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Roland RMP-5A Rhythm Coach

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The RMP-3 made headlines when it was announced in early 2005. Today Roland builds on its winning rhythm line with the new RMP-5. Sharing a few key features in common with the popular RMP-3, the RMP-5 has a convenient one-piece molded body with integrated pad and brain, along with a great-feeling, tunable mesh drumhead.

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Advanced Rhythm Trainer with Built-In Sounds

The RMP-3 made headlines when it was announced in early 2005. Today Roland builds on its winning rhythm line with the new RMP-5. Sharing a few key features in common with the popular RMP-3, the RMP-5 has a convenient one-piece molded body with integrated pad and brain, along with a great-feeling, tunable mesh drumhead. The RMP-5 strides to the front of the class, however, with its 40-plus onboard PCM sounds (including snare drums, cymbals, and percussion instruments; the RMP-3 has no built-in sampled sounds) plus an external dual trigger input so you can add a kick and cymbal pad for drum kit practice. The RMP-5 also features an advanced, expanded Rhythm Coach mode.

* Setup with optional PDS-2 Pad Stand, CY-8 and KD-8. Stands and Pedals are sold reparately.

  • PCM sound engine with more than 40 sounds onboard
  • External dual trigger input for adding optional kick and cymbal controllers
  • Variety of metronome sounds and patterns (samba, jazz, etc.)
  • Convenient one-piece design
  • Large LCD screen
  • Patented mesh head technology for a great acoustic feel
  • Advanced Rhythm Coach exercises, featuring Stroke Balance and Time Check
  • Mix input for playing along with CD players or other audio devices
  • PCM Sounds Onboard

One of the key features that sets the RMP-5 apart from other rhythm trainers is its built-in sound engine. Now you can practice in style by selecting from the dozens of onboard PCM instruments inside the RMP-5. In addition to the acoustic sound of your sticks on the mesh pad (à la the RMP-3), the RMP-5 lets you trigger a variety of high-quality, internal snare drum samples, hi-hats, ride cymbals, and percussion instruments. You can also choose from a menu of metronome sounds, including a standard click, human-voice count, rhythmic patterns, and more.

Advanced Rhythm Coach

As a free-standing practice pad and electronic drum, the RMP-5 is a pleasure to play, but when it comes to improving your abilities as a drummer, it’s the onboard Rhythm Coach that really makes this instrument shine. When activated, the Rhythm Coach challenges drummers in a fun and friendly way with functions such as Time Check, Auto Up/Down, and Stroke Balance to help develop consistent stick technique. As an added bonus, the Time Check and Stroke Balance exercises can be used simultaneously for a dual-power workout. The Rhythm Coach can even grade your performance, so you can chart your progress.

Drum Kit Expansion

The RMP-5 provides a dual-trigger input that can be used to connect Roland’s KD-8 kick and CY-8 cymbal controllers (optional). All together, these three components form the nucleus of a small electronic drum kit. Now you can train not only your hands, but your feet as well. The RMP-5 provides the sounds for each pad, so you can play complete grooves either solo, along with the Rhythm Coach, or with external audio (such as CD players) connected to the RMP-5’s External Audio input.

Rhythm Coach function

  • Time Check - Your ability will increase rapidly with the advanced Rhythm Coach function. How consistent is your timing? The RMP-5’s built-in Rhythm Coach offers exercises that will turn sloppy patterns into air-tight grooves.
  • Accuracy Score - Rhythm Coach grades your performances, so you can keep track of your progress — no guesswork involved.
  • Stroke Balance - The RMP-5’s onscreen meter can display the strength of each drum stroke. Improve your stick control dramatically with this handy visual gauge.
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With proper practice this will definitely improve your inbuilt metronome

I have been self teaching myself snare drum technique at uni simply using a practice pad.

I was getting bored with just using a gum rubber practice pad and metronome, and was concerned that it is difficult to judge how much progress has been made. I thus researched into the various rhythm coaches on the market

I was wary of the price of this model, however I wanted to move away from the generic taps of a practice pads for some added realism, I believe this is the only rhythm trainer with inbuilt sounds as thus was my only true option.

The sounds are of good quality and make practice much more fun, the mesh head makes much less sound when hit that your usual practice pad which is good for not annoying people around the house. The mesh head also gives a much more realistic feel than a practice pad.

There is 22 different in build rhythms to jam on but for more serious practice there is five variations of the time check.

When I first tried the time check on the first day, I noticed that I was naturally slightly ahead of the beat and was getting very low scores in the time check on easy sometimes around 10-20. After just one day of focused practice on the pad I can now consistantly get into the high 80\'s and 90\'s which is amazing progress for one day :)

Without a rhythm trainer such as this it is almost impossible to tell that u are a few milliseconds off the beat. Within a day of training, I have seen sharp increases in the accuracy of my time keeping. This accuracy has also transferred onto the quiet count function, where u need to keep time when the metronome cuts out.

Although I have not used the stroke balance feature for long periods, it has been useful to check the balance between my left and right hands, as I have been working on strengthing my weaker left hand.

I am considering buying a kd-8 now to improve my double bass timing :)

It obviously can\'t replace a human teacher for correcting technique issues, or learning grooves. But for accelerating the development of your time keeping skills I don\'t think there is any better.

Considering the price of lessons and the improvements I have made I think this is good value for money. Focused practice on a single pad is often better for practicing time keeping skills , than noodling on a whole kit, and it certainly makes the sometimes boring essentials of practice a lot more fun than on practice pad

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