Roland adds percussion pads

Thursday, 1 June 2017 9:16 am

Roland has released a new product line for the hybrid market. The SPD::ONE series consists of four single-zone percussion pads that can be played with drumsticks, hands or feet.

The four models in the SPD::ONE series run on batteries or AC power.

The SPD::ONE ELECTRO is equipped with a variety of electronic percussion sounds, including snare and handclaps from Roland’s TR drum machines. The SPD::ONE PERCUSSION comes with a wide selection of acoustic percussion sounds, from shaker and tambourine to gong and timpani. The SPD::ONE KICK offers sounds optimised for triggering by foot, including bass drums, stomp boxes, percussion, and more. Each of these models comes with built-in effects, and offers the ability to import user .wav samples up to five seconds long via USB.

Instead of onboard sounds, the SPD::ONE WAV PAD comes equipped with 4 GB of flash memory, enabling users to load their own custom .wav files via USB. With 12 memory locations and space for up to 360 minutes of stereo audio, the SPD::ONE WAV PAD can be loaded with everything from short one-shot samples and looped phrases to full-length backing tracks. Users can load click tracks to accompany their backing tracks and output them to the headphones output only for monitoring purposes.

The Electro, Kick and Percussion versions are expected to retail for around $250, while the WAV Pad should sell for around $300.

Our picture shows product designer Ryo Takasaki launching his pads in Sydney.