Roland TD-50KV - the latest V-Drums flagship incl. Live Sound Edition

Roland TD-50KV with drum-tec Sound Edition

The latest, biggest, best and most beautiful of all Roland V-Drums: the TD-50KV!

Everything the e-drummer could dream of: the configuration of a big drum setup, big and real dimensions of an acoustic drum kit and on top of it all the great new features and possibilities that come with the TD-50 sound module! A kit just made for the stage, for the recording studio and amazing in your living room!

With the new TD-50 flagship module, which comes in above the TD-30 to establish a new generation of V-Drum modules, Roland introduces a number of groundbreaking innovations:

  • a new era of electronic drum pads, the -Roland Digital Pads- with the new Multi Element Sensor System
  • a new league of acoustic drum sounds thanks to the new Prismatic Sound Modeling
  • create a whole new world of Roland drum sounds with the new V-Edit sound layering possibilities
  • the new sound routing made possible by integrating the new 10 channel USB audio-in combined with the conventional routing options allows the TD-50 to become the recording, stage and jam session headquarters!

Content of the Roland TD-50KV

  • Roland TD-50 sound module
  • SD-Card with drum-tec Live Sound Edition & Real Snare Sample Package
  • Roland CY-18DR Digital Ride Cymbal
    • incl. digital trigger cable
  • Roland PD-140DS Digital Snare Drum
    • incl. digital trigger cable
  • 1x Tom Pad PD-108-BC
  • 2x Tom Pad PD-128-BC
  • 1x V-Hi-Hat: VH-13
  • 1x V-Cymbal Crash CY-14C
  • 1x V-Cymbal Ride / Crash CY-15R
  • 1x V-Kick KD-140-BC
  • 1x MDS-Stage drum rack
    • incl. trigger cables
  • *without bass drum pedal, hi-hat stand, snare stand and drum throne

Your custom Roland TD-50 configuration:

  • You would like to have an additional cymbal, a tom pad less, a bigger bass drum, another ride or a better snare drum?
  • At drum-tec you can customize your kit!
  • Please get in touch and ask about your dream configuration.
  • Note quite sure yet? Use our e-drum kit finder and we'll help you figure out what you need!

Our guide to choosing the right Roland set - which set should I get?

The Roland TD-50K or rather the bigger TD-50KV? Might the smaller TD-30K or TD-30KV be better suited for my needs? => Read all about it on this page a little further below!!

What's actually the big deal with the Roland TD-50 innovations?

The new Roland Digital Pad Generation: The first new digital pad is the PD-140DS, a 14" stand-alone digital snare pad in a heavy-duty casing. This pad fits all conventional snare stands and is outfitted with a new triple-ply mesh head which is only available in 14". What makes it stand out is its "floating" middle layer, giving it an incredibly realistic playing feel (it will really get you moving!).
Located at the bottom of the PD-140DS is a button to connect (and update!) the snare with and by the internet and also register it to the module upon first-time use. In addition to the conventional trigger setup consisting of piezoelectric cushion and rim sensors, the new Roland V-Drum Digital Pads feature electrostatic elements on the playing surface and shell to get an even more accurate signal. In total the signal is being sampled by two piezoelectric triggers and six sensors which make the playing surface sensitive to touch. Sound can now be stopped by the touch of a hand, the snare registers X-Stick (cross stick) movements from touching the drum head, etc.

The new 18" digital ride cymbal Roland CY-18DR makes full-surface position sensing possible, the bell is separated and profits from the high weight and in turn inertia and has amazingly sensitive playing characteristics. Thanks to its new sensor technology the 18" digital ride cymbal can handle techniques featuring touch, damping and stopping realistically and provide an authentic cymbal feel. There is no doubt: This is the most astonishing e-cymbal yet!

All the new Roland Digital Pads are connected to the TD-50 sound module via USB.

