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  • Cube Street is the world standard for busking/portable amps
  • Range consists of Cube Street and Cube Street EX
  • Which one you choose depends on your needs – single performer, multi-instrument, multiple members, mini PA, etc

The Cube Street range is virtually synonymous with busking and street performance. We’ll go so far as to wager that there isn’t a popular waterfront or street corner in the world where you won’t see a Cube Street at the feet of the talented musicians entertaining passers-by!

There are two amps in the Cube Street range – the original Cube Street and the Cube Street EX. Which one you choose depends on your needs – are you a solo performer running backing tracks from your phone? Do you use just a single guitar or have you got multiple instruments to plug in? Or do you have several band members performing together?

We’ve compiled some of the key features of both the Cube Street and Cube Street EX to help you figure out which one works for your situation – and there’s also a handy summary table at the end of the article!

Contributed by Ed Lim for Roland Corporation Australia

CUBE STREET – THE ORIGINAL
  • The lightest and most portable Cube Street
  • 5W power rating punches above its weight with high performance speakers (Paul White’s article mentions some “parasitic tweeters” which helps with full range sound reproduction)
  • Input a mic and guitar, with versatile mix of on-board COSM amps and effects
  • 6AA batteries will last 15 hours
  • Common features – tuner, footswitching, 3-band EQ, AC adaptor included

Weighing in at a mere 5.9 kg, the original Cube Street is lightweight and ultra-portable. You can run it for up to 15 hours on just 6x AA batteries, or use the included AC adaptor.

It’s rated at 5W of power but don’t let that fool you – it punches well above its weight through a pair of 6.5 inch high performance speakers!

You have a choice of two inputs – one is a combined XLR/TRS which you can plug in a microphone or a line level input like a keyboard or synthesizer; the other is a standard ¼” TRS jack for you to plug your guitar into.

On the Mic channel, you can fine tune your sound with bass/treble controls as well as delay or reverb.

On the Instrument channel, a wide variety of COSM amp models are available, from acoustic simulator to iconic JC clean, all the way up to chunky high gain. These are supported by classic effects types like chorus, phaser, flanger and tremolo, as well as a choice of delay or reverb.

Round off these great features with stereo aux in to run backing tracks from your phone or computer, as well as stereo phones out for silent practice, and it’s clear why the Cube Street is the standard choice for so many street performers across the globe.

But if you need a bit more, read on…

CUBE STREET EX – BIGGER, FASTER, STRONGER
  • Supports more inputs for busking with multiple instruments or bigger groups (give examples, synth + vocals + guitar, acoustic guitar + electric guitar + vocals + keys etc)
  • Innovative technology uses 8AA batteries to generate a huge 50W of power
  • Get extended battery life using power saving modes
  • Incorporates two pairs of discrete woofers and tweeters for great full range sound
  • Use i-CUBE link to connect Apple devices – use with CUBE Jam app
  • Stand mountable. Stereo link to create powerful mobile PA system
  • Streamlined selection of COSM amps and basic effects
  • Common features – tuner, footswitching, 3-band EQ, AC adaptor included

Cube Street EX takes things to a whole new level, sporting up to 4 inputs and a huge 50W of power to support busking with multiple instruments or bigger groups – or, if you just want to be louder than the busker a few metres down the sidewalk from you!

The versatility of the 4 inputs allows you to amplify almost any configuration of instruments and vocals for street performance, giving you a unique edge on the competition. For example, you might run:

  1. Keys + vocals + electric guitar
  2. Acoustic guitar + electric guitar + vocals
  3. Electronic drums (in stereo) + electric guitar + vocals
  4. Two vocals + synth (in stereo)

The possibilities are endless!

Sound quality is upgraded over the standard Cube Street by incorporating a stereo pair of 8 inch woofers and dedicated 2 inch tweeters to allow fantastic full range sound reproduction for backing tracks or instruments like electronic drums and synthesizers. With i-CUBE Link and the free CUBE JAM app you can easily control backing tracks from your Apple device, and even record straight to your phone!

A core selection of COSM amps is represented – from acoustic guitar preamp and acoustic simulation to clean/crunch/lead options; as well as a trusty trio of effects – reverb, delay and chorus.

The innovative power optimisation technology allows 8x AA batteries to power the EX for up to 20 hours on ECO mode (10W) – with 15 hours available on NORM mode (25W) and 5 hours on MAX mode (50W).

If 50W of power isn’t enough, you can even stereo link another Cube Street EX to form a mighty but mini portable PA system – mountable on speaker stands for maximum sound dispersion. In this configuration you can run up to EIGHT simultaneous inputs – no need to shell out for a separate mixing desk.

Considering the huge bump in power, increased versatility, and great quality of sound reproduction, the EX is still extremely portable at 7.4kg!

IN SUMMARY
CUBE Street CUBE Street EX
Inputs 1. Mic/Line (XLR/TRS)
2. Guitar/Instrument/Mic (TRS)
1. Mic/Line (XLR/TRS)
2. Mic/Guitar (TRS) - with COSM
3. Line in (L/Mono)
4. Line in (R)
Aux. In Yes Yes (w/dedicated volume)
i-CUBE Link No Yes
Speakers Woofer: 16cm (6.5in) x2 Woofer: 20cm (8in) x2
Tweeter: 5cm (2in) x2
Power (watts) 5W 50W
On-board effects Reverb
Delay
Chorus
Flanger
Phaser
Tremolo
Reverb
Delay
Chorus
Built-in Tuner Yes Yes
Footswitchable Yes Yes
3-Band EQ Yes Yes
Stereo Link No Yes
AC Adaptor Included Included
Battery Powered 6 x AA 8 x AA
Battery Life 15 hours 5 hrs @ 50W (MAX mode)
10 hrs @ 25W (NORM mode)
20 hrs @ 10W (ECO mode)
COSM Amp Models Acoustic Sim
JC Clean
Black Panel
Brit Combo
Classic Stack
R-fier Stack
Instrument
Mic
A-Guitar
Acoustic Sim
Clean
Crunch
Lead
Mic
COSM Gain Control Yes No
Weight 5.2KG 7.4KG
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In this comprehensive drummer’s guide to the TD-17 series, we’ll begin with the TD-17 Setup to give you the best playability and performance.

