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Fuori Fuoco 10-21-2013 12:49 PM

SPD SX High Pads Issue
Hi Everybody,

in my SPD SX I realized that the "high" pads (that ones that cover the high angled edge ) are really less sensible that the other six "plain" pads.

If I strike with my stick one of the plain pads with a low dinamyc stroke it sound perfectly in a low volume, but if the same dynamic I strike one of the three top pads it doesn't sound!!!

It have to be stroke harder to make some noise.

Is it normal?

Should I sent my machine back to the Roland assistance?

Thanks for any suggestion

bermuda 10-21-2013 05:06 PM

Re: SPD SX High Pads Issue
I've noticed the same with mine, and I'll guess part of the reason may be that those are thicker pads, and need more velocity to trigger the sound.

I'd suggest either using those pads in a different way - not trying to play dynamically on them - or change their sensitivity so they respond more like the flat pads (or chage the flat pads' sensitivity to match the top 3 pads.)

Good luck,


wildbill 10-21-2013 11:51 PM

Re: SPD SX High Pads Issue
The Yamaha Multi-12 is the same way. The upper and lower three smaller pads are less sensitive than the inner 6 larger ones. There is one less sensitivity setting for them also.
Yamaha says this is normal.

I know it's not info directly related to the SX, but they're probably somewhat similar in the workings of the pads.

Shedboyxx 10-22-2013 07:52 AM

Re: SPD SX High Pads Issue
It's older brother the SPD-S is the same. Seems to be the case for these 'edge trigger' type pads. I reserve mine for one hit/one dynamic types of sounds (gong, concert bass drum, FX) and more sensitive stuff for the 6 other pads.

You can also use these high pads for utility stuff like advancing patches or starting a loop.

Geoff_fry01 10-26-2013 05:35 PM

Re: SPD SX High Pads Issue
hi, changing the sensitivity will help, but I have also found changing the angel of the spsx (so changing the angle the stick hits) will effect it considerably.
if its still an issue I would suggest adding a BT1 or other "external" pads.. and using them instead of the top 3 pads. .. you can pick up cheap rubber pads all over ebay.


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