Oct 14


If you have been into Electronic Drums like me since they first came out, you may well have had a Roland Kit at some point. For me, I have been working my way up from my early TD-7, through to the TD-10 and TD-20 modules until now the new TD-30. Affording a £5000 or more kit is not for the faint hearted. I have still not achieved it and I have made as many compromises as I possibly could along the way to achieve a decent kit and keep the cost as low as possible. The primary part of an electronic kit is without doubt the module or brain as it sometimes called. Although this is another big outlay, it did not seem too bad after the sale of my expanded TD-20 module.
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Aug 10

Here are some more sound demos of the Roland TD-30 showing the fantastic combination of acoustic and electronic drum sounds. This is the best set Roland have done in my opinion and the content is far better than the TD-20. Roland usually focus their efforts on achieving real drum sounds and whilst that is great, in today’s music, you need far more than this. Have a listen to Craig Blundell’s demo here:-

Aug 7


In September 2011 Roland updated their now discontinued PM-01 Personal Drum monitor with the release of PM-03. This new addition to V-Drums personal-monitor family is the first 2.1 Channel monitor in this series. I always found that the Amplification of Electronic Drums to be the most difficult to achieve. There are of course different requirements and if you are at home with your exciting electronic kit, you want amplification that brings out the quality in the sounds and rhythms you are producing so that you have a similar experience to an acoustic drummer. Electronic kits have such great stereo facilities with sounds sometimes auto – panning, so your requirements are definitely stereo with something that can suitably cover the high and low frequency ranges. The live Electronic Drummer has a more complex requirement and personally needs to hear what he is playing, needs the rest of his band to hear the same and needs to project out to mix with the overall sound through the main PA to the audience. Roland provides a range of personal drum monitors to suit the varying demands. I will be looking at the PM-03 which is the smallest in the range but is a 2.1 setup. Whilst this has been designed more for the home user, I would like to evaluate its suitability as a personal monitor in a small live environment.

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Mar 24

Musikmesse 2012 New Roland TD15-KV V-Drum Kit

This really shows how good this new electronic V-Drum kit sounds, anounced this week at Musikmesse 2012 Frankfurt Germany. Craig Blundell shows off his rock drumming skills to bring you the new SuperNATURAL sounds and Behaviour Modelling. Today, the middle range of the V-Drums family inherits this acclaimed technology with the debut of the TD-15KV V-Tour kits. Have a look at the You Tube Clip:-

You have new sensing technology with “Behaviour Modelling” gives you a great natural drumming experience. You have 100 kits to choose from with 50 preset and 50 user kits. You also have some awesome recorded backing songs to play-along and practice with.

Jan 19

Here is one of my absolute favourites (approx 1600 pounds worth) the much awaited Roland TD-30 V-Drum Module, building still further on the much loved TD-10 and TD-20. Have a look at this beauty:-

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Oct 17

How To Sound Like A Professional With Roland V-Drums

One of the main reasons why a novice sounds so bad when he attempts to play an acoustic drum kit is that he hits part of the drum kit that he doesn’t intend to such as the metal rims or he doesn’t hit the drum on the best part of the head to “make” the sound. With Roland electronic drums these issues can easily be eliminated.

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Aug 24


The SPD-30 Octapad is the latest digital percussion multi-pad from Roland using the most up-to-date triggering technology and sounds. It has come a very long way since the first octapad – the Pad-8 introduced in 1985 as a MIDI percussion controller. In 1989 they introduced the second model – the Pad-80 Octapad II which had a larger memory that could store up to 64 different patches with 64 patches on a Roland M-256E memory card. Further improvements to the MIDI specification included the control of modulation, pitch bend and aftertouch using a foot pedal. They then went on to release their SPD range which were very similar to the Octapads but had on board sounds and effects.

If you are considering buying a Roland SPD-30 Octapad and want the best price possible, please click here :-Absolutemusic

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