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NAMM 2014: New Roland drum products

Ronnie Dungan
NAMM 2014: New Roland drum products

Roland's NAMM launches include a number of new additions to its drum line-up, including a new Trigger Module.

The TM-2 Trigger Module can be attached to an acoustic kit to bring the features of electronic percussion into a performance.

Battery-powered, compact and easy to attach, it has offers the potential to load in custom WAV sounds, loops, samples and backing tracks via SDHC card, alongside twin inputs to support Roland pads and triggers like the BT-1, KT-10 and RT-10 series. With an RRP of £195, it will be available in April.

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  • Compact trigger module that gives acoustic drummers the creative features of electronic percussion
  • Over 100 ready-to-play professional sounds, ranging from acoustic drums and percussion to modern electronic instruments
  • Includes many sounds and tonal elements designed for layering with acoustic drums, providing enhanced, high-impact sounds for playing live drums through a PA system
  • Suitable for all genres, from rock and metal to electronic music
  • SDHC memory card slot lets users load in their own WAV sounds, from one-shot samples and loop phrases to complete backing tracks
  • Two trigger inputs that support both single and dual-trigger pads
  • Simple and intuitive user interface for creating and selecting kits
  • Process kits with powerful effects such as reverb, flanger, delay, and more
  • Compatible with Roland RT-series acoustic drum triggers and Roland percussion pads, including the BT-1 Bar Trigger Pad, KT-10 Kick Trigger Pedal, V-Pads, and V-Cymbals
  • Powered by batteries or included AC adapter; runs for up to four hours on four AA-size batteries
  • Included mounting plate allows the TM-2 to be attached to a hi-hat stand or drum rack with a standard multi-clamp
  • MIDI I/O for triggering sounds in external sound modules, capturing MIDI data in music software, and playing the TM-2 from other devices


Next up, the KT-10 Kick Trigger Pedal is a quieter alternative to standard Roland V-Drums pedals.

It has a reverse-action trigger mechanism that means the pedal is quieter in operation than a kick pad played with a standard pedal and beater.

If creating a hybrid drumkit, its compact footprint makes it ideal for use alongside an acoustic kick pedal, and it’s also a great choice for expanding the firepower of other electronic percussion units like Roland’s SPD-SX, HandSonic HPD-20 and Octapad SPD-30. Launching in June it will retail with an RRP of £155.


  • All-in-one kick trigger pedal with low-noise operation
  • Innovative reverse-action trigger mechanism provides authentic playing feel in a compact
  • design
  • Extremely quiet performance, great for not disturbing others when playing V-Drums at home
  • Produces approximately 75 per cent less noise than a Roland KD-9 Kick Pad triggered with a standard beater (based on Roland test data)
  • Small footprint and low-profile body, ideal for use in a hybrid acoustic/electronic drum or percussion kit
  • Works with all Roland percussion products equipped with 1/4-inch trigger inputs, including the TM-2 Trigger Module, V-Drums sound modules, SPD-series percussion pads, and the HandSonic HPD-20
  • Solid construction, smooth performance and attractive appearance
  • Adjustable spring and moveable weights allow for customisation of playing response
  • Mix In jack for easy expansion with a second KT-10

Also being shown at NAMM, the NE-10 and NE-1 Noise Eater are new sound isolation devices designed for use with V-Drums kick pads/pedals and hi-hat pedals. They are designed to provide effective acoustic sound isolation for V-Drums when they’re played on upper floors of multi-level structures, including houses, apartments, offices, lesson studios, and more.

One of the many benefits of V-Drums—and their patented mesh-head pads in particular—is that they’re extremely quiet acoustically. However, the physical action of using kick and hi-hat pedals in a multi-level building can result in unwelcome noise and vibration being transferred to rooms below via direct sound conduction through the floor.

Roland’s Noise Eater technology helps eliminate this problem so that V-Drums users can enjoy playing without disturbing family members and neighbours in adjoining rooms and living spaces. Based on Roland’s own tests, Noise Eater products reduce noise transfer to rooms below by approximately 75 per cent.

The NE-10 Noise Eater is a compact sound isolation board designed to be placed under a V-Drums kick pad/pedal or hi-hat control pedal. It features multiple dome-shaped rubber dampers for sound isolation and a low-profile design that doesn’t affect playing feel or stability. The NE-10 can be used standalone with a Roland KD-9 Kick Pad, KD-7 Kick Trigger, or FD-8 Hi-Hat Control Pedal. It retails for £94 and will be available in February.

Lastly, the NE-1 Noise Eater is a small sound isolation foot intended to be used as necessary along with the NE-10 Noise Eater. It features a unique rubber damper structure that provides maximum sound isolation in a very compact and efficient device. When using a Roland KD-140/KD-120 V-Kick or a hi-hat stand for the Roland VH-13/VH-11 V-Hi-Hat, users should place the NE-10 under the pedal and NE-1 units under each stand leg as needed. Again, availability is for February, with an RRP of £23.

You can check out the Noise Eater in action in the video below.

Tags: Roland , NAMM 2014 , Roland TM-2 Trigger Module , Roland KT-10 Kick Trigger Pedal , NE-10 NOISE EATER , NE-1 NOISE EATER , NE-10 Isolation Board , NE-1 Isolation Foot

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