In this video, Craig Blundell demonstrates the features of the recently introduced Roland SPD-SX Sampling Pad, a multi-pad percussion instrument with 2 GB of onboard sampling memory and three powerful effects engines.
The SPD-SX puts sample creation and playback under stick control, with audio-capturing features, expressive playability, three multi-effects engine and more. The 2 GB of built-in memory provides more than three hours of CD-quality sampling in stereo, which can be captured via the stereo mic/line input or imported through USB.
The SPD-SX also features new Multi-Pad Sampling, a way to capture, truncate, and assign samples to pads by simply striking pads at the appropriate start/end points of a particular sample.
User samples and factory-preloaded wave data can be organized and stored into kits and played from the nine integrated trigger pads, which include six large pads and three edge triggers. Two dual-trigger inputs allow users to expand the SPD-SX with optional external pads and acoustic drum triggers for more triggering options.
The SPD-SX has three multi-effects units onboard: one master unit and two units that are assignable per kit. In addition, two dedicated front-panel knobs provide real-time control of user-assignable effects.
The bundled SPD-SX Wave Manager software for Mac and PC lets users import audio files from a computer directly via USB, assign the samples to pads, and organize sample files quickly and efficiently. USB also allows users to easily interface the SPD-SX with their computer to communicate directly with DAWs and other music software, so players can use the SPD-SX to trigger software instruments and record MIDI and audio data in the computer.
The SPD-SX can be played on a tabletop or stand, and can be used with standard drum hardware. Other standout features include an intuitive interface and large display, dual stereo outputs, a phones jack, an assignable click with dedicated front-panel level knob, MIDI I/O, and more.
The SPD-SX will be available in October with an MSRP of $1199.00.