Roland V-Drums

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Expanded Roland TD-12S V-Stage set

V-Drums is a variety of electronic drums, drum brain modules, and related electronic percussion product manufactured and trademarked by Roland Corporation.

The primary V-Drums products are complete electronic drum kits. These vary in price and complexity, ranging from a few hundred dollars to approximately USD $7,499 (MAP-Minimum Advertised Price). Components such as additional pads, cymbal pads, triggers, mounting hardware, and modules are also sold individually to augment an existing kit.

Like most electronic drum modules, V-Drums drum modules are MIDI-capable. This enables the player to use a V-Drums kit to control not only the kit itself, but other MIDI-capable instruments, such as digital samplers. MIDI also allows V-Drums kits to be controlled by other MIDI-capable instruments. V-Drums, like most electronic drum kits, can output to an amplifier, recording device, or headphones.

The Roland V-Drums System[edit]

Each V-Drums kit is composed of the following:

  • Triggers which serve as an electronic alternative for acoustic drums, acoustic cymbals, and other acoustic percussion instruments.
  • A module, the central processing unit to which all triggers connect. The drum module takes electronic signals from the triggers during play, synthesizes the sounds of percussion instruments of all types, and signals other MIDI-capable gear to perform various electronic tasks.
  • A stand, upon which the triggers and module are mounted via clamps.

Trigger types[edit]

V-Drums trigger devices are of four major types: mesh-head drum pads, rubber pads, cymbal pads and acoustic drum triggers. Mesh-head pads look very similar to acoustic drums, and attempt to emulate their feel. The simpler, more generic type is a rubber pad, which is less expensive, but also looks and feels less like an acoustic drum. There are several models of cymbal pads (also called V-Cymbals). The more expensive ones attempt to emulate the physical properties of acoustic cymbals of various types (e.g.: hi-hat, crash, ride), while the simpler, less expensive cymbal pads are less realistic. Acoustic drum triggers can be used to provide trigger signals from standard acoustic drums.

From an electrical point of view, trigger pads can be of the following types:

  • Mono Pads, using one Piezoelectric sensor for the head. Usually kick-drum pads or older and less expensive pads.
  • Stereo Pads, using one piezo sensor for the head and an additional switch for the rim. If the rim switch is triggered, the signal strength is determined by the head's piezo sensor. Mostly rubber pads and cymbal pads.
  • Stereo Pads using two piezo sensors, one for the head and one for the rim. Mostly mesh-head pads.
  • Three-way Pads using one piezo sensor and two switches. Roland's three-way cymbal pads (CY-12R/C, CY-13R and CY-15R) work this way, the piezo triggers the bow, and the switches trigger edge and bell.

Rubber pads[edit]

Round rubber pads were introduced with the TD-7 drum module in 1992 (previous Roland pads were polygonal) and were universally used as trigger pads for drums and cymbals. Since the introduction of mesh-head drum pads and cymbal-shaped trigger pads, standard rubber pads are only used as tom-tom and (until recently) bass drum trigger pads on Roland's less expensive drum kits. More expensive kits don't include any rubber pads at all any more.

The downsides of rubber pads are their less realistic rebound and their relatively high ambient noise level (compared to mesh-head pads), but their lower price still makes them an economical choice in some cases.

Cloth-head pads[edit]

Cloth-head drum pads were introduced with the KD-9 in 2011, using a cloth-like material as the drum head with an underlying, relatively thick layer of foam. These pads are softer than rubber pads and feel more realistic, while producing less ambient noise. They are only available in small sizes though, and the head tension cannot be adjusted like on mesh-head pads.

Mesh-head pads[edit]

Roland V-Drums mesh-head triggers resemble acoustic drums in both appearance and feel. The striking surface is a two-layer taut woven mesh of fibers fitted with several electronic sensors. This allows the mesh-head trigger to respond to the play of a drumstick in a manner that feels more like real drums than their earlier rubber predecessors. Roland developers have stated[citation needed] that the design of the mesh-head V-Pad was inspired in part by a small toy trampoline.

In 1997, Roland developed and patented an updated version of mesh-head drum triggers, a key feature of the V-Drums line. As such, the name "V-Drums" sometimes refers specifically to Roland's mesh-head based drum triggers. The company began marketing the mesh-head triggers under the "V-Drums" name in 1997, in conjunction with the TD-10 drum module.[1]

Roland mesh-head V-Drums have a playable rim which has its own electronic sensors (and corresponding sounds). Many drummers who formerly eschewed electronic drums because of their lack of authentic feel have adopted V-Drums and other mesh-head drum products due to the recent advances of mesh-head technology.[citation needed]

Mesh-head triggers have created an expanded market for electronic drum kits because electronic drum kits, especially mesh-head based ones, make little or no unwanted ambient noise.[citation needed]Mesh heads used in V-Drums kits today are made by the American drumhead company Remo.

