Roland Offers 2 New E-Drum Flavors | NAMM 2020

One of the biggest names in digital percussion is hoping to create a new category of drum with a hybrid acoustic/electric kit.

The new V-Drums Acoustic Design Series combines full-sized wood shells and real chrome hardware with the familiar digital module. The end result claims to deliver the presence and response of an acoustic kit with the expanded possibilities of an electronic kit.

Roland VAD506 Acoustic Design Series Kit

The new series features three models: the VAD506, VAD503, and VAD306. All three kits feature 40% thinner cymbals for more realistic response and shell sensor systems for the organic punch of a kick or tom. The higher-end VAD506 and VAD503 also feature digital snare and ride pads along with a TD-27 module that uses Prismatic technology to combine high-fidelity samples with behavior modeling. A new overhead mic simulator also boasts greater room ambience for an authentic drumming experience.

The series will be available in May with prices as follows: VAD306 for $2,499.99 USD, VAD503 for $3,999.99, and VAD506 for $4,799.99.

Roland TD-27KV Kit

If you desire a more traditional e-drum setup, Roland is offering the TD-27KV V-Drums. It's a mid-level trigger pad set built around the new TD-27 module featuring "more than 700 instruments, 55 preset kits, and 100 kits in total," according to Roland.

You can also import your own audio samples to use in combination or instead of the built-in sounds. And for home-studio recording, "the TD-27’s advanced USB interface provides up to 28 individual audio channels for multi-track integration with any DAW," Roland says.

The Roland TD-27KV is available now for $2,999.99, while the individual TD-27 module will be available for $1,199.99 in May.

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