist of memory, but other than that I would recommend it to anyone.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

cool ,very cool

By Ac

from Atlanta

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This is the coolist pad roland has come out with so far. It's very east to use right out of the box. My band loves this. Now Backing vocals at the strike of a pad.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Learn it and love it!

By MAS FiNA MADMAN

from toledo, OH

I have been using the SPD-s for 6 years now, (I own 3 of them) and consider myself somewhat of an expert. I trigger loops and samples all night with it, all of which I sampled and tweaked myself. The performance section is great, although, if you record phrases in the lower sample rate, you better check them! They sometimes change a bit during saving. Have I had problems? Yes, where do i begin? After using my first SPD-s for a couple years, pad # 8 went dead, and I had to replace the "membrane". It cost me 200 bucks to fix, and the unit never worked right again. So, I bought another one. Used it (again) for a couple years, and then the main output jacks started distorting, my quick fix was to split the stereo output, which worked, but it is not regulated by the volume control. I bought a third unit. And am going to take the second to the local shop to see if he can fix the output problem. BUT, there is nothing out there like the SPD-s, and I am addicted to it!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Roland SPD-S

By BigRed-slwvX

from St. Louis Area

I'm a drummer and bought the SPD-S right around Christmas of '08 to use w/ my uptempo top 40 band. The unit works great and does much more that you'll probably ever need. The manual takes some getting use to but like anything new, the learning curve is high at the beginning and then tapers-off w/ experience. I'm happy to know that someone's successfully using a 4mb card w/ the unit; although, I'm no where near filling-up the 512 card. If you're sampling entire tunes, sure, you'll use lots more memory. If sampling hits, beats, vocals, etc. off of CD's, or creating patterns using the Phrase Maker feature, one 512 card will hold LOTS of data. Long story short, and I'm not a techie, the more I use the product, and the more familiar I become w/ it, the more I like it. Experience (w/ anything in life) = less frustration, work through it, it's worth it! I did have some real problems w/ a venue that didn't haven't sufficient power; otherwise, zero problems. The unit is durable (so far) but if you're a basher and and play like you're clubbing a baby seal, you're probably going to tear this up. Note: I cut a small piece of plexi glass and used double-sided tape to cover the LCD diplay due to horror stories of people hitting it w/ a stick and shattering it... I would advise buying the Pearl clamp rather than the Roland, much nicer. BigRed

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great addition to acoustic drumset

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This is an awesome product! I use it to incorporate hand claps, trigger loops, and emulate loops into live shows. Pros: Having 9 pads is awesome. This is the perfect product for using your own samples. Two trigger inputs are a luxury. Great instruction manual. Pads are quite sensitive. TONS of options for controlling sounds (volume, panning, muting, etc.). Cons: The on-board effects are not ideal. Some factory sounds and effects are silly. Browsing within the product can be tedious and possibly confusing at first.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Tough and Durable Unit

By PrisChape

from California

I purchase five of these units to use in the Protestant Chapel services in a men's maximum security prison in CA. They are about two years old now and have stood up to the heaviest and ham handed use of the men here. If it can be broken or messed up, they will do it.The rang of sound and incredible accuracy of tone makes visitors to the services stand and crane their necks looking for the trap set. When they realize that it is electronic they want to know. Where to get one.You can be confident that you are getting quality, durability and great sound when purchasing a Roland.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

New review a few years later

By Drumjazz

from Durham, NC

I entered a negative review back in 2003. After that, I happened to meet the Roland rep at PASIC 2004. He gave me the contact info I needed and I was able to have the pads fixed at no cost. ( I think I mentioned that I was being Beta tested in the first review). Now, it works fine. Since then, I finally took the time to learn how to upload sounds from my laptop to the flash card and then to the SPD-S. This works well, but it's a bit tedious to assign and name the sounds. But overall, it does what it says it will. BTW, I have also used a CV pedal to control aspects of the effects. That is a nice addition.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Happy

