Roland has unveiled three latest-generation flagship V-Drums kits featuring the TD-50X sound module and new digital pad configurations, including the latest VH-14D digital hi-hat.
The TD-50KV2 kit delivers a V-Drums experience with large pads throughout, including a stage-ready, full-size kick drum. The TD-50K2 offers a more streamlined configuration with compact tom and kick pads, making it a choice for home playing, small stages, and anywhere that space is tight. The VAD706 is the new top-of-the-line kit in the V-Drums Acoustic Design series, combining Roland’s best V-Drums technologies with the look and detail of premium-grade acoustic drums. Four finish options are available for the full-size wood shells in the VAD706, including Gloss Natural, Gloss Cherry, Gloss Ebony, and Pearl White.
The TD-50X sound module at the heart of TD-50KV2, TD-50K2, and VAD706 kits is set to provide the most acoustic-like experience available in electronic drumming. As the company states: “Prismatic Sound Modeling technology makes drums come to life like no other system can, infusing multi-layer samples recorded in world-class studios with sophisticated behavior modeling techniques refined over 20-plus years“.
The TD-50X module features over 900 sounds, including many new kick, snare, hi-hat, tom, and cymbal selections. There are also 70 ready-to-play preset kits. Users can make quick adjustments to tuning and muffling, or build kits from the ground up by selecting shell depths, drumhead types, cymbal characteristics, and more. PureAcoustic Ambience provides a wide variety of immersive playing spaces, and a massive selection of studio-grade processing tools are on hand to shape sounds to perfection.
The TD-50KV2, TD-50K2, and VAD706 kits also feature Roland’s breakthrough digital pad technology, which is meant to leverage the expressive potential made possible with Prismatic Sound Modeling. Multi-sensors in the PD-140DS snare, CY-18DR ride, and new VH-14D hi-hat pads work with the the TD-50X module to bring authentic acoustic nuance and detail to these core kit pieces. All playing techniques translate, such as touching the ride to mute the sound or switching at will between head, rimshot, and cross stick playing on the snare.
Loaded with pro connectivity, the TD-50X module is ready to take on the practical needs of any playing situation. Stereo XLR master outs and eight TRS direct outs allow the player to send any drums they like to an audio console via balanced connections. And for computer-based music production, the TD-50X can send up to 32 channels of digital audio plus MIDI over USB for premium-quality transfer.
The TD-50X is the first V-Drums product to be supported through Roland Cloud, a platform that offers a diverse range of authentic Roland software synthesizers and sound libraries. Roland Cloud unlocks an expanding collection of premium V-Drums kits and curated samples for studio production and live playing, with membership providing access to existing content and new releases as they arrive.
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