Acoustic drum triggers[edit]

Roland also makes acoustic drum triggers, which can be mounted on the rims of standard acoustic drums and provide a trigger signal from those drums, effectively turning them into trigger pads. The acoustic drumhead can either be left on the drum, to get the acoustic sound as well as a trigger signal, or the drumhead can be replaced with a mesh-head to lower ambient noise, if only the trigger signal is needed.

Cymbal pads[edit]

In the early 2000s, Roland moved away from using standard rubber pads as cymbal triggers and introduced new cymbal-shaped trigger pads with a rubber surface, which they call V-Cymbals.

The more expensive cymbal pads can swing freely after being hit (only rotation of the pad is prevented by a special cymbal mount), so they feel more like real cymbals, while the less expensive cymbal pads are not movable and always stay in their fixed position, thus feeling less realistic. Most of the movable pads also feature a third bell zone, which is triggered when hitting the bell area of the cymbal pad. These cymbal pads are called three-way cymbals because of their three trigger zones (bell, bow and edge).

Electronic hi-hats[edit]

Electronic hi-hats are always made up of two components: a trigger pad to detect hits, and a variable resistor-based hi-hat controller to detect the foot position, so the drum module can determine whether the hi-hat is supposed to be open or closed (or somewhere in between).

The simpler, less expensive solution uses a simple fixed V-Cymbal pad in combination with a separate foot pedal controller, which allows the drum module to replicate the sound of a hi-hat, but does not emulate the feel and scope of expressiveness of acoustic hi-hats.

The more expensive V-Hi-Hats integrate trigger pad and controller into a set of two opposing pieces, designed to be mounted on a conventional hi-hat stand. Because the hi-hat pad moves with the position of the pedal and can swing freely when the hi-hat is opened, this solution feels much more authentic. The most complex and most expensive VH-13 V-Hi-Hat and the older VH-12 can also detect different amounts of foot pressure in the closed position, but they are only compatible with the TD-30 and the older TD-12 and TD-20 drum modules. The simpler VH-11 can be used with more modules, but it cannot sense foot pressure in the closed position.

Available drum and cymbal pads[edit]

