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Old 05-02-2007, 02:01 AM
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i'm looking to add on a sampling pad or percussion pad that i can run external triggers into.for awhile,i swore i was gonna buy a roland spd-s.now i'm thinking roland spd-20.if i was balla(loaded),i'd buy both,but i'm not.i somehow think the spd-20 will do more for me,but i could be wrong.i play in a rock band,but wouldn't mind being able to trigger samples.
however,i have a friend that works at a pawn shop and he just informed me that they have a akai mpc-1000 and a roland dr-3.i can get them cheap,but i don't know anything about what they are capable of.i'm still gonna get a roland pad,but should i pick up one(or both) of these also?i guess what i'm asking is what piece is gonna do more for me at a live show?thanks for any input.
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Old 05-02-2007, 02:15 AM
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SPD-S is all you need mate. I researched the hell out of the 20 and a few other Alesis pads that were cheaper and the SPD-S was the optimal choice. I found one on ebay with a memory card, mounting arm and a CY-8 cymbal trigger for all around 400 bucks.

It is great for trigger samples, writing your own loops and importing loops and samples is fairly easy once you get the hang of it. Be ready to use your laptop with SPD-20. I'm not great with software, but the SPD-S has made things fairly simple. You can add additional triggers (like the CY-8), expression pedals, ect. A lot of hip hop guys use them, but i've seen rock players really getting into the SPD-S. Ronnie V from the Killers uses one as well.

Check out Roland's site if you haven't already. Download the manual and study up. All the samplers have steep, steep learning curves if you know nothing about them (which I didn't).

In my opinion it is the perfect addition to any kit.

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Old 05-02-2007, 02:16 AM
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and the SPD-S will do soooooooo much for a live show for what you are spending. it is worth it. i don't really see anyone making something comparable to it in the future. roland has it figured out.

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Old 05-04-2007, 12:20 AM
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after seeing a few people using SPD-S's around town I would have to agree that it's the way to go.

However, if RIGHT NOW all you are looking to do is add a sound effect here or there and not necessarily get into triggering samples right away, look into the SPD-20. You can always add an outboard sampler to it later if you want to go that route.

Just another option to think about.
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Old 05-07-2007, 06:15 PM
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yeah the 20 is gonna cost ya more, but as far as sounds go it is more powerful. if you are trying to work in samples into your setup, the SPDS is the ticket mate.

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Old 05-07-2007, 08:53 PM
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I run an SPD-S and it's an awesome little machine. If you want a sampler, get the SPD-S.
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Old 05-08-2007, 08:12 PM
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thanks guys.now the hard part..............paying for it!haha!
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Old 05-09-2007, 05:00 PM
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thanks guys.now the hard part..............paying for it!haha!
Save, save, save mate. It is is surely worth it.

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The SPD-S looks like a great tool, however I have read a bunch of reviews by users that the pads can go bad even after only a few months of use. It's something I would really like to have in my setup, but I'm a bit weary of it at this moment.
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When you get ready to buy , Check out RMC Audio, They have the best price you will find anywhere !! ( just Email them for a quote )

http://www.rmcaudio.com/menu/drum-frame.htm
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Old 05-09-2007, 10:41 PM
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The SPD-S looks like a great tool, however I have read a bunch of reviews by users that the pads can go bad even after only a few months of use. It's something I would really like to have in my setup, but I'm a bit weary of it at this moment.
It is a fragile tool to be sure, but i've seen guys wail away on them (some cats use them as a one man set up). The pads can go bad and it is not like playing a real drum. It has some sensitivity issues, but for sampling it is a very powerful, powerful tool.


Check out the vdrums forum. It's good learning.

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