The Gateway to Electronic Drums : Roland SPD1


A New Way To Drum

The SPD1 is a new type of digital percussion pads offered by Roland. They allow musicians to add a variety of new and different sounds to their performances. Each pad but the SPD-1W contain 12 iconic sounds that will vary with each different pad. All 12 slots on the WAV can be overwritten, configured and layered. Simply put, the WAV PAD has 12 “banks” to load in user samples. All pads offer the ability to import original user data into one of the 12 internal sound banks.  There are four different SPD1 Pads to choose from all offering a unique element.

SPD1 Electro

With 12 iconic sounds, including fat snares, crisp hand claps, electronic cowbells, and more this percussion pad packs a punch. All of the pads can be played with sticks, hands, or feet, and the trigger threshold settings are adjusted with intuitive user-friendly controls. All four pads can be powered by batteries or AC. Portability was definitely kept in mind on these percussion pads. They can all be used on the floor or a tabletop or mounted to any rig or drum setup with the included adapter.


SPD1 Percussion

It contains 12 realistic percussion sounds, including snares, hi-hats, cymbals, shakers, tambourines, and more, and you can even import your own original audio data. Once you’re ready to go, the SPD1 PERCUSSION’s robust-yet-sensitive pad can be played with sticks, hands, or feet just like the other pads in the series. This is a great way to add some authentic percussion sounds to your performance.



SPD1 Kick

This percussion pad is two things without a doubt, portable and built for the road. You can take the SPD1 KICK anywhere you want, thanks to its compact size and battery operation. It’s lightweight enough to be dropped into any bag or instrument case. Yet it is robust enough to travel thanks to its metal-body construction. You can even play and produce your own sounds on the move via headphones and include them in your setlist that night.



The Roland SPD1 WAV PAD is a new type of digital percussion pad, one that allows any musician to perform with their own sounds and samples. Importing audio files is as simple as connecting the SPD1 WAV PAD to a PC or Mac and dragging your WAV files into the drive that appears. Therefore, the SPD1 WAV can provide you full-length backing tracks or one-shot samples. Your sounds can be loaded and played in seconds. Once you’re ready to go, the unit’s robust-yet-sensitive pad can be played with sticks, hands, or feet, and trigger threshold settings are easily adjusted with intuitive controls.


Wrap Up

To wrap things up the SPD1 percussion pad series from Roland are pretty great for numerous applications.  Whether you go with the Electro to add some E drum flare, or the Kick to add some nice percussion to your solo acoustic guitar playing; you are sure to be happy. Go to American Musical Supply to get your Roland SPD1 today!


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