Setting up and configuring points we’ll cover include:

  • TD-17 setup for Right and Left-handers
  • Configuring the TD-17 Sound Module
  • Adjusting and Calibrating the V-Drums hi-hat
  • Connecting the TD-17 to a sound system and monitoring

See the optional TDM series mats which stop V-Drums from sliding on hard floors.

https://www.roland.com/au/products/tdm-20_10/

Contributed by Simon Ayton for the Roland Australia Blog
SETTING UP THE V-DRUMS RACK

Setting Up The Rack Left or Right-handed

https://www.roland.com/au/support/by_product/td-17kvx/owners_manuals/56c278d4-1469-44dc-8664-c76d3a9f4099/

First time setup is the most time consuming but once the rack is built, you can leave it setup and simply fold it if you need to move it, safe in the knowledge it will be ready to go next time.

Alternatively, you can remove the side poles and cymbal arms for packing down into a drum hardware traps case.

Follow these quick steps to setup the V-Drums rack!:
  1. Lay the rack pipes and components down on the floor first along with the picture of the completed rack so you have everything within easy reach as you build.
  2. Pay attention to ensure the 4 legs are at right-angles with relation to the floor for best stability.
  3. Make sure the leg and rack pole bolts that attach to the main square front cross-frame are tight.
  4. Once the rack is upright, position the accessories such as stool, kick pedal and components in the most comfortable position for you.

TIP: When packing the rack down for travel, leave the clamps in position for quick and easy setup back to your preferred positions.

Here, a seasoned pro, Craig Blundell of the Steven Wilson band shows his setup procedure and tips for good playing ergonomics with V-Drums.

Roland V-Drums - Setting Up Your V-Drums Kit Correctly - YouTube

Lefties welcome!-“Roland V-Drums for Left-handers too!”

The TD-17 setup for left-handers is a simple case of building the rack as a mirror image of the right-handed version and continuing in the same way for the trigger components.

CONFIGURING THE MODULE - TD-17 SETUP

The TD-17 module comes with several kit versions so the module is pre-configured to match each potential trigger combination.

You can change the TD-17 trigger types at any time and the trigger settings can also be extensively tweaked to suit your playing style and saved to the sound engine or SD Card.

  1. Check and choose the trigger types that correspond to your setup. This is done in [SETUP]-Pad Settings
  2. You can change how the triggers respond in the BASIC and ADVANCED PAD SETTINGS menus.

TIP: If you change a trigger setting and want to revert back to the original settings, simply switch to a different trigger type and back again to the correct one to automatically recall the factory trigger settings for that trigger type. Each Roland V-Drums trigger component has a model number for easy identification.

CALIBRATING THE V-DRUMS Hi-HAT – VH OFFSET ADJUSTMENT
The VH-10 hi-hat shipped with the TD-17KVX kit has a manual open/close adjustment on top which needs calibrating before use.
VH10 hh offset adjustment - YouTube

“Calibrating the V-Drums hi-hat or “offset adjustment” is vitally important.”

Hi-hat calibration ensures that the hi-hat responds with open and closed sounds and anything in between depending on your foot position.

Offset adjustment is a simple procedure that can be performed at any time.

It’s a good idea to carry it out a hi-hat calibration before performance especially if the kit has been moved.

Hi-hat calibration is a ‘Global’ setting that applies to all kits within the module.

  1. Make sure the correct hi-hat pad type is selected in the settings.
    [SETUP]-Hi-Hat Settings-Pad Type=VH-10

Hi-Hat Settings menu

2. Loosen off the mechanical hi-hat clutch on the top of the VH-10 so the top hat rests on the hi-hat controller.

3. Taking note of where the indicator is on the screen, turn the knurled knob on top of the hi-hat towards open or closed so that it lines up between the two arrows which will become highlighted when correctly adjusted.

4. When done, simply set your preferred hi-hat playing gap and exit out to the main screen.

CONNECTING THE TD-17 TO A SOUND SYSTEM

After you have completed the TD-17 Setup you are ready to connect it to a sound system.

The main left and right outputs are a copy of the headphone output.

As would be expected, the output level of the TD-17 is controlled by the ‘Main’ volume knob.

The sounds in the TD-17 are stereo recordings but it’s also possible to listen with both channels mixed together in mono. Connect the L (MONO) out when using the TD-17 with a mono amplifier.   

Tip: When connecting the TD-17 to a stage box or balanced sound system, be sure to use two mono direct inject boxes or 1 stereo D.I box. See “Why do I need a D.I?” guide here. 

Recommended Article: The Drummer’s Guide to the TD-17

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Roland have a long history of making great amps. This dates all the way back to 1975 when the classic Jazz Chorus series was released. That was more than 40 years ago! That being said, finding the best guitar amp can be tricky.

Today, there is a wide variety of stage-ready BOSS and Roland amps available. More importantly, there is something unique to offer every player. In this article, we’ll see how several amps compare to each other in terms of features and tones. Then we’ll find out which one will work best for your needs!

Contributed by Ed Lim for Roland Corporation Australia

A BRIEF HISTORY

With decades of amplifier design experience in hand, in 2014 Roland released the Blues Cube series of amps to critical acclaim. The amps featured tones deeply informed by vintage Tweed platforms and powered by the Tube Logic design philosophy.

This was followed in 2016 by the BOSS Katana amplifiers. They took the world by storm with their supercharged British-style drive sounds to become some of the best-selling amps on the planet!

In 2018, the latest addition to the BOSS amp range was released. Enter the Nextone amps, which utilise four distinct analog Class AB poweramp circuits to bring another dimension of tonal versatility to the table.

In order to find the best guitar amp, let’s dive in to the sounds and features of each amp family.

BLUES CUBE – TWEED TONE WITH NO COMPROMISES


One word perfectly describes the Blues Cube experience – premium.

