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Roland SPD-SX Sampling Percussion Pad  From Roland

Incredible sample pad used by a wide range of professional and independent musicians.

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$799.99

Retail:  $999.00

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The Roland SPD-SX is the new-and-improved replacement for the Roland SPD-S sampling pad. Building off of an already great machine, the SPD-SX now has 2GB of internal sampling memory and USB connectivity. This thing is almost a drumset all by itself!

The SPD-SX has nine playable pads with two dual inputs, allowing up to four additional external pads, drum triggers or a combination of both. The SPD-SX has flexibility with its sound outputs (headphone/main out or sub out) and is equally happy on stage and in the studio. 

This module also allows importing samples from a standard USB stick and sampling directly into the SPD-SX via the mic/line input. Once a sample is created and stored in the SPD-SX, you can use any of the onboard effects for your finishing touches. Samples can be reversed, chopped, resampled, truncated, normalized and have the pitch altered.

Whether you are using the stock sounds or sampling and making your own, the Roland SPD-SX brings a whole realm of sound possibilities to your set in a very tidy package. We love it!

SPD-SX Sampling Pad Overview

The new SPD-SX Sampling Pad puts powerful sample creation and playback under your sticks with innovative audio-capturing features, expressive playability, three multi-effects engines, and much more. The perfect addition to any acoustic or electronic drum kit, percussion setup, DJ booth, or keyboard rig, the SPD-SX is equally at home on the live stage, in the recording studio, pre-production suite, or dance club.

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Manufacturer's Description from Roland

THE ULTIMATE PERCUSSIVE SAMPLING INSTRUMENT

The new SPD-SX Sampling Pad puts powerful sample creation and playback under your sticks with innovative audio-capturing features, expressive playability, three multi-effects engines, and much more. The perfect addition to any acoustic or electronic drum kit, percussion setup, DJ booth, or keyboard rig, the SPD-SX is equally at home on the live stage, in the recording studio, pre-production suite, or dance club. The SPD-SX takes many of the proven concepts from its predecessor and raises them to a new level. Whether you’re firing off one-shot samples, looped phrases, or complete audio playback tracks, the SPD-SX is loaded with the latest technology and tools to get the job done with speed, precision, and convenience. Enjoy the most advanced triggering and sampling technology in a sleek, easy-to-use percussion instrument.

  • The Playing Field

    The SPD-SX is equipped with nine highly sensitive rubber pads with two independent real-time control knobs and four dedicated effect buttons. Roland’s most advanced triggering technology ensures the ultimate in accuracy and fully dynamic performance, while a large backlit LCD provides easy-to-read data in all varieties of environments. Each pad has a companion LED that illuminates to show the pad’s status. When you trigger sample phrases, the LEDs remain lit to show you which pads are in play and which are not. In addition, the LEDs change illumination strength according to audio-level activity (similar to level meters on a mixing board). The high-contrast red divider lines help you see the pad zones clearly onstage.

  • Improved Playability and Functionality

    Today, increasing numbers of drummers and percussionists need to incorporate audio samples into their performance. The SPD-SX will satisfy their increasing requirements with essential features such as individual click output routing, dedicated volume controls, Pad Check function, individual Sub Out, and more.

  • Onboard Effects

    The SPD-SX has three multi-effects units onboard: one master unit and two units that are assignable per kit. The master effects engine lets you perform in real time like a DJ using the dedicated front-panel controls. Get your hands on the filter, delay, short looper, and user-assignable effect — all of which can be creatively adjusted with the four front-panel buttons and two control knobs.

  • Multi-Pad Sampling

    There’s much more to the SPD-SX than meets the eye. A powerful-yet-friendly lineup of features has been built into this little powerhouse, such as Multi-Pad Sampling. While audio streams in from an external audio player or computer (via Audio In or USB), simply strike each pad at the appropriate start/end points, and the sample will be automatically truncated and assigned to that pad. It’s a fast, friendly way to create multi-sampled phrases and pad maps.

