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Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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David Julian a part-time user from australia writes:
I tried the yamaha dd55 before this and found the pads on the yamaha were just not as sensitive as the roland. Really soft hits would not trigger a sound on the yamaha.(not sure how this translated into midi out velocity) However the roland responds really nicely and is super sensitive so you can play it with your fingers. It works well when plugged into cubase triggering the soft sampler halion. Accurate triggering of layered sounds so that different velocities will trigger different sounts. A great way to get more sounds out of the 6 pads. The internal sounds a pretty good as well. Major limitations are lack of midi in, dinky little volume control that is really hard to reach.Lack of midi control ie unable to change midi send channel and no way to back up patches or edit individual sounds. Some of the sounds have a little to much reverb eg the snare on the power kit. It would be nice if they were left dry or have asignable effects. Also the pedals do not seem to be touch sensitive.The controls take alittle bit of getting used to (press 1 and what for lights 3 and 4 to flash?) apart from that it is a great way to get a real druming feel to some of my studio recordings

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Dec-12-2004 at 20:51
steve e a professional user from MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA writes:
FANTASTIC FOR LIVE, STUDIO :)

VERY HAPPY WITH THE SPD-6

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-29-2002 at 17:47
congasjones a hobbyist user from bristol,uk writes:
I'M REALLY IMPRESSED WITH MINE WHICH I BOUGHT ABOUT 3 WEEKS AGO.THANKS FOR THE REVIEWS.IT REALLY HELPED ME IN THE DECISION PROCESS.I TOO,HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF INPUTING DRUMS BY STEP OR KEYBOARD.BEING AN EX-DRUMMER ITS REALLY BEEN SUCH FUN TO GET BACK INTO PLAYING DRUMS.I'VE GOT TWO PEDALS TO GO WITH IT WHICH REALLY ARE WORTH ADDING.PEDAL SLIPPAGE IS A PROBLEM BUT GET A RUBBER CAR MAT AND CUT OUT 2 HOLES TO FIT THE PEDALS IN.IT WORKS GREAT.THE PADS HAVE A GOOD FEEL TO THEM AND ARE RESPONSIVE.PLAYING A COMBINATION OF FINGERS AND HANDS REALLY OPENS UP YOUR ABILTY TO SOUND PROFFESSIONAL.FLAMS,ROLLS,OFFBEATS SOUND GREAT.I WAS SO BORED OF BLAND 4/4 CHEESY DRUM RIFFS.ITS SO PORTABLE TOO! THE SOUNDS AREN' BAD.CRANKED UP THROUGH HI-FI IT SOUNDS REALLY AUTHENTIC.SORRY,BUT ONE OF THE ROCK KITS REALLY KICKS ASS.I'VE CONNECTED MINE UP TO MY JX 305 AND SET UP USER KITS.MY MUSIC NOW HAS A MORE NATURAL FEEL TO IT,MUCH MORE IN A GROOVE.ITS REALLY STURDY,AND REALLY EASY TO PROGRAM USER KITS.I LOVE ITLIMITATIONS AS PREVIOUS REVIEWS STATE BUT WHAT YOU GET IS A GREAT SOUNDING COMPLETELY PORTABLE MIDI COMPATABLE DRUM KIT FOR 200 POUNDS WHICH DOESN'T SOUND BAD TO ME ESP IF YOU CAN PLAY DRUMS.SIMPLY GREAT

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-May-10-2002 at 15:42
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posted Wednesday-Nov-14-2001 at 13:09
Jurgen Mollema a hobbyist user from the Netherlands writes:
This is a great little box!

I bought it mainly for triggering drumsounds from another module. So at first i wasn'nt really interested in its internal sounds. But man, jamming with this thing, using the internal sounds, is great. And you can even practice in bed, because it runs on batteries.

The built in sounds are good, but not more than that. Pretty standard. And many sounds have a nasty reverb wich you can't defeat. I use the internal sounds only for jamming along with other music or practising "off line" i.e. not in the studio.

I'm not a drummer, so I don't consider buying an electronic drum kit at the price of a car. But the SPD-6 is as close to real drumming as it can get with affordable midi gear.

Plug in two DP-2 pedals for the kick and the hi-hat and voila, now it acts like a real drumkit. Even with the sound of a closing hi-hat when you step on the pedal.

Compared to drummachines, working with a drummachine is stupid button pressing, and has nothing to do with drumming, and its too time consuming. I got rid of mine actually. Compared to playing drums on a midi keyboard, you try that 32th note snare rols or fast hi-hat pattern on piano keys, and maintain percussion- like dynamics.

When the machine runs on batteries, it has another nice feature. When the batteries are almost empty, or if you put in rechargable 1,2V (too low) NiCd batteries, the machine adds a really great distortion to the bass drum sounds, even at low volumes. I personally like this distortion, because it sounds like you are really playing loud. And the distortion is a REAL distortion which follows the dynimcs. Much better than that cheap pre-sampled distortion, added to some of that drum sounds in your module. It's obvious that new batteries, or using a Boss PSA adapter produces clean sounds.

Advantages

Relatively cheap, compared to Rolands other percussion products Good responding pads Very flexible. You can assign midi note numbers to pads, so no problem for that interesting kicks and snares with high note numbers, located at the far right of your midi keyboard. Also you can change pad sensitivity and treshold. In case of use with sampler, the gate time of the transmitted note is adjustable.

Disadvantages

Nasty reverb, on most of the internal sounds, mostly the snares. Great for jamming along with hardrock oriented music, but the reverb is always there, even when you don't want it. Fortunately it has some snares without reverb, which sound quite good. Too many stupid sound effects, not even usable for a percussionist at a wedding gig. In my opinion a waste of ROM. No midi-out

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-14-2001 at 13:08
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