Jan 18

New Roland TM-2 Trigger Module

Another unexpected new product from Roland is the new Roland TM-2 Trigger Module. There have also been quite a few rumours about a new drum machine based on the Roland 808 and I hope to bring you details of this when it is launched next week at NAMM 2014. Will Roland have any other surprises for us next week?

Anyway the Roland TM-2 Trigger Module is aimed at acoustic drummers who want to electronic sounds to their existing setup and/or beef up their acoustic sounds with a layer of electronics.


You may think differently but I don’t actually think the TM-2 Trigger Module looks that good but Roland maintain that it is “battery powered and compact and provides a simple, affordable solution for drummers that want to create a hybrid kit that brings acoustic and electronic”.

Looks are not everything especially when it has over 100 ready-to-play professional sounds as well as a user expansion by means of SCHD cards and two trigger inputs to add Roland Pads if you wish. The new BT-1 Bar Trigger Pad could be a great option here that is very inexpensive.

It is a small module and one that could be mounted on your hi-hat stand for easy access for example. The idea of batteries is so that an acoustic drummer at a rehearsal still does not require mains power – interesting thought.

It is very easy to use and there are simple large buttons. (I am sure you can hear all the drummer jokes going through your head as you are reading this) Seriously though, when you are hitting hell out of an acoustic kit, you need something that is not fiddly that you can change quickly and instinctively without having to think about it too much. This being the case the TM-2 could be just the module for the job.

Obviously for your acoustic drums, you are going to get the best out of this module when used with Roland’s RT-series acoustic drum triggers.

Thought has gone into optimizing the sounds for playing live through PA Systems and for layering with acoustic drums.

I am beginning to see the benefits of this module now which also include triggering your own wav files saved on an SDHC card, a multi effects engine and
MIDI I/O in the TM-2 lets you trigger sounds in V-Drums modules, keyboards, and synth modules etc. and the price – The TM-2 is due to retail for £195.

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