Roland SPD-SX PRO Sampling Digital Percussion Drum Pad
The Roland SPD-SX PRO is the ultimate sampling pad for the most demanding gigs. With years of road testing and extensive user feedback, the top-tier SPD-SX PRO raises the bar again. Harnessing the advanced sample pad technology of its predecessors, the SPD-SX PRO boasts an array of requested professional enhancements.
Built to Hit the Road
Equipment on the road takes a beating on and off stage. Since 2011, pro drummers have put the SPD-SX through the ultimate trial by fire, from packed clubs to sold-out stadiums. The SPD-SX PRO adds to that legacy, incorporating years of feedback into its upgrades. With customizable LED lights, a large colour screen, and triggering you can count on, this bulletproof package is ready to rock night after night.
Light It Up: Customizable Pad-dividing LED Lights
When the lights go down, the PRO lights up. Customizable pad-dividing LED and trigger lights let you see all nine pads on dark stages—goodbye gaffer tape! Also, assign any vertical or horizontal light to one of ten preset colours or create and name your own.
Group together kicks, snares, backing tracks, and clicks with their own assigned colour. Set the horizontal pad lights to be on constantly, light only when a pad is struck, or flash dynamically.
On Display: Colour LCD Screen
Playing in the dark just got easier. The SPD-SX PRO features a large 4.3-inch colour screen with backlit function buttons, tabs, and a jog dial for lightning-fast sound selection. The display shows essential real-time information such as A & B sample layers, WAV sample names, sample playback progress, and more.
Hit It: Ultra-responsive Pads
The SPD-SX PRO has nine super-durable pads. The top three shoulder pads include a revised sensor structure for increased sensitivity and even-sounding hits when the pad is played—no matter the mounting angle.
You also have increased crosstalk protection to prevent the accidental triggering of other pads. And if you already own an SPD-SX, the SPD-SX PRO size is so close in size that you can use your existing carry case and accessories…no need to repurchase any extra gear.
Roland SPD-SX PRO has all the Sounds You Need
The crowd roars. The pressure is on. You need the right sounds at the right time. The massive 32 GB memory will hold your entire music catalogue for multiple gigs.
With 1,550 onboard samples, 200 lock-and-loaded kits, and balanced outputs, you can put the SPD-SX PRO to work right out of the box. Also, you can easily sort and search your sounds with sample tags—no more searching for a needle in a haystack.
Under the Hood: Storage & Sounds
Storage worries are now a thing of the past. With 32 GB of internal memory, the SPD-SX PRO holds nearly 44 hours of crystal-clear 48 kHz/16-bit stereo audio. Additionally, there’s no need to fuss with converting your source formats.
You can load 48/44.1 kHz WAV, AIFF, and MP3 files with varying bit rates, and the SPD-SX PRO will automatically convert them to its native 48 kHz/16- bit audio format—a huge time saver.
Send It: Expanded Audio Outputs
The SPD-SX PRO has two-channel balanced stereo master outputs—left and right. Combine those with four fully assignable mono audio outputs for six individual audio feeds, so that any pad can be sent to any output for mixing flexibility. And there’s also an assignable stereo headphones output for custom monitoring scenarios.
All Aboard: Loaded Samples and Sounds
The SPD-SX PRO comes loaded with 1,550 high-quality sounds and 200 kits (43 erasable preset kits and 157 user kits). And in the heat of battle, the SPD-SX PRO’s processing power lets you swap to a new kit without cutting off the sound of the existing kit.
As the audio decays at the end of the last sound that you played, you’ve already changed kits ready for the next track in the set. Need even more options? Alternatively, dive into Roland Cloud sample libraries and explore the ever-expanding selection of sounds.
Stack Sounds: A/B Layering with SPD-SX PRO
It’s easy to create custom sound layers when you assign two sounds to a pad. You can assign a sound as the MAIN layer within the pad menu and then select another sample to layer with your original sample—resulting in MAIN and SUB sounds on the same pad.
Then alternate between MAIN and SUB layers. You even have separate volume, pitch, transient attack, and release control for each sound, so you get the perfect blend of layers.
A Creative Force in SPD-SX PRO
Putting on a killer show takes some prep work. The SPD-SX PRO is packed with features to lift the weight of pre-gig planning. Download and organize sounds with a dedicated app. Get creative with four effects engines and connect a hi-hat controller or an expression pedal. Then mix in some magic with expanded trigger inputs and the onboard 16-step pad sequencer.
Deeper Editing: Dedicated app
With nearly unlimited sounds under your sticks, you need to stay organized. Using the dedicated SPD-SX PRO App from Roland Cloud, you can easily import audio, and edit sound or playback parameters via USB on your computer. Drag and drop samples, create kits, adjust settings, and name as you go. The same USB connection allows you to send 8-channel audio and MIDI to the computer for recording with a DAW.
Pedal to the Metal: Expression Control
With expanded trigger inputs, there are even more playing possibilities at your fingertips…or feet. You can play with up to nineteen surfaces when you max out all pads, external triggers, and footswitch inputs.
Connect a hi-hat controller, like the Roland VH-10 V-Hi-Hat, and play with open and closed pedal expression or add snare and kick pads to create a mini drum set. Also, you can connect an expression pedal for real-time effects control as you play.
Effortless Engines: Effects and Sidechain
Embrace a vast selection of high-quality processing to enhance and colour your sounds. Four MFX provide everything from mod, distortion, and filter effects to delays and reverbs, and you can assign them to any pad or external trigger input within each kit.
Master comp, EQ, and effect options are also available to process the overall output. Sidechain compression is included too, ensuring that kick drums and other punchy sounds never get buried in the mix.
Make a Connection: Inputs for Easy Mixing
Mixing from the stage has never been easier with a balanced main stereo output and four balanced direct outputs. Connect up to eight mono, single-zone triggers or four stereo head and rim triggers. With external dual trigger inputs, hi-hat, and footswitch inputs, you can let it rip on up to nineteen different playing surfaces.
Step It Up: SPD-SX PRO’s 16-Step Pad Sequencer
Streamline your performance prep with the onboard 16-step pad sequencer. Assign from 2 to 16 steps to a pad within each kit. Then coordinate playback of different pads in your chosen sequence. There’s no need to remember where each sound is on the pads—once programmed, hitting your chosen pad will trigger the sequence, making live-show production simple.
In Sync: Increased Pad Link
Have an audio backing track and audio click track that need to start together? When you use pad link, you can hit a single pad and start audio from two pads at the same time. And you can pad link any combination of pads and external triggers.
Then use mute group to silence a previous pad as you strike the next, so only one pad is playing at a time. Together, full pad link and mute groups create unlimited track, loop, and audio combinations within each kit.
On the Beat: Click Track
As the drummer, it’s your job to drive the beat behind the performance. Thanks to the flexible onboard click, staying in time has never been easier. The internal click is fully editable for sound and note value, and you can assign any sample as the click sound.
Then start the click from a pad, button, or external trigger pad hit. And even when it’s playing, you’re still in control— the click can be set to alternate on/off via stick hits, to sound one time upon a hit, or to retrigger each time you hit it.
Take Control: Pad Editing
Pad Edit controls are within easy reach when you need to tweak samples on the fly. Adjust volume and pitch with dedicated controls in real-time. Or press a button to adjust the attack and release for the pad’s transient settings. And when you need to go deeper, the colour display gives you clear access to many advanced parameters.
In Summary, Roland SPD-SX PRO Features:
- Illuminates with multi-colour trigger lights.
- Additional trigger inputs, and hi-hat and FX expression pedal control.
- 32 GB memory