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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.



Retail:  $999.00

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What We Think

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 16GB 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


Since 2011, the SPD-SX has been a mainstay on professional stages worldwide, its distinctive profile regularly seen beside both digital and hybrid drum kits. This landmark Roland instrument sparked the sampling pad revolution with a wide range of tracks, clicks, loops, and one-shot sounds stored inside. Drummers and performing musicians can record, store, and trigger any type of sound on command—easing the burden of making live performances sound like the original recordings. Along with its sampling and import features, the SPD-SX comes with versatile preset kits and a large pre-loaded sample library, including loops, one-shot sounds, and melodic phrases to spark ideas and create music right away.

Building on the capabilities of its trailblazing SPD-S predecessor, the SPD-SX set the bar as the industry-standard sampling pad. Filled with pro features, this powerful pad has become an essential companion for drummers and all sorts of creative stage performers. It’s also built to thrive on the road—taking a beating night after night, on and off stage. Whether you rock out locally on the weekends or perform in sold-out stadiums, the SPD-SX won’t let you down.


    Sample, Import, and Trigger Audio

    The SPD-SX puts a universe of sounds under your sticks. Trigger an entire track, song part, effect, click track, or one-shot sound with a single pad strike. Then take control over how the audio plays back. From playing covers at clubs and functions to reproducing original song tracks on concert stages, it’s easy to bring studio-level sounds to your live performances.


    Velocity-Sensitive Pads

    The SPD-SX has nine velocity-sensitive rubber pads, and any sound can be assigned to any pad. When you play the pads lightly, the sound plays back quietly. And when you’re ready to wail, play heavier hits for more volume. Alternatively, you can set a pad to fixed velocity, so the volume stays the same no matter how hard you play.


    LED Indicators

    Each SPD-SX pad features a red LED indicator for onstage visibility and pad status. And to meet your performance needs, you can set the LEDs to behave in different ways. Assign them for fixed on/off status or make them appear only when the pad’s audio is playing. Or set them to illuminate dynamically with audio activity, similar to level meters on a mixing console.


    Storage and Sounds

    You can never have too many sounds, right? With 16 GB of storage, the SPD-SX supports up to 25 hours of stereo audio (50 hours of mono) in 16-bit/44.1 kHz WAV/AIFF format. The pad comes pre-loaded with 210 samples to get you started, including loops, one-shots, and melodic phrases. And there are 100 kits for storing your custom layouts, including 16 presets. And when you’re ready for more, visit Roland Cloud to dive into an ever-expanding range of samples and loops for every musical style.



    With the deep sampling features in the SPD-SX, you can easily capture your own unique sounds. Connect a mic or mono/stereo line-level device to the analog inputs or plug in a computer via USB. Then use Basic Sampling to capture a sound to the pad of your choice or Multi-Pad Sampling to record audio to multiple pads. It’s even possible to re-sample a performance within the SPD-SX, complete with effects processing.



    Life on the road moves fast, and sometimes you need to edit sounds on the fly. Thanks to the SPD-SX’s onboard editing tools, you can tweak samples without using a DAW. Trim samples, set start/stop points, adjust volume and pitch, and more. It’s also possible to splice multiple samples together or split a single file into individual samples for assignment to different pads.


    Adding Effects

    Harness the power of the three effects engines within the SPD-SX. You can use two effects engines simultaneously: master effects and kit effects. The master engine applies to all kits and has 21 different types to amp up your performance. Three common master effect presets on the front panel apply filters, delays, and short loops to any audio playing from the pad at that time. The two assignable kit effects will sound when you play a pad within a chosen kit patch, and you can turn them on and off for full control.

  • In and Out

    Playing live requires many connections, and the SPD-SX makes getting sounds in and out of the pad simple. Dig into a range of outputs for easy mixing and monitoring. Load, organize, and record sounds with a USB connection and SPD-SX Wave Manager software. And expand your rig with up to four external pads, two footswitches, and accessories.


    Audio Outputs

    With a range of flexible output and routing options, you can seamlessly send pad sounds to different locations for mixing and monitoring. Use the master left/right outputs to send stereo audio or two mono feeds to the mixing desk. Send sound to the monitoring engineer or band members with the left/right sub outputs. And keep tabs on your setup or monitor a click track via headphones.



    Connect the SPD-SX to your computer via a USB cable for effortless recording with any DAW. You can connect with MIDI using a USB cable too. With legacy MIDI in/out, take control of software instruments, other gear on stage, and automation software like Ableton.


    Easy Sound Import

    There are two ways to quickly transfer audio files to the SPD-SX. Load the files onto a USB flash drive and copy them across. Or use the free SPD-SX Wave Manager to drag and drop audio from a computer to individual pads. The software also includes intuitive tools to back up your work and organize kits for different gigs.


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.


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. 25 hours of stereo audio (50 hours of mono)
    * Since the internal memory included with the SPD-SX contains preloaded 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)


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


  • 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


  • 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.