NAMM: Roland Release Pads That Sample

Six pad SPD-S - gives the drummer some more      30/01/03

NAMM: Roland Release Pads That Sample
Hear the drummer get w-w-w-wicked

A simple idea is often the most overlooked, it makes sense to have pads that sample – it saves a lot of messing about with a separate sampler triggers and the like, and we all know how hard it can be for some drummers to operate tricky bits of technology :0). Hence the new SPD-S, a compact percussion multi-pad with 44.1kHz sampling, preset sounds and onboard effects. Consisting of six pads and three edge triggers, the SPD-S enables drummers to play up to eight sounds simultaneously using 120 Preset waveforms or by sampling up to 200 User waveforms. Drummers can also create their own loops with the resampling function and pattern sequencer. The SPD-S mounts on drum stands and hardware, so will integrate into the densest of drum hardware forests. Sampling time stands at (380 seconds at 44.1kHz or 95 seconds in Fine mode), with an additional 120 preset sounds—including acoustic and electronic drums, percussion and sound effects it should keep the enquiring minds of drummers occupied world-wide. The SPD-S includes a multi-effects processor with 28 algorithms and ambience effects. These effects can be applied to any sound and then resampled to create entirely new sounds. A Compact Flash card slot enables to the SPD-S to be expanded with more sampling time, and makes for a convenient way to store User waveforms. The SPD-S also features an External Trigger input for adding an optional drum pad in either a head or head/rim configuration. MIDI In and Out jacks allow the SPD-S to be used as a trigger or in sequencing setups. Connections to the SPD-S include stereo Mic/Line inputs, a stereo Line output, Headphones jack, External Trigger input, Footswitch and Expression Pedal jacks, and MIDI In and Out connectors.
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