By PAUL BOTHNER MUSIC | September 15, 2016
On the 9th of September Roland had one of the biggest product rollout events ever; launching over 30 new products!
One of the new products launched was the TD-50 drum module and drum kit, a truly game-changing piece of gear for any professional drummer!
Any pro drummer will be able to attest to the fact that anything less than the ultimate sound is unacceptable. The TD-50 has been built on the foundation of Prismatic Sound Modeling and provides the widest range of sounds yet.
The advanced processor is complemented by newly developed snare and ride pads, which feature multi-element sensor systems and high-speed digital communication with the module. The kit also includes top-line tom, crash, and hi-hat pads, and the module provides deep editing features and flexible connectivity to put you in charge. And as an alternative to the included KD-140-BC kick, you have the option of mounting a KD-A22 Kick Drum Converter on your favorite 22-inch acoustic kick for powerful hybrid performance and big stage presence. Offering supreme playability and unmatched expression, the TD-50KV and KD-A22 deliver the most impactful live V-Drums experience ever.
Dynamic prismatic sound modeling brings your drumming to life
Great drummers demand great performance, and at the heart of the Roland TD-50KV, you’ll find the TD-50—a powerful new sound module whose original Prismatic Sound Modeling technology means that every element of your playing style is caught and conveyed in thrilling detail. Working alongside the TD-50KV’s newly developed snare and ride cymbal pads—which feature our most advanced trigger-sensing technology yet—the TD-50’s high-resolution processing gives you the most lifelike, resonant, and expressive sounds you’ll hear from an electronic kit.
Play genuine snare techniques with the new 14-inch PD-140DS
Working alongside the TD-50 sound module is the PD-140DS digital snare pad, which brings a new level of expression to your snare work. A brand-new, three-layer mesh head is fitted to a standard size 14-inch shell, providing natural rebound and feel that’s instantly familiar to play. And now, thanks to Roland’s newly developed multi-element sensor system, your strokes across every area of the pad are more closely detected, and your playing dynamics captured in minute detail. In addition, traditional cross stick technique is automatically detected as the pad senses your hand and adjusts accordingly. With the unmatched response of the PD-140DS, every snare nuance is natural, detailed, and bursting with character.
Express yourself with larger cymbals, including the new CY-18DR ride
Cymbal choice is a serious business, and the new TD-50KV includes some of the best. It features larger crash cymbals (CY-14C and CY-15R) than its TD-50K sister kit, and expressive players will also benefit from the new CY-18DR V-Cymbal Ride. With its regular 18-inch size and familiar motion during performance, this new digital cymbal fits seamlessly into your kit. Meanwhile, the high-resolution, multi-sensor system within the cymbal pad continuously detects every stroke from edge to bell, working alongside the TD-50 module for dynamics and response that have never before been heard from a cymbal pad. Put the CY-18DR through its paces with techniques from cymbal legato to soft bell strokes and hear the detail for yourself. You can even mute the bow with a finger touch!
Add the optional KD-A22 kick drum converter for feel and presence
There’s no denying the satisfying feel and onstage presence of an old-school acoustic bass drum. If you love the feel of your acoustic kick, it’s easy to incorporate it into your new TD-50KV setup using the optional KD-A22 converter package. Once fitted to your regular 22-inch bass drum, you’ll get incredible feel with Roland’s innovative air-damper mechanics working alongside the acoustic shell, plus visuals that make a statement on any stage. The KD-A22 package includes a front head and a batter head with a kick-pad sensor unit, plus metal hoop and shock-absorber cushions to retrofit your acoustic drum by exchanging its head and hoop.*
*A 22-inch bass drum is not included in the KD-A22 package.
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