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    Roland SPD-S has anyone had any dealings with piece of equip what are your thoughts..................Bruce

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    Welcome to Drum Chat! Thanks for signing in!

    I use an SPD-S. Some observations for you:

    --Great piece of equipment if you use samples.
    --Takes some serious studying to master---the instruction book is only barely useful (translated, does not explain things well).
    --Not as useful as a "mini-kit" (for that, would use something like SPD-30, if you are looking for Roland), although you can connect external pads and could use it as a mini-kit. It's just that you have limited sounds to choose from, as SPD-S main purpose is to sample sounds that you input through various means.
    --Essentially, limited to 512k additional memory (SPD-S is a bit "old style" in that regard, newer Roland equipment, like SPD-30 (which does not sample, but does enable live phrase looping), uses USB flash stick for memory.
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    Thanks Tadman I was hoping to use it as an replacement for blocks,chimes, take away some clutter..........

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    It should work for percussion like that (check instrument list--should be on Roland site under the documents for SPD-S), though the SPD-20 (predecessor to SPD-30) was the flagship for percussion sounds, even though it did not have cajon options.
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    I used one for a while and it is very good, but I have now switched to using the Octapad SPD-30.

    While there are some obvious connections between the two products there are significant differences.

    If you want to trigger extra drum sounds - They both offer this.
    If you want to trigger extra percussion sounds - They both offer this.
    If you want to create drum and percussion patterns or sound layers - They both offer this, but with these differences.

    If you want to bring in your own sound samples - Only the SPD-S offers this.
    If you want to play all the parts live in your percussion patterns or sound layers - Only the SPD-30 offers this.

    The SPD-S has 9 trigger pads with dual trigger options.
    The SPD-30 has 8 trigger pads with dual trigger options BUT it also has inputs for external snare, hi-hat (and foot control),
    bass drum and cymbal, so in effect 4 more to total 12.

    Ease of navigation to kits / sounds, is much better on the SPD-30
    You can back up to a memory stick on the SPD-30 while the SPD-S needs a flash card.

    Both connect to computers.

    Both have foot switch options.

    The SPD-S has 181 instruments and lets you sample 399 more.
    The SPD-30 allows you 50 kits (8 chain kits) and 670 instruments.

    I had some teething troubles (which you can read about here ) as I was using one of the first 5-6 in the UK, but it's all working how I want now.

    Here is a video of it in action at our third show together.
    Plenty of room for improvement (especially as I could not hear the SPD-30!) but it's a starting point.

    I hope all that helps.

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