By JT

from Denver, CO

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I bought this to run a click along with backing tracks live. I run a backing track with a click and some guitars panned all the way left, so I've been using an iPod with a splitter. Not the best way.I was able to record all the tracks straight into the SPD-S from the iPod. The sound quality is not the best, but it'll do for live. I'm very happy with the product. I'm more happy with the company itself. Even with the manual, some features are difficult to figure out. Roland customer service is top notch. They are only a phone call away, and they speak English! The two reps I talked to on different occasions were very knowledgeable and helpful. Now I can use my tracks and add other sounds for each song. I'm a fan!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very nice pad; huge potential

By a customer-dgIDH

from Louisiana

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I bought this pad after a failed attempt to introduce electronic sounds into my band with an electronic drum set. The on-board sounds are ok, but the best feature is being able to import any sound you want onto the pad using the sample feature or a compact flash card. I completely wiped all of the stock sounds and have replaced them with whatever I need (drum loops or individual drum sounds from Reason, instrument loops, metronome, sound effects, monologues, etc.) Since my band is just a duo, we often sample a keyboard part onto the pad and then loop it. However, buyer beware: the interface is rather difficult to use and will definitely require patience and the manual. You will need to buy the Roland AC-33 clamp if you plan on mounting this on a drum set. The pad also does not support any compact flash cards that are over 500mb. Despite these minor obstacles, the pad works incredibly well and is very sturdy. Your options for imported sounds are limitless. Highly recommended.

 
4.0

Roland SPD-S review

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I love this sampling pad. Any sound you want at any time and place. Just press sample and capture any sound via a 1/4inch cable to a mic or a computer. The computer option opens an unlimited world of sounds. Also I just added all the sounds from my Alesis DM Pro into the SPD-S with a 1/4inch cable,easy. The one downfall to the SPD-S is the lack of memory. But with a compactFlash card youll have more then enough room for at least 600 sounds.

 
3.0

A decent machine, but overpriced

By Fineanimal

from San Diego, California

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I bought the SPD-S over six months ago to augment my drum kit with samples, and I've used it almost daily. But I ended up using it mainly for playing "drum kit" with a Roland KD-8 kick trigger at open mic nights. For that purpose it's been a portable solution that works fairly well (and impresses the heck out of people for some reason), except that the pad velocity response is so bad, there's no way to finesse anything. Most hits are either full volume or silent. Also, I question the multitimbrality of this thing--hitting one pad often cuts off samples you've already triggered from other pads, and it's truly embarrassing when that happens. All this definitely makes it sound like a machine when you're playing it like a kit. In the worst case, in a live gig, it can make you sound like you're completely incompetent regardless of your chops.Two big drawbacks are the back panel and the built-in sounds. The volume control on the back panel is so tiny, and placed so close to another jack, that it's very difficult to rotate it. You definitely can't see it without a flashlight. Likewise, the power jack is positioned so close to the power button that you must almost rip the L-plug out just to remove the power supply from the unit. This could easily result in the need to purchase several power supplies throughout the life of this machine. To me, these two engineering flaws are inexcusable if they tested this machine at all. Otherwise, the back panel offers a great deal of connectivity, including MIDI. As a MIDI controller, I've found it more useful than the Trigger Finger or a keyboard, except for the velocity problem. The case is plastic, but pretty tough, and it takes a beating well. I haven't had any significant crosstalk problems with the unit.The built-in sounds are generally awful--especially the dismal vocal samples that say pointless things like "Yeah!", "Welcome!" and even "SPD-S"! Who in the world would ever need a sample that says "SPD-S"? (In case you think Roland is just tossing in an advertising plug, they include several variations of this sample, so they apparantly expect people to use it).The latin percussion and gong samples are pretty good, except that the pad configurations for those kits don't make much sense. You'll probably want to rearrange the pad configuration of samples on most kits, in fact.The machine takes a few moments to boot up, and it defaults to kit 1 when you turn it on, so you must slowly scroll through kits to find the one you want. Also, I have found the SPD-S to be very tedious to configure, even when using the fairly comprehensive manual. I've never gotten the effects to have much much of a noticeable "effect", nor have I been able to boost the built-in ride cymbals anywhere near the volume of other built-in drum samples--even by reducing the volume of the other samples.So this device works pretty well as a straight-forward sample trigger from a drum kit, and can also be used with a kick trigger to simulate a real drum kit in a pinch (don't expect much realism though). But when I consider the back panel configuration, the pad velocity response, the built-in sounds, and the complexity of operation versus the price, I'm very unhappy that I paid so much money for it. Knowing what I know now, I might pay three hundred bucks for it, but no more. At the very least, Roland should include a nice padded case at the price they're asking, because you'll definitely want to shell out more money for a case.

