Roland group of corporation is in two major category of business and the electronic musical instruments is one of them. Roland is well known for manufacturing standard and trust-worthy products in the musical equipments industry, ranging from pianos, guitars, keyboards, digital recording units, audio processing devices and amplifiers. Roland group are engaged them constantly in the field of development and invention. The rapid development in the technology enhances the creativity and Roland becomes the world’s first place for many products. From such a leading group, we have one more latest launch to discuss with. It is Roland’s TD-4KX2 V-compact series electronic drum set.
Roland apparently promises you for a gala entry to the world of V- series drum sets which is very much affordable. Vintage instruments have gone all the way, musicians themselves have got used to play the modern world electronic instruments, which of course gives them a wide platform for adopting the advancements and inspire them to perform up to the best on the professional front. Roland’s TD-4KX2 has challenging features that easily replaces the prior model under the same banner TD-4KX in so many aspects. This V- series drum set would be a vital part of increasing the duration of practicing and the quality of playing on drums. The MIDI capabilities ease the connectivity to a computer and as everyone expect, we can record while playing.
Roland TD-4KX2 is classic and very much of a room-fit once we have arranged the drum kit. Arranging would not trouble if you had prior experience in setting a drum kit. Unfortunately if we happen to be the first time assembler, then it would take some time to get used to handling them. It is a four legs arrangement yet it is as compact as a two leg drum sets. Even though the body is made of aluminum, it is well-built and no doubt that it will definitely hold some harsh and strong hits on the playing swing. And the crash clamps are much supportive when tightening and loosening process of the arrangement. The setting instructions are clear and set the assembling process a bit easy. The manual provided is user-friendly. Still, there are chances for amateurs to search for someone to help them out. Yet it is easy if we confidently approach it. Enough cables have been provided with the drum kit; still we face some difficulties in the arrangement, because the cables are pre-cut. While arranging hi-hat cymbal, the hi-hat stand fixing takes only less time. The clutch screw is adjustable with that tightening becomes easy. There would be two cables HH trigger cable and HHC trigger cable. Connection should be made like the HH trigger cable to the trigger out jack and HHC cable to the control out jack. This model comes with the very compactly designed MDS-4 rack just to follow the standardized pattern. TD-4KX2 has been added with a new kick drum pad that of the prior model. TD-4KX2 differs in features compared with the prior model, TD-4K2. TD-4KX2 contains all mesh pads such as PDX8 for floor tom and PDX6 pads for rack toms. One more worth noticing feature is a cymbal-12C dual zone for bow and edge crash cymbal pad enabled with choke control feature. In addition to that, a cymbal-13R triple zone for bell, bow and edge ride pad is also included. However, the cymbal-5 is the selective pad served for hi-hat in this drum kit. The FD-8 remote hi-hat pedal is present here too as of in the TD-4K2. Wiring up can be done just like that; the reason behind this is obviously the coloured labels guide us throughout the wiring process.
The complete unit of this TD-4KX2 is simple yet sturdy. 125 first-rate quality sounds are included along with the traditional sounds for a drum kit such as kicks, toms, snares, cymbals and percussion. Both head and rim sounds are for snare and toms. We can turn on each sound and there is an option to dampen down and control the complete unit’s sound. Features like panning, threshold and crosstalk can be used and the volume of every single pad can also be adjusted. Multitude editing functions are available for creative purposes. There is a wide-ranging metronome and coaching module for rhythms which will provide us a great opportunity to try out bundled options just by spending some time and that would channelize and harmonize our playing. Headphone out and MIDI out and a mix input are aided to connect the entire unit to the supplementary sound unit.
Roland’s TD-4KX2 kit performs better than the rival products in the market wearing a huge price label on the head. It produces good sound quality in addition to brilliant response and friendly mode functional options. Both the headphone and the PA system join together in a kit seem to be a great deal. The full-mesh pad sounds so natural and lively than playing on a usual rubber padded configuration. This is surely a wild beast that we do not want to miss out and it is well worth the money we pay. The positioning of the TD4 module neither as per the instruction nor as per the usual assembling seem to be perfect. The reason behind this is the brain mounted on the front positioned bar of the MDS-4 occupies a lot of space and this makes us a bit of convenience to get to the module. This is a negligible setback where we would get used to the arrangements. Easy editing feature is one more plus, where we can edit and change the tunes just like that while playing on live.
The TD-4KX2 has a very good stick feel, we have to definitely mention the full-mesh pad. The multitude functions and brilliant sound quality are the features almost all the players look for. This kit would be the perfect choice for drummers who start from the beginning level to the top. This can be used for second level of professional purpose and perfect for a proficient practice. The overall performance promises more than what we expect.
Roland TD-4KX2 – Specification Table
|Model Name||Roland TD-4KX2|
|Drum type||Electronic Drum Kit|
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||1200 x 1250 x 1100 mm|
|Display||Custom LCD (Backlit)|
|Hi hat control pedal||1|
|Three-way triggering||Yes (For edge, bow and bell)|
|Rec/ Play option||Yes|
|Drum Rack Included||Yes|