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Expanding And Customizing Your V-Drums

EXPANDING AND CUSTOMIZING YOUR V-DRUMS

Drummers love expanding and customizing their acoustic and V-Drums kits. Upgrading V-Drums is easy too as you’ll see in this helpful guide.

Customization helps to reflect a drummers personality, as well as assisting them to fit into any musical situation.

Already well known for their huge possibilities for great sounds and playability, Roland’s V-Drums are also capable of some fantastic customizing.

Apart from making sure you have the latest software updates for your instrument, there are many ways of adding new possibilities and excitement to your drumming and your sound.

Let’s look at the expansion options for the current range of V-Drums instruments.

Contributed by Simon Ayton for the Roland Australia Blog

Expanding the SPD-SX Special Edition Sampling Pad

Roland SPD-SX Special Edition
Roland SPD-SX Special Edition Sampling Pad

STP-200Trigger inputs: 2x Head and Rim triggers (Dual zone) or splittable using an insert cable

Trigger compatibility: All except PD-140DS, CY-18DR, VH12/VH13 & HH controllers, VH-14D

Typical Add-ons:
PDS-20: Stand
RT-30K: Triggering an acoustic kick drum
BT-1: Externally triggering samples or loops
KT-10: For triggering a sound
FS-6: Dual footswitch for changing kits, triggering sounds or controlling parameters
FC-300: Foot Controller

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Expanding the OCTAPAD SPD-20PRO Percussion Controller

Trigger inputs: 4x Head and Rim triggers (Dual Zone) or splittable using an insert cable. HHC input (hi-hat control)

Trigger compatibility: All except PD-140DS, CY-18DR & VH12/VH13, VH-14D

Typical Add-ons:
PDS-20: Stand
KT-10: For triggering a kick drum
KD-7: Kick trigger
FD-9: Controlling HH open and close or switching layers
CY-12C: Crash cymbal
CY-5: Small crash or Hi-Hat

Expanding the OCTAPAD SPD-30 Percussion Controller

Roland OCTAPAD SPD-30
Roland OCTAPAD SPD-30

Trigger inputs: 4x Head and Rim triggers (Dual Zone) or splittable using an insert cable. HHC input (hi-hat control).

Trigger compatibility: All except PD-140DS, CY-18DR & VH12/VH13, VH-14D

Typical Add-ons:
PDS-20: Stand
KT-10: For triggering a kick drum
KD-7: Kick trigger
FD-9: Controlling HH open and close or switching layers
CY-12C: Crash cymbal
CY-5: Small crash or Hi-Hat

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Expanding the TM-1 Trigger Module

Roland TM-1 Trigger Module
STP-200
Insert Cable for splitting dual trigger inputs

Trigger inputs: 1x Head and Rim trigger (Dual Zone) or splittable using an insert cable (HOSA STP-204RR)

Trigger compatibility: All except PD-140DS, CY-18DR, VH12/VH13 & HH controllers, VH-14D

Typical Add-ons:
RT-30K: Triggering an acoustic kick drum
RT-30HR: Triggering an acoustic snare drum or tom

BT-1: Externally triggering samples or loops

FREE TM-1 samples available from Roland artist 
Chris Whitten through CP Samples

Expanding the TM-2 Trigger Module

Roland TM-2 V-Drums Trigger Module
 Roland TM-2 V-Drums Trigger Module

Trigger inputs: 2x Head and Rim triggers (Dual Zone) or splittable using an insert cable (HOSA STP-204RR)

STP-200

Trigger compatibility: All except PD-140DS, CY-18DR, VH12/VH13 & HH controllers, VH-14D

Typical Add-ons:
PDS-20: Stand
RT-30K: Triggering an acoustic kick drum
RT-30HR: Triggering an acoustic snare drum or tom

 

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HOW TO ADD SAMPLES TO YOUR V-DRUMS