 
4.0

ehh... Could Be Better

By Absalom Drummer

from Hagerstown, MD

I use mine for two completely different bands. I use the sampling capabilities for a Rush Tribute & the pre programmed sounds for a semi-accoustic gig. I love the sounds, love everything but one of the pads works only about 70% of the time. I baby the thing too. You will definetly need a flash card due to lack of memory! I've recorded bells & keyboard parts that I can trigger & play melodically but when 1 pad doesn't work it's frustrating!!!

 
1.0

Ehh

By DaRkDaZeband.com

from Undisclosed

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It froze the second day and its a pain in the butt to use.

 
5.0

Click, Record, Play

By Saving you the Trouble

from Kansas City, MO

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I highly suggest buying this if you're considering adding samples into your live set.It takes some time to figure out how to do everything (I still don't know EVERYTHING about it) but once you do it's worth it.I highly suggest buying a case for it (SKB Drum Machine/Sampler case fits great when adjusted right!), and a memory card as you will very quickly run out of room on internal, even if you clear all the presets.

 
4.0

Great features, but lacks durability

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

The SPD-S sounds great and has some cool features. I can now use samples live without having to lug a sampler, drum pads, and a trigger-to-MIDI converter to shows. You can use a CompactFlash card to load WAV and AIFF sound files from your computer and play them with the SPD-S. The big problem with it is that it's pretty fragile. Only 5 of the pads will work. 4 of them are broken. There's some sort of loos connection. When you hit the pad, it won't trigger. But when I hit my acoustic snare, they trigger. Every couple of days, a new one breaks, and one of the broken ones starts working again. I don't pound the thing, either. I play it normally. Also, just recently my right arrow button went dead. Now I can't edit the sounds, use phrase maker, or use any other feature that requires the arrow key. I've gotta send it into Roland. I recommend it to anyone, but be sure you have alot of $$$ to pay for the repair costs.

 
2.0

Abysmal...

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

It may look like a great way to add some spice to your acoustic kit - in theory. In reality, it's a waste of money. There are virtually NO acoustic kits. If you're thinking of using this for playing acoustic gigs or recording rock, jazz, or alternative, forget it. Most of the sounds are TR-808, sound effects, and techno. The pads feel mushy and completely lack dynamics. Also, mine broke down within 3 months of getting it. Little by little, pads started to false trigger and eventually go out altogether. Now, only 1 pad and the 3 cymbals work. I've yet to send it into Roland, as my warranty has expired, and I'm debating whether I even still want it. I'm thinking of going for a TD-3. Whatever you do, STAY AWAY from this device. Again, it may look cool, but in reality, it's a piece of garbage. Save your money and get a full V-Drums kit.

 
5.0

The best pad controller ever!

By Someone-lHO_v

from behind a drumset

Wow! Great pad controller! I like how you can download sounds off the internet, put 'em on the CompactFlash card, and play them! I took old Simmons SDS-5 samples off the internet and they sound great. The built-in sounds are great. It could come with more acoustic tom sounds, though. Today, I sampled my whole acoustic drumset. It's such a cool little unit. Negitive - Needs more external trigger inputs and more acoustic tom sounds.Other than that, it's great! GET IT! GET IT! GET IT!!!

 
4.0

Makes you stand out!!!!!

By BlaqueSteve

from Indianapolis,IN (NAPTOWN)

I was looking for the popular finger snaps and hand clap that alot of Hip Hop artists use and when I saw at first the Roland spd 20 I liked. But when I came across the spd s and found out I could sample my own stuff, I was moved. I sample alot of stuff for a few cover bands I play for and when I did, I got praises. Being an independent drummer for hire it also made me a little bit more marketable. If a band wants certain samples like band members names I put a little fee on it!

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