Roland TD-40

Dear reader, I am sorry if you thought Roland released a new electronic drum module called Roland TD-40. This image is photoshopped, even the name TD-40 is only a speculation and I do not know if there will be a new flagship model soon.

I consider this post as my wish list for the next electronic drum module from Roland or any other brand.

I play a Roland V-drum kit for many reasons. Roland produces by far the best E-drums, but as you might read in my previous posts, I am still skeptical about some of these kits weaknesses. The truth is, the perfect electronic drum module is still not existing. Every single high end module has its downsides and of course its advantages. If someone would combine all the advantages, we would already have the best module in the world.

I listed the advantages and disadvantages of the 2 best electronic drum modules on the market. These are Roland TD-30 and 2box Drumit Five.

Roland TD-30

  • Many stereo inputs, even extendable with another midi module for endless pads
  • Positional sensing
  • Most realistic e-hi hats can be connected (VH-11, 12, 13)
  • 8 outputs for live gigs (can be mixed by the sound engineer)
  • The module does still produce unrealistic sounds

2box Drumit Five

  • Real samples sounds of actual acoustic kits
  • Free sound libraries for download
  • 6 outputs for live gigs
  • Hi hat does not feel as realistic
  • Limited amounts of inputs
  • No positional sensing

As you can see, both modules have advantages that could be combined to make a super module.

For now a TD-30 is only the best module in the world if you use it with Superior Drummer 2.0. A MIDI sample software with real drum sounds, that recognized even the positional sensing data of the TD-30. This means you’d have to use your module in combination with a PC and a recording software to get the most out of it.

The problem is that most e-drummers just want to switch on their e-drum kit, grab the headphones and play. Setting up a PC and loading software would sometimes be a reason to not play drums sometimes. And speaking of gigs, who wants to carry his expensive PC to a gig? I know Roland is able to build this electronic drum module. The Roland TM-2 is already able to sample real drum kit sounds. That means the technology is existing in Rolands workshop.

I hope either 2Box or Roland will soon release the best e-drum module in the world. I will probably turn into a hipster out of excitement and queue in front of the store the day it gets released.

What features are on your wish list? Leave a comment to share your idea with me and others.

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