  • SPD-SX Wave Manager Software Included

    The SPD-SX’s generous internal memory (4 GB) lets you store and carry your entire sample library inside. With no external memory required, you can house approximately 720 minutes of audio (10,000 files) at 16-bit, 44.1 kHz, mono. The built-in USB ports let you directly import audio files from USB flash memory. The bundled SPD-SX Wave Manager software app lets you import audio files directly from computer via USB, assign the samples to each pad, and organize the thousands of samples efficiently.

    • Unique sampling-pad concept — the only instrument of its kind in the world
    • 4 GB internal memory, enabling approximately 720 minutes of sampling (mono) without requiring external memory
    • Nine velocity-sensitive rubber pads, two external dual-trigger inputs
    • Easy capturing and assignment of audio data through Multi-Pad Sampling
    • Three units of multi-effects onboard, with two real-time control knobs and four dedicated effect buttons
    • Individual Pad Dynamics indicators show pad status and audio-level activity during performance
    • Expanded USB functionality (USB Mass Storage, USB MIDI/AUDIO, USB Memory)
    • Wave Manager software included for easily importing, assigning, and organizing samples
    • Large backlit LCD
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About Manufacturer

Roland Corporation is a leading manufacturer and distributor of electronic musical instruments, including keyboards and synthesizers, guitar products, electronic percussion, digital recording equipment, amplifiers, and audio processing devices. With over 40 years of innovation that continues to shape the sound of modern music, Roland sets the standards in music technology for the world to follow.

Specifications

Roland SPS-SX Sampling Pad Percussion Features:

  • PadsBuilt-in Pads: 9 (with LED Indicators) * Two external trigger inputs are provided, allowing you to connect up to four Pads.
  • Maximum Polyphony:20 voices * Maximum polyphony becomes 16 voices according as an operating state.
  • Number of Recordable Wave Data:  10,000  * Including preload wave data.
  • Sampling Time: (Total time for all wave data)Approx. 360 min. in stereo (720 min. in mono) * Since the internal memory included with the SPD-SX contains preload data, the available sampling time will be less than the time above.
  • Data Format: 16-bit linear PCM (WAV/AIFF)
  • Sampling Frequency:  44.1 kHzKits100
  • Kit Chain: 8 chains (20 steps per chain)

Effects:

  • Master Effects (21 Types)
  • Equalizer
  • Kit Effect 1 (20 Types)
  • Kit Effect 2 (20 Types)
  • Display: Graphic LCD 128 x 64 dots

Connectors:

  • PHONES jack (Stereo 1/4-inch phone type)
  • MASTER OUT jacks (L/MONO, R) (1/4-inch phone type)
  • SUB OUT jacks (L/MONO, R) (1/4-inch phone type)
  • AUDIO IN jacks (L/MONO, R) (1/4-inch phone type) (with LINE-MIC GAIN control)
  • TRIG IN jacks (1/2, 3/4) (1/4-inch TRS phone type)
  • FOOT SW jack (1/2) (1/4-inch TRS phone type)
  • MIDI connectors (IN, OUT)
  • DC IN jack
  • COMPUTER connector
  • USB MEMORY connector
  • Interface: Hi-Speed USB (USB-MIDI, USB-AUDIO, USB Mass Storage Class, USB Flash Drive)
  • Power Supply: DC 9 V (AC Adaptor)
  • Current Draw: 600 mA

Accessories:

  • CD-ROM (SPD-SX Wave Manager, USB driver, preload wave data)
  • Owner's Manual
  • AC Adaptor

Options (sold separately):

  • Pads (PD series, PDX series)
  • Cymbals (CY series)
  • Kick Triggers (KD series)
  • Pad Stand (PDS-10)
  • All-Purpose Clamp (APC-33)
  • Acoustic Drum Trigger (RT-30H, RT-30HR, RT-30K)
  • Pedal Switch (DP-2)
  • Footswitch (BOSS FS-5U, BOSS FS-6)
  • Personal Drum Monitor (PM-10, PM-30)
  • USB Flash Memory * Use USB Flash Memory sold by Roland. We cannot guarantee operation if other products are used.