Since its release in 2003, the Roland SPD-SX sampling pad has become one of the most widely used electronic instruments for drummers.
Being able to record and playback any sound with the hit of a pad or stomp of a foot-switch allows musicians to expand their creative possibilities enormously.
In this blog, we’ll explore the typical day-to-day uses and functions of the Roland SPD-SX sampling pad in detail.
Contributed by Simon Ayton for the Roland Australia Blog
Getting Sounds into the SPD-SX
Packed with sounds already but with hours of additional space free, the SPD-SX is really designed to trigger your own WAV files easily on stage and in the studio but first you have to get some in there.
USB provides quick connection to MAC/PC and memory sticks and there are a few ways to load the SPD-SX with samples.
Triggering Samples with the SPD-SX
The SPD-SX is designed to trigger WAV files easily on stage and in the studio from the front pads and external inputs.
Loops, single shots and phrases are assigned to pads and triggered instantly.
Sampling with SPD-SX
It’s not called a sampling pad for nothing!
As far as fun functions go, realtime sampling is one of the unique features of the SPD-SX.
Grab any sound from phones, instruments and mixing desks directly via the line inputs.
For sampling percussion, voice and other sounds, connect a microphone to the L (mono) input for realtime recording with effects.
Using Clicks and Backing Tracks with SPD-SX
Musicians are expected to have their show tight and professional.
The SPD-SX makes the job of running click and backing tracks easy all from one instrument.
As far as controlling the show and creating a professional performance goes, the SPD-SX is relied on daily the world over by all types of musicians.
Built-in click with it’s own volume control and routable outputs are just two of the many features that make the SPD-SX so useful for working with backing tracks.
Applying and Using Effects with SPD-SX
Add reverb, delay or pitch type effects easily to individual sounds using KIT FX in the SPD-SX.
For effecting the entire sound output, the master efx section gives hands-on control of two parameters in realtime such as delay time and delay feedback.
Effects can be syncronized to the internal metronome click and controlled from external pedals and controllers too.
Expanding the Roland SPD-SX Sampling Pad
Add a kick trigger, connect a snare pad or a compact BT-1 bar trigger.
The SPD-SX has nine front panel pads that can be expanded via the two external trigger inputs.
For adding more external triggers, split the trigger inputs using standard insert cables.
Choose a trigger type for perfect triggering from the huge range of V-Drums triggers.
Backing up and Saving SPD-SX Sounds and Settings
Easy to do but often forgotten until too late, learn how easy it is to create safety backups of your sounds and settings.
It’s simple to save the entire SPD-SX state onto USB stick or your desktop for easy recall at any stage.
In this guide, learn the steps involved and never worry about losing your data again!