Roland TD-30K V-Pro Electronic Drum Set
There's simply no denying Roland's dominance in this market, and for many years, the TD-30K led their advance.
This particular drum kit provides drummers with the best that Roland had to offer in terms of playability, sound quality and versatility.
At the heart of this kit is the TD-30 Drum Module, which runs on Roland's SuperNATURAL sound engine, and hosts a staggering number of features, including 100 Kits and 1362 instrument sounds. And if that's not enough, the module allows for deep editing, which exponentially increases the possible sounds and combinations.
It even comes with built-in effects, mic placement emulation, ambience and much more.
Connectivity options are also expanded to allow for more pads and controllers.
On the playability side, the kit features bigger PDX-100 pads for the toms, and a nice looking black finish 12" snare with positional sensing to better detect the nuances in your playing technique. It has a 15" Ride, two crash cymbals (13" and 12"), and features the same VH-11 hi-hat as seen on the TD-25K, all of which allow for various techniques like cymbal swell.
- Snare: PD125BK (12" Mesh Positional Sensing)
- Toms: 3 x PDX-100 (10" Mesh)
- Crash Cymbals: CY-13R (13" Crash 3-Triggers), CY-12C (12" Crash 2-Trigger with Choke),
- Ride Cymbal: 1 x CY-15R (15" Ride 3-Triggers)
- Hi-Hat: VH-11 (Hi-Hat Stand Not Included)
- Kick Pad: KD-120-BK (12" Mesh Head - Kick Pedal Not Included)
- Drum Stand: MDS-12V
- Drum Module: TD-30
- Module Sounds: 100 Drum Kits, 1,362 Instruments
- Extra Features:
- Module Inputs: 1 x 1/4" TRS Stereo Input, MIDI In
- Module Outputs: 2 x 1/4" (Master Out), 8 x 1/4" (Direct Out), MIDI Out/Thru
- USB: 1 x Type A, 1 x Type B
- Power Supply: Adaptor Included
- Dimensions: 59.06" x 47.25" x 49.25"
- Weight: 86 lbs.
Even though the TD-30K is no longer Roland's flagship kit, it continues to impress drummers the world over. Reviews point to it as the most sought after, even in the presence of recently released kits. Most users credit its acoustic-like response and sound as its best qualities, while others were very pleased with the drum module's in-depth sound editing capability. There were also a number of drummers who reported using the TD-30K for many years without issue - attesting to its reliability.
One user complained about the lack of balanced outputs, which would have simplified PA connections allowing you to use it without needing a DI Box. There were a few users who felt that while the quality of the TD-30K is topnotch, the price tag is a little over the top.
If you want to go the tried and tested route, then get what the market hails as the best. If budget permits, or if you're willing to invest then the Roland TD-30K should be your top consideration.
If you'd prefer something less expensive, then take a look at our guide to Electronic Drum Sets.