Blues Cube amps are the result of painstaking research into what makes vintage Tweed amplifiers tick.

What comes to mind when you think of a vintage Tweed combo cranked to that elusive sweet spot? Rich harmonics with bouncy, elastic feel and edge-of-overdrive tones which work perfectly with dynamic playing to flit between clean and scream. You might also, however, think of the pain of lugging around heavy, decades-old amps! Most in dire need of maintenance with a chequered history of garage mods and who knows what else hiding in the past!

Rich harmonics with bouncy, elastic feel and edge-of-overdrive tones. Perfect with dynamic playing to fit between clean and scream.

Our Tube Logic design philosophy uses DSP to carefully reproduce the complex inner workings of the best examples of vintage Tweed amps. This results in an amp that delivers all of these coveted characteristics without any of the limitations. And with power control down to 0.5W, the entire volume range is your sweet spot. No need to crank it up till you’re half deaf, or choke off your tone to appease the neighbours!

The best guitar amp – Respecting the past, creating the future

Not only do Blues Cubes faithfully recreate vintage Tweed tone, they go a step further. They do this by adding modern features like reverb, effects loop, USB recording and footswitching.

To top it all off, the open back cabinets are constructed from poplar plywood and loaded with custom-tuned 12-inch speakers. This yields a vibrant, resonant tone.

But wait, there’s more! Select members of the BC family have the ability to load Tone Capsules to completely re-voice the amp! This transforms it into a different beast all together. These Tone Capsules have been developed in collaboration with some very well-respected guitar players. Eric Johnson, Robben Ford and Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, to name a few. They have managed to replicate their prized, one-of-a-kind tube amps in a consistent platform. Learn more about Tone Capsules HERE.

Learn more about the Roland Blues Cube range here

 KATANA – FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK

Katana amps sit at the other end of the spectrum. Functionally they’re very different to Blues Cubes. They incorporate preset-based operation with a large variety of high quality effects to choose from.

Tonally, they sit on the opposite end of the scale too.

At the heart of Katana is the Brown channel, inspired of course by the legendary Brown Sound.

What’s the hallmark of the Brown Sound?

Powerful, muscular, and edgy, while still being fluid, organic and dynamic. For many, it’s the ultimate holy grail of rock tones.

Over the years many have puzzled over the various pieces of the gear puzzle that added up to that elusive tone. Finally, distilled down through the painstaking development of the high end WAZA AMP technology, Katana amps achieve the dream.  ‘A world class rock tone within reach of ALL guitar players!’

That’s not to say that Katana amps aren’t versatile, in fact quite the opposite! Aside from Brown, there are 3 other voicings (Clean, Crunch and Lead). These provide all the tonal versatility you need, as well as an acoustic preamp to run your acoustic guitar through.

The top panel of the amp gives you easy access to a variety of Booster/Modulation, Delay/FX and Reverb effects.

In its default state, you can switch through three of each effect type.

But once again – there’s more!

Connecting your Katana to the BOSS Tone Studio editor unlocks a whole new world of potential, giving you access to a whopping 61 effects! Tone Studio gives you control over detailed effects parameters, effects chains, EQ and more, allowing you to fine tune your tone to perfection.

Learn more about the Katana range here

NEXTONE – THE NEXT EVOLUTION

Nextone amps feature 4 Class AB analog poweramp circuits. this allows you to instantly switch between classic American 6L6 and 6V6 voicings to the strident mids of British EL34 and EL84 platforms.

The raw, organic gain voicings are more reminiscent of classic non-master volume style amps than hot-rodded 80s high gain.

Both Blues Cube and Katana feature analog Class AB poweramps. The key advantage of having 4 completely different poweramp circuits is to allow realistic interaction between each power stage and the speaker.  Essentially this means that whenever you change the poweramp voicing, not only the tone but the whole feel and response of the amp will change!

…having 4 completely different poweramp circuits […] essentially means that whenever you change the poweramp voicing, not only the tone but the whole feel and response of the amp will change!

Compared to Katana, they offer a more traditional amp experience. They come with two straightforward channels and a small selection of workhorse effects – boost, delay, reverb and tremolo.

Compared to Blues Cube, they offer more versatility in voicings and gain range.

The best guitar amp – as you would expect, there’s more than meets the eye!


Connecting a Nextone amp to the computer editor unlocks Custom Mode. This allows you to virtually modify and “hotrod” the amp to your own specifications. For example, you can assign an American 6L6 sound to the clean channel, while having the roar of British EL34 on the lead. Once that’s done, fine-tune the feel and response of each of these with sag, bias, low/high cut and parametric EQ!

BOSS Nextone Stage 40W Amp. Pedals, Cleans and Onboard Effects. - YouTube

…you can assign an American 6L6 sound to the clean channel, while having the roar of British EL34 on the lead – and once that’s done, fine-tune the feel and response of each of these with sag, bias, low/high cut and parametric EQ!

You also gain access to a variety of different boosts, delays and reverb. All of this as well as the option to get rid of the boost in favour of a compressor, or the delay in favour of tremolo.

THERE’S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!

As you’ve just seen, no matter what type of player you are, BOSS and Roland amps have got you covered. From vintage Tweed to hot-rodded Brown Sound and everything in between. You now should have an idea of the best guitar amp (out of Nextone, Katana and Blues Cube) that will suit your needs. Now it’s time to jump into the specific models and find your new amp!

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The TD-17 Song Player
The TD-17 SONG PLAYER is great for playing along to audio. Of course, you can also record a TD-17 performance directly into the module as well.
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RECORDING WITH THE TD-17 SONG PLAYER

An audio performance is simple to record using just the TD-17.

WAV file recordings can be streamed directly from the SD card or even imported as user samples and triggered from any pad you like.

On the SD Card, you can record along to a chosen audio file by selecting the ‘SONG’ option in the recording screen.

The TD-17 Song Player will hold the most recent recording which can then be exported before continuing with more recording.
The TD-17 SD CARD STORAGE

SD cards can hold sample data, WAV songs/recordings, kits, and system settings.

