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The Roland Octapad SPD-30 blends the world's most essential sounds with the latest percussion triggering technology. Roland wraps the Octapad in a road-tough package that's ready for the most demandin... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Roland Octapad SPD-30 blends the world's most essential sounds with the latest percussion triggering technology. Roland wraps the Octapad in a road-tough package that's ready for the most demanding performers.

Roland's original Octapad profoundly changed the landscape of electronic percussion. The size of a briefcase, the Octapad offered drummers and percussionists the equivalent of an entire electronic rig in one self-contained unit-a new level of convenience and expression. Now, decades later, another exciting chapter in Octapad history begins.

Sound Bank
Unlike the original Octapad PAD-8, which was strictly a MIDI controller, the Roland Octapad SPD-30 is a controller that's packed with its own internal bank of sounds. Fifty kits are built into the SPD-30-essential sounds that span a musical universe of styles. You can customize the sounds with the onboard controls for tuning, muffling, attack, pitch sweep, and more. Having a Roland Octopad is like having a truckload of customizable drum and percussion instruments in one portable package.

Based on Roland's world-leading effects technology, the SPD-30's multi-effects engine will take your performances to another level. The Octopad has 30 types of internal multi-effects onboard, plus EQ, limiter, and seven ambiance types.

Phrase Loop Function
The onboard Phrase Loop function lets you instantly create layered loops and phrases. You can record and store 50 phrases internally, with each containing up to three layers. You can also save your phrase data on your USB Memory.

Advanced Triggering Technology
The SPD-30 Octopad benefits from Roland's most advanced V-Drum triggering technology. Each pad is a separate, isolated unit, providing the ultimate in sensitivity with complete crosstalk rejection. In addition, you can connect four dual-trigger inputs plus a hi-hat controller (compatible with Roland FD-8, VH-11) to create a mini drum set with external pads (Roland KD/PD/PDX/CY series), as well as to accept triggers from acoustic drums through Roland's RT series.

  • 8 trigger pads with hundreds of sounds
  • 50 drum kits
  • Packed with new percussion sounds from around the world, plus 30 types of multi-effects
  • The latest pad-sensing technology developed for V-Drums provides even and accurate pad triggering with excellent isolation between pads
  • Four dual-trigger inputs plus hi-hat controller for adding pads to create a mini kit, or for accepting triggers from acoustic drums
  • Ambience with equalizer and limiter
  • Phrase Loop function inspires your creativity; record your playing in real time and overdub up to three layers
  • USB connectivity for MIDI and memory storage
  • Large, backlit LCD and pad indicator lights for easy operation onstage or in any environment
  • Rugged, roadworthy design
  • Pads: 8 built-in pads (Four external trigger inputs are provided, allowing you to connect Pads)
    Instruments: 670
    Kits: 50
    Kit chain: 8 chains (20 steps per chain)
    Instrument parameters: Tuning, Muffling, Soft Attack, Tone Color, Pitch Sweep, Volume, Pan, Reverse
    Effect types: Ambience (7 Types), Equalizer, Limiter, Multi Effect (30 Types)
    Phrase Loop: Phrases, 50; Parts, 3; Tempo, 40 to 260; Resolution, 480 ticks per quarter note; Recording Method, Real time; Maximum Note Storage, approximately 10,000 notes
    Display: 60 x 160 dots Graphic Type LCD (Backlit LCD), Pad Status Illumination x 8 (LED)
    Connectors: Phones Jack (Stereo 1/4" phone type), Output Jacks (L (MONO), R) (1/4" phone type), Mix In Jack (Stereo 1/4" phone type), External Trigger Input Jacks x 4, HH CTRL Jack, FOOT SW Jack (1/4" TRS phone type), MIDI Connectors (IN, OUT), USB Memory Connector (for USB Memory), USB MIDI Connector (for USB MIDI)
    Output Impedance: 1.0 kOhms
    Power Supply: AC Adaptor (DC 9V)
    Current Draw: 600mA
    Options: Pads (PD series, PDX series), Cymbals (CY series), Kick Triggers (KD series), Hi-Hats (VH-11), Hi-Hat Control Pedal (FD series), Pad Stand (PDS-10), All-Purpose Clamp (APC-33), Acoustic Drum Trigger (RT-10K, RT-10S, RT-10T), Pedal Switch (DP-2), Footswitch (FS-5U, FS-6), Personal Drum Monitor: PM-10, PM-30; V-Drums Accessory Package: DAP-3, V-Drums Mat: TDM-10, USB memory (Use USB memory sold by Roland. We cannot guarantee operation if other products are used.)

    Dimensions (WxDxH): 541 mm x 272 mm x 88 mm, 21-5/16" x 10-3/4" x 3-1/2"
    Weight: 3.8 kg., 8 lb. 7 oz.

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(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Roland SPD-30 Octapad -a musical genius


from Arnold Mo.

