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Roland TD-3 Percussion Sound Module

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The Roland TD-3 Percussion Sound Module has an easy-to-use interface that lets you start playing right away. Finding the right drum kit is simple: ju...Click To Read More About This Product

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114 new high-quality drum and percussion sounds arranged into 32 kits!

The Roland TD-3 Percussion Sound Module has an easy-to-use interface that lets you start playing right away. Finding the right drum kit is simple: just use the Phrase Preview function to hear a short demo for each kit. Each kit's sounds can be enhanced using 15 types of built-in Ambience effects and compression. And with Roland's enhanced Rhythm Coach onboard, drummers can improve their timing, speed and endurance using several rhythm-training exercises. The back of the module features 9 trigger inputs, making it possible to add more pads like Roland's mesh PD-80R for snare. A stereo mix input lets you play along with external audio sources, while MIDI in and out let you connect with sequencers and more.

  • Drum Instruments - 114
  • Click Instruments - 10
  • Drum Kits - 32
  • Effect - Ambience (15 types)
  • Click Tempo - 20-260
  • Coach Mode - Menu: 7, Variation: 20
  • Display - 7 Segments, 3 characters
  • Connectors - Trigger input jack x 9, Hi-Hat control jack, Output jacks
  • (L/MONO, R), Phones jack, Mix in jack, MIDI connectors (in, out)
  • Dimensions - 8 11/16" (W) x 5 11/16" (D) x 2 3/8" (H)
  • Weight - 1 lb 4 oz

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Minimalist Polyphony

By DeepClue-rCag4

from Ithaca, NY

I know very little about electronic drums and have owned this module for a couple of weeks only, but I can tell that this module must have really limited polyphony, because at times I get a silent snare drum when I hit it simultaneously to a couple other pads (kick and hi-hat for example). And that's annoying. Another evidence of its polyphonic limitations is the "tin can" sound of the drums. Don't get me wrong--they do sound quite nice, but forget about using those for recording. Fortunately, the system is equipped with MIDI interface, which I'll be sure to try with my computer soon, so if you have Logic Studio or something similar I can imagine you can pretty much assign any sound you want to each pad.Overall, a really nice set for training, and perhaps the MIDI interface can unleash more possibilities. Definitely not a "serious" item.One thing that peeves me incredibly is the obvious practice in music of intentionally crippling electronics in order to set outrageous price scales. I mean, how hard and costly it really is to have 64 voices. Roland and its Edirol brand are absolute experts at this.

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Excellent for the practicing musician

By Leo-ROP03

from Vancouver, BC

The user interface is quite easy to use and to get around once you've played around a bit. The only small drawbacks that I have about the TD-3 are: the volume control is a little knob on the back of the unit, and the display is a simple LED one so you have to memorize the abbreviations. Other than that, this thing is great......


TD-3 Glee

By Monk

from Thailand

Tried this in a couple stores and can't seem to get passed the cheap look. Sounds are good but limited. Very much for beginners. If you're a pro looking for a cheaper kit, get the TD-6KV and spend the extra couple hundred.


Roland TD-3

By Beato Whitlock

from Bismarck ND

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I have been using the Roland TD-3 for about one month now. So far it has been a reliable unit.The drum samples sound much better than my older Yamaha TMX. I only wish the unit was rack mountable.



By On_da_$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

from Florida east coast

I own an acoustic drumset with the roland triggers and mesh heads. I was going to buy the tdd-6 I have used it before but I didnt want to spend so much money. When I received it (TD-3) I was totally floored. It has the same quality of samples. Great Bass drum sounds for country to dance-trance. I also loved the snare and rim samples.This brain is just as good as the td 6. The TD-3 is like the easiest brain I have eve used. and Ive used yamahas dtIII express, roland td 6 and others and this roland td3 is the best bang for the buck. the td 6 cost quite a bit more and all you realy get is more sounds but they are sounds you really dont need. like a whistle, ect.I can't say enough good about the td-3. I have no reason to upgrade.


Simple but effective...

By Blazer420

from Philadelphia, PA

This module is a great entry into the V-Drum family. The sounds are accurate and there is enough flexibility that you will be able to achieve your desired sound. The fact that this, the lowest end Roland module, is compatible with the full line of upgraded V-Drum components is impressive. I am an experienced drummer that needed a practice kit for an apartment where I obviously could not practice daily on an acoustic setup. My V-Drum kit with this module has made me a better player. It is well worth the money.


Use with EZdrummer

By asdfkane

from Cleveland, OH

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While this module is very much designed with beginners in mind, the MIDI output makes it more than enough to use with Toontrack's EZdrummer software, allowing musicians living in acoustically-challenging situations (apartments, dorms, unloving wives) an opportunity to play realistic drum sounds for a cheap price.Currently I have it hooked up to the Roland compact kit and use it to trigger EZdrummer on my Mac. Love it!

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