You can use a card reader to save backups of your card for safety on either a MAC or PC.

Here is an example of how the SD card structure works on the TD-17.

Connecting to a Computer or iPad

You can easily connect the Roland TD-17 to either a MAC or PC for easy recording and practice.

See the complete guide to recording the TD-17 here.

FACTORY RESET
TD17 factory reset - YouTube

Return the module to its default settings with a factory reset if you have any issues.

This clears all kits and global settings so make sure any custom kits or changes you’ve made are saved individually and as a backup to SD card.

TIP: Click the “Reset With User Samples’ to clear any user samples too for a fresh reset.

NOTE: It’s important to also re-calibrate the hi-hat in the case of the VH-10 or VH-11

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The default TD-17 trigger settings are carefully chosen for each pad trigger type to give the most reliable and expressive triggering.

V-Drums trigger settings can be extensively modified to suit your personal taste.

Let’s start with the basic trigger settings and what they do. Keep in mind, trigger settings interact with one another so there is an incredible number of possibilities with just these four main trigger settings!

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Trigger PAD TYPE

The TD-17 includes pre-made templates of optimum settings for each trigger type available for use with the module.

Simply choose the trigger type you are using from the extensive list inside the module.

Pad types include kick, tom, cymbal, bar, and acoustic triggers all of which are editable should you wish to modify their trigger characteristics.

If edits are made to the pad type’s trigger settings, switching to another pad type and back again will recall the default settings for that pad type.

“To reset an individual V-Drums trigger settings back to factory settings, simply re-select the trigger type.”

Trigger SENSITIVITY

Value 1-32

“The trigger sensitivity setting determines how the V-Drums trigger responds to hitting strength dynamics”.

Low values will make the trigger less responsive to hitting strength.

Very high sensitivities allow playing with fingers but will effectively reduce the dynamics when playing with sticks.

Trigger THRESHOLD

Value 0-31

“The trigger threshold setting determines how hard you have to hit the V-Drums before a sound is triggered.”

When the strength of a hit exceeds the threshold, the module will produce sound. Below the threshold, no sound will be heard.

Remember:

*If the threshold is set to zero, any slight vibration will set off the sound engine.

*If the trigger threshold setting is too high, quiet hits will not register.

The default threshold setting is designed to eliminate unwanted triggering but still be low enough for intentional ghost notes to be heard.

Find your ideal threshold setting by raising the “Threshold” value when striking the pad.

Aim for a setting high enough that you can still hear your ghost strokes but where hitting other pads don’t cause false triggering.

Trigger CURVE

LINEAR | EXP1 | EXP2 | LOG1 | LOG2 | SPLINE | LOUD1 | LOUD2

“The trigger curve shape determines how the V-Drums trigger will respond to playing dynamics.”

The standard curve shape of LINEAR produces a predictable increase in volume with harder hits.

 

Alternative curve shapes are provided to allow the response to be tailored to the music style.

The following curve shapes are non-linear and respond differently through their range offering higher or lower dynamics than the standard linear trigger setting.

LOG1 and LOG2 offer decreased dynamics which can help enhance ghost strokes. LOG curve shape types also provide a sort of dynamics compression to help even out strokes.

The Spline curve shape is useful for creating extreme dynamics.

If the aim is for dramatic dynamic changes, the spline curve is ideal.

Trigger TIPS: Try the LOUD curve shapes. They are ideal for:

  • metal drumming.
  • reliable and consistent triggering.
  • copying drum machine like patterns without human-like dynamics.
PRACTICAL USES OF TD-17 TRIGGER SETTINGS
The following guide offers 5 typical scenarios where trigger changes may be required with alternative trigger settings given to suit. We’ll cover:
  • The best trigger settings for fast double kick playing
  • Choosing the best trigger settings for responsive ghost strokes
  • How to adjust your triggers so they register quiet ghost notes
  • What to do when vibrations are triggering off your drums
  • The best trigger settings for use with mesh heads

Note: These settings are ‘Global’ and affect all kits.

This means once you change the TD-17 Trigger Settings, you have effectively customized the kit to suit your playing.

You can easily revert to factory settings at any time by re-selecting the trigger type, performing a factory reset or by saving your factory module settings to an SD card for quick recall.

Feel free to experiment and find your favorite settings, safe in the knowledge that the original factory settings are but a few button pushes away.

You can access the following V-Drum trigger settings in [SETUP]-Pad Settings

  1. Fast double kick playing – Playing lightly but still wanting a powerful and aggressive attack.

While light and delicate playing can be helpful for speed and stamina, the resultant drum sound often suffers from a lack of attack and intensity. An easy way to combat this with V-Drums is to modify the trigger response with a couple of small tweaks.

SENSITIVITY = 12-20 

Increase the sensitivity above the default of 8 to respond more easily to lower velocity playing.

A setting of 32 will mean even the lightest hit will respond at full velocity making for an incredibly aggressive kick sound. A good middle ground maybe around 12-20.

CURVE SHAPE = LOUD2 

Curve shape adjusts the reaction of the trigger through the velocity range.

The default curve shape of LINEAR produces increased volume as strike force increases.

LOUD1 & LOUD2 curve shapes produce powerful volume to even lighter strokes and can really help consistency in triggering.

  1. Ghost strokes on the snare are not loud enough compared to a full velocity hit- They can’t be easily heard when playing with the music

You could learn to play the ghost strokes, the little notes in between the main hits, louder or there’s a quick adjustment you can make that won’t affect the overall volume but help audibility of quiet strokes.

CURVE SHAPE=LOG2 
  1. Quiet ghost strokes are not being registered at all by the module

Threshold determines when the module starts responding to hits. The ideal setting is the lowest setting possible where unwanted hits are not heard but your quietest hits are.

THRESHOLD=2 

Tap lightly on the drum while adjusting to determine when the sound switches on and set the threshold accordingly.

This value will be wildly different for each trigger type so take your time and go through each trigger individually on the kit.

