Roland SPD-SX Sampling Drum Pad

93 out of 100. Incorporating 600+ ratings and reviews.

Gearank High Notes

Roland SPD-SX: Highest Rated Electronic Drum Pad - 2022.05

Gearank Recommended

The SPD-SX appeared on our recommended list for Electronic Drum Pads when we first published it in August 2021 – at that time it tied for the top ranking spot with the Nord Drum 3P.

Then in May 2022 it became the #1 ranked Electronic Drum Pad.


  • Built-in pads: 9 (with LED Indicators)
  • External Control Inputs: (2) 1/4″ TRS Dual zone trigger input, (1) 1/4″ TRS footswitch input
  • Record Inputs: (2) 1/4″ TS input
  • Audio Outputs: (2) 1/4″ TS (master out), (2) 1/4″ TS (sub out), (1) 1/4″ headphone out
  • MIDI I/O:In, out, USB
  • Internal Sounds: Maximum Polyphony: 20 voices, Kits: 100, 4 GB internal memory
  • Effects: Master Effects (21 Types), Equalizer, Kit Effect 1 (20 Types), Kit Effect 2 (20 Types)
  • Additional Functions: Multi-Pad Sampling, USB Mass Storage, USB MIDI/AUDIO, USB Memory, 3 multi-effects units onboard
  • Dimensions (WHD): 14 3/8″ x 3 3/4″ x 13 1/16″
  • Weight: 5 lbs. 9 oz.

Users have praised its dependability and how intuitive it is to create, load, and trigger loops and samples.

If you’re a professional percussionist that needs a no-frills, dependable addition to acoustic or electronic drums and don’t need the extra storage of the Roland SPD-SX Special Edition, this one is for you.

Rating Source Highlights

Website Source *Rating Value
Drumming Review Nick Cesarz 90/100
Music Radar Dave Holmes 80/100
Sound On Sound Mark Gordon 94/100
*Displayed values are prior to the Gearank Algorithm’s adjustments it makes when evaluating the source.

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