List of Roland drum and cymbal pads
Pad Name Type Years
Available
Diameter Zones/
Channels
Trigger Positional
Sensing
Colors Notes
Head/Bow Rim/Edge Bell
BT-1
In Production
Bar-shaped Rubber Pad 2013- 1 (Mono) Piezo No Black/Gray Needs to be connected to a stereo input, despite being a mono pad
CY-5
In Production
Cymbal Pad (fixed) 2006- 10 Inches 2 (Stereo) Piezo Switch No Black, White No edge trigger on pads that shipped with the HD-1
CY-6 Cymbal Pad (fixed) 2001-2003 12 Inches 2 (Stereo) Piezo Switch No Black  
CY-8
In Production
Cymbal Pad (fixed) 2003- 12 Inches 2 (Stereo) Piezo Switch No Black  
CY-12C
In Production
Cymbal Pad (movable) 2011- 12 Inches 2 (Stereo) Piezo Switch No Black  
CY-12H Hi-Hat Cymbal Pad (fixed) 2000-2004 12 Inches 2 (Stereo) Piezo Switch No Black  
CY-12R/C
In Production
Cymbal Pad (movable) 2001- 12 Inches 3 (Three-way) Piezo Switch Switch Yes Black  
CY-13R
In Production
Cymbal Pad (movable) 2011- 13 Inches 3 (Three-way) Piezo Switch Switch Limited Black Positional Sensing only supported with the TD-30
CY-14C
In Production
Cymbal Pad (movable) 2000- 14 Inches 2 (Stereo) Piezo Switch No Black, Silver, Metallic Gray  
CY-15R
In Production
Cymbal Pad (movable) 2000- 15 Inches 3 (Three-way) Piezo Switch Switch Yes Black, Silver, Metallic Gray  
KD-5 Kick Drum Pad 1994-199? 2 Inches 1 (Mono) Piezo No Black  
KD-7
In Production
Kick Drum Pad 1992- 2 Inches 1 (Mono) Piezo No Black Piezo polarity can be switched
KD-8 Rubber Kick Drum Pad 2003-2011 5 Inches 1 (Mono) Piezo No Black  
KD-9
In Production
Cloth-head Kick Drum Pad 2011- 6 Inches 1 (Mono) Piezo No Black  
KD-80 Mesh-head Kick Drum Pad 1999-2003 8 Inches 1 (Mono) Piezo No Black, White  
KD-85
In Production
Mesh-head Kick Drum Pad 2003- 8 Inches 1 (Mono) Piezo No Black, White  
KD-120
In Production
Mesh-head Kick Drum Pad 1998- 12 Inches 1 (Mono) Piezo No Black, White, (Red), (Purple)  
KD-140
In Production
Mesh-head Kick Drum Pad 2008- 14 Inches 1 (Mono) Piezo No Silver, Black Chrome  
KT-10
In Production
Kick Trigger Pedal 2014- 1 (Mono) Piezo No Silver/Black  
PD-5 Rubber Pad 1994-199? 8 Inches 1 (Mono) Piezo No Black  
PD-6 Rubber Pad 2001-2003 8 Inches 1 (Mono) Piezo No White  
PD-7 Rubber Pad 1992-???? 7 Inches 2 (Stereo) Piezo Switch Yes White Piezo polarity can be switched
PD-8
In Production
Rubber Pad 2003- 8 Inches 2 (Stereo) Piezo Switch Yes Black  
PD-8A
In Production
Rubber Pad 2012- 8 Inches 1 (Mono) Piezo Yes Black Pad not available separately, ships with the TD-11K drum set
PD-9 Rubber Pad 1994-???? 10 Inches 2 (Stereo) Piezo Switch Yes White Piezo polarity can be switched
PD-80 Mesh-head Drum Pad 1999-2003 8 Inches 1 (Mono) Piezo Yes Black, White  
PD-80R Mesh-head Drum Pad 1999-2003 8 Inches 2 (Stereo) Piezo Piezo Yes Black, White  
PD-85
In Production
Mesh-head Drum Pad 2003- 8 Inches 2 (Stereo) Piezo Piezo Yes Black, White  
PD-100 Mesh-head Drum Pad 1997-2003 10 Inches 1 (Mono) Piezo Yes Black, White, Red, Purple  
PD-105
In Production
Mesh-head Drum Pad 2003- 10 Inches 2 (Stereo) Piezo Piezo Yes Black, (White)  
PD-105X Mesh-head Drum Pad 2008-2012 10 Inches 2 (Stereo) Piezo Piezo Yes Silver Replaceable shell wraps
PD-108
In Production
Mesh-head Drum Pad 2012- 10 Inches 2 (Stereo) Piezo Piezo Yes Black Chrome Replaceable shell wraps
PD-120 Mesh-head Drum Pad 1997-2003 12 Inches 2 (Stereo) Piezo Piezo Yes Black, White, Red, Purple  
PD-125
In Production
Mesh-head Drum Pad 2003- 12 Inches 2 (Stereo) Piezo Piezo Yes Black, (White)  
PD-125X Mesh-head Drum Pad 2008-2012 12 Inches 2 (Stereo) Piezo Piezo Yes Silver Replaceable shell wraps; Also available as PD-125XS for snare stands (without rack mount)
PD-128
In Production
Mesh-head Drum Pad 2012- 12 Inches 2 (Stereo) Piezo Piezo Yes Black Chrome Replaceable shell wraps; Also available as PD-128S for snare stands (without rack mount)
PDX-6
In Production
Mesh-head Drum Pad 2006- 8 Inches
(6 inch head)
2 (Stereo) Piezo Piezo No Black  
PDX-8
In Production
Mesh-head Drum Pad 2006- 10 Inches
(8 inch head)
2 (Stereo) Piezo Piezo No Black No rim trigger on pads that shipped with the HD-1
PDX-100
In Production
Mesh-head Drum Pad 2012- 10 Inches 2 (Stereo) Piezo Piezo Yes Black  
RT-3T Acoustic Tom-Tom Drum Trigger 2003-2006 1 (Mono) Piezo No Silver  
RT-5S Acoustic Snare Drum Trigger 2003-2006 2 (Stereo) Piezo Piezo No Silver  
RT-7K Acoustic Kick Drum Trigger 2003-2006 1 (Mono) Piezo No Silver  
RT-10K
In Production
Acoustic Kick Drum Trigger 2006- 1 (Mono) Piezo No Black  
RT-10S
In Production
Acoustic Snare Drum Trigger 2006- 2 (Stereo) Piezo Piezo No Black  
RT-10T
In Production
Acoustic Tom-Tom Drum Trigger 2006- 1 (Mono) Piezo No Black  
VH-11
In Production
Integrated Hi-Hat Cymbal Pad and Controller (movable) 2005- 12 Inches 2 (Stereo) Piezo Switch No Black Only limited support of controller part by some drum modules (see list of hi-hat controllers below)
VH-12 Integrated Hi-Hat Cymbal Pad and Controller (movable) 2004-2012 12 Inches 2 (Stereo) Piezo Switch No Black, Silver Controller part only compatible with the TD-30, TD-20 and TD-12 drum modules
VH-13
In Production
Integrated Hi-Hat Cymbal Pad and Controller (movable) 2012- 12 Inches 2 (Stereo) Piezo Switch No Metallic Gray Controller part only compatible with the TD-30, TD-20 and TD-12 drum modules