  1. Vibrations are setting off the trigger

Remember that the threshold setting determines when the module starts responding to hits.

The ideal setting is the lowest setting possible where unwanted hits are not heard but your quietest hits are.

Start with the threshold set to 0 and increase it a value at a time until false triggering stops.

THRESHOLD=4 

Setting the threshold value too high will reduce the ability for low-velocity strokes to be heard so be careful.

  1. Triggering is unreliable and unpredictable when using the module with RT series acoustic triggers and mesh heads

You can easily build a hybrid acoustic and electronic kit using the TD-17 module and RT series acoustic triggers on an acoustic drum kit.

Be aware that the default trigger pad types for the RT triggers are designed for acoustic acrylic drum heads which have completely different characteristics than mesh heads.

These are some settings that work well with RT triggers and Roland dual PowerPly mesh heads.

This combination of mesh and settings offers excellent trigger consistency, dynamics and responsiveness on all acoustic drum sizes from 6-22”.

Using Roland PowerPly dual mesh heads

PAD TYPE = RT or PAD2 SENSITIVITY= 12-2 CURVE = LOG1 THRESHOLD = 2 
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In this comprehensive drummer’s guide to the TD-17 series, we’ll cover how to setup your Roland TD-17 kit for the best playability and productive practice and performance. Setting up and configuring points we’ll cover include:
  • Setting Up The V-Drums for Right and Left-handers
  • Setting Up the TD-17 Sound Module
  • Adjusting and Calibrating the V-Drums hi-hat
  • Connecting the TD-17 to a sound system and monitoring
See the optional TDM series mats which stop V-Drums from sliding on hard floors. https://www.roland.com/au/products/tdm-20_10/
Contributed by Simon Ayton for the Roland Australia Blog
SETTING UP THE V-DRUMS RACK

Setting Up The Rack Left or Right-handed

https://www.roland.com/au/support/by_product/td-17kvx/owners_manuals/56c278d4-1469-44dc-8664-c76d3a9f4099/

First time setup is the most time consuming but once the rack is built, you can leave it setup and simply fold it if you need to move it safe in the knowledge it will be ready to go next time.

Alternatively, you can remove the side poles and cymbal arms for packing down into a drum hardware traps case.

Follow these quick steps to setup the V-Drums rack!:
  1. Lay the rack pipes and components down on the floor first along with the picture of the completed rack so you have everything within easy reach as you build.
  2. Pay attention to ensure the 4 legs are at right-angles with relation to the floor for best stability.
  3. Make sure the leg and rack pole bolts that attach to the main square front cross-frame are tight.
  4. Once the rack is upright, position the accessories such as stool, kick pedal and components in the most comfortable position for you.

TIP: When packing the rack down for travel, leave the clamps in position for quick and easy setup back to your preferred positions.

Here, a seasoned pro, Craig Blundell of the Steven Wilson band shows his setup procedure and tips for good playing ergonomics with V-Drums.

Roland V-Drums - Setting Up Your V-Drums Kit Correctly - YouTube

Lefties welcome!-“Roland V-Drums for Left-handers too!”

Setting up Roland V-Drums for left-handers is a simple case of building the rack as a mirror image of the right-handed version and continuing in the same way for the trigger components.

CONFIGURING THE MODULE

The TD-17 module comes with several kit versions so the module is pre-configured to match each potential trigger combination.

You can change the TD-17 trigger types at any time and the trigger settings can also be extensively tweaked to suit your playing style and saved to the sound engine or SD Card.

  1. Check and choose the trigger types that correspond to your setup. This is done in [SETUP]-Pad Settings
  2. You can change how the triggers respond in the BASIC and ADVANCED PAD SETTINGS menus.

TIP: If you change a trigger setting and want to revert back to the original settings, simply switch to a different trigger type and back again to the correct one to automatically recall the factory trigger settings for that trigger type. Each Roland V-Drums trigger component has a model number for easy identification.

CALIBRATING THE V-DRUMS Hi-HAT – VH OFFSET ADJUSTMENT
The VH-10 hi-hat shipped with the TD-17KVX kit has a manual open/close adjustment on top which needs calibrating before use.
VH10 hh offset adjustment - YouTube

“Calibrating the V-Drums hi-hat or “offset adjustment” is vitally important.”

Hi-hat calibration ensures that the hi-hat responds with open and closed sounds and anything in between depending on your foot position.

Offset adjustment is a simple procedure that can be performed at any time.

It’s a good idea to carry it out a hi-hat calibration before performance especially if the kit has been moved.

Hi-hat calibration is a ‘Global’ setting that applies to all kits within the module.

  1. Make sure the correct hi-hat pad type is selected in the settings.
    [SETUP]-Hi-Hat Settings-Pad Type=VH-10

Hi-Hat Settings menu

2. Loosen off the mechanical hi-hat clutch on the top of the VH-10 so the top hat rests on the hi-hat controller.

3. Taking note of where the indicator is on the screen, turn the knurled knob on top of the hi-hat towards open or closed so that it lines up between the two arrows which will become highlighted when correctly adjusted.

4. When done, simply set your preferred hi-hat playing gap and exit out to the main screen.

CONNECTING THE TD-17 TO A SOUND SYSTEM

The main left and right outputs are a copy of the headphone output.

The output level of the TD-17 is controlled by the ‘Main’ volume knob.

The sounds in the TD-17 are stereo recordings but it’s also possible to listen with both channels mixed together in mono. Connect the L (MONO) out when using the TD-17 with a mono amplifier.   

Tip: When connecting the TD-17 to a stage box or balanced sound system, be sure to use two mono direct inject boxes or 1 stereo D.I box. See “Why do I need a D.I?” guide here. https://www.rolandcorp.com.au/blog/draft-why-do-i-need-a-boss-di-1
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Make your own unique sounding kits! Creating Roland TD-17 kits using the  highly customizable sound engine is a breeze.

The internal factory sounds are velocity sensitive and multi-layered and there is a range of practical adjustments you can make to dramatically or subtly modify every sound.

