Roland RMP-5

Advanced Rhythm Trainer with Built-in Sounds
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Your Personal Practice Guide and Rhythm Coach!

The Roland RMP-5 builds on the popular RMP-3, giving you a rhythm trainer that combines very realistic feel, great sounds, and awesome features! The RMP-5 has a convenient one-piece molded body with integrated pad and brain, along with a great-feeling, tunable mesh drumhead. The RMP-5 strides to the front of the class, however, with its 40-plus onboard PCM sounds (including snare drums, cymbals, and percussion instruments; the RMP-3 has no built-in sampled sounds) plus an external dual trigger input so you can add a kick and cymbal pad for drum kit practice. An advanced, expanded Rhythm Coach mode is also onboard the RMP-5.

Roland RMP-5 at a Glance:
  • Practice with any of the 40-plus onboard drum, cymbal, and percussion sounds
  • Improve your skills with the advanced Rhythm Coach
  • Add optional kick and cymbal controllers
  • Time check, accuracy score and stroke balance feedback builds your precision

Practice with any of the 40-plus onboard drum, cymbal, and percussion sounds
One of the key features that sets the RMP-5 apart from other rhythm trainers is its built-in sound engine. Now you can practice in style by selecting from the dozens of onboard PCM instruments inside the RMP-5. In addition to the acoustic sound of your sticks on the mesh pad (a la the RMP-3), the RMP-5 lets you trigger a variety of high-quality, internal snare drum samples, hi-hats, ride cymbals, and percussion instruments. You can also choose from a menu of metronome sounds, including a standard click, human-voice count, rhythmic patterns, and more.

Improve your skills with the advanced Rhythm Coach
As a free-standing practice pad and electronic drum, the RMP-5 is a pleasure to play, but when it comes to improving your abilities as a drummer, it's the onboard Rhythm Coach that really makes this instrument shine. When activated, the Rhythm Coach challenges drummers in a fun and friendly way with functions such as Time Check, Auto Up/Down, and Stroke Balance to help develop consistent stick technique. As an added bonus, the Time Check and Stroke Balance exercises can be used simultaneously for a dual-power workout. The Rhythm Coach can even grade your performance, so you can chart your progress.

Add optional kick and cymbal controllers
The RMP-5 provides a dual-trigger input that can be used to connect Roland's KD-8 kick and CY-8 cymbal controllers (optional). All together, these three components form the nucleus of a small electronic drum kit. Now you can train not only your hands, but your feet as well. The RMP-5 provides the sounds for each pad, so you can play complete grooves either solo, along with the Rhythm Coach, or with external audio (such as CD players) connected to the RMP-5's External Audio input.

Rhythm Coach function - Time Check
Your ability will increase rapidly with the advanced Rhythm Coach function.
How consistent is your timing? The RMP-5's built-in Rhythm Coach offers exercises that will turn sloppy patterns into air-tight grooves.

Accuracy Score and Stroke Balance
The RMP-5 Rhythm Coach grades your performances, so you can keep track of your progress - no guesswork involved. The RMP-5's onscreen meter can display the strength of each drum stroke. Improve your stick control dramatically with this handy visual gauge.

Roland RMP-5 Rhythm Coach Features:
  • PCM sound engine with more than 40 sounds onboard
  • External dual trigger input for adding optional kick and cymbal controllers
  • Variety of metronome sounds and patterns (samba, jazz, etc.)
  • Convenient one-piece design
  • Large LCD screen
  • Patented mesh head technology for a great acoustic feel
  • Advanced Rhythm Coach exercises, featuring Stroke Balance and Time Check
  • Mix input for playing along with CD players or other audio devices
Take your chops up a few notches with the RMP5 Rhythm Coach!

Tech Specs

Pads 1
Manufacturer Part Number RMP-5

Customer Reviews

4.5/5
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4.5/5

Great piece of gear!

This unit has everything you could want for practicing your snare drum technique. Plenty of different sounds, note subdivisions, stroke dynamics, time check, and so much more. Highly recommended!
Music background: Hobbyist
4/5

Cool Unit

This is my first piece of drum equipment. Just started playing. The RMP-5 does everything . As a beginner there is a lot here that I don't know yet but looks great for something to bring me to the highest level. You can add kick drum and has headphones "important at my house" I also bought the stand which is optional.
Music background: Guitar player

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Andrew Malloy

The Roland RMP 5 is a great practice tool for any drummer looking to break the monotony of the traditional practice pad. This pad makes you want to practice.

Kent Sallaz

I used the Roland Rhythm Coach to learn how to play drums and really get my rhythms down. With the easy-to-use programs and progressive difficulty levels, it pushed me to learn at my own pace. The 1/8" input let me plug in my iPod to play along, which kept me involved and having fun. I recommend it to anyone who would like to work on rhythms and learn to play percussion!

Kent Sallaz

When I first received the Roland Rhythm Coach, I believed I had a fairly decent sense of rhythm and could keep a beat. However, after using it, I've realized how much I need this machine. As a practice pad and trainer, it offers a variety of tools to make drumming and practicing both enjoyable and worth your time. I am by no means a drummer nor claim to be. I would however, like to strengthen my skills so I began using the Roland Rhythm Coach. After opening it, I ran through the manual to find a wide range of programs to work on ranging from keeping time and dynamic changes, to stroke consistency and hitting on the beat. The internal grading system as well as a tap meter help you improve your hits, showing whether you are consistently ahead or behind the beat. Each program has varying difficulty levels to move up to. The controls are very easy to use as well. Whether I want to tap a tempo, change it manually, or change a program, it's all only one click away. I was also able to choose from 40 different hit sounds ranging from snare to cowbell to keep things interesting. The 1/8" input allowed me some benefits in practice as well. I plugged my mp3 player in and was able to play along to some of my favorite songs. If a student had a play along CD he wanted to use, he or she could easily plug it in and play along using headphones. Overall it's a great tool to learn how to keep tempo and play drums!
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Paul Salveson

First of all, I am a recording engineer, not a drummer. So I picked the RMP-5 knowing I had no internal groove. Ideal customer for this, right? Turns out, yes. As I unpacked the trainer I noticed there was no power supply, but a battery. Hmmm, is this good? Well, as I got going I realized I didn't have to be plugged in to anything, which was great. With just the trainer and my headphones, I was mobile. I got to the sounds and started scrolling through snares. The selection of drum sounds is great for a trainer. You can also change the metronome sounds too. This is helpful, because some are easier to hear than others when you are trying to stay with the beat. The triangle is good for me. It is piercing my brain telling me to get with the beat. The coach button is COOL! Okay, the boring demo has just turned into a fun game of "Can I get better?" This one button makes every penny worth it! It gives you various training routines to run through to practice your chops. The first is, straight up, stay with the click. As you hit the pad, it tells you if you are on, behind, or ahead. Sounds easy, huh? The challenge could keep you going for hours! Another routine starts you playing with the click and then it drops out for a bit. When it comes back in it checks to see if you stayed in tempo without the click. Very cool practice routine! All in all, because this thing makes practicing a game, you could end up practicing more than you ever dreamed. I may get one if I ever decide to become a conga player!
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See also: Electronic Percussion, Roland, Roland Percussion Controllers