Roland’s SPD-30 Octapad is Now Available in Black


Roland’s SPD-30 Octapad digital percussion pad is now available in black. The eight-pad Instrument comes with over 600 sounds arranged in 50 kits, along with 30 different types of multi-effects, plus live looping functionality. It’s possible to attach four more trigger pads to the SPD-30, and with its dedicated hi-hat controller, it can act as a full drum kit by adding some Roland V-Pads and cymbals. In addition to playing its internal sounds, the SPD-30 can be used to trigger external modules, or it can exchange MIDI notes with an attached computer via USB. A second USB port enables you to attach flash memory drives to back up your phrase data.

The pads on the SPD-30 are very responsive and offer a natural playing feel, and as they’re all physically separated, there are no issues with crosstalk. Every pad features an activity light, which provides useful visual feedback to the user. A large backlit LCD display makes carrying out tasks with the instrument a lot easier; such as editing the tone, pitch and muffling of a sound. The display is built tough for percussion, so it can survive being whacked with a stick, over and over again. You can play the SPD-30 on its own, integrate it into an existing electronic drum kit or a DJ rig, and with Roland’s RT series of triggers, you can even use acoustic drums to trigger the Octapad (the RT-105S on snare, RT-10K on kick and RT-10T on toms).

The Phrase Loop feature enables you to record your performances in real time, and then overdub on top of your recorded phrases. It’s possible to overdub with up to three different drum kits from the internal memory. The sounds are an eclectic collection of percussion instruments from around the world, making it possible to play and experiment across many genres of music. Since the SPD-30 is scalable, acting as either a full drum kit, an extension of an existing kit or as a stand-alone instrument, it’s an ideal companion in all areas of music making, from the practice space to the studio and the stage. You can firmly mount and position your new black Octapad with the separately available Roland PDS-10 Pad Stand.

Pads 8 x built-in pads, 4 x external trigger inputs
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, Max Note Storage: approx. 10,000 Notes
Display 160 x 160 dots Graphic Type LCD (Backlit LCD), 8 x Pad Status LEDs
Inputs 1 x 1/4" TRS Mix In, 4 x 1/4" TS External Trigger, 1 x 1/4" Hi-Hat Control, 1 x 1/4" TRS Footswitch, 5-pin DIN MIDI In
Outputs 1 x 1/4" TRS Headphone, 2 x 1/4" TS Output (L/Mono and R), MIDI Out
Connectivity 2 x USB ports
Output Impedance 1.0 k ohms
Power Supply AC adapter (included) DC 9 V
Current Draw 600 mA
Compatible External Triggers Pads: PD and PDX series, Cymbals: CY series, Kick Triggers: KD series, Hi-Hats: VH-11, Hi-Hat Control Pedal: FD Series Acoustic Drum Triggers: RT-10K, RT-10S, RT-10T
Dimensions 21.3 x 10.8 x 3.5" (541 x 272 x 88mm)
Weight 8.4 lb (3.8 kg)