Video: Jordan West Demos the Roland SPD::ONE Pads with an Acoustic Drum Kit

Guitarists are spoiled when it comes to sound–shaping options. Historically, drummers haven't been so lucky, and those wanting to expand their sonic landscapes have been relegated to adding cumbersome pieces of hardware to already expensive sets.

But with its new SPD::ONE series of pads, Roland intends to change that. These units are small, simple, versatile, and loaded with functionality. Roland only included the kinds of sounds that real drummers from all over the world were looking for, making sure that the pads were packed with everything drummers needed and nothing they didn't.

In the video above, Jordan West takes us through three of the four pads from the series: the Electro Pad, the Percussion Pad, and the WAV Pad. Each pad is battery–operated and can be played with your hands, sticks, or feet making them perfect for use in any environment, with or without a supplementary kit.

In the video below, Jordan demonstrates how you can use the fourth pad in the series — the Kick Pad — with just a cajon.

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