The sound and advanced V-Edit system of the Roland TD-50 module:

The internal drum sound storage capacity of the TD-50 is three times as big as the capacity of its little brother, the TD-30. Meanwhile, the sound library of over a thousand drum samples in the TD-30 was reduced to 400 much more refined sounds in the TD-50, already indicating the vastly improved technical detail and added playing dynamics.
To enter into this new world of sound 70% of all instrument samples have been newly recorded in the hottest high-end studios in the UK, the USA and Australia on flagship drums from Gretsch, Sonor, Tama, Pearl, DW and even some exotics. Each sample was recorded in hundreds of layers (dynamics from quiet to loud and positions from rim to middle). Most of the cymbals were also recorded anew in all nuances from a great range of Paiste cymbals.
The side of the Roland TD-50 features a card reader that supports SD and SD-HC (up to 32GB) cards which can be used to add even more samples to the TD-50. What is excitingly special is that the drummer is able to layer those samples with the on-board samples! These sound options can be dynamically combined by a vast variety of splitting and layering points to be further refined in the signal processor (V-Drum Edit) and post-processed as one sound with effects, compression, EQ and more. Those editing options create a new realm of drum and effects combinations. Additional user modes benefit from 64MB internal storage.
The redesigned V-Drum Edit provides the TD-50 drummer with newly developed sound modulations. Amongst other things it features extended editing options for transient states and peak levels of drum sounds and editing options for changing the thickness of the cymbal material for a more saturated sound. By way of doing this you can for example manipulate an 18" cymbal sound from paper-thin to thick and juicy.

The audio and trigger connectors of the Roland TD-50 sound module:

A noticeable addition to the TD-50 are the three USB connectors on the rear of the module for the use with the new Digital Pad generation. Those specific ports are for the use with Digital Pads only which have to be used in an either/or fashion: When you connect for example a PD-140DS snare pad to the digital trigger-in the conventional trigger-in for the snare turns off. All three digital-ins can be mapped any which way, so you could add three snare pads or three cymbals, or a mix just as you wish.
Once you assign a snare pad the module automatically registers the X-Stick (cross stick) behavior for this input. Since you can assign any TD-50 sound to a digital trigger-in the use of digital pads does not even diminish the range of sounds but rather opens up further capabilities of the triggering engine.
Another remarkable feature are the enhanced dynamical steps of the digital trigger-ins: The sensitivity exceeds the conventional 127 MIDI steps and introduces 32 additional steps for a finer recognition of gradual changes and peak levels.

Yet another heavyweight feature of the Roland flagship module is the USB port, which may receive up to 10 separate signals from the module and can insert 4 additional signals. The digital signal output supports sample rates of 22 / 44 / 48 and even 96 Hz and also provides MIDI transmission.
The TD-50 offers 8 analog direct outputs which can be sent directly to the mixing console without the need of a DI unit thanks to symmetrical signals. Additionally, there are two(!) pair of master outputs - one symmetrical and one asymmetrical.
The front of the module features two headphones jacks, each providing a higher output volume than the TD-30 module. Also included is the usual MIDI Trio and an input for external audio.

Additional TD-50 features:

The "hot-spot" was greatly reduced thanks to the new signal-processing even with analog pads. Both the display and the button LED can now change color. Since the outer dimensions of the TD-50 match those of the TD-30 it will also fit the drum-tec flight-case. To further simplify the editing options and optimally leverage all its features Roland is planning on releasing additional editing software.

Our purchasing guide: A short overview of the Roland TD-30 and TD-50 drum sets

As promised above - here is a little advice from your e-drum professionals!
Both series include K-sets and KV-sets and they differ greatly in terms of equipment with different e-drum pads, e-cymbals and drum racks.

The key difference between the TD-30 and Roland's new TD-50 series lies in all the great new features this module brings to the e-drum game upon its release in September of 2016. In short: ++ even more realistic sounding acoustic drum sounds ++ entry into the new generation of Roland Digital Pads ++ extended signal routing ++

Key advise: What will suit my needs more perfectly, the Roland TD-30.. or TD-50..?

Roland TD-30K versus TD-50K: If you frequently play live on stage, record a lot or are just all-in for new technology then getting the TD-50K becomes an easy choice if you're not on a budget. Still, the TD-30K remains an incredible option and you get great value for value with the TD-30 sound module enhanced by our very own drum-tec Live Sound Edition and for a special offer! To really and quite literally feel out all your best pad options we strongly recommend considering the drum-tec diabolo series as an alternative and maybe try them out at one of our three stores.

