Roland TD 30 KV ReviewVALUEFOR MONEY 9.5/10 FEATURES10/10 PLAYABILITY9.5/10 SOUNDQUALITY 10/10 Pros:· Sound that feels real· Detailed customization options· The SuperNATURAL module· Consistent trigger pad feedback· Very little noiseCons:· Quite expensive· Tough for beginners· No warranty Rolandas a brand is known for producing high quality, world-class musical instruments,and the Ronald TD 30 KV is no different. Both TD 30 K and TD 30 KV models wereintroduced simultaneously, but the latter took the market by storm as ittargeted high end, pro users. The popularity of the model can be judged fromthe fact that it is a proper challenge to acquire a piece.
Afterexploring the market for a few days, we were finally able to procure one, andhere is the verdict. Build andHardware: It is alightweight model even though it takes up its share of space. The box contains 4cymbal pads, 5 trigger pads/drums, the sound engine/module, input and outputaudio cables and corresponding mounting gear. It featuresthe stunning MDS 25 rack with its specially designed clamps, chromeelectroplated tubing and a cable management system, that takes care of all thewiring to give a polished and compact look.
A modelof a next-generation series, the Roland TD 30 KV features the SuperNATURALsynth engine. It brings in behavior modeling and is equipped with an advancedsensing technology for the first time in electronic drum kits. Behaviormodeling is used to reconstrut original drum sounds preset in the module togive the ‘raw’ feel while the advanced sensing technology dynamically adjuststhe levels of samples depending on the manner and position of pads struck. Unlikemost amateur kits that have pads made of plastic or the real drums that haveMylar, a mesh-like material is used in TD 30s trigger pads. The pads are tailoredto absorb sound and reduce noise production but still give the feel of realcounterparts.
The material yields a lesser rebound due to its softer nature andthis helps both amateurs and pros play it better. The drums produce greatsounds with the help of the extra ordinary sound module while keeping the noiseunder 50 dB (which is “quiet” for drums). Thekick pad is a robust and dependable KD 40 and weighs approximately the same as itsstandard counterpart. The kit comes with the specially forged VH 13 hi-hat thataccommodates a sensor for motion detection as well as grayish, strangely stickycymbal pads. Module: Togetherwith the amazing behavior modeling and advanced sensing technology that produceunique and exceptional sounds, the TD 30’s sound engine has a myriad of optionsavailable to its users. The soundmodule has each button designated according to its function and an LCD screeninstalled to display the changes in real time, so new buyers do not have tokeep a manual at hand all the time. On a superficial look, the interface seemsquite intricate, but with the help of a simple 10-minute tutorial, players canachieve astounding levels of sound quality.
Playerscan change various characteristics of each drum pad to trigger by customizingoptions of shell depth, beater type, sound muffling and resonance/mic position.They can also change reverb settings by adjusting Hi damp frequency (Hz), Hidamp (%), middle or mid dampening frequency (Hz), and low-cut frequency. Thesesettings demonstrate the level of detail that can be achieved by the soundengine, and there are many more such options available; the above-mentionedones do not even scratch the surface. The backpanel of the module has a bunch of sockets, including trigger inputs, a mix-ininput for music devices like iPod, a set of routable direct outs, a simple USBsocket and a USB socket for memory cards.Playingexperience:After asimple setup, the Roland TD 30 KV gives its users unlimited freedom to play anystyle and kind of music while guaranteeing a realistic feel and producingfirst-class sound quality. The toms have a great dynamic range and with thehelp of the sound engine, rimshots-enabled tom pads can produce all kinds ofsounds and effects.Thegreatest strength of the kit is the effortless transitions in sound.
This canbe felt both in the cymbals and the tom pads. The sounds are modified accordingto the position and force of each strike due to the motion sensor. A much morenoticeable effect can be felt on the ride as the sound changes subtly from thebow, bell and the edge.
Thetone also alters just like real drums when increased pressure is applied with lockedcymbals. Cymbal swells sound brilliant whether the player uses ordinary sticksor mallets to produce them. Users can also use headphone output to hear thenuances and subtlety of each stroke clearly.The SongPlayer is another option in the module and it can be used to play back TD 30’spre-configured songs and patterns or songs stored on the memory card. The SongPlayer has only a few basic control options that can be used play and stop themusic.Configuring the settings:The kit comes with an LCD display andlabeled buttons that help new users configure the sound module’s settings comfortablyand the manual does not have much use after one or two sessions.With the help of V-Drum technology, Changingvarious kit characteristics is quite easy, and a user kit can be created effortlesslyvia a menu system that is player-friendly and intuitive.
Seven sliders on thesound module are used as ‘faders’ to control the strength and intensity ofsound coming in from the hi-hat, toms, cymbals and the other inputs. From thesix drum kit buttons, multi-effects, composition, mixer, and ambiance can beselected to introduce additional changes in the music to have the best possibleresults. The user has three ways to adjust the volume; mix-in, phones andmaster, and tweaking these is as easy as turning a knob.Conclusion:By far the most expensive kit by thecompany on the market, the Roland TD 30 KV is an amazing set of drums withgreat design and structure. One point to be noted is that the kit is notsuitable for beginner drummers, as they can easily get confused and overwhelmedwith the number of options at their hand. Dropping in a large sum of money onthis model is also not very smart for someone who does not know how to takecare of such a beautiful instrument.
The company designed this kit keepingpro users in mind, who want to have a realistic experience with electronicdrums and can take advantage of its customization options. The kit has received high ratings for itsquality and durability, as it is built to stand the test of time and bear thedaily wear and tear for years. The brilliant SuperNATURAL module gives the usera never-ending number of sound variations to create the sound they desire. Withthe help of constant behavior modeling, the kit allows its players to feel thenuances of a real drum kit, so they can have the taste of the real, old-schooldrums without any of their flaws. All in all, Roland has outdone itself withthe TD 30 KV.