Roland Ships New V-Drums Kits, Software


Los Angeles, CA, May 1, 2012 — Roland is pleased to announce that the following V-Drums® are now shipping:

DT-1 V-Drums Tutor
Building on the success of the DT-HD1 software for the entry-level HD-1 V-Drums Lite, the DT-1 V-Drums Tutor offers integration with all V-Drums kits, expanded tutorials, Windows/Mac compatibility, and more.

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The DT-1 V-Drums Tutor uses both “game style’ and drum notation screens to teach introductory drum patterns and techniques in a fun and easy manner. The software integrates seamlessly with any V-Drums electronic drum set via a simple USB-MIDI connection.

Included are 57 basic drum patterns with rudimental exercises for building drumming skills, as well as 60 full-band songs with a “minus drums” feature for play-along enjoyment. In addition, users can load their favorite SMF songs and jam along.

In the Game screen, drummers play along with falling blocks to obtain high scores, which helps develop timing accuracy in a fun, interactive way. In the Notation screen, a bouncing ball guides players through the patterns and demonstrates which pads to play and which hands to use when playing fills. Accuracy is indicated by colorful x and o markings, which assists in improving timing skills. The Dynamic Bar Graph helps develop evenness between the hands by displaying stroke balance visually.

The DT-1 also allows drummers to slow down or speed up tempos, repeat sections, and select specific pads for playback to help them learn more difficult patterns. The software is compatible with Windows (XP/Vista/7) and Mac OS X (10.xx and later).

The DT-1 V-Drums Tutor is available now through authorized U.S. Roland dealers. For more information, please visit

HD-3 V-Drums Lite
The HD-3 offers enhanced playability and features, while retaining the compact design, quiet performance, great sound quality, and ease of use that made its predecessor such a huge hit.

Roland created the V-Drums Lite for those who may not have the space or budget for a full-size V-Drums kit. Based on the same technology that made V-Drums the world’s most popular electronic drums, the HD-3 offers a compact and affordable solution for students, hobbyists, gamers, project studios, and anyone that wants to have fun playing the drums.

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The HD-3 delivers ultra-quiet performance, thanks to its integrated, low-noise kick and hi-hat pedals, cloth-head tom pads, and mesh-head snare. In addition, the kit’s unique design minimizes noise and vibration through floors and ceilings. When monitoring with headphones, apartment dwellers and drum students can rock out any time on the HD-3 without disturbing family members and neighbors with the acoustic noise typically associated with drum sets.

Stylish and compact, the HD-3 is perfect for family music spaces, schools, dorm rooms, studios, offices, and more. All of the set’s components are mounted on a single stand for easy setup and transport, and assembly is easy using just a screwdriver and standard drum key (both included).

New features brought with the HD-3 include cloth-head toms for an improved playing feel over the previous rubber design, as well as new dual-trigger snare and crash/ride pads. Users can now enjoy greater expression by playing rim shots on the snare, triggering edge sounds on the crash/ride, and choking crash/ride sounds by grabbing the pad. The kick pedal has also been enhanced for improved playability and lower-noise performance.

The updated sound module in the HD-3 includes 20 new drum kits with dedicated select buttons. The HD-3 module also includes a 16x2 character backlit LCD, along with an enhanced metronome with a wider tempo range and variable sounds. The HD-3 is equipped with an input for connecting an external music player, so users can jam with their favorite songs and control the blend of music and live drumming through headphones or an amplifier.

The optional PM-03 Personal Drum Monitor is the perfect companion to the HD-3. This space-saving 2.1 monitor integrates perfectly with the V-Drums Lite, delivering multi-dimensional, full-range sound, from thunderous lows to sparkling highs.

Roland offers many resources to help HD-3 players build their drumming skills. The DT-1 V-Drums Tutor software makes learning fun, with interactivity, play-along patterns, and more. V-Drums Lessons offer a growing library of free online instructional videos from top pro drummers, while the free V-Drums Friend Jam software application provides fun practice workouts and interaction with other players around the world.

The HD-3 V-Drums Lite is now available at authorized Roland dealers in the U.S. For more information, visit

TD-30KV and TD-30K V-Pro Series V-Drums
Featuring SuperNATURAL® sounds with Behavior Modeling technology, improved V-Hi-Hat® and V-Pads™, and many more enhancements, the TD-30KV and TD-30K kits offer serious players the ultimate V-Drums experience for stage, studio, and beyond.

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V-Drums have long been recognized as the world’s most natural-playing and expressive electronic drums, thanks to patented mesh-head pads, advanced triggering, and a sound engine driven by Roland’s COSM modeling technology. Now, the TD-30KV and TD-30K kits add in SuperNATURAL sounds and advanced Behavior Modeling, resulting in an instrument that reacts and responds to all the subtleties, nuances, and dynamics of a drummer’s technique. First developed for Roland’s synthesizers and pianos, these leading-edge technologies deliver a quantum leap in realism in both sound and expression for digitally emulating drums, percussion, and other traditional instruments.

At the core of the TD-30KV and TD-30K kits is the TD-30 Drum Sound Module. It’s loaded with brand-new sounds produced with the SuperNATURAL engine and Behavior Modeling, including an ultra-realistic ambience feature that emulates overhead mics and room sounds. There are 1100 instruments and 100 drum kits onboard the TD-30, and like every Roland TD-series module, all internal drum kits are user programmable for creating customized settings and kits.

The TD-30 features the familiar, intuitive V-Drums V-Edit interface, and includes metallic parts on the panel to enhance visibility in low lighting. The rear panel is stocked with trigger inputs for the pads, along with multiple audio outputs and MIDI I/O. Two different USB ports allow users to play audio files from convenient flash media, as well as connect directly to computers for MIDI over USB.

Designed as the ultimate V-Drums stage kit, the TD-30KV offers unprecedented playability with enhanced pads and cymbals, as well as striking onstage presence with new Black Chrome shell wraps. The snare and four tom V-Pads™ (PD-128S-BC; PD-128-BC x 2; and PD-108-BC x 2) feature updated rim sensors for ultra-accurate dynamics detection and rim-shot depth, while a new V-Hi-Hat® (VH-13-MG) brings high-resolution sensing for improved playability. The VH-13-MG, along with the CY-14C-MG and CY-15R-SV V-Cymbals®, come in an attractive new metallic gray finish. Rounding out the TD-30KV is the KD-140-BC V-Kick and MDS-25 chrome-finish drum rack.

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Equipped with standard pad components, the TD-30K gives drummers a pro-level recording set with the expressiveness of the new TD-30 sound module. The kit’s three toms feature the new PDX-100 V-Pad, which offers a 10-inch mesh head with a shiny metal hoop, vertical and horizontal mounting options, and a lightweight-yet-durable design. Other components include the KD-120BK V-Kick; PD-125BK V-Pad for the snare; VH-11 V-Hi-Hat; CY-12C, CY-13R, and CY-15R V-Cymbals; and the new MDS-12V drum rack, which includes an internal cable management system for a clean, professional look.

The TD-30KV and TD-30K V-Pro Series V-Drums are now available through authorized U.S. Roland dealers. For more information, visit