Expanding the TM-6 PRO Trigger Module

Roland TM-6 PRO Trigger Module
Roland TM-6 PRO Trigger Module

STP-200

Trigger inputs: 6x Head and Rim triggers (Dual Zone) or splittable using an insert cable (HOSA STP-204RR)

Trigger compatibility: All except PD-140DS, CY-18DR, VH-14D

Typical Add-ons:
PDS-20: Stand
RT-30K: Triggering an acoustic kick drum
RT-30HR: Triggering an acoustic snare drum or tom
KD-10: Kick trigger
FD-9: Controlling HH open and close or switching layers
CY-14C-T or CY-16R-T & MDY-STD or MDY-12: Crash cymbal & mount
BT-1: Externally triggering samples or loops

Chris Whitten
Roland Artist Chris Whitten
Additional TM-6PRO samples available from Roland artist 
Chris Whitten through CP Samples

 

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Expanding the TD-1K/KV V-Drums

Roland TD-1KV V-Drums Kit 

Roland TD-1K V-Drums Kit

Trigger inputs: 1x additional crash for TD1K

Trigger compatibility: All except PD-140DS, CY-18DR, VH12/VH13, VH-14D

Typical Add-ons:
TDM-3: Mat
KD-10: Kick trigger for conventional kick pedal
OP-TD1C: Extra crash cymbal for TD-1K

Expanding the TD-1DMK V-Drums

Roland TD-1DMK V-Drums Kit
Roland TD-1DMK V-Drums Kit
 

Trigger inputs: 1x additional crash

Trigger compatibility: All except PD-140DS, CY-18DR, VH12/VH13, VH-14D

Typical Add-ons:
TDM-10: Mat
MDY-12 or MDY-STD: Cymbal arm

CY-5: Extra crash cymbal

 

Expanding the TD-07KV V-Drums

 
 

Trigger inputs: 1x additional crash

Trigger compatibility: All except PD-140DS, CY-18DR, VH12/VH13, VH-14D

Typical Add-ons:
TDM-10: Mat
MDY-12 or MDY-STD: Cymbal arm

CY-5: Extra crash cymbal

Expanding the TD-17KL/KV/KVX V-Drums

Roland TD-17KVX V-Drums Kit
Roland TD-17KVX V-Drums Kit

Trigger inputs: 2x additional dual head & rim (1x KVX)

Trigger compatibility: All except PD-140DS, CY-18DR, VH12/VH13

Typical Add-ons:
CY-14C-T or CY-16R-T & MDY-STD or MDY-12: Crash cymbal & mount
PDX-100 & MDH-STD or MDH-12: 10″ Mesh head trigger pad
TDM-10: Mat

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Expanding the TD-25K/KV/KVX V-Drums

Roland TD-25KVX V-Drums KIt
Roland TD-25KVX V-Drums KIt

Trigger inputs: 2x additional dual head & rim on TD-25K, 1x additional dual head & rim on TD-25KV/KVX

Trigger compatibility: All except PD-140DS, CY-18DR, VH12/VH13

Typical Add-ons:
TDM-20: Mat
CY-14C-T or CY-16R-T & MDY-STD or MDY-12: Crash cymbal & mount
PDX-100 & MDH-STD or MDH-12: Extra tom pad & mount

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Expanding the TD-27KV TD-27KV V-Drums

Roland TD-27KV

Trigger inputs: 3x additional dual head & rim AUX1-3

Trigger compatibility: All

Typical Add-ons:

VH-14D 14″ digital hi-hat 

TDM-20: Mat

KD-180 or KD-220 18″ or 22″ Kick Triggers

CY-14C-T or CY-16R-T & MDY-STD or MDY-12: Crash cymbal & mount
PDX-100 & MDH-STD or MDH-12: Extra tom pad & mount

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Expanding the VAD-706 V-Drums


Trigger inputs: 4x additional dual head & rim

Trigger compatibility: All

Typical Add-ons:

