Roland SPD-SXItem ID: SPDSX
Sampling Percussion Pad with Nine Velocity-sensitive Pads, 900 Sounds, Effects, 2GB RAM, External Audio Inputs, and Trigger Inputs
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Exceptional Percussion Pad with Advanced SamplingRoland's SPD-SX sampling percussion pad is Roland's most advanced sampling percussion pad to date. With tons of sounds, three multi-FX, and 2GB of memory for up to three hours of onboard sampling, the SPD-SX is perfect for both stage and studio. Featuring nine velocity-sensitive pads and two dual-trigger inputs for external triggering of onboard sounds, the SPD-SX is also a great way to expand an existing percussion setup. And no matter how you use it, you'll love the easy visibility of the large backlit LCD screen and LED indicators for the pads.
The SPD-SX goes beyond other sampling percussion pads by making sampling external audio easier than ever. Just route a signal through the 1/4" inputs or from your computer via USB - just touch a pad at the appropriate start and end points, and the SPD-SX creates a perfect loop. And thanks to the included SPD-SX Wave Manager software, it's easy to organize your recorded samples and transfer them to and from your computer. With performance-focused features and an incredible sound set, you'll love the Roland SPD-SX sampling percussion pad!
Roland SPD-SX Sampling Percussion Pad at a Glance:
Expressive playability, expansive soundset
Roland's SPD-SX features an expansive array of dynamic sounds that respond amazingly to the nine velocity-sensitive pads. Snare rolls sound natural, cymbals respond to every nuance of your playing, and percussion sounds have a lifelike feel to them you won't get anywhere else besides the SPD-SX.
Powerfully intuitive sampling:
You can create your own samples and loops from playing on the Roland SPD-SX, or from an external audio source routed to the SPD-SX's 1/4" inputs. Just press a button to enter sampling mode, touch the pad you want to start recording, and touch it again to end recording and create a perfect loop.
Ideal for both stage and studio:
You'll love recording with the Roland SPD-SX, whether you're using it to play in complete rhythm tracks, or using it for extra percussion effects in addition to your full kit. Onstage the SPD-SX rules: the red LEDs make it easy to see what you're triggering, and the smart design makes it easy to integrate into a standard drum kit.
Roland SPD-SX Sampling Percussion Pad Features:
Unleash the rhythm with the Roland SPD-SX sampling percussion pad!
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Johlene, Richmond, KY
Reviewsbased on 4 reviews
so much fun
by brandon wheelock from Vista, CAso much cool stuff to do with this. your own samples and then easy transfer makes creating unique and cool sounds a breeze. the effects really turn it up for the live game.
January 1, 2013
Music Background: musician/recording hobbyist
Awesome Drum Pad
by Tony Benson from Ames, IAI bought the SPD-SX as an upgrade for an older SPD-S. I've used a drum pad as part of my live kit for at least seven years and I went with the SPD pads because I absolutely have to have the ability to... read more [+] load my own samples. So far the SPD-SX is performing great. The pads do have a slightly spongier feel than the SPD-S, but It didn't take too long to get used to. I really like the ease of the metronome feature and the expanded size of the sample memory. It's easy to program, and the sample management software (Mac & PC Compatible) makes it a snap to get your own sounds loaded into the unit and assigned to the pads of your choice. I knocked off a half a star because of the power cord. I'm just not a fan "lump-in-the-line" power cords. Overall though the unit is everything I expected. close [-]
March 26, 2013
Music Background: Pro Musician, Live Sound Engineer, Recording Engineer, Drummer.
Easy to use and can sample any sound bytes
by Todd from Warsaw, InI use this as an accessory to my V Drums for live shows. This is the missing link. The only reason I didn't give this a five star rating is the controls are near the playing surface, which is a litt... read more [+]le intimidating if you're playing hard and want to strike a sample to play, I usually assign them to the top row so I strike with the side of the stick to play. I also purchased the MIDI cable to connect my Roland TD-10 and can play the sampled bytes by striking a V Drum pad or rim. (I'm surprised their isn't a shatterproof cover that folds down over the controls, one bad hit and it would be game over). close [-]
April 2, 2012
Music Background: Bar/party band
by David Alexander from Newtown Square, PA USAI just received my SPD-SX and I am very pleased out of the box. The onboard sounds are great and the sampling capability should meet most player/composer needs. It is light weight, yet very sturdy.... read more [+] The pads are soft gum, quiet and have a nice feel. I have feeling I will have to work very hard to exceed the capability of the unit. Clearly I will need to leverage external storage at some point.
December 1, 2011
Music Background: Pro Musician
My only reason for giving 4 stars versus 5 is ease of use and control layout. This is not to suggest that the product is not easy to use, but I think we have become very use the Steve Jobs/Apple model of simple, easy and intuitive. For example, I immediately was looking for a start/stop button. I pushed start, but it controlled the click track.
My comments are meant not to discourage people from purchasing the product, but rather to encourage Roland and other companies to aspire for amazing simplicity and ease of use.
With said, I think Roland has set the new standard in this category and I imagine Alesis and Yamaha will not be far behind.
Thanks to Ryan Murphy and the team at Sweetwater for the great customer service!
Peace, love and drums! David close [-]
This is a great addition for any drummer looking to incorporate electronic drums into their acoustic kit. It takes everything that was great about its predecessor, the SPDS, and improves upon it. You get more memory, increased USB functionality, better display, and great feeling pads. Roland had a winner with the SPDS, and the new SPDSX is even better!
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