How to use the Roland SPD-SX with Acoustic Drums
The brand new Roland SPD-SX sampling pad is the perfect addition to any acoustic drum kit, any electronic drums kit, percussion setup, DJ booth or keyboard rig. You can use it at home, live on stage, in the recording studio, pre-production suite or live in a club! Award-winning drummer, producer, author and educator Johnny Rabb shows us how he uses the SPD-SX percussion pad in a series of videos from Roland.
He's developed a series of cymbals with Meinl, he's founded his own drumstick company, he's programmed drum kits for the Roland TD-12 drumset and the TDW-20 expansion board, he's been voted #1 Best Educational Order and he's performed with a wide range of artists from as jazz musician's Maynard Ferguson to guitar virtuoso Frank Gambale.
Johnny Rabb and Roland show us how to use the SPD-SX with acoustic drums by performing the “Here We Go” sample patch. There are loads of other SPD-SX demos by Rabb over at the Roland YouTube Channel, but here is our personal favourite.
Features of the SPD-SX Sampling Pad
The SPD-SX is proudly the only instrument of its kind in the world, with a unique sampling pad concept and 2GB worth of internal memory, you can sample for up to 360 minutes without requiring external memory. The sampling pad has nine-velocity sensitive rubber pads, so you can be as expressive as you like!
You can easily capture and assign audio date through the SPD-SX's multi-pad sampling feature - a quick and easy way to capture and assign samples to pads by simply striking the pads at the appropriate start or end points of a particular sample.
The SPD-SX also has three units of multi-effects onboard, with two real-time control knobs and four dedicated effect buttons. Plus, each pad has individual dynamic indicators to show pad status and audio-level activity during a performance. So you can import, assign and organize your samples, Roland have included Wave Manager software - you can import audio files directly from computer via USB, assign the samples to ach pad, and organize thousands of samples efficiently!
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The SPD-SX Sampling Pad has an amazing 2GB of sampling memory making this unit an industry leader in sampling for drummers and putting the power of the "Drumming Gods" under your sticks. This amount of memory gives you roughly 360 minutes of Audio at 16bit, 44.1kHz in mono. Thats over 10,000 files being stored on your SPD SX for you…