Roland · Tough for beginners · No warranty

Roland TD 30 KV ReviewVALUEFOR MONEY 9.5/10 FEATURES10/10 PLAYABILITY9.5/10 SOUNDQUALITY 10/10 Pros:·        Sound that feels real·        Detailed customization options·        The SuperNATURAL module·        Consistent trigger pad feedback·        Very little noiseCons:·        Quite expensive·        Tough for beginners·        No warranty Rolandas a brand is known for producing high quality, world-class musical instruments,and the Ronald TD 30 KV is no different. Both TD 30 K and TD 30 KV models wereintroduced simultaneously, but the latter took the market by storm as ittargeted high end, pro users.

The popularity of the model can be judged fromthe fact that it is a proper challenge to acquire a piece. Afterexploring the market for a few days, we were finally able to procure one, andhere is the verdict. Build andHardware: It is alightweight model even though it takes up its share of space. The box contains 4cymbal pads, 5 trigger pads/drums, the sound engine/module, input and outputaudio cables and corresponding mounting gear. It featuresthe stunning MDS 25 rack with its specially designed clamps, chromeelectroplated tubing and a cable management system, that takes care of all thewiring to give a polished and compact look.TheRoland TD 30 KV is a next-generation model as it features the SuperNATURALsynth module. It brings in behavior modeling and is equipped with an advancedsensing technology for the first time in electronic drum kits.

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Behaviormodeling makes use of the original preset sounds from real drums and reconstructsthem to give the ‘raw’ feel while the advanced sensing technology is used todynamically adjust the levels of individual samples depending on the manner andposition of pads struck. Unlikemost amateur kits that have pads made of plastic or the real drums that haveMylar, a mesh-like material is used in TD 30s trigger pads. The mesh is  tailored to absorb sound and make the kitquieter but still give the feel of real counterparts. The material yields alesser rebound due to its softer nature and this helps both amateurs and prosplay it better and faster. With the help of the SuperNATURAL engine, the drumsproduce great sounds, keeping the noise under 50 dB (which is “quiet” fordrums). Thekick pad is a robust and dependable KD 40 and weighs approximately the same as itsstandard counterpart. It also features the newly forged VH 13 hi-hat thataccommodates a sensor for motion detection as well as grayish, strangely stickycymbal pads. Module: Togetherwith the amazing behavior modeling and advanced sensing technology that produceunique and exceptional sounds, the Roland TD 30 KV’s sound engine has a myriadof customization controls.

TheSuperNATURAL engine has an LCD screen installed, together with each button designatedaccording to its function, so new buyers do not have to keep a manual at handall the time. On a superficial look, the interface seems quite intricate, butwith the help of a simpe 10 minute tutorial, players can achieve an astounding levelsof sound quality. Playerscan change various characteristics of each drum pad to trigger by customizingoptions of shell depth, beater type, sound muffling and resonance/mic position.They can also change reverb settings by adjusting Hi damp frequency (Hz), Hidamp (%), middle or mid dampening frequency (Hz), and low-cut frequency. Thesesettings demonstrate the level of detail that can be achieved by the soundengine, and there are many more such options available; the above-mentionedones do not even scratch the surface.

The backpanel of the module has a bunch of sockets, including trigger inputs, a mix-ininput for music devices like iPod, a set of routable direct outs, a simple USBsocket and a USB socket for memory cards.Playingexperience:After asimple setup, the Roland TD 30 KV gives you unlimited freedom to play any styleand kind of music while guaranteeing a realistic feel and producing first-classsound quality. The toms have a great dynamic range and with the help of thesound engine, rimshots-enabled tom pads can produce all kinds of sounds andeffects.

Thegreatest strength of the kit is the effortless transitions in sound. This canbe felt both in the cymbals and the tom pads. The sounds are modified accordingto the position and force of each strike due to the motion sensor. The effectis much more noticeable on the ride which has subtle changes in sound from thebow, bell, and edge.

Thetone also alters just like real drums when increased pressure is applied withclosed cymbals. The cymbal swells sound brilliant whether the player usesordinary sticks or mallets to produce them. Users can also use headphone audiooutput to hear the nuances and subtlety of each stroke clearly.The TD30 KV also features “Song Player” that can play back TD 30’s preset songs,preset patterns or songs stored on the memory card.

Song Player has a few basiccontrol options that can be used play and stop the music.Configuring the settings:The kit comes with an LCD display andlabeled buttons that help new users configure the sound module’s settingseasily and the manual does not have much use after one or two sessions.With the help of V-Drum technology, itis quite easy to change various kit characteristics easily, and a user kit canbe created effortlessly via a menu system that is drummer-friendly andintuitive.

Seven sliders on the sound module are used as ‘faders’ to controlthe strength and intensity of sound coming in from the hi-hat, toms, cymbalsand the other inputs. From the six drum kit buttons, multi-effects,composition, mixer, and ambiance can be selected to introduce additionalchanges in the music to have the best possible results. The user has three waysto adjust the volume; mix-in, phones and master, and tweaking these is as easyas turning a knob.Conclusion:By far the most expensive kit by thecompany on the market, the Roland TD 30 KV is an amazing set of drums withgreat design and structure.

One point to be noted is that the kit is notsuitable for beginner drummers, as they can easily get confused and overwhelmedwith the number of options at their hand. Dropping in a large sum of money onthis model is also not very smart for someone who does not know how to takecare of such a beautiful instrument.The company designed this kit keepingpro users in mind, who want to have a realistic experience with electronicdrums and can take advantage of its customization options.  The kit has received high ratings for itsquality and durability, as it is built to stand the test of time and bear thedaily wear and tear for years. The brilliant SuperNATURAL module gives the usera never-ending number of sound variations to create the sound they desire.

Withthe help of constant behavior modeling, the kit allows its players to feel thenuances of a real drum kit, so they can have the taste of the real, old-schooldrums without any of their flaws. All in all, Roland has outdone itself withthe TD 30 KV.

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