Roland Octapad SPD-30 Total Percussion Pad


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The OCTAPAD Legend Continues...the SPD-30 combines cutting-edge drum and percussion sounds with the latest triggering technology.

When is a percussion pad not a percussion pad? When it’s the Roland OCTAPAD SPD-30 Digital Percussion Pad, that’s when!

Roland is among the leaders in digital percussion technology. When the original Roland OCTAPAD was introduced back in 1985 it was heralded as a huge advance in the world of electronic percussion for live performers as well as studio musicians. As we leap ahead to 2010 those brilliant minds at Roland push the envelope once again and deliver a truly full-featured, fully realized digital percussion pad that is bound to inspire may followers as well as imitators as new Roland products often do. Let’s run it through some paradiddles…

Using the latest trigger technology from Roland’s industry-leading V-Drums, the 8 pads on the OCTAPAD SPD-30 feature an extremely natural and responsive playing feel. There are more than 600 incredible drum and percussion sounds onboard, arranged in 50 separate kits. 30 types of Roland’s famous effects are included as well as separate EQ, Limiter and Ambience effects. Sounds can be edited, tuned, mangled, wrangled, and tweaked to your liking.

A built-in phrase-loop function serves as a fantastic creative tool. Play a passage and record it on the fly, loop it, and then overdub up to 2 additional layers to complete a phrase. There’s space for 50 phrases so you’ll have plenty of room for your loopy ideas! For additional storage you can back up phrases to USB memory but on that in a moment.

There are 4 dual-trigger inputs, plus a hi-hat controller for adding pads to create a mini kit, or for connecting triggers from acoustic drums.

Around the back of the Roland Octapad SPD-30 are all the connectors; There’s a PHONES Jack (Stereo 1/4 inch phone type), OUTPUT Jacks (L (MONO), R) (1/4 inch phone type), MIX IN Jack (Stereo 1/4 inch phone type), EXTERNAL TRIGGER INPUT Jacks x 4, HH CTRL Jack, FOOT SW Jack (1/4 inch TRS phone type), MIDI Connectors (IN, OUT), USB MEMORY Connector (for USB Memory), USB MIDI Connector (for USB MIDI).

The Roland Octapad SPD-30 is built rugged for road duty, weighs in at 8.7 lbs, has a big easy to read back-lit LED display together with all the knobs and buttons need to navigate around the machine. It comes with an AC adaptor. Remember to ask your Sam Ash Sales Associate about the many groovy options available from Roland to add to your SPD-30 experience.

Bang away!


•  Includes new percussion sounds from around the world, plus 30 types of multi-effects
•  The latest pad-sensing technology developed for V-Drums® provides even and accurate pad triggering with excellent isolation between pads
•  Four dual-trigger inputs, plus hi-hat controller for adding pads to create a mini kit, or for connecting triggers from acoustic drums
•  Phrase Loop function inspires your creativity; record your playing in real time and overdub up to three layers
•  USB connectivity for MIDI and memory storage
•  Large backlit LCD and pad indicator lights for easy operation in low-light conditions
•  Rugged, road-worthy design

Things You Will Get:

  • Percussion Pad
  • Power Cable
  • Manual
Series Octapad
Other Features Parameters: Tuning, Muffling, Soft Attack, Tone Color, Pitch Sweep, Volume, Pan, Reverse
Model SPD-30


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Octapad a great percussionist's tool kit

By Joe

from Columbus, Ohio

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  • Easy To Use
  • High Quality Drum Sounds
  • Responsive
  • Versatile


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Best Uses

  • Accompaniment
  • Jazz Clubs
  • Soundtracks

Comments about Roland Octapad SPD-30 Total Percussion Pad:

I love it! Here is a sample I recorded on my Mac[@]

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Octapad SPD-30 Total Percussion Pad

The manufacturer's warranty covers parts for one year and labor for 90 days from date of purchase. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.