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Roland SPD-SX Sampling Drum Pad

Trigger your own samples, loops, and backing tracks from the Roland SPD-SX. Built to stand up to drumstick hits, this sample pad is great for percussionists. (6) Read 2 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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If you want a simple way to incorporate electronic drums into your acoustic kit, look no further than the Roland SPD-SX. This sampling drum pad provides easy sample creation and playback tools, along with cool effects, expressive playability, lots of internal memory, USB functionality, included software for managing your samples, and much more. Tap it with your fingers or hit it with drumsticks -- do whatever feels natural. You'll like having the drum pad as part of your DJ booth, keyboard rig, percussion setup, or your existing drum kit -- be it acoustic or electronic. Whether you intend to trigger samples, loops, or complete backing tracks in the studio or on stage, Roland's SPD-SX is there to lend a helping hand.

Hands-On Control Meets Advanced Triggering and Sampling Technology

Giving you hands-on control of your one-shots, loops, and backing tracks, the SPD-SX sports nine rubber pads, two independent real-time control knobs, and four dedicated effect buttons, plus a large backlit LCD to view settings and programs in any lighting condition. You'll always know what's up with the pads -- when you trigger sample phrases, each pad's companion LED lights up to show when the pads are in play. Like level meters on a mixing board, the LEDs change illumination strength according to audio-level activity; on stage or off, the high-contrast red divider lines help you see the pad zones clearly.

Highly Playable and Functional

With this sampling drum pad, it's easy to incorporate audio samples into your performance. The SPD-SX offers individual click output routing, dedicated volume controls, Pad Check function, individual Sub Out, and other must-have features for drummers and percussionists alike.

Master Effects Engine Onboard

Built-in effects let you tweak your samples in real-time. Roland's SPD-SX has three multi-effects units: one master unit and two units that are assignable per kit. Four front-panel buttons and two control knobs let you adjust the filter, delay, short looper, and user-assignable effect in real time, for a dynamic, creative performance.

Easy Multi-Pad Sampling

The drum pad also lets you create multisampled phrases and pad maps on the fly. While audio streams in from an external audio player or computer (via 1/4" analog stereo inputs or USB), just strike each pad at the appropriate start or end points and the sample will be automatically truncated and assigned to that pad.

Storage for Your Sample Collection

You can store and carry your entire sample library in the SPD-SX, since the sampling drum pad has an impressive 2 GB of internal memory. That's enough space to house approximately 360 minutes of audio or 10,000 files at 44.1 kHz/16-bit mono. When you want to add more samples to the set, use the SPD-SX's built-in USB ports to import audio files from USB flash memory.

Manage Your Audio Files with SPD-SX Wave Manager Software

The included SPD-SX Wave Manager software app also lets you import audio files directly from computer via USB, assign the samples to each pad, and organize the samples to suit your setup.

Features:

- Performance-oriented sampling drum pad with built-in effects
- 2 GB internal memory lets you store about 360 minutes of samples (mono) or 10,000 files without requiring external memory
- 9 Velocity-sensitive rubber pads and 2 external dual-trigger inputs
- Multi-pad sampling enables you to capture and assign audio data quickly
- 3 Multi-effects units, 2 control knobs, and 4 dedicated effect buttons for real-time tweaking
- Individual pad LEDs show pad status and audio-level activity during performance
- Expanded USB functionality for importing audio files
- Wave Manager software included for easily importing, assigning, and organizing of samples
- Large backlit LCD lets you view data in any lighting condition

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- Built-in Pads: 9 (with LED Indicators) * Two external trigger inputs are provided, allowing you to connect up to four Pads
- Maximum Polyphony: 20 voices * Maximum polyphony becomes 16 voices according as an operating state
- Recordable Wave Data: 10,000 * Including preload wave data
- Sampling Time (Total time for all wave data) : Approx. 180 min. in stereo (360 min. in mono) * Since the internal memory included with the SPD-SX contains preload data, the available sampling time will be less than the time above
- Data Format: 16-bit linear PCM (WAV / AIFF)
- Sampling Frequency: 44.1 kHz
- Kits: 100
- Effects (21 types) :
- Equalizer
- Kit Effect 1 (20 types)
- Kit Effect 2 (20 types)
- Display: 128 x 64 dots graphic type LCD (Backlit LCD)
- Interface: Hi-Speed USB (USB-MIDI, USB-AUDIO, USB Mass Storage Class, USB Flash Drive)
- Power Supply: DC 9 V (AC Adaptor)
- Current Draw: 600 mA
- Dimensions(W x D x H): 363.7 x 331.0 x 94.1 mm / 14-5/16 x 13-1/16 x 3-3/4 inches
- Weight: 2.5 kg; 5 lbs 9 oz (excluding AC Adaptor)
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 15 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 20 x 16 x 6 in
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 323-890-3700

Product Description

The Roland SPD-SX Sampling Pad puts powerful sample creation and playback under your sticks with innovative audio-capturing features, expressive playability, three multi-effects engines, and much more. The perfect addition to any acoustic or electronic drum kit, percussion setup, DJ booth, or keyboard rig, the SPD-SX is equally at home on the live stage, in the recording studio, pre-production suite, or dance club. The Roland SPD-SX takes many of the proven concepts from its predecessor and raises them to a higher level. Whether you're firing off one-shot samples, looped phrases, or complete audio playback tracks, the Roland SPD-SX is loaded with recemt technology and tools to get the job done with speed, precision, and convenience. Enjoy the most advanced triggering and sampling technology in a sleek, easy-to-use percussion instrument.

