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The SPD-SX Sampling Pad

“The SPD-SX is a must for people looking to introduce a state-of-the-art sampler to their set up. It really is a blank canvas for users to push themselves musically and bring a completely fresh perspective to their performance. It also makes life a lot easier, as you can carry your sample library around and just slot right into any gig. Love it!” – Craig Blundell

The new Roland SPD-SX Sampling Pad is the successor to the hugely popular SPD-S, which these days seems to pop up anywhere there’s a drummer, stage and a TV camera. In a nutshell, the SPD-SX is an amazing drum pad that allows you to incorporate sampled audio into your drumming, featuring velocity-sensitive pads with LED status indicators, up to six hours sample playback and direct audio import via USB. Here’s why we think it rocks:

The Pads

The Roland SPD-SX has nine highly sensitive rubber pads featuring Roland’s most advanced triggering technology for accurate, fully dynamic performance. Each pad has a companion LED that glows to show the pad’s status and when you trigger sampled phrases, the LEDs remain lit to show you which pads are in play and which are not. In addition, the LEDs change illumination strength according to audio-level activity (similar to level meters on a mixing board). Finally, the high-contrast red divider lines help you see the pad zones clearly onstage.

Improved Playability and Functionality

Many drummers and percussionists need to incorporate audio samples into their performance, but don’t need a fully-blown e-kit setup. The SPD-SX is therefore perfect, with practical, essential features such as individual click output routing, dedicated volume controls, Pad Check function, individual Sub Out, and more – all in a package little bigger than a laptop.

Onboard Effects

The Roland SPD-SX has three powerful multi-effects units onboard: one master unit and two units that are assignable per kit. The master effects engine lets you perform in real time – like a DJ – using the dedicated front-panel controls. There’s an inspiring arsenal of effects as well as filter, delay, short looper, and the effects are even user-assignable and can be tweaked with the four front-panel buttons and two control knobs.

Multi-Pad Sampling

Multi-Pad Sampling means that while audio streams in from an external audio player or computer (via Audio In or USB), you simply strike each pad at the appropriate start/end points, and the sample will be automatically truncated and assigned to that pad. It’s a fast, friendly way to create multi-sampled phrases and pad maps.

Wave Manager Software Included

The Roland SPD-SX has 2GB of internal memory – enough for around 360 minutes of audio at 16-bit, 44.1 kHz – more than enough to hold most sample libraries. The built-in USB ports let you directly import audio files from USB flash memory and the bundled SPD-SX Wave Manager software app lets you import audio files directly from computer via USB, assign the samples to each pad, and organise your samples efficiently.

Key Pullouts
• Directly import audio via USB flash memory
• 2GB internal memory as standard – around 360 minutes at 44.1 kHz
• USB MIDI/AUDIO and mass storage
• Large backlit LCD screen
• Three multi-fx onboard
• Nine velocity sensitive pads with status indicator LED lights

Sound good? We thought so. In that case, make sure you’re one of the FIRST to get your hands on one. Get your SPD-SX-loving-behinds along to our free in-store drum clinic clicking on the image below…

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Dawsons Music is delighted to announce that the Red Dog Music brand is now part of the Dawsons family. This is an exciting opportunity to bring both communities together and create a stronger, wider network of people passionate about music gear. We both share a common heritage to support musicians throughout the UK and Dawsons want to support Red Dog Music customers in their continued musical journey.

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