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What do I need to add to my V-Drums?

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  • What do I need to add to my V-Drums?

    Hi Guys, I hope some of you might be able to help me. With my birthday and X-mas coming up, and I've been asked from my GF and family what I might want. I currently have a V-Pro with all the aux's being used (1 extra drum and 1 extra cymbal). I have the TD-10 upgrade chip, KD-120 for my bass drum, and 2 Mackie 450's for my speakers. Is there anything else you guys think I should look into getting for my kit? Do they have a device you can plug into the TD-10 if wanted to get more drums and cymbals? Should i consider trying to sell my pd-9's and pd-7 and look at the new cymbals? Is it that big a difference? If so, have any of you done this (sold your old cymbals to upgrade to the new ones) and if so, how much did you end up spending total after selling your originals? where did you buy and sell? Unfortunately Charleston, SC doesn't have a great music store to see and test Roland items, so I'm not really up to speed with my options. Thanks for any advice/suggestions you guys might have!

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    Outboard gear.

    Signal processors of some sort.

    Do you have an mixer?



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    • #3
      Okay, i'm going to probably get blasted for his, but what is outboard gear? I don't have a mixer, but am not sure I would need one (but please change my mind if I'm wrong about that!) Its just that I will be the first to admit i'm not the most technical person, and currently am only playing for fun. While I want to find a local band to play in, right now, I just play for my golden retriever, cat, and self

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      • #4
        Originally posted by I Beat It:
        ... While I want to find a local band to play in, right now, I just play for my golden retriever, cat, and self
        In this case you have more gear than necessary. When you do venture into the live arena 'outboard gear' will be desired. Use most xlnt search engine for all the data you need. This one's been beaten to death too. Keywords 'outboard' - 'processor' - 'monitor' - 'mixer' - 'effects' - gettin' the picture?

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        • #5
          If you want more drums, a Roland SPD-20 is one option. In addition to the multipads provided, it has inputs for additional external pads too, (you can use pads like those you have already). Another way to go is a pad to midi interface. I believe animal is selling a midiK.I.T.I. right now if he hasn't already. That would allow you to plug in nine additional pads and trigger sounds in your TD-10exp via midi. And of course, you could always buy another module. I got a TD-6 in addition to my TD-10. Not only do you get extra inputs, you get different sounds (the TD-6/8 sounds are pretty nice, IMHO).

          As for cymbals, try to find somewhere that has the V-cymbals and test drive them. You'll have to decide for yourself if they're worth the $ to you.

          And as noted, tons more info on all of the above is available via "most xlnt search engine".

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          • #6
            Thanks Marc and Kildrum. Just curious Doc, what did you pay for your TD-6? If you had a choice between the TD-6 or SPD-20, what would you do? Is there a huge cost difference? Without much thought on it, the TD-6 does sound like a great idea

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            • #7
              Originally posted by I Beat It:
              ...Just curious Doc, what did you pay for your TD-6? If you had a choice between the TD-6 or SPD-20, what would you do? Is there a huge cost difference?
              I believe I paid about $450 for the TD-6. A new SPD-20 is about $600+ I think, but there are plenty of used that can be had for much less (not so with the TD-6 as it is a relatively new product). I did have my choice, and chose the TD-6. You don't get the little pad/surfaces like a SPD-XX, but the sounds are better IMO, more of them, the interface is nicer, you can plug in more external pads, etc., and all for less $.

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