Roland SPD-30KIT Octapad Compact Electronic Drum Set
While not exactly a conventional drum kit, the Roland Octapad SPD-30 V2 gets a special spot on this list for being an add-on tool for drummers, while still being a capable and easily portable stand alone kit.
It is often used as an add-on tool by drummers on stage, especially in worship and pop music circles. But it can also work as a compact electronic drum kit complete with a kick trigger pedal and a hi-hat control pedal.
At its core are the SPD-30 percussion pads that utilize the latest technology that Roland has to offer, as seen in their premium V-Drums line.
For easy setup, the unit comes with a double-braced tripod stand with height adjustments.
- Pads: 8 x Spd-30 percussion pads
- Kick Pad: Kick Trigger Controller
- Drum Stand: Double Braced Tripod Stand
- Drum Module: Built-in
- Module Sounds: 99 kits, 600+ Percussion Sounds
- Extra Features: Phrase Loop function, Multi-Effects, Compatibility with MIDI devices, and other Modules
- Module Inputs: 1 x 1/4" (mix in)
- Module Outputs: 2 x 1/4" (main out), 1 x 1/4" (headphones)
- USB: 1 x Type A, 1 x Type B
- Power Supply: 9V DC power supply (sold separately)
- Dimensions: 3.5" x 21.31" x 10.75"
- Weight: 8.44 lbs.
The Roland Octapad SPD-30 has become a fixture in many drum setups, and it's all thanks to its practicality and quality. It gets most of its praise from pros who are using it to expand their percussion sounds, but it also gets some love from those who use it as a portable kit. Jordan McLachlan of Music Radar gave the pads a perfect score and concludes his review by saying: "Combine predictably gorgeous sound with better-than-ever functionality, the ability to connect external pads for an extensive playing set-up and the Phrase Loop feature for creativity on-stage and you're on to a winner." NB - Jordan McLachlan's review was for Version 1 but the hardware is the same and can be upgraded to Version 2 with a firmware update.
Aside from not being a conventional electronic drum set, there aren't any noteworthy complaints.
Whether you're looking for a portable kit, or you just want to expand your sonic palette, the Roland Octapad SPD-30 V2 will get the job done.
If you're looking for a full size option then check out our recommendations in our guide to The Best Electronic Drum Sets.