Each trigger surface can have two complete factory or user sample sound layers assigned. Importantly, these two layers can be switched, faded or mixed together. This layering capability is the key to unlocking the creative potential of the TD-17.

The following are some examples of how you might use layering when creating TD-17 kits:

  • Use Drum Sample Library Sounds to combine with the TD-17 internal sounds for an unlimited drum sound palette
  • Use classic drum machine sounds for a human-playable drum machine with your groove
  • Layer ‘elements’ such as beater and stick attack, reverb tails, snare rattle or kick sub channel sounds to reinforce the drum sound
  • Layer percussion including hi-hats, cowbells, shakers, and tambourines to any part of the kit
  • Switch between completely dry and wet sounds depending on how hard you hit
HOW TO USE ‘USER SAMPLES’ WITH THE TD-17
TD17 user samples - YouTube

TIP: Turn off H&R to allow separate assignment of head and rim triggers. You can also set different SUB layer sounds and volume and pan levels for these two trigger zones.

The TD-17 allows samples to be loaded into internal memory where they can be triggered from any zone of connected triggers.

The ‘Play Type’ of sounds can be one-shot hits that play from start to end or phrases that start and stop with alternating hits. Samples can also loop indefinitely until hit again.

Importing Samples Into The TD-17

  1. Insert SD Card
  2. Press [USER SAMPLE]-(MENU)-IMPORT-(ENTER)
  3. Press [FOLDER UP] to locate your sample folder
  4. Choose a sample and press [SELECT]
  5. Choose any blank internal memory spot to load the sample into.

TIP: Use the ‘Song Player’ to stream backing tracks and audio that does not need to be triggered from pads. Streaming is instant and does not require importing into the module so takes up no valuable user sample space.

Playback Options for User Samples

The way each user sample responds when triggered can be adjusted in the TD-17.

The following are the playback options and the typical uses:

One Shot

Hit to start the sample playing from start to end. Hitting again re-triggers the sample. This is useful percussion sounds that you want to play dynamically

Phrase 

Hit to start the sample which will play to the end. Hitting again will stop it from reaching the end. Useful for loops and backing tracks.

Loop

Hit to start a continuous loop. Hit again to stop.

TIP: Change samples to ‘POLY’ mode so that they can overlap. This is useful for cymbals and drum hits with long tails.

‘Mono’ mode will allow only one version of the sample to play at any time. This can be useful where a clean kick drum sound is required or for triggering musical phrases where only one version is to be heard at a time.

ASSIGNING SOUNDS TO TRIGGERS IN THE TD-17

Each trigger zone in the TD-17 can be assigned two sound layers called Main and SUB.

These two layers could be internal sounds which are already multi-layered velocity switching themselves or you can combine samples with the internal sound engine in several ways.

If you want to add a user sample layer, simply choose the sound from the ‘User Sample’ category when assigning a sound.

These layers can be mixed, switched or faded together for many creative possibilities.

Here’s a description of the various fade/switch methods that can be used when creating TD-17 kits:

MIX

Main and SUB layers are always mixed together with the volume balance determined by SUB volume.

Use: Ideal for combining ‘element’ sounds such as snare rattle, kick drum sub microphone, reverb

FADE1

The SUB layer will come in only at the velocity level chosen from 0-127 and its level determined by the SUB volume.

Use: Layer a cowbell on the hi-hat that only triggers when played at higher velocities. See the ‘More Cowbell’ patch number #31 in the TD-17 for an example.

FADE2

The SUB layer will come in gradually at the velocity level chosen from 0-127 and its level determined by the SUB volume.

Use: Create a custom kit with user samples taken from drum sample software.

For example, a similar internal snare sound is used for ghost strokes, rolls and subtle playing and the drum sample is assigned to the SUB layer. The SUB layer gradually fades in to combine with the factory snare. As a result, this technique allows subtle playing response and offers huge creative possibilities.

SWITCH

The SUB layer will replace the Main instrument at the velocity chosen between 0-127 with its level determined by the SUB layer volume.

Use: Dramatically change sounds depending on how hard you hit. You could have 17” hi-hats when played softly or pitched up 12” hi-hats when playing harder.

TIP: When using user samples that will be played percussively that is where you want the tail of each note to remain when another is played on top, change the mode of the sample from ‘Mono’ to ‘Poly’

USING EFFECTS WHEN CREATING TD-17 KITS

The TD-17 includes both AMBIENCE and MULTI FX generators for applying a wide range of natural and studio type effects to the drums.

The simplest way for creating a TD-17 kit with effects is to choose a pre-made factory kit already with effects on it and simply swap out with an effect of your choice.

When Creating TD-17 kits the AMBIENCE generator is ideal for placing the kit sound in a particular space.

From small rooms to huge stadiums, each setting has its own unique characteristics.

Importantly, the size, shape and even wall type and microphone position can be changed.

The MULTI FX generator is for dramatic effects like delays, flanging, phasing, ring-modulation, and overdrive.

Use the SEND page in the AMBIENCE and MULTI FX generators to adjust how much of each instrument is sent to the effects generators.

TIP: “For quick and dramatic EFX changes in the TD-17 choose Kit #30 ‘Bottle’ and change the Phaser effect to one of your preference.”

OTHER-MULTI FX

Of course, once you have an effect you like, you can continue to swap out the sounds for a completely unique, custom kit.

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TD-17 V-Drums BLUETOOTH AUDIO

The Bluetooth feature of the Roland TD-17 V-Drums allows cable-free connection between smartphones to the TD-17 module.

You can even the incoming Bluetooth audio stream together with your kit performance.

Recommended Article: Drummer’s Guide to the TD-17

Bluetooth Audio wireless connections with Roland TD-17 Series V-Drums - YouTube

This WAV file recording can then be exported onto SD Card for further editing or layered up with a video for the best quality performance video.

 

Follow these simple steps to connect a Bluetooth device and record the performance.

