More TD-17 options

Monday, 3 June 2019 5:45 am

What is it about the TD-17 that has brought out a bunch of custom sound offerings?

The latest customer producer of TD-17 kits is edrumkits.com, a French collaboration currently selling 12 rock kit samples for the module.

On its website, the developer explains his motivation to improve on the stock kits. Once that was achieved, there was a decision to sell the custom kits “to reimburse our time and investments and to have the opportunity to develop more kits for TD-17 - but also for other modules”.

What’s in the box

digitalDrummer tested the whole EDK collection - currently 10 rock kits (and two free kits).

Unlike Vex or drum-tec which supply individual kits, EDK supplies a backup file (.TD0) which contains all the kits and samples in one package. The package contains the new kits along with 70 new samples – requiring the deletion of any user samples already installed on the module because the additional data would not fit if they were left in place.

The stock kits are also included in the backup, so you don’t lose any of the Roland kits if you like them. Of course, those can be restored at any time through a factory reset.

The new rock kits range from a resonant Live ‘70s kit to tighter pop kits, ‘80s and ‘90s kits, and various other “rock” sounds, including an authentic-sounding Phil Collins (not In The Air Tonight!) kit.

The dozen kits in the collection provided for review were versatile and differentiated from the stock kits. The addition of external samples lifted the sounds and the realism.

One difference between EDK and the other “custom kit” offerings is the ability to buy single kits, although the pricing model makes the larger packs more appealing. The single kits sell for €5 each; the two five-kit collections (actually each containing six kits thanks to a bonus inclusion) are €15 each and the full library of 12 kits is just €5 more.

Bottom line

Firstly, it’s fantastic that it is possible at last to add real samples to Roland modules. It’s even better that folks like Vexpressions, drum-tec and now EDK are taking the effort out of sample loading and kit tweaking with packs that are easy to install.

The EDK offerings are sufficiently different from the drum-tec kits we recently reviewed – and certainly very different from the stock sounds of the module. Better still, they are gig-ready and would work a treat for any rock or pop act.

After spending a few hundred bucks on the module, packs like the EDK collection are a worthwhile addition for a modest investment.

You can check out the sounds here.