TDM-20: Mat
KD-222: Additional 22″ Maple kick drum with integrated trigger (K/KV)
PDA-140F Additional 14″ Floor Tom
Additional crash CY-14C-T or CY-16R-T & DBS-10 Cymbal boom stand

MDS-STAGE2 Rack System

Expanding the TD-50K/KV/KVX & K2/KV2 V-Drums


Trigger inputs: 4x additional dual head & rim

Trigger compatibility: All

Typical Add-ons:

VH-14D 14″ digital hi-hat 
TDM-20: Mat
KD-220: 22″ Maple kick drum with integrated trigger (K/KV)
SPD-SX: Sampling pad
BT-1: Externally triggering samples or loops
CY-14C-T or CY-16R-T & MDY-STD or MDY-STG or MDY-25: 14” Crash & mount

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Expanding the V-Drum Acoustic Design Kits VAD-306/VAD-503/VAD-306

VAD-306

Trigger inputs: 1x additional dual head & rim

Trigger compatibility: All except PD-140DS, CY-18DR, VH12/VH13

Typical Add-ons:
TDM-20: Mat
CY-14C-T or CY-16R-T 

DBS-10 Cymbal Boom Stand

MDS-GRAND2 Rack System

Roland VAD-503

Trigger inputs: 3x additional dual head & rim AUX1-3

Trigger compatibility: All

Typical Add-ons:

VH-14D 14″ digital hi-hat 

TDM-20: Mat

PDA-120-MS 12″ Tom and clamp stand

DCS-10 Combination Stand and clamp

DBS-10 Cymbal Boom Stand
CY-14C-T or CY-16R-T 14″ Crash or 16″ Crash/Ride

MDS-GRAND2 Rack System

 

Roland VAD-506

Trigger inputs: 3x additional dual head & rim AUX1-3

Trigger compatibility: All

Typical Add-ons:

VH-14D 14″ digital hi-hat 

TDM-20: Mat

PDA-140F-MS 14″ Floor Tom

KD-200 20″ Kick Trigger

DBS-10 Cymbal Boom Stand

CY-14C-T or CY-16R-T 14″ Crash or 16″ Crash/Ride

MDS-GRAND2 Rack System

Expanding the HPD-20 HandSonic

Customizing Your V-Drums
Trigger inputs: 1x additional dual head & rim

Trigger compatibility: All except PD-140DS, CY-18DR, VH11/VH12/VH13

Typical Add-ons:
PDS-20: Stand
KT-9: For triggering a kick drum
KD-7: Kick trigger
FS-5U: Footswitch

Expanding the EC-10M Cajon Mic and Trigger System

Expanding And Customizing Your V-Drums
Trigger inputs: 1x Head and Rim triggers (Dual Zone) or splittable using an insert cable

Trigger compatibility: All except PD-140DS, CY-18DR, VH12/VH13 & HH controllers

Typical Add-ons:
KT-9: For triggering a sound
KT-10: For triggering a sound

Upgrading your V-Drums kit

Thanks to compatibility between components in the V-Drums range, it is easy to upgrade your kit to a newer model by simply replacing the sound module.

Upgrading the module is the most effective way to boost functionality, playability and enjoyment.

Modules and components are available separately, so simply choose the upgrade path that suits you. Here are some typical upgrades.

1. TD-12 | TD-20 | TD-30 | TD-27 | TD-50=> TD-50X
TD-50X Module or TD-50X upgrade 

2. TD-9K/KV | TD-11K/KV | TD-15K/KV => TD-17 or TD-27
TD-17 Module  or TD-27 Module + CY-16R-T Ride

3. TD-4K/KV => TD-17
TD-17 Module + CY13R Ride + PDX-12 Mesh Snare Pad

4. TD-1K/KV
PDX-8 Mesh Snare Pad
(L-Rod needed from Roland spares-Contact your dealer)

5. TD-25=> TD-27
TD-27 Module + PD-140-DS Digital Snare + CY-18-DR Digital ride + VH-14D 14″ Digital hi-hat 

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