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Roland SPD-SX Sampling Pad   

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The ultimate percussion sampling instrument.

The new SPD-SX Sampling Pad puts powerful sample creation and playback under your sticks with innovative audio-capturing features, expressive playability, three multi-effects engines, and much more. The perfect addition to any acoustic or electronic drum kit, percussion setup, DJ booth, or keyboard rig, the SPD-SX is equally at home on the live stage, in the recording studio, pre-production suite, or dance club. The SPD-SX takes many of the proven concepts from its predecessor and raises them to a new level. Whether you're firing off one-shot samples, looped phrases, or complete audio playback tracks, the SPD-SX is loaded with the latest technology and tools to get the job done with speed, precision, and convenience. Enjoy the most advanced triggering and sampling technology in a sleek, easy-to-use percussion instrument.

FEATURES
  • Unique sampling-pad concept ” the only instrument of its kind in the world
  • 2GB internal memory, enabling approximately 360 minutes of sampling (mono) without requiring external memory
  • Nine velocity-sensitive rubber pads, two external dual-trigger inputs
  • Easy capturing and assignment of audio data through Multi-Pad Sampling
  • Three units of multi-effects onboard, with two real-time control knobs and four dedicated effect buttons
  • Individual Pad Dynamics indicators show pad status and audio-level activity during performance
  • Expanded USB functionality (USB Mass Storage, USB MIDI/AUDIO, USB Memory)
  • Wave Manager software included for easily importing, assigning, and organizing samples
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RolandSPD-SX Sampling Pad
 
4.9

(based on 8 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (5)
  • Good quality (5)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Concerts (6)
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    • Professional musician (5)

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5.0

Top of the Line

By Marko

from Oklahoma City

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts

    Comments about Roland SPD-SX Sampling Pad:

    I had the SPDS pad & used in it live drum performance settings until I completely wore it out. Upgraded to the SPDX recently & I'm amazed at the quality. Pad is better, software is better & easy to load samples. It seems sturdier than the SPDS, but you'll still want some sort of case for transport.

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    5.0

    Amazing Product!

    By Sam Dollins

    from Atchison, Ks

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fun
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts

      Comments about Roland SPD-SX Sampling Pad:

      As a show choir director, this product is amazing for my back up band. I can use thousands of sounds to enhance my show choir without having to bring hundreds of instruments. The price may seem steep but it is well worth it.

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      5.0

      The Roland SPD-SX is an amazing piece of equipment

      By Tim Kerr

      from MN

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts

        Comments about Roland SPD-SX Sampling Pad:

        Great and really easy to use. Sampling has never been so easy!

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        5.0

        professional gear, professional quality

        By Twiggs

        from Pittsburgh pa

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • broadens capabilities
        • Easy To Use
        • Good Quality
        • several helpful features

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • drum kit expansion
          • one-man-band

          Comments about Roland SPD-SX Sampling Pad:

          I have no complaints. Considering what's out there on the market and how many professionals are using this piece of equipment, I suggest you get it if you're on the fence. It's uses are innumerable.

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          5.0

          Great!

          By William Mosley

          from Oklahoma

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • One Man Band

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts

            Comments about Roland SPD-SX Sampling Pad:

            This really expands my sound.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent Product

            By CP

            from St. Paul, MN

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts
              • Musicals
              • Practicing
              • Recording

              Comments about Roland SPD-SX Sampling Pad:

              I am a professional musician and I have been using sample pads for many years (Roland SPD-S, Roland Octopad, Yamaha DTX) and this is easily the best one yet in my opinion. The pad is very user friendly and can be operated without reading the user manual. The Yamaha DTX has limits on each sample size which is a huge bummer and only 100MB of internal memory. The SPD-SX has 2GB of internal memory and no limit on the sample size. The SPD-SX Wave Manager makes loading and managing your own samples a breeze. I am very happy with this purchase.

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              (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Roland SPD-SX

              By Erick Garcia

              from Houston

              Comments about Roland SPD-SX Sampling Pad:

              I've owned the SPD-S since it came out and it was an awesome sampler! It worked great for me live and in the studio. I just picked up the new SPD-SX about a month ago and right off the bat it was easy for me to dive in and navigate around. I exported all my wave files from the SPD-S and imported them into the new SPD-SX with no problem. I haven't used it live yet however I can see how the new display and illuminated buttons will help out when light settings are low. Pad check is awesome! Quick menus are cool. I can also now setup a click and send it out via a selection of different outs which will work great live. I can send the click signal out to the band for their ears only via a sub out! Over all I'm impressed and I can see I'm gonna have lots of fun with it. Oh! And the preloaded sounds that come with it are great!
              A little on the pricey side of things... but well worth the buy.

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              (22 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              A much more professional model than the SPD-S, though lacking in sounds.

              By Alex Bishop

              from Australia

              Comments about Roland SPD-SX Sampling Pad:

              Overall, a good unit and a much needed upgrade to the SPD-S

              Much more roadworthy, though the biggest issue I have with it is the limited stock sounds; it is much more 'loop focussed' than 'drum sound focussed', I miss the range of sounds offered by the SPD-S. Sounds are very easy to import and decent samples are easy to come by, so it's not a huge issue (just buy battery or something and take the sounds from there)

              Can play really long Wav files, useful for triggering backing tracks
              (Yamaha DTX-12 had a 4MB file limit!! no such problem here)

              I've owned pretty much everything in this catagory (Roland SPD-S, Yamaha DTX-12, now this) and I feel like the SPD-SX is the clear winner.
              The SPD-SX has a lot of great features, the most useful for me being the Wave Manager Software, which allows you to assign kits and sounds using the computer. It only lets you assign waves and the kit name however; kit settings like tempo, trigger setups etc must still be configured using the menus. Still saves a boatload of time over the old menu based systems.

              The sub-outs are a great feature, many many uses for them like separating high and low sounds so they can be mixed by the sound guy independantly.

              More expandability than the SDP-S though sadly not more hi-hat control.

              Missing the record pattern feature: can record yourself playing the SPD-SX, but saves as a wave, patterns were useful as they could easily tempo sync or change sounds and took up much less memory.

              The lights on the pad are a great help, letting you know which pads are producing sound.

              The menu is intuitive and simple, I do wish they had a rotary encoder or some other way of changing a parameter like tempo quickly.

              Sound library is limited, importing your own sounds is easy, however the stock sounds are a little narrow in scope. The sounds on there are great and there are classic things like 808's, 909's, bass drops etc so it would suffice for most people I'd say.
              Very high quality; I've broken an SPD-S on the road before. I've used a SPD-S, Yamaha DTX-12 and now this; the SPD-SX is the most solid feeling, durable pad out of all of them.

              Great roadworthy design, much stronger and not at all 'toy-like' like the SPD-S

              Sound quality is great too; I originally thought the system was unusually quiet but there is just an adjustable system gain that you need to turn up if you want to be loud.
              Overall, I feel like this is a very good value unit for the money. Traditionally Roland's offereings have been more expensive than camparative brands like Yamaha, however this pad was very reasonably priced.

              I wish both companies would get in the habit of including a mounting plate as part of the setup, but i don't see that happening anytime soon.

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