Roland TD-30K versus TD-30KV: This is mostly a question of pad size preferences: It is easy to underestimate the joy of playing daily on the bigger pads and cymbals of the TD-30KV. The big pads on the KV and the impressive e-cymbal setup with the Roland VH-13 hi-hat mounted on the MDS-25 drum rack are stunning. In this price-range most drummers who test out at one of our stores end up choosing a configuration of Roland TD-30 components in combination with drum-tec diabolo pads.

Roland TD-30KV versus TD-50KV: You already know that you want to go with a top-shelf setup but can't decide whether it has to be the latest innovation? If only the best can satisfy you and you value new technology then the TD-50KV or a combination of TD-50 components with our amazing drum-tec pro series are practically inevitable!

Roland TD-30KV versus TD-50K: While in a similar price-range, there are quite a few differences to be considered: Do I need the big pads and cymbals that come with the big and professional TD-30KV setup? Or do I prefer having the latest technology at my fingertips? For loads of fun at home and the occasional recording job we recommend the TD-50K! For luxurious practicing and/or frequent live shows we would recommend the TD-30KV!

Roland TD-50 versus Roland TD-50KV: This too is foremost a question of pad size preferences: It is easy to underestimate the joy of playing daily on the bigger pads and cymbals of the TD-50KV. The big pads of the TD-50KV and the impressive new e-cymbal setup with the Roland VH-13 hi-hat mounted on the MDS-50 drum rack are stunning. Still, the TD-50K already offers all the main new Roland components including the big 14" digital snare PD-140DS and the impressive 18" digital ride CY-18DR which make the TD-50K a great starting inverstment!

Dimensions of the Roland TD-50KV:

  • Dimensions:
    1,65m (width) x 1,6m (depth) x 1,25m (height)
    65in (width) x 63in (depth) x 49-1/4in (height)
  • Weight: 48 kg / 105 lbs 14 oz
    (including KD-120BK and MDS-Stage)

Technical Features of the Roland TD-50 Drum Sound Module:

  • drum kits 100
  • instruments: more than 400
  • display: graphic LCD 256 x 80 dots + trigger activity indicator (LED)
  • faders: 8 faders - kick, snare, toms, hi-hat, crash, ride, AUX, ambience
  • external memory: SD card (SDHC supported)
  • sampling rate (original): 44.1 kHz
  • sampling rate (with sampling rate converter): 96 kHz, 48 kHz
  • record: 10 channels
  • playback: 4 channels
  • power supply AC 117 V, AC 220 V, AC 230 V, AC 240 V, power consumption: 30 W
  • Accessories: quick start, power cord

Effect Types of the Roland TD-50 Drum Sound Module:

  • pad compressor: each pad
  • pad equalizer: each pad
  • room type: 25 types
  • reverb type: 5 types
  • stereo enhancer
  • multi-effects: 3 systems, 30 types
  • master compressor
  • master equalizer

User Sample Import of the Roland TD-50 Drum Sound Module:

  • number of user sample: maximum 500 (includes factory preloaded user samples)
  • sound length (total): 24 minutes in mono, 12 minutes in stereo
  • file formats that can be loaded: WAV (44.1 kHz, 16/24 bits)
  • song player (SD card) - audio file: WAV (44.1 kHz, 16/24 bits), MP3

Recorder of the Roland TD-50 Drum Sound Module:

  • recording method: realtime
  • maximum note storage: approx. 40,000 notes
  • export file format: WAV (44.1 kHz, 16 bits), SMF

Connectors of the Roland TD-50 Drum Sound Module:

  • trigger in jack x 14: 1/4-inch TRS phone type (exclusion use with digital pad)
  • digital trigger in port x 3: USB A-type
  • master out (unbalanced) jacks (L/MONO, R): 1/4-inch phone type
  • master out (balanced) jacks (L, R): XLR type, balanced
  • direct out (balanced) jack x 8: 1/4-inch TRS phone type, balanced
  • phones jack x 2: Stereo 1/4-inch phone type, stereo miniature phone type
  • mix in jack x 2: stereo 1/4-inch phone type, stereo miniature phone type
  • midi (in, out/thru) connectors
  • USB computer port: USB B-type (usb hi-speed audio/MIDI)
  • foot SW jack: 1/4-inch TRS phone type
  • AC IN jack
  • USB audio record/playback channels

Size and Weight of the Roland TD-50 Drum Sound Module:

  • width: 330 mm
  • depth: 255 mm
  • height: 118 mm
  • weight: 3,3 kg

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