Update: It appears that Spd-S is no longer in production by Roland. They are now making an upgrade/updated version called the Spd-SX that is very similar. You will not be able to find the Spd-S by clicking on any of the links below, however I am leaving this post up for of you who still own and love the SPD-S!
The Roland Spd-S is one of the most versatile sampling pads on the market. I have made a few videos showing how incredibly versatile it is. I have had mine for over 2 years now, and I still don’t use this instrument to it’s fullest potential. The following is a post I wrote a few months after getting my Roland Spd-S.
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A couple of months ago I got the itch to try to integrate some electronic sounding drums into my set up. I started researching more about triggering and possibly building my own electronic drum set and even found a site that lays out some very clear instructions to do so. THIS website tells you how to do it. After giving it a lot of thought and after more research, I decided to buy the Roland SPD-S and I couldn’t be more happy with my decision. This thing is awesome. I’ve had it for about a month and I’m just now starting to realize how much it can do. Shortly after buying it, playing around on it, and having the urge to use my feet with the SPD-S I decided I needed to buy a kick trigger to really bring it to the next level. I ended up getting the KD-7. It’s as simple as pluggin the kick pad into the back of the SPD-S and assigning whatever kick drum sound I want to it. Another cool feature that I’ve been having fun with lately is sampling different sounds. I’ve been getting tons of different sounds from www.freesound.org and www.findsounds.com.
Disclosure: Since I spent a LOT of time reviewing the Roland Spd-S, I would appreciate your support in buying one (if your ready to buy) through a link on this page. You’ll actually find some of the best prices on the web on this site, and if you buy from clicking on my link I’ll receive a commission for my time writing this in-depth review, which helps fund this website (and my electronic drum fund). Thanks!