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

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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

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!
See also: Electronic Percussion, Roland, Roland Electronic Drum Controllers & Multipads