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Roland SPD-SX Sampling Drum Pad
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on 8-20-2018.
Product Description
If you want a simple way to incorporate electronic drums into your acoustic kit, look no further than the Roland SPD-SX. This sampling drum pad provides easy sample creation and playback tools, along with cool effects, expressive playability, lots of internal memory, USB functionality, included software for managing your samples, and much more. Tap it with your fingers or hit it with drumsticks -- do whatever feels natural. You'll like having the drum pad as part of your DJ booth, keyboard rig, percussion setup, or your existing drum kit -- be it acoustic or electronic. Whether you intend to trigger samples, loops, or complete backing tracks in the studio or on stage, Roland's SPD-SX is there to lend a helping hand.

Hands-On Control Meets Advanced Triggering and Sampling Technology

Giving you hands-on control of your one-shots, loops, and backing tracks, the SPD-SX sports nine rubber pads, two independent real-time control knobs, and four dedicated effect buttons, plus a large backlit LCD to view settings and programs in any lighting condition. You'll always know what's up with the pads -- when you trigger sample phrases, each pad's companion LED lights up to show when the pads are in play. Like level meters on a mixing board, the LEDs change illumination strength according to audio-level activity; on stage or off, the high-contrast red divider lines help you see the pad zones clearly.

Highly Playable and Functional

With this sampling drum pad, it's easy to incorporate audio samples into your performance. The SPD-SX offers individual click output routing, dedicated volume controls, Pad Check function, individual Sub Out, and other must-have features for drummers and percussionists alike.

Master Effects Engine Onboard

Built-in effects let you tweak your samples in real-time. Roland's SPD-SX has three multi-effects units: one master unit and two units that are assignable per kit. Four front-panel buttons and two control knobs let you adjust the filter, delay, short looper, and user-assignable effect in real time, for a dynamic, creative performance.

Easy Multi-Pad Sampling

The drum pad also lets you create multisampled phrases and pad maps on the fly. While audio streams in from an external audio player or computer (via 1/4" analog stereo inputs or USB), just strike each pad at the appropriate start or end points and the sample will be automatically truncated and assigned to that pad.

Storage for Your Sample Collection

You can store and carry your entire sample library in the SPD-SX, since the sampling drum pad has an impressive 2 GB of internal memory. That's enough space to house approximately 360 minutes of audio or 10,000 files at 44.1 kHz/16-bit mono. When you want to add more samples to the set, use the SPD-SX's built-in USB ports to import audio files from USB flash memory.

Manage Your Audio Files with SPD-SX Wave Manager Software

The included SPD-SX Wave Manager software app also lets you import audio files directly from computer via USB, assign the samples to each pad, and organize the samples to suit your setup.

Get an overview of the Roland SPD-SX Sampling Pad:


- Performance-oriented sampling drum pad with built-in effects
- 2 GB internal memory lets you store about 360 minutes of samples (mono) or 10,000 files without requiring external memory
- 9 Velocity-sensitive rubber pads and 2 external dual-trigger inputs
- Multi-pad sampling enables you to capture and assign audio data quickly
- 3 Multi-effects units, 2 control knobs, and 4 dedicated effect buttons for real-time tweaking
- Individual pad LEDs show pad status and audio-level activity during performance
- Expanded USB functionality for importing audio files
- Wave Manager software included for easily importing, assigning, and organizing of samples
- Large backlit LCD lets you view data in any lighting condition
Reviews From Buyers
First of all, zZounds is an excellent company to work with! The first unit I received had some issues (e.g. a dirty electronic noise being produced just prior to the sound when striking a pad) and I was able to exchange it per their policy with zero issues. Note that THIS UNIT DOES NOT HAVE A QUANTIZE FEATURE which is unimaginable. So, if you're looking to create spot-on drum loops, etc., forget it! What's even more frustrating is that the older model (SPD-S) does have that feature. The reason I bought the unit was to trigger samples and create drum basically 50% of the unit is worthless. A lot of the issues w/ the older model (lack of memory, lack of computer interface, etc.) have been resolved which is nice but it's nothing more (to me) than an overpriced controller at this point due to the abovementioned. I bought the Maschine Mikro MK2 to create drum loops and then load those to the SPD-SX. The Maschine product, worth every penny! The sounds are pretty good but very few when compared to the Octapad, Roland should have stepped-it-up in this area considering the price you're paying. There are a lot of nice new features but the most important piece is now missing, still baffled over this. I would find other options if I had to do it over again. The price, minimal sounds, and lack of quantization are a deal breaker in hindsight.
Weight, Dimensions, and Manufacturer Part Numbers
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 8 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 18 x 16 x 7 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): SPD-SX
with Roland SPDSX Pack
Shipping Weight: 21 lbs
with Multi-Surface Trigger Kit
Shipping Weight: 22 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 28 x 17 x 15 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): SPD-SXKIT
Warehouse Resealed, with Multi-Surface Trigger Kit
Shipping Weight: 22 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 28 x 17 x 15 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): SPD-SXKIT