Even though it’s been a full year since the Roland TD25 was announced at Musikmesse, it’s still standing strong as the go-to electronic kit for aspiring drummers the world over.
There are many reasons for its success, but I think it really all boils down to the fact that it offers sensational value for money. First off, you get the outrageously detailed, dynamic “SuperNATURAL” sound engine straight out of the flagship, twice-the-price TD30KV, but built into a streamlined, sleek interface which pushes its focus more towards performance, rather than sound editing. Tweaking is still relatively simple, and it’s still a breeze to create and save a custom kit made out of any combination drums or percussive hits you like.
You also get incredibly robust, hard-wearing and – for the music tech world – relatively stylish hardware. Mesh snare and tom skins give you the bounce and snap you expect from an acoustic kit, you’re able to choke the cymbals with a quick grab, and the large kick drum pad lets you use whatever pedal combination you like: single, double, triple, whatever.
I can’t stress enough what a massive difference Roland’s MDS drum racking system makes to stability, either. You never have to adjust the way you play because the whole rig is wobbling back and forth. Roland kits can take the punishment!
The only thing that may cause confusion is the difference between the TD25K and TD25KV, but FEAR NOT! We’ve got a cool little guide to help you make the choice.
In summary: TD25? Yes please.
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