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Roland SPD-S Sampling Percussion Pad   

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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...Read More

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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
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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 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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Happy

By JT

from Denver, CO

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!

(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

(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!

(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.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Forget it

By An Advanced Hobbyist

from Los Angeles, CA

Now, I should start by saying that maybe mine could've been a lemon that rolled off the assembly line. The main, and most important problem, is that the velocity on this machine is awful, just awful. It won't pick up even the softest drum hit. The second problem is that it's just too expensive for what it is. I would say it's about 200 dollars too much. The third issue is that if you want to load your own drum sounds you have to use a 512mb flash drive! Uh, it's 2009. Where am I going to find one of those when a 4gb drive sells for 12 dollars?! The last problem is that, yes, as other users have pointed out, the pad comes with stock sounds, but most of those sounds are of the dance and techno variety. That's really not that big of a deal if you're using this machine strictly as a midi controller for your drum programming and have a significant drum sample library. Then again, if you're only using this to trigger samples, you could get something cheaper-- and better. So, again, mine could have been a dud in terms of the triggering issue. But on the other hand, the flash drive, price, and sounds were enough for me to take this thing back. And that's a real shame too because I love Roland's products!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

cool ,very cool

By alanondrums

from Atl. Ga.

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)

 
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

Very nice pad; huge potential

By a customer-dgIDH

from Louisiana

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.

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