  1. Turn on Bluetooth in the TD-17 Bluetooth function under SETUP-Bluetooth-ON
  2. Turn on Bluetooth on your portable/streaming device and choose TD-17 AUDIO as the device
  3. Confirm the TD-17 reports as “CONNECTED” and the Bluetooth indicator lights on the module
  4. Start audio on the device and press the round [RECORD ‘O’] button on the module
  5. When done, press [PLAY/STOP] on the module
  6. Press the function button (EXPORT) to save the recording to SD Card to the ‘REC’ folder

TIP: “The TD-17 V-Drums Bluetooth feature allows transmission of MIDI performance note data too. “

Apps like GarageBand for iPhone can use this MIDI data to capture and trigger software at the same time as capturing the sound. Simply choose the TD-17 as both the MIDI and audio devices in the App.

COACHING FUNCTIONS

Arguably the most important role of the drummer is keeping time.

TD17 coach - YouTube

“Use these TD-17 coaching functions as training tools to push you to improve your timekeeping skills.”

The TD-17 coaching functions are designed to help improve your internal rhythm by providing real-time feedback on how you are doing. 

Here are the modes and how they can help you make your technique shine.

TIME CHECK

Play along to the click monitoring your timing in real-time.

At the end of a user selected amount of bars, you are given a score. 

“TIME CHECK helps you get a better understanding of your playing tendencies.”

In the TD-17 COACH MENU screen, press the [F1] (TIME CHECK) button

QUIET COUNT

“QUIET COUNT mode will help you develop a good sense of time and tempo. “

For the first few measures, the click is heard at the specified volume, but for the next few measures, the click is not heard. This cycle of several measures will continue until you stop it.

Develop your inner clock with Roland TD-17 Series V-Drums - YouTube

Mastering the quiet count mode involves finding a comfortable posture, aiming for a consistent stick height and hitting position and playing with a relaxed and repeatable groove.

In the TD-17 COACH MENU screen, press the [F2] (QUIET COUNT) button.

WARM UPS

In WARM UPS mode you’ll successively practice steps 1–3, be graded on your performance at each step and then receive a final evaluation. 

You can choose one of three courses (5/10/15 minutes), ranging from easy to difficult. 

You can also adjust the tempo according to your level of skill.

In the COACH MENU screen (p. 11), press the [F3] (WARM UPS) button.

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Roland have a long history of making great amps – dating all the way back to 1975 when the classic Jazz Chorus series was released, more than 40 years ago!

Today, there is a wide variety of stage-ready BOSS and Roland amps available with something to offer for every player. Let’s figure out how these amps compare to each other in terms of features and tones, and find out which one will work best for your needs!

Contributed by Ed Lim for Roland Corporation Australia

A BRIEF HISTORY

With decades of amplifier design experience in hand, in 2014 Roland released the Blues Cube series of amps to critical acclaim, with tones deeply informed by vintage Tweed platforms and powered by the Tube Logic design philosophy.

This was followed in 2016 by the BOSS Katana amplifiers, which took the world by storm with their supercharged British-style drive sounds to become some of the best-selling amps on the planet!

In 2018, the latest addition to the BOSS amp range was released – the Nextone amps, which utilise four distinct analog Class AB poweramp circuits to bring another dimension of tonal versatility to the table.

Let’s dive in to the sounds and features of each amp family.

BLUES CUBE – TWEED TONE WITH NO COMPROMISES


One word perfectly describes the Blues Cube experience – premium.

Blues Cube amps are the result of painstaking research into what makes vintage Tweed amplifiers tick.

What comes to mind when you think of a vintage Tweed combo cranked to that elusive sweet spot? Rich harmonics with bouncy, elastic feel and edge-of-overdrive tones which work perfectly with dynamic playing to flit between clean and scream. You might also, however, think of the pain of lugging around heavy, decades-old amps in dire need of maintenance with a chequered history of garage mods and who knows what else hiding in the past!

Rich harmonics with bouncy, elastic feel and edge-of-overdrive tones which work perfectly with dynamic playing to fit between clean and scream.

Our Tube Logic design philosophy uses DSP to carefully reproduce the complex inner workings of the best examples of vintage Tweed amps, resulting in an amp that delivers all of these coveted characteristics without any of the limitations. And with power control down to 0.5W, the entire volume range is your sweet spot – no need to crank it up till you’re half deaf, or choke off your tone to appease the neighbours!

Not only do Blues Cubes faithfully recreate vintage Tweed tone, they go a step further by adding modern features like reverb, effects loop, USB recording and footswitching.

To top it all off, the open back cabinets are constructed from poplar plywood and loaded with custom-tuned 12-inch speakers, yielding vibrant, resonant tone.

But wait, there’s more! Select members of the BC family have the ability to load Tone Capsules to completely revoice the amp and transform it into a different beast all together. These Tone Capsules have been developed in collaboration with some very well-respected guitar players– Eric Johnson, Robben Ford and Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, to name a few – to replicate their prized, one-of-a-kind tube amps in a consistent platform. Learn more about Tone Capsules HERE.

Learn more about the Blues Cube range here: https://www.rolandcorp.com.au/blog/the-roland-blues-cube-range-explained

KATANA – FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK

Katana amps sit at the other end of the spectrum. Functionally they’re very different to Blues Cubes, incorporating preset-based operation with a large variety of high quality effects to choose from.

Tonally, they sit on the opposite end of the scale too.

At the heart of Katana is the Brown channel, inspired of course by the legendary Brown Sound.

What’s the hallmark of the Brown Sound?

Powerful, muscular, and edgy, while still being fluid, organic and dynamic. For many, it’s the ultimate holy grail of rock tones.

Over the years many have puzzled over the various pieces of the gear puzzle that added up to that elusive tone – but finally, distilled down through the painstaking development of the high end WAZA AMP technology, Katana amps achieve the dream of delivering a world class rock tone within reach of ALL guitar players!

That’s not to say that Katana amps aren’t versatile, in fact quite the opposite! Aside from Brown, there are 3 other voicings (Clean, Crunch and Lead) to provide all the tonal versatility you need, as well as an acoustic preamp to run your acoustic guitar through.

