Roland TD-50 – The New Roland Flagship Electronic Drum Set

Roland TD-50K Electronic Drum

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9.5

Value for money

8.0/10

Features

10.0/10

Playability

10.0/10

Sound quality

10.0/10

Pros

  • Fantastic build quality
  • The drum module is next level, and includes custom sampling
  • Higher end variations (such as the TD-50KVX) include a full acoustic bass drum
  • Amazing sound quality
  • Great snare pad

Cons

  • Expensive

Roland announced this new flagship electronic drum set in 2016. This is further bridging the gap between acoustic drum sets from the TD-30, the previous Roland flagship model. This is such an exciting product into the world of electronic drumming. The technology is a big step forward and it is really built to improve the feel and sensitivity of the drums.

This is a big electronic drum set. It resembles an acoustic set and looks amazing on stage. The technology is finally ready to enable it. The higher-end variations of the TD-50 come with a full acoustic bass drum.The kit also includes a 14-inch full sized snare head, with a deep shell. It looks amazing and features a great new mesh head. This is important, as the strength and quality of the head needed to be improved for this increased snare size.

This kit featured digital drum pad technology inside the new Roland pads. Up until now, pads were actually analog and triggered digital signals. These new pads will are only compatible with the TD-50 drum module. The pads use USB technology and communicate digitally through this.

The Ride is 18-inch size. With the new digital technology, the range, variety, and depth of sticking have now dramatically improved. This will come as a big improvement to drummers looking to get a much more realistic feel out of their cymbal. One awesome feature is that you can simply touch your hand over the surface of the ride cymbal to muffle it as it is ringing. This is such a cool advancement to the old style choke cymbal detectors.

Variations of the Roland TD-50

Roland’s model names are often confusing, so these points will explain the differences between them:

Roland TD-50K – The TD-50K is the base model of this series. It comes with the fantastic expression for professional drummers, and you can use it for studio work as well. It is based on new TD-50 module that uses Prismatic Sound Modeling.

This provides wide-ranging sounds and most impressive quality when compared with other drum kits on the market. You will get high-speed digital communication and multi-element sensor system within this particular module.

Roland TD50KV – The similar as all Roland TD-50 sets, it comes with Prismatic Sound Modeling technology, but you will get unique sounds. Due to 14-inch digital snare, you will get a high-resolution sensor system that will help you create a perfect snare sound for any genre you prefer.

The 18-inch CY-18DR digital ride will provide you improved dynamics and positional sensing due to the multi-sensor system.At the same time, you will get two floor tom pads, one rack tom pad, and KD-140-BC kick pedal. When it comes to cymbals, you will be able to enjoy in CY-15R crash/ride, CY-14C crash and VH-13 V hi-hat.

Roland TD-50KVX – If you wish to get a drum kit that features KD-220 bass drum that contains 22-inch wooden shell so that you can get significant stage presence and acoustic feel, this particular module is perfect for your requirements.

It will provide you the most extensive ranging and impressive sounds, and the new processor is developed to offer you high-quality ride and snare pads that use high-speed digital communication as well as multi-element sensor technology.

Roland TD-50KV RM – This is a unique and custom set that will offer you unmatched expression in combination with supreme playability. It is a much better choice than others because you will get high-end adjustability, response and aesthetical perspective.

The kick drum features stylish silver matte wraps, and unique pad configuration makes it perfect and ready for the stage. The hardware uses MAATS Airlift rack that applies innovative technology with Magnetic Air Adjustment Tom Suspension that will provide you the most impressive sound quality when compared with others.

Drum Module

The drum module has a new digital triggering engine, improved processing power. The module allows you to really hone in on your perfect drum and cymbal sounds. For example, through the controls and screen display, you can easily control the simulated size, thickness, muffling, pitch, ping level, microphone position of the cymbals and more.

The simulated mic position and room level allow you to control the ambiance and reverb sound of your kit. Roland has coined what is know as their Prismatic Sound Modelling in this new drum module, which they say improves the response, expressiveness, and dynamics of the module, compared to previous models.

The best thing about Roland TD-50 electronic drum set is that you will be able to choose 50 different kits presets by using Prismatic Sound Modeling engine. You can customize them as well making your own sets based on various pieces from others.

The upgraded and powerful process will allow you to perform a wide array of features. You can easily import your samples by using the SD card slot. This particular slot is useful when it comes to playing loops or full tracks, and you can control it directly from the interface.

The menu will provide you the ability to navigate around without any additional hassle, and it is highly functional as well.

It comes with an LCD and page up and down buttons that you can combine with F1-3 buttons so that you can enter different categories that will offer you exciting features.

You can choose new instrument samples that were not available in previous versions, but their philosophy is quality over quantity, which is why you will get exceptional sound features and quality.

Load your own samples!

A great addition, it finally allows for user sample imports! This is a massive step forward for Roland. The lack of user samples has been a complaint for many power electronic drum users over the years. The reasoning was that processing power and triggering technology was simply not good enough to deliver a good performance and feel of custom sampling. However, the technology is now here and it is possible to import your own samples.

The samples are imported into memory on the drum module. This massively improves the processing abilities to work on those samples. It is possible to record your own acoustic drum set as samples in the studio and then load these as samples onto your TD-50 electronic drum set. This is such a cool and welcome feature.

For the studio drummer and producers, the drum module includes a lot of features that would otherwise have to be done on Ableton or sound production software. The module allows for layering of default and custom samples together, as well as processing the sound to change the rate of attack for example.

These type of features will be especially cool for pop and electronic drummers, that need to get a sound above what is possible with an acoustic drum set. For sound outputs, the drum module contains XLR outputs as well as jack outputs for each pad that can go straight into the mixer.

Roland is one of the top names in electronic drums sets. This new flagship model is a really exciting prospect and is further pushing the boundaries of innovation and technology in the electronic drumming world. I’m really excited to see how this develops even further, and how it will push their competitors (particularly Yamaha) to come out with even more exciting electronic drum sets.

If you’re interested in checking out other models, then make sure to check out our guide on electronic drum sets.

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Final Verdict

We can’t say many negatives about this electronic drum set, other than the fact that it’s expensive!

For all the reasons mentioned in this article, if you have the budget to spend on a top-end set, you will be blown away by this:

 

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