Choosing An Electric Drum Kit | Roland V- Drums Range Explained
In this blog we will help you choose an electronic Roland V-Drums kit to suit you, explaining the differences in the range.
With the Roland V-Drums range of kits, you have a huge variety to choose from, this gives Roland a great advantage over many competitors. So you ask yourself – Which electronic kit is best for me? We will show you through the range to make an informed decision.
Are you a lapsed drummer who misses playing? Or maybe someone who has always wanted to play drums but didn’t know where to start? Maybe you’re a frustrated bass player who wants to have some fun laying down your own drum tracks. Because really, why should drummers have all the fun? Have you never played a musical instrument at all?
Experience the joys that can only come from replicating that awesome drum part from one of your favourite songs. Everybody’s got one of their own most loved drum pieces and you can play yours too.
Which electronic kit should I get?
If you already have an acoustic kit, you won’t believe how much more time you will spend playing and developing your playing skills on an electronic drum kit. The compact size and adaptability will mean you’ll use it in ways you never imagined.
Regardless of your level of experience, or what you’re trying to get out of your current drumming experience, the Roland V-Drums range offers the best solution when choosing an electronic drum kit. All you need to do is work out which kit is the right one for you.
So, what are the differences between normal electronic kits and the V-Drums range of kits? Let’s show you!
There are twelve kits available split in to just four model numbers. Each model number has three different variations.
It’s important to note that all V-Drums kits are able to be setup for left-handers too.
The following four kit numbers make up the current Roland V-Drums electronic kit range: TD1, TD17, TD25, TD50.
We will now break each of these electric V-Drums kits down and go through their strengths.
It features tried and tested rubber pads with excellent trigger responsiveness and durability.
The crash, hi-hat and ride cymbal pads respond and move like acoustic cymbals. You can also ‘choke’ the cymbals to mute the sound just like with acoustic cymbals.
Included with the Roland TD1K are silent kick and hi-hat pedals. There is also a stable and adjustable stand.
All V-Drums can be set up for left and right-handers so simply choose a kit.
The module includes a recording mode for capturing your ideas and performances.
Sounds wise, there are 25 versatile sounding kits built-in. Each kit has adjustable volume and a metronome with well thought out practice modes.
Standard mini-jack connections output to speakers or headphones. A mix-input allows direct connection to portable music players or other musical instruments for fun jam sessions.
The built-in USB port allows the TD-1 to be used with recording. It also allow you to load drum tuition software such as Melodics for V-Drums. No special drivers needed.
The Roland TD1DMK’s an all-in-one kit! This means you just need to add a stool and sticks to start playing.
Featuring all mesh heads on the toms and snare, the TD-1DMK is a step up from conventional electronic kits.
Mesh heads allow you to adjust the tension to suit the required rebound.
Because it’s a head stretched on a drum, it gives the most realistic and interactive feel just like its acoustic cousin.
Unlike other electronic kits, V-Drums hi-hats offer dynamic playing. This includes open through to half-closed and fully closed for the best expression.
The crash and ride cymbal respond like acoustic cymbals. You can also ‘choke’ the cymbals to mute the sound just like with acoustic cymbals.
The Roland TD-1K includes silent kick and hi-hat pedals and a stable and adjustable stand.
The module includes a recording mode for capturing your ideas and performances.
25 versatile sounding kits are built-in with adjustable volume. There’s also a metronome with well thought out practice modes.
There are standard mini-jack connections for output for speakers or headphones as well as a mix-input for direct connection to portable music players.
This amazingly tiny fold-up, all mesh head kit can be packed into the optional carry bag. Take it wherever you go away making it a great rehearsal or practice kit too.
The rack can be adjusted to suit both kids and adults. Just like all of the V-Drums kits, it’s easy to set up for left-handers too.
Replaceable mesh pads are velocity-sensitive and tunable. They offer the same feel as Roland’s pro series pads.
Roland V-Drums pads are designed for years of trouble-free playing.
Easy to navigate, the Roland TD-1 module has tried and tested favourite V-Drums sounds to suit a wide range of playing styles. Like the other TD-1 series kits, there are practice routines and recording built-in.
USB allows MIDI connection for use with recording and drum tuition software such as Melodics for V-Drums.
You can also find a headphone/line output, mix-in for connection to amplifiers. This is perfect for rocking out with friends or playing along to your favourite music.
Designed around a larger foldable and easy to transport rack, the three model Roland TD17 Series is very popular with beginners choosing an electronic kit. Lapsed drummers and anyone returning to the drums are attracted to how easy they are to use.
Experienced drummers love the ability record and work out parts at home without needing to hire studio space.
The three Roland TD-17 V-Drums kits are:
Let’s look at the differences between the three models here.
Roland TD-17KVX electronic V-Drums with VH-10 hihat, PDX-12 snare and mesh tom heads.
Topping the range is the TD-17KVX. With its stand-mountable VH-10 hi-hat, dual crashes and 12″ PDX-12 mesh snare pad.
The TD17KVX is an incredible instrument that will give you years of playing pleasure….
The TD-17KV goes mesh all the way with upgraded cymbals too.
With all three TD-17 kits, metal fans love that the stable KD-10 kick trigger pad can be used with their favourite double kick pedal for near-silent double kick practice. The extra trigger inputs on the module allow expansion with additional triggers down the line.
The Roland TD-17 module has a huge range of sounds from acoustic to electronic. You can even build your own kit patches. For example, It’s simple to tune, muffle and add reverb to your new kit patch with just a few simple tweaks.
If creating your own sounds is your style, you can even import your own user WAV samples. This allows you to layer with the internal sounds for endless sound possibilities into the future.
The built-in SD Card slot allows you to save your kits to share with friends or load more which you can download online.
WAV and MP3 files can be played directly via SD Card too, for the ultimate fun practice session.
USB and *Bluetooth allow you to connect your kit to your computer and mobile devices. Then you can stream audio directly from media services such as YouTube and FaceBook quickly and easily. The built-in phone tray is a super convenient place to dock your device.
It’s time to crank it up and jam with friends! There’s even a ‘mix-in’ for connecting keyboards and guitar pedalboards too.
Connect the stereo line outputs directly to P.As and speaker systems personal drum amplifiers for everyone to hear.
*Bluetooth available on KV and KVX models only
If you are after great playing expression, sounds and build quality, look no further. The Roland TD25 series stand out from all other electronic kits in this price range.
The Three TD-25 series V-Drums kits are:
Just like the pros prefer, all three KVX, KV and K versions feature mesh pads. They also come with a VH-11 hi-hat for mounting on your own conventional hi-hat stand. The larger rack allows room to grow and includes high-quality components built to last. Choosing an electronic kit doesn’t mean sacrificing your playing choices.
See the kit details below.
The Roland TD25KVX is the pinnacle of the Roland TD-25 series. It features an all-birch 18″ KD-180 kick pad with integrated trigger system and stand mountable 12″ PD-128S-BC black chrome trigger snare. The pads are 10″ PDX-100 and there are two crashes and a three-way ride.
The Roland TD25KV version also features dual crash cymbals. All kits feature the same sound engine with the world-class TD-30 sound engine at its heart. Impressively, they include ‘sweep’ sensing which even allows playing with brushes.
Want double kick? V-Drums are designed for double kick pedals so simply connect and play.
Players instantly recognize and appreciate the nuances possible with the TD-30 derived SuperNATURAL sound engine. Positional awareness and “anti-machine gunning” are standard features for the most rewarding playing experience.
Every hit on the snare and ride cymbal generates a unique sound. This is just like on an acoustic instrument which makes all the difference to a musician.