You may have asked yourself why we’re making comparisons between Roland vs TD3. But there’s really a lot to talk about and it all starts by taking a look at Roland V-Drums.
Roland is a company that is notable for the production of electronic drums, drum brain modules, and any other related electronic percussion. The percussion instruments and drums which are made by this brand are different from the normal drum designs which we may be used to. Most parts of the drums are pretty much the same thing but these ones run electrically and need a reliable power supply.
The primary V-Drums are known to be completely electrical drum kits. You’ll often find them in a range of sizes and designs. Their prices also vary quite a lot and could easily exceed thousands of dollars. Components of the drums such as additional pads, triggers, mounting hardware, cymbal pads, and modules can be used to improve the quality of the instrument which you are playing.
Just like a number of other electric drum modules, the V-Drum modules are MIDI capable. This means it can be used to control the kit and other MIDI-reliable instruments such as digital samplers. Just like other electronic instruments, these kits are capable of producing their output through an amplifier, recording instrument or headphones. You don’t have to be subjected to all the noise gotten from traditional drums. Roland drums can be used anywhere, even in an apartment without disturbing the neighbors. That’s what really makes it an attractive choice.
What are the parts of Roland V-Drum?
Each part of the Roland v-drum consists of components which include;
- Triggers. Triggers are the alternative to acoustic drums, acoustic cymbals or any other acoustic percussion instrument. It serves an electrical source for all the acoustic sounds which you may need.
- Module. A module is a central processing unit that can be used to control all the triggers of the drum kit. The module will receive all of the electronic signals which are sent from the triggers, processes these percussion sounds and sends signals to other MIDI-capable instruments to do something similar.
- Stand. This is basically the frame of the whole drum kit. It helps to hold the trigger and modules which are fastened through clamps.
On a v-drum, you’ll find a variety of trigger devices such as rubber pads, cymbal pads, mesh-head drum pads, acoustic drum triggers. A mesh-head drum pad is known to have a similar appearance to acoustic drums. They even produce similar sounds to their acoustic counterparts. The simplest types of triggers are the rubber pads which also look and sound like an acoustic drum. There are different types of cymbal pads, which are also known as V-cymbals. It’s possible to find some expensive cymbals which bear a striking resemblance to the acoustic cymbals. Notable examples of this are hi-hat, crash ride and so on. Cheaper cymbal pads do the job well but don’t have such physical features. Acoustic drum triggers can be used to mimic the sound from a regular acoustic drum.
Electrically, it’s possible to classify the trigger pads into the following namely;
- Mono pads make use of a piezoelectric sensor per head. Mostly used in kick-drum pads or cheaper pads.
- Stereo pads make use of one piezo sensor and an extra switch for the rim. Mostly used in cymbal pads and rubber pads.
- Stereo pads that make use of two piezo sensors; one for the head and the rim. Mostly used in mesh-head pads
- Three-way pads which make use of a piezo sensor and two switches
Let’s take a look at one of the iconic models which have been gotten from Roland. It’s one of readily available Roland’s V-drums on the market. It’s a module and a drum set pad which includes a Roland TD-3 drum module, a PDX-8 10″ mesh snare, (3) PD-8 rubber pads, (2) CY-8 dual-trigger cymbal pads, a KD-8 kick trigger, a CY-5 hi-hat cymbal pad, and an FD-8 hi-hat controller. The rack is usually not included in the set.
The TD-3 module consists of 114 high-quality percussion drums and presets which is then split into 32 electronic drum kits. It has an easy to use interface which easily sets you into the groove of making use of the kit. The interface ensures that you can get things underway easily. To know the right type of kit to use, all you need to do is make use of the Phrase preview functions to hear a demo of the preferred drum kit. When making each option of the drum kit, it’s possible to add 15 different types of ambiance and compression effects. The TD-3 also has an enhanced Rhythm Coach which will help you get better at your speed, timing, and endurance when drumming. There is room to add extra triggers to the drum set. You can add 9 additional triggers to improve the range of sound which you can get on the TD-3 module.
Despite the high level of functionality which you get from making use of this module, it’s moderately priced. When making use of Roland’s pads and triggers you get a realistic feel and clear sound.
- The module features 114 preset sounds, 32 drum kits, and 15 ambiance and compression effects
- Enhanced Rhythm coach function
- Phase preview function
- Variety of pads and triggers
Roland is a brand that specializes in providing us with the best electric drum kits which money can buy. It ensures that all of its drums are fully packed with the best features. The TD-3 module clearly doesn’t disappoint. It has a list of the best triggers and has space for even more. There’s really nothing more which you could ask for.