Roland HD-3 V-Drums Lite Electronic Drum Kit
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- Fun, compact V-Drums for all levels of drummers, gamers, and home-entertainment enthusiasts
- 20 preset kits with dedicated select buttons and informative backlit LCD.
- Beater-less kick with improved playing feel and low acoustic noise. New cloth-head toms with improved playing feel and design. Dual-trigger pads for snare and crash/ride to improve playability
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Designed for drummers at any age or skill level, the HD-3 is a great sounding, lightweight, compact, and affordable drum set that fits neatly and comfortably in any room. In addition to volume control via volume knob and/or headphones, the unique design of the HD-3 delivers ultra-quiet performance so family members and neighbors are not disturbed by the acoustic noise typically associated with drum sets.
Small Footprint, Incredible Sound, All-In-One Design
The HD-3 has a small physical footprint, yet delivers incredible sound. The 20 preset drum sets cover rock, jazz, hip-hop, percussion, and sound effects, for creative expression in any musical style. The HD-3 sets up quickly, is neat and compact, and can be easily adjusted to fit drummers of any age and height. And it's easy to break down and transport, whether you're going to practice or going to a gaming session with friends.
The Quietest Performance
The quiet, integrated kick pedal has also been enhanced for comfort and improved playing response. This unique design also minimizes noise and vibration through floors and ceilings. Additionally, the cloth-head tom pads feel and respond like acoustic toms. Combined with Roland's mesh head snare pad, the HD-3 is the quietest drum set on the market.
The HD-3 is equipped with a mix input jack for connecting CD players, MP3 players, and other audio sources. Jam along with your favorite songs, and control the blend of music and your live drumming through headphones or an amplifier such as the optional PM-03 Personal Drum Monitor (sold separately).
Connect and Play
Using MIDI you can easily connect the HD-3 to other devices to expand your sound possibilities or connect to a computer and improve your drumming skills with V-Drums Friend Jam or Roland's DT-1 V-Drums Tutor software (sold separately). For gamers, the HD-3 is an ideal addition to your favorite gaming system for hours of fun playing the latest rhythm games on your PS3 or Xbox 360.
Practice and Learn
Using the optional V-Drums Friend Jam or DT-1 V-Drums Tutor software, you can connect your HD-3 and practice along with music designed to teach you drumming and improve your skills. The DT-1 V-Drums Tutor software is sold separately. V-Drums Friend Jam is available as a free download. Both the V-Drums Friend Jam and the DT-1 V-Drums Tutor require a MIDI interface (UM-ONE) that is also sold separately.
V-Drums Friend Jam is an app that makes your daily drum performance and practicing even more fun. Drum practice songs for rock and jazz are available free of charge, and you can use them for an enjoyable practice. If you use this app with the latest Roland V-Drums electronic drum system, your performance score and world-wide ranking will be displayed, allowing you to compete and socialize with drummers around the world.
With the optional DT-1 V-Drums Tutor software, you can connect your Roland V-Drums to your computer (Mac/Windows) and prepare for a learning experience like no other. Enjoy practice in a fun format when you play along with the onboard patterns and songs using the colorful graphical interface. Learn drumming step-by-step from beginning to intermediate levels. Improve your sight-reading with the Notation screen, and enjoy drumming with Game screen. Enhance the V-Drums experience in the home as well as for private lessons and music schools.
Better Life With Music
The HD-3 is a great way to enhance musical expression and enjoyment in your home, apartment, classroom, lesson studio, or anywhere. The HD-3 delivers great sound, a compact design, incredibly quiet performance, connectivity, affordability, and fun. Enjoy a better life with music with Roland and the HD-3 V-Drums Lite.
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However, I felt there were a lot of irredeