Roland SPD-30 OCTAPAD Electronic Drum Trigger Instrument

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Roland SPD-30 OCTAPAD Electronic Drum Trigger Instrument - Description

The new Roland SPD-30 OCTAPAD Electronic Drum Trigger Instrument - Version 2 system upgrade expands the SPD-30’s onboard kit and phrase libraries, and add powerful new features and functions. Roland’s original Octapad profoundly changed the landscape of electronic percussion. The size of a briefcase, the Octapad offered drummers and percussionists the equivalent of an entire electronic rig in one self-contained unit — a new level of convenience and expression. Today, decades later, an exciting new chapter in Octapad history begins. The SPD-30 blends the world’s most essential sounds with the latest triggering technology in a road-tough package that’s ready for the most demanding performers.

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Roland SPD-30 OCTAPAD Electronic Drum Trigger Instrument - Features

  • The latest pad-sensing technology developed for V-Drums 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

Roland SPD-30 Octapad Sampling Pad - In Depth

The number of kits has been increased from 50 to 99 (Version 2)

Forty-nine exciting new kits have been added to the OCTAPAD for even more creative possibilities. Use the OCTAPAD as a compact drum set, play dynamic orchestral percussion, or explore traditional world percussion and melodic instruments from India, the Middle East, Africa, China, and Latin America. * You can back up your own original OCTAPAD SPD-30 kit data and import it into Version 2.
Controllable Phrase Loop function with 50 preset phrases (Version 2)

The onboard Phrase Loop function lets you instantly create layered loops and phrases. You can record and store 50 phrases internally, with each containing up to three layers. You can also save your phrase data on your USB Memory. With Version 2, you can control the start of Phrase Loop using pad velocity, buttons presses, and/or a footswitch (optional). Additionally, you can toggle freely between solo play (Kit mode) and phrase play (Phrase Loop mode). Nineteen new phrases have been added to the onboard library, which adds exciting performance and recording possibilities.
Useful Kit Chains for live performance (Version 2)

There are eight banks of Kit Chains onboard conveniently organized into musical style and instrument categories. Select from Drum Kits, Percussion, Orchestra Perc, Club Sounds, Melodic Perc, Melodic Synth, Sound Effects, and Expanded Kits. Use the Chains as is, or easily edit them to best suit your live-performance needs.
Output Gain Function (Version 2)

A new Output Gain function has been added to increase the overall output of the OCTAPAD SPD-30. It provides a +6 dB boost when a stronger signal is needed.
Sound Edit

Unlike the original Octapad PAD-8, which was strictly a MIDI controller, the Octapad SPD-30 is a controller that’s packed with its own internal bank of sounds. You can customize the sounds with the onboard controls for tuning, muffling, attack, pitch sweep, and more. It’s like having a truckload of customizable drum and percussion instruments in one portable package.

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.
Advanced Triggering Technology

The 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), as well as to accept triggers from acoustic drums through Roland’s RT series.


Roland SPD-30 OCTAPAD Electronic Drum Trigger Instrument - Specifications

PADS Built-in Pads: 8
* Four external trigger inputs are provided, allowing you to connect Pads.
KIT CHAIN 8 chains (20 steps per chain)
Soft Attack
Tone Color
Pitch Sweep
EFFECT TYPES Ambience (7 Types), Equalizer, Limiter, Multi Effect (30 Types)
PHRASE LOOP Phrases: 50
Parts: 3
Tempo: 40 to 260
Resolution: 480 ticks per quarter note
Recording Method: Real-time
Maximum Note Storage: approx. 10,000 Notes
DISPLAY 160 x 160 dots Graphic Type LCD (Backlit LCD)
Pad Status Illumination x 8 (LED)
CONNECTORS 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)
AC Adaptor (DC 9 V)
600 mA
ACCESSORIES Owner's Manual
AC Adaptor (PSB-1U)
Screws (M5 x 12 mm) x 4
WIDTH 541 mm
21-5/16 inches
DEPTH 272 mm
10-3/4 inches
HEIGHT 88 mm
3-1/2 inches
WEIGHT 3.8 kg
8 lbs. 7 oz.

In the interest of product improvement, the specifications and/or appearance of this unit are subject to change without prior notice.


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Roland Corporation is a Japanese manufacturer of electronic musical instruments, electronic equipment and software. It was founded by Ikutaro Kakehashi in Osaka on April 18, 1972. In 2005, Roland's headquarters relocated to Hamamatsu in Shizuoka Prefecture. Today it has factories in Italy, Taiwan, Japan, and the USA. As of March 31, 2010, it employed 2,699 employees. It has existed in different forms since 1960, making it relatively old among still-operating manufacturers of musical electronics.

Known for hundreds of popular synthesizers, drum machines, and other instruments, Roland has been one of the top names in professional music equipment since the late 1970s.


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