The top panel of the amp gives you easy access to a variety of Booster/Modulation, Delay/FX and Reverb effects.

In its default state, you can switch through three of each effect type.

But once again – there’s more!

Connecting your Katana to the BOSS Tone Studio editor unlocks a whole new world of potential, giving you access to a whopping 61 effects! Tone Studio gives you control over detailed effects parameters, effects chains, EQ and more, allowing you to fine tune your tone to perfection.

Learn more about the Katana range here: https://www.rolandcorp.com.au/blog/boss-katana-choose-your-weapon

NEXTONE – THE NEXT EVOLUTION

Nextone amps feature 4 Class AB analog poweramp circuits, allowing you to instantly switch between classic American 6L6 and 6V6 voicings to the strident mids of British EL34 and EL84 platforms.

The raw, organic gain voicings are more reminiscent of classic non-master volume style amps than hot-rodded 80s high gain.

Although both Blues Cube and Katana feature analog Class AB poweramps, the key advantage of having 4 completely different poweramp circuits is to allow realistic interaction between each power stage and the speaker – which essentially means that whenever you change the poweramp voicing, not only the tone but the whole feel and response of the amp will change!

…having 4 completely different poweramp circuits […] essentially means that whenever you change the poweramp voicing, not only the tone but the whole feel and response of the amp will change!

Compared to Katana, they offer a more traditional amp experience with two straightforward channels and a small selection of workhorse effects – boost, delay, reverb and tremolo.

Compared to Blues Cube, they offer more versatility in voicings and gain range.

And as you may have guessed by now – there’s more than meets the eye!

Connecting a Nextone amp to the computer editor unlocks Custom Mode, which allows you to virtually modify and “hotrod” the amp to your own specifications. For example, you can assign an American 6L6 sound to the clean channel, while having the roar of British EL34 on the lead – and once that’s done, fine-tune the feel and response of each of these with sag, bias, low/high cut and parametric EQ!

BOSS Nextone Stage 40W Amp. Pedals, Cleans and Onboard Effects. - YouTube

…you can assign an American 6L6 sound to the clean channel, while having the roar of British EL34 on the lead – and once that’s done, fine-tune the feel and response of each of these with sag, bias, low/high cut and parametric EQ!

You also gain access to a variety of different boosts, delays and reverb, as well as the option to get rid of the boost in favour of a compressor, or the delay in favour of tremolo.

THERE’S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!

As you’ve just seen, no matter what type of player you are, BOSS and Roland amps have got you covered from vintage Tweed to hot-rodded Brown Sound and everything in between. You now should have an idea of which amp family (out of Nextone, Katana and Blues Cube) will suit your needs. Now it’s time to jump into the specific models and find your new amp!

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Renting a musical instrument explained!

Renting a musical instrument is a sure-fire way to bring a wealth of creativity and joy directly into your home! Studies all around the world have shown that music improves reasoning, memory and problem solving skills in both adults and children. In today’s age, most of us have little doubt of the importance of music in our lives. Despite this, a musical instrument is usually a major purchase decision for your family. Understandably, this can lead to hesitations about purchasing the instrument.

Renting a musical instrument provides a solution to the dilemma of a big purchase. It allows you to try an instrument you’ve got your eye on without having to fully commit to it right away. Bringing a brand new piano in your home will give you a much clearer sense of how it will fit into the busy schedule of you and your loved ones!

Why rent an instrument?

Maybe your child is interested in learning piano at home. Perhaps you used to play yourself and want to rekindle your love for music. In both situations, it can be a hurdle to truly tell how an instrument will fit into your home when you’ve only see it online or in a music store. It’s also tricky to know if your passion will stick around after you purchase it, or if it will wane with time. This can make you hesitant to fully invest in an instrument right away.

Renting a musical instrument is a solution to all of these hesitations, and makes the journey of your next instrument purchase more enjoyable and less stressful. There is in-fact many reasons to try before you buy!

You may want to:

  • See if you enjoy an instrument before you fully invest in it
  • Try the instrument in your home and see how it fits into your lifestyle and schedule
  • Take an instrument home immediately without paying the full price in one hit
  • Upgrade an existing instrument and try a model with more features before you buy
  • See if the instrument matches your home’s décor and aesthetic
  • Always be up-to-date with the latest model and cutting edge technology
Where can I rent a musical instrument?

Renting is actually much easier than you might think! Rental applications are usually easy to fill out. You could have that brand new instrument in your home before you know it!

A quick Google search can reveal where you can rent the particular instrument you’re looking for. You can also ask your local music store and they’ll be able to point you in the right direction!

What happens after I finish renting?

When the rental period on your instrument has finished, you have several options. In many cases, you can easily return the instrument yourself to the retailer at no extra charge. You can also pay a nominal fee to have a courier collect the instrument from you at home.

Alternatively, if you’ve loved your time with the instrument and want to purchase it for yourself, it’s really easy to organise! You should receive a comprehensive guide with your initial agreement showing payment values over a set period of time. If you love your instrument right away, you can also purchase it immediately before your rental period runs out!

Are there any other benefits to renting?

There are several other reasons to rent a musical instrument that you might not have considered!

Are you a performing artist or producer? Maybe you need an instrument for a specific musical project or tour that you know you won’t need after you’re finished. Renting allows you to secure something for a set period of time at a relatively low cost!

Worried about instrument upkeep and maintenance? Maintenance service is included with a lot of instruments for the rental period. This gives you peace of mind and more time to spend actually playing your instruments!

Conclusion

If you’ve been “umming” and “ahhing” about buying an instrument for some time now, renting is an option that you may not have considered! It’s painless and solves most of the problems and hurdles big purchases bring with them. You may just discover that it’s the perfect way for you and your family to try before you buy!

Considering Roland’s vast range of pianos, keyboards, drums and pro audio equipment for your family? Roland Rentals gives you complete and painless access to our complete range of products. Be sure to look into it for yourself!

Happy renting!

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