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Roland SPD-20 Total Percussion Pad & Module

The SPD-20 gets a

BEAT MODE 8 STAR RATING.

Add real sounding drums
to your midi music!

You've seen this white percussion pad/module next to many a drum kit when bands perform live... In fact we just saw the Roland SPD20 in a Duran Duran LIVE video clip... The Roland SPD-20 is a very functional percussion pad for use with the provided internal sounds, or with your samplers or other midi sound sources.

It works quite well, although we were extremely disappointed in the typical "Roland-style poorly translated from Japanese" manual. Somewhat difficult to get the hang of, but once you do it works very well with nice sensitivity. Also we added the optional kick pedal and the presets often ignore it or map it with an odd sound. So to utilize the kick you have to reprogram the stock patches.

The KICK pedal is a cool addition that really makes this pad work like a real drum kit! If you have the SPD-20 we say the KICK pedal is a must have!

BEAT MODE RATING SYSTEM

0 to 1 star - SUCKS - BARELY USABLE - Not RECOMMENDED

2-4 stars - SOME REDEEMING VALUE, BUT NOT MUCH TO SHOUT ABOUT.

5-6 stars - DECENT - worthwhile for some applications.

7-8 stars - VERY GOOD product with many pluses, highly usable.

9-10 stars - INDISPENSABLE - must have - the cream of the crop!

Also, slightly annoying is that to use the SPD-20 as a controller without duplicate notes sent via midi, you have to power it up holding down some buttons. Hassle. Couldn't there just be a switch or menu command?

The Roland SPD-20 is used in many of our recordings to add that REAL LIVE DRUMMER feel... But be warned - don't plan to do any quantizing with this puppie's midi recordings as a live groove played with sticks on a pad results in lots o' little notes! That's a good thing though! Despite the shortcomings this pad is so cool it is highly recommended none-the-less.

SPD-20 Product description at the Roland Japan site

SPD-20 Product description at the Roland US Info/Specs

SPD-20 Editor support with Emagic SoundDiver

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