Available hi-hat controllers[edit]

List of Roland hi-hat controllers
Hi-Hat Controller Name Hi-Hat Pad Type Years
Available
Foot Pressure Sensing
(when closed)
Compatibility
(controller part)
FD-6 any Hi-Hat Controller Pedal 2001-2005 No All Modules
FD-7 any Hi-Hat Controller Pedal 1992-2004 No All Modules
FD-8
In Production
any Hi-Hat Controller Pedal 2003- No All Modules
VH-11
In Production
Integrated Hi-Hat Cymbal Pad and Controller 2004- No Full Support: TD-30, TD-20, TD-15, TD-12, TD-11, TD-9
Basic Support: TD-10 (with TDW-1), TD-8, TD-6/6V, TD-4
Raw Compatibility: All Modules
VH-12 Integrated Hi-Hat Cymbal Pad and Controller 2004-2012 Yes TD-30, TD-20, TD-12
VH-13
In Production
Integrated Hi-Hat Cymbal Pad and Controller 2012- Yes TD-30, TD-20, TD-12

Pad/Module Compatibility[edit]

Generally, all Roland drum pads and cymbal pads can be connected to any input on any Roland drum module, and the head/bow zone will always work. However, when more capable pads are connected to less capable inputs, some zones (e.g. rim/edge or bell) on the drum pad cannot be used. Connecting less capable pads to more capable inputs usually lets you use all zones.

Drum pads and cymbal pads from other manufacturers are also generally compatible with Roland drum modules as long as they use a piezo as the head/bow trigger, but zones other than head/bow are sometimes problematic, especially on three-zone pads. Also, the module settings may need some tweaking. Hi-Hat controllers however are not usually compatible between manufacturers.

It should be noted that there are different kinds of stereo pads and stereo inputs. While all types of stereo pads and inputs do have two channels, they are still electrically different, so not all combinations of stereo pads and stereo inputs let you use all zones/features.

Roland Pad/Input Compatibility Chart
  DRUM MODULE INPUT
Mono Input Stereo Input
Mono/Mono Input
when not split
Stereo Input
(piezo/switch)
Stereo Input
(piezo/piezo)
Three-Way Input
(piezo/switch/switch)
DRUM
PAD
or
CYMBAL
PAD
Mono Pad All Zones All Zones All Zones All Zones All Zones
Stereo Pad
(piezo/switch)
Head/Bow only,
No Choking
Head/Bow only,
No Choking
All Zones All Zones All Zones
Stereo Pad
(piezo/piezo)
Head/Bow
only
Head/Bow only
(all zones can be triggered,
but with serious crosstalk
problems and no rimshots)
Head/Bow
only
All Zones Head/Bow
only
Three-Way Pad
(piezo/switch/switch)
Head/Bow only,
No Choking
Head/Bow only,
No Choking
Head/Bow and
Rim/Edge only
or
Head/Bow and
Bell only
Head/Bow and
Rim/Edge only
or
Head/Bow and
Bell only
All Zones

There's also a detailed compatibility chart for current Roland trigger devices and drum modules on one of the last pages of Roland's V-Drums catalog, which is also available as a PDF download[2] from their home page. Discontinued modules are not included in their chart though.

Roland drum modules[edit]

Main article: Drum module

Roland drum modules range in features and price from the top-of-the-line TD-30 to the TD-15, TD-11, TD-4 and HD-3 (although the HD-3 brain is not sold separately, as it connects with a proprietary 25-pin parallel connector to the HD-3 frame and pads). Higher model numbers denote more advanced models, while lower numbers are used for less expensive ones. The TD-20, TD-12, TD-10, TD-9, TD-8, TD-7, TD-6, TD-5, TD-3 and HD-1 are out of production.

