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With the new TD-50 flagship module, which comes in above the TD-30 to establish a new generation of V-Drum modules, Roland introduces a number of groundbreaking innovations:
- a new era of electronic drum pads, the Roland Digital Pads with the new Multi Element Sensor System
- a new league of acoustic drum sounds thanks to the new Prismatic Sound Modeling
- create a whole new world of Roland drum sounds with the new V-Edit sound layering possibilities
- the new sound routing made possible by integrating the new 10 channel USB audio-in combined with the conventional routing options allows the TD-50 to become the recording, stage and jam session headquarters!
The sound and advanced V-Edit system of the Roland TD-50 module:
The internal drum sound storage capacity of the TD-50 is three times as big as the capacity of its little brother, the TD-30. Meanwhile, the sound library of over a thousand drum samples in the TD-30 was reduced to 400 much more refined sounds in the TD-50, already indicating the vastly improved technical detail and added playing dynamics.
To enter into this new world of sound 70% of all instrument samples have been newly recorded in the hottest high-end studios in the UK, the USA and Australia on flagship drums from Gretsch, Sonor, Tama, Pearl, DW and even some exotics. Each sample was recorded in hundreds of layers (dynamics from quiet to loud and positions from rim to middle). Most of the cymbals were also recorded anew in all nuances from a great range of Paiste cymbals.
The side of the Roland TD-50 features a card reader that supports SD and SD-HC (up to 32GB) cards which can be used to add even more samples to the TD-50. What is excitingly special is that the drummer is able to layer those samples with the on-board samples! These sound options can be dynamically combined by a vast variety of splitting and layering points to be further refined in the signal processor (V-Drum Edit) and post-processed as one sound with effects, compression, EQ and more. Those editing options create a new realm of drum and effects combinations. Additional user modes benefit from 64MB internal storage.
The redesigned V-Drum Edit provides the TD-50 drummer with newly developed sound modulations. Amongst other things it features extended editing options for transient states and peak levels of drum sounds and editing options for changing the thickness of the cymbal material for a more saturated sound. By way of doing this you can for example manipulate an 18" cymbal sound from paper-thin to thick and juicy.
The audio and trigger connectors of the Roland TD-50 sound module:
A noticeable addition to the TD-50 are the three USB connectors on the rear of the module for the use with the new Digital Pad generation. Those specific ports are for the use with Digital Pads only which have to be used in an either/or fashion: When you connect for example a PD-140DS snare pad to the digital trigger-in the conventional trigger-in for the snare turns off. All three digital-ins can be mapped any which way, so you could add three snare pads or three cymbals, or a mix just as you wish.
Once you assign a snare pad the module automatically registers the X-Stick (cross stick) behavior for this input. Since you can assign any TD-50 sound to a digital trigger-in the use of digital pads does not even diminish the range of sounds but rather opens up further capabilities of the triggering engine.
Another remarkable feature are the enhanced dynamical steps of the digital trigger-ins: The sensitivity exceeds the conventional 127 MIDI steps and introduces 32 additional steps for a finer recognition of gradual changes and peak levels.
Yet another heavyweight feature of the Roland flagship module is the USB port, which may receive up to 10 separate signals from the module and can insert 4 additional signals. The digital signal output supports sample rates of 22 / 44 / 48 and even 96 Hz and also provides MIDI transmission.
The TD-50 offers 8 analog direct outputs which can be sent directly to the mixing console without the need of a DI unit thanks to symmetrical signals. Additionally, there are two(!) pair of master outputs - one symmetrical and one asymmetrical.
The front of the module features two headphones jacks, each providing a higher output volume than the TD-30 module. Also included is the usual MIDI Trio and an input for external audio.
Additional TD-50 features:
The hot-spot was greatly reduced thanks to the new signal-processing even with analog pads. Both the display and the button LED can now change color. Since the outer dimensions of the TD-50 match those of the TD-30 it will also fit the drum-tec flight-case. To further simplify the editing options and optimally leverage all its features Roland is planning on releasing additional editing software.
The key difference between the TD-30 and Roland's new TD-50 series lies in all the great new features this module brings to the e-drum game upon its release in September of 2016. In short: ++ even more realistic sounding acoustic drum sounds ++ entry into the new generation of Roland Digital Pads ++ extended signal routing ++
Technical Features Roland TD-50 Drum Sound Module
- Drum Kits 100
- Instruments: More than 400
- Effect Types
Pad Compressor: each pad
Pad Equalizer: each pad
Room Type: 25 types
Reverb Type: 5 types
Multi-Effects: 3 systems, 30 types
- User Sample Import: Number of User Sample: Maximum 500 (includes factory preloaded user samples) Sound Length (total): 24 minutes in mono, 12 minutes in stereo, File formats that can be loaded: WAV (44.1 kHz, 16/24 bits)
Song Player (SD Card) - Audio File: WAV (44.1 kHz, 16/24 bits), MP3
- Recorder: Recording Method: Realtime
Maximum Note Storage: approx. 40,000 notes
Export File Format: WAV (44.1 kHz, 16 bits), SMF
- Display: Graphic LCD 256 x 80 dots + TRIGGER ACTIVITY Indicator (LED)
- Faders: 8 Faders - KICK, SNARE, TOMS, HI-HAT, CRASH, RIDE, AUX, AMBIENCE
- External Memory: SD Card (SDHC supported)
TRIGGER IN jack x 14: 1/4-inch TRS phone type (Exclusion use with digital pad)
DIGITAL TRIGGER IN port x 3: USB A type
MASTER OUT (UNBALANCED) jacks (L/MONO, R): 1/4-inch phone type
MASTER OUT (BALANCED) jacks (L, R): XLR type, balanced
DIRECT OUT (BALANCED) jack x 8: 1/4-inch TRS phone type, balanced
PHONES jack x 2: Stereo 1/4-inch phone type, Stereo miniature phone type
MIX IN jack x 2: Stereo 1/4-inch phone type, Stereo miniature phone type
MIDI (IN, OUT/THRU) connectors
USB COMPUTER port: USB B type (USB Hi-Speed AUDIO/MIDI)
FOOT SW jack: 1/4-inch TRS phone type
AC IN jack
USB Audio Record/Playback Channels
Sampling Rate (Original): 44.1 kHz
Sampling Rate (with Sampling rate converter): 96 kHz, 48 kHz
Record: 10 channels
Playback: 4 channels
Power Supply AC 117 V, AC 220 V, AC 230 V, AC 240 V, Power Consumption: 30 W
- Dimensions: 330 (W) x 255 (D) x 118 (H) mm 13 (W) x 10-1/16 (D) x 4-11/16 (H) inches
- Weight: 3.3 kg/7 lbs 5 oz
- Accessories: Quick Start, Power Cord
available around November 2016!