Features:

- Unique sampling-pad concept -- the only instrument of its kind in the world
- 2 GB internal memory, enabling approximately 360 minutes of sampling (mono) without requiring external memory
- Nine velocity-sensitive rubber pads, two external dual-trigger inputs
- Easy capturing and assignment of audio data through Multi-Pad Sampling
- Three units of multi-effects onboard, with two real-time control knobs and four dedicated effect buttons
- Individual Pad Dynamics indicators show pad status and audio-level activity during performance
- Expanded USB functionality (USB Mass Storage, USB MIDI/AUDIO, USB Memory)
- Wave Manager software included for easily importing, assigning, and organizing samples
- Large backlit LCD

The Playing Field

The Roland SPD-SX is equipped with nine highly sensitive rubber pads with two independent real-time control knobs and four dedicated effect buttons. Roland's most advanced triggering technology ensures the ultimate in accuracy and fully dynamic performance, while a large backlit LCD provides easy-to-read data in all varieties of environments. Each pad has a companion LED that illuminates to show the pad's status. When you trigger sample phrases, the LEDs remain lit to show you which pads are in play and which are not. In addition, the LEDs change illumination strength according to audio-level activity (similar to level meters on a mixing board). The high-contrast red divider lines help you see the pad zones clearly onstage.

Improved Playability and Functionality

Today, increasing numbers of drummers and percussionists need to incorporate audio samples into their performance. The Roland SPD-SX will satisfy their increasing requirements with essential features such as individual click output routing, dedicated volume controls, Pad Check function, individual Sub Out, and more.

Onboard Effects

The Roland SPD-SX has three multi-effects units onboard: one master unit and two units that are assignable per kit. The master effects engine lets you perform in real time like a DJ using the dedicated front-panel controls. Get your hands on the filter, delay, short looper, and user-assignable effect -- all of which can be creatively adjusted with the four front-panel buttons and two control knobs.

Multi-Pad Sampling

There's much more to the Roland SPD-SX than meets the eye. A powerful-yet-friendly lineup of features has been built into this little powerhouse, such as Multi-Pad Sampling. While audio streams in from an external audio player or computer (via Audio In or USB), simply strike each pad at the appropriate start/end points, and the sample will be automatically truncated and assigned to that pad. It's a fast, friendly way to create multi-sampled phrases and pad maps.

SPD-SX Wave Manager Software Included

The Roland SPD-SX's generous internal memory (2 GB) lets you store and carry your entire sample library inside. With no external memory required, you can house approximately 360 minutes of audio (10,000 files) at 16-bit, 44.1 kHz, mono. The built-in USB ports let you directly import audio files from USB flash memory. The bundled SPD-SX Wave Manager software app lets you import audio files directly from computer via USB, assign the samples to each pad, and organize the thousands of samples efficiently.
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Sound: Great Sampling pad! I DJ and Perform with tracks I have created and this is just what I have been looking for. Up until now, I have been struggling with incorporating a live percussion rig with EDM. I have been using the Roland HPD-10 with my hands while striking Zildjian Gen16 cymbals with sticks, all while performing with EDM. Thank you Roland for making my set so much easier to organize! Ease of Use: There is a bit of a learning curve on preprograming your sounds and loops into the SPD-SX, however once you have taken care of this, then you are golden! Value: It isn't cheap, but it is built to last. I will pay for something that doesn't break down during a live set...that's priceless! Manufacturer Support: Never dealt with Roland support...but that just means that the products work. The Wow Factor: You Tube some of the vids on the SPD-SX. There's a lot of potential using this.
Style of Music: EDM, Hip Hop, Rock,
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Overall: First of all, zZounds is an excellent company to work with! The first unit I received had some issues (e.g. a dirty electronic noise being produced just prior to the sound when striking a pad) and I was able to exchange it per their policy with zero issues. Note that THIS UNIT DOES NOT HAVE A QUANTIZE FEATURE which is unimaginable. So, if you're looking to create spot-on drum loops, etc., forget it! What's even more frustrating is that the older model (SPD-S) does have that feature. The reason I bought the unit was to trigger samples and create drum loops...so basically 50% of the unit is worthless. A lot of the issues w/ the older model (lack of memory, lack of computer interface, etc.) have been resolved which is nice but it's nothing more (to me) than an overpriced controller at this point due to the abovementioned. I bought the Maschine Mikro MK2 to create drum loops and then load those to the SPD-SX. The Maschine product, worth every penny! The sounds are pretty good but very few when compared to the Octapad, Roland should have stepped-it-up in this area considering the price you're paying. There are a lot of nice new features but the most important piece is now missing, still baffled over this. I would find other options if I had to do it over again. The price, minimal sounds, and lack of quantization are a deal breaker in hindsight.
Style of Music: Top 40
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