Available drum modules[edit]

List of Roland Drum Modules
Drum Module Years
Available
Drum
Kits
Instruments Trigger Inputs Outputs[d] MIDI Voices
(Polyphony)
Features/Notes
Drum Backing TOTAL MONO STEREO THREE-
WAY[b]
Stereo
Pairs
Single
Channel
Positional Sensing Other
mono/
mono[a]
piezo/
switch
piezo/
piezo
HD-1
Superseded by HD-3
2007-2012 10 70 7
(+ Kick)
7 1 Out  ? No Module not sold separately
HD-3
In Production
2012- 20  ? 7
(+ Kick)
3 3 1 1 Out  ? No Module not sold separately
TD-3
Superseded by TD-4
2004-2009 32 114 9 4 4 1 1 In/Out 32? No  
TD-4
In Production
2009-2012
2012-
25 125 9 4 4[b] 1 [b] 1 Out  ? No Module was briefly out of production in 2012,
TD-4KP cable only allows up to 8 pads
TD-5 1994-199? 32 210 8 8 1 In/Out 14 No  
TD-6 TD-6
Superseded by TD-6V
2001-2003 99 1024 262 9
(11[a])
1 2 5 1 1 In/Out 64 No  
TD-6V
Superseded by TD-9
2003-2008 0–2[c] 5–7[c]
TD-7 1992-199? 32 256 (512) 9 9 1 2 In/Out 14 No  
TD-8
Superseded by TD-12
1999-2005 64 1024 262 10
(12[a])
2 7 1 2 In/Out 64 Yes  
TD-9 TD-9
Updated to TD-9 v2.0
2008-2011 50 522  ? 10 1 3 5 1[b] 1 In/Out  ? No USB Port (for USB Memory)[f]
TD-9 v2.0
Superseded by TD-15
2011-2012 99 552 TD-9 Firmware Update, also adds support for MP3 backing tracks
TD-10 TD-10
Updated with TDW-1
1997-2000 50 600 54 12 11 1 4 In/Out 56 Yes Proprietary Memory Card Slot[e]
TD-10 with TDW-1
Superseded by TD-20
2000-2004 100 960
TD-11
In Production
2012- 50 190 9 1 3 4 1[b] 1 & USB Out,
USB[g]
 ? No Two USB ports: 1x PC (MIDI[g]/Audio) 1x Memory[f]
TD-12
Superseded by TD-30
2005-2012 50 560 262 11 4 6 1[b] 1 2 In/Out 64 Yes  
TD-15
In Production
2012- 100 500 10 1 3 5 1[b] 1 & USB Out,
USB[g]
 ? No Two USB ports: 1x PC (MIDI[g]/Audio), 1x Memory[f]
TD-20 TD-20
Updated with TDW-20 /
Superseded by TD-20X
2004-2008 50 560 262 15 6[b] 9 [b] 3 4 In/Out 64 Yes CompactFlash Slot[e]
TD-20 with TDW-20
or TD-20X
Superseded by TD-30
2008-2012 100 920
TD-30
In Production
2012- 100 1100 262 15 6[b] 9 [b] 3 & USB 4 In/Out,
USB[g]
64 Yes Two USB ports: 1x PC (MIDI[g]/Audio), 1x Memory[f]
TM-2
In Production
2014- 99 >100 2
(4[h])
2[h] 1 In/Out  ? No SD Card Slot,
Can trigger WAV samples
TMC-6
In Production
2002- 6 5[b] 1 [b] Out No Trigger-to-MIDI converter

^ a Two Mono pads can be connected to Mono/Mono inputs by using an insert cable (Tom2/Aux and Tom3/4 inputs on the TD-6, Kick1/2 and Aux1/2 inputs on the TD-8).
^ b Three-way (piezo/switch/switch) inputs can be used to connect a three-way cymbal like the CY-12R/C, CY-13R or CY-15R, or one non-three-way pad. On the TD-4, TD-10 with TDW-1, TD-20, TD-30 and TMC-6, three-way cymbals can be connected using two designated Piezo/Switch inputs. Connecting them to any two stereo inputs on any module works with some limitations and is not officially supported.
^ c On The TD-6V, two stereo inputs (Tom2/Aux and Tom3/4) can be configured to be either mono/mono inputs or piezo/switch inputs.
^ d Outputs excluding the headphone jack.
^ e Memory card slots can only be used to store module settings.
^ f USB Memory can only be used for wav/mp3 backing tracks, recording to MIDI files and to store module settings. The TD-9 writes proprietary MIDI files and the TD-9 v1.x only supports WAV backing tracks.
^ g MIDI In/Out is available through USB.
^ h On the TM-2, the inputs can also be configured to be mono/mono inputs, allowing up to two pads per input by using an insert cable.

