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Roland SPD-SX Sampling Pad  

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The new SPD-SX Sampling Pad puts powerful sample creation and playback under your sticks with innovative audio-capturing features, expressive playabi...Read More

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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.

  • 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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By William Mosley

from Oklahoma

About Me Professional Musician


  • One Man Band


    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)


    Excellent Product

    By CP

    from St. Paul, MN

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer


    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality


      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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      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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      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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