Roland SPD30 Octapad Total Percussion Pad

-8 Built-in Pads
-670 Instruments
-50 Kits
-LED Backlit Display
-PHONES Jack (Stereo 1/4 inch phone type)
-OUTPUT Jacks (L (MONO), R) (1/4 inch phone type)
-MIX IN Jack (Stereo 1/4 inch phone type)
-HH CTRL Jack, FOOT SW Jack (1/4 inch TRS phone type)
-MIDI Connectors (IN, OUT)
-USB MEMORY Connector (for USB Memory)
-USB MIDI Connector (for USB MIDI)
-Power Supply (PSB-1U)
-Owner's Manual
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 11.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 26 x 14 x 8 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): SPD-30
Scratch and Dent, Black
Shipping Weight: 11.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 26 x 14 x 8 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): SPD-30-BK
Shipping Weight: 11.25 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 26 x 14 x 8 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): SPD-30-BK
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 323-890-3700

Roland SPD-30 Octapad Electronic Drum

For decades, Roland has been a leader in electronic percussion technology. The original Octapad was a revolutionary percussion instrument that was adopted by musicians worldwide and set the standard for future percussion pads. Combining cutting-edge drum and percussion sounds with premium triggering technology, a Phrase Loop function, USB MIDI, and much more, the Octapad SPD-30 is a rugged instrument that's versatile for any musical application.


- Includes percussion sounds from around the world, plus 30 types of multi-effects
- Pad-sensing technology developed for V-Drums(R) provides even and accurate pad triggering with excellent isolation between pads
- Four dual-trigger inputs, plus hi-hat controller for adding pads to create a mini kit, or for connecting triggers from acoustic drums
- Phrase Loop function inspires your creativity; record your playing in real time and overdub up to three layers
- USB connectivity for MIDI and memory storage
- Large backlit LCD and pad indicator lights for easy operation in low-light conditions
- Rugged, road-worthy design

World Class Sounds

The Octapad SPD-30 includes more than 600 drum and percussion sounds from around the world suited to cover any musical style. Arranged in 50 kits, the sounds are dynamic and expressive, and range from traditional to contemporary to exotic. You can customize the sounds with the onboard controls for tuning, muffling, attack, pitch sweep, and more. You can also layer two sounds per pad to create an infinite number of sound combinations.


Based on Roland's world-leading effects technology, the SPD-30's multi-effects engine will take your performances to another level. There are 30 types of internal multi-effects onboard, plus EQ, limiter, and seven Ambience types.

Phrase Loop Function

The onboard Phrase Loop function is a powerful creative tool that lets you quickly record your playing in real time. You can overdub up to three layers per phrase, and store 50 phrases internally. Connect optional footswitches for seamless recording and hands-free operation. You can also save your phrase data to optional USB memory.

Advanced Triggering Technology

The Octapad SPD-30 benefits from Roland's most advanced V-Drum triggering technology. Each pad is a separate, isolated unit, providing the ultimate in sensitivity with complete crosstalk rejection. In addition, you can connect four dual-trigger inputs, plus a hi-hat controller (compatible with Roland FD-8, VH-11) to create a mini drum set with external pads (Roland KD-/PD-/PDX-/CY-series). The Octapad SPD-30 is also compatible with Roland RT-Series acoustic drum triggers for even more flexibility.

Note: Sampling pad only, drum triggers, throne and pedals pictured NOT included.
(31 ratings)
Submitted February 26, 2011 by a customer from
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My next purchase will be the Yamaha DTXM12 Multi Pad Sampling Drum Pad. I have heard good things about this unit and I think it bits at the heels of the Octapad. Check it out. (Hey Yamaha, send my one and I will rate it.)

Is the Octapad worth the price? Like all things, it depends on what you are going to use it for. I purchased the octapad about a year ago from Zzounds. If you look at all the YouTube videos, and check all the reviews, you will find a lot of positive feedback about this product. I found all the claims about what the octapad can do and how easy it is to use, to all be true. It's truly a great instrument. So why did I sell mine? I am in a band and I thought it would be something cool that would enhance my on stage performance. While it has a large selection of sounds, it will not allow sampling. Therefore, you are limited to just what the instrument can do. After experimenting for months I had to realize that I simply didn#t have any use for the octapad. As a result, I sold it on E-bay. There is one very important question you need to ask yourself before you lay down over $700. "What am I really going to use the octapad for?" If you are clear as to what you will use it for, than you have no worries, the octapad is a great instrument.

I knew that the Octapad did not have the ability to sample when I bought it. I was hopeing that the ability to make sounds read more from the on board sounds would be enought. For was not. Roland will not add sampling to the Octapad, so don't ask. Yea, i asked.

Ease of Use
Look at all the YouTube vids and see how easy it is to use. It really is that easy to use.

It's a Roland Quality is #1. I own a number of Roland products and they are all high quality items. Octapad is built strong and can take a beating. But it is a musical instrument therefore play it don't beat it.

Pricy, but when you buy a product that actually does everything that it is advertised to do, it takes the bite out of the cost.

Manufacturer Support
Never needed it.

The Wow Factor
The YouTube vids are great and really makes you "want one." I can't watch them anymore or i might end up buying another one.

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