Drum module input capabilities[edit]

It is important to note that not all drum module inputs have the same capabilities. Besides the obvious differences between mono, stereo and three-way inputs, which support mono (single-zone), stereo (dual-zone) or three-zone pads accordingly, there are additional differences in the capabilities of stereo inputs. While some stereo inputs only support pads with a piezo and a switch (piezo/switch inputs), others also support pads with two piezos (piezo/piezo inputs). Also, some stereo inputs are only intended to be split into two mono inputs by using an insert cable (mono/mono inputs). Certain pairs of stereo inputs can be configured to form one three-way input.

On some drum modules, some inputs may support additional features such as positional sensing or brush sweeps.

The capabilities of drum module inputs are listed in the table below. For details about which type of trigger pads are compatible with which type of drum module input, see section Pad/Module Compatibility above.

Drum sets[edit]

Roland V-Drums components are typically sold as drum sets, which are made up of drum and cymbal pads, a hi-hat pad and controller, a drum module and a drum rack. Sometimes, additional hardware such as a kick drum pedal and a hi-hat stand is also included (usually only as limited offers).

High-end V-Drums sets[edit]

Roland's most advanced and most expensive V-Drums sets:

  • V-Pro drum sets (Roland's flagship drum sets)
    • TD-30 Drum Module (previously TD-10, TD-20,) with all the advanced features, very extendable
    • larger diameter mesh-head drum pads
    • larger diameter mesh-head kick-drum pad
    • movable crash cymbals and three-way ride cymbal
    • movable two-piece hi-hat
    • large drum rack

In the past, Roland also sold V-Stage drum sets, which had smaller pads and came with a slightly stripped-down drum module (first TD-8, then TD-12) with fewer inputs, but still most of the advanced features of the flagship modules. The V-Stage drum sets were discontinued in 2012 when the TD-30 was introduced. Instead, Roland is now also offering a V-Pro drum set with smaller and less expensive pads.

Mid-Line V-Drum sets[edit]

Roland's mid-line V-Drums sets:

  • V-Tour drum sets
    • TD-15 drum module (previously TD6/6V, then TD-9) with only some advanced features (especially no positional sensing), only slightly extendable
    • medium-sized mesh-head pads, or simpler small mesh-head pads on less expensive sets
    • simple cloth kick-drum pad
    • movable crash cymbal and three-way ride cymbal
    • movable two-piece hi-hat, or fixed hi-hat and foot controller on less expensive sets
    • medium-sized drum rack
  • V-Compact drum sets
    • TD-11 drum module (previously TD-3, then TD-4) with no advanced features, only slightly extendable
    • simple small mesh-head drum pads, or only one simple mesh-head drum pad and three rubber pads on less expensive sets
    • simple cloth kick-drum pad
    • movable crash cymbal and three-way ride cymbal, or fixed cymbal pads on less expensive sets
    • fixed hi-hat and foot controller
    • small drum rack

Less expensive V-Drum sets[edit]

Roland's less expensive V-Drum sets:

  • V-Drums Portable drum set
    • TD-4 drum module with no advanced features, only slightly extendable
    • rubber pads for snare and toms
    • simple rubber kick-drum pad
    • fixed cymbal pads
    • fixed hi-hat and foot controller
    • very compact foldable drum rack
  • V-Drums Lite drum set
    • HD-3 drum module (previously HD-1) with no advanced features, not extendable
    • one simple small mesh-head drum pad and three rubber pads
    • foot controller-based kick drum
    • fixed cymbal pads
    • fixed hi-hat and foot controller
    • very compact drum rack

Older drum sets[edit]

Older drum sets with the TD-7 and the (less expensive) TD-5 drum module had all rubber pads as drum and cymbal pads, simple kick-drum pads, and a rubber pad and foot controller for the hi-hat. Although they were not marketed as V-Drums at the time, they used the same technology and the trigger pads continued to be used in later V-Drum sets. TD-7 and TD-5 drum sets were discontinued in the late 1990s when the TD-10 and TD-8 were introduced.

Available drum sets[edit]

Artists who use Roland V-Drums[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]