Comments about Roland SPD-30 Octapad:

The Roland SPD-30 Octapad is like having a musical genius at your fingertips. It is far more than just a drum machine or having a set of electric pads. The look, sound, and feel are state of the art. The combination of sounds and features puts Roland over the top with a very comfortable price, you get way more than you pay for. Having the ability to record, save, modify sounds and kits, copy kits and pads and upgrading the system via USB, makes this the ultimate instrument for any drummer or musician. The feel of the pads are so natural and dynamic, I would recommend this for any beginner or advanced musician, studio or live performance. Limitless possibilities, endless ideas, decades in the making.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)




from Los Angelsa, Ca

Comments about Roland SPD-30 Octapad:

Great product!!! I recommend the SPD-30 to anyone looking to either add electronic percussion/sounds to their acoustic set-up or looking for an electronic sound source and midi/pad controller. The samples are excellent AND extremely editable. I'm using the SPD-30 to fire samples from two V-Drum pads mixed into my acoustic kit and to fire samples with my acoustic kick and snare and it works perfectly. The response from the SPD-30 and its ability to reproduce grace notes with a truly acoustic feel (from the on board pads, external pads and triggers) is the best I've found. I have been playing and touring using a mix of electronic and acoustic drums for longer than I care to mention and I don't know how I ever lived without the SPD-30.

(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)


SPD-30 1 yr review.

By Zack Arnold

from Plano, tx

Comments about Roland SPD-30 Octapad:

I have had my octapad now for about a year. After reading the other reviews on this product; it is clear that they are not all honest. The octapad is well built, the sounds are great and even the reponsiveness of the pads are impressive. However, there were major developement issues with the device that rendered it almost useless in most practical applications. HOWEVER, ROLAND HAS JUST RELEASED AN UPDATE!!!! They call it the SPD-30V2. This is entirely a new insturment now. The sound quality improved, the midi issues were fixed, the looping issues were fix and they added 49 additional kits (most of which sound like accoustic sets vs digital). I am still going through the new bells and whistles. The SPD-30 review = don't waste your money. The product does not work well and there is better stuff out there. The SPD-30V2 review = AWESOME!!!! exactly what I expected initially. May be the best product of it's kind.

(10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)


Great Purchase

By Devin

from Washington, DC

Comments about Roland SPD-30 Octapad:

I recently purchased the Roland Octapad and love it. I play 2 to 3 times per week in very small venues and did not want to keep bringing my drum set to play. I now use the Octapad along with the Roland SPD-S drum pad. I add a regular hi-hat, snare and one cymbal to create an electric/acoustic set. It's perfect. The Octapad is easy to use and the sound is great. Unfortunately, Roland did not make a carrying bag for it and at a little over 21 inches long, it will not fit in many small suit cases. I purchased a small keyboard bag which allows me to carry both the Octapad and SPD-S together. Problem solved. It is also a great pad to use for teaching. You will love this drum pad.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


Filled a void!

By Jeff Brown

from Philadelphia, PA

Comments about Roland SPD-30 Octapad:

Very satisfied with this purchase. Pad response is great compared to previous offerings from Roland. Durable and portable. 700 voices to choose from. Layering capabilities similar to SPD20. The effects quality has be pleasantly surprising. Looping is quick and easy.

(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)


Awsome Roland

By Jr

from leander,tx

Comments about Roland SPD-30 Octapad:

WOW I have used the octopad,spd8,spd11,spd20 and now the 30.This is by far the best one I use the loop recorder all the time when we play live the sounds are realistic great job and a great add on to your kit. A+

(20 of 24 customers found this review helpful)


portable Drums

By Steven Pontillo

from Denver, CO.

Comments about Roland SPD-30 Octapad:

My Studio is small I wouldn't think I would ever have drums again. These fill the void with aggeression there compact powerful and high quality they could be a bit more "Bouncy" but you can adjust the sensitivity to compensate the tweekablity on these things are amazing total isolation is compete once adjusted they stay . a keeper !

(3 of 9 customers found this review helpful)


Great new pad

By Marine

from Arlington TX

Comments about Roland SPD-30 Octapad:

This is a great new pad set up, the sampling is easy and the sounds and effects are amazing. The price tag is a bit high though.

(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Awesome pad

By R. Akin

from suwanee, ga

Comments about Roland SPD-30 Octapad:

This pad rocks! It's a high quality, professional sounding drum pad. You can do so much with this pad and it's a blast to pay. I plan on recording with it and using it live. I suggest you also buy the stand for it which makes it easier to play. You'll be pleased with this one!

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)



By anmproductionz

from Delano, CA

Comments about Roland SPD-30 Octapad:

I Tried this padset at WGI World Championships. Roland had a booth and I was able to spend a lot of time toying with this incredible machine. You can't resample any outside audio you would like but you can expand outside the 8 pads(i.e. triggers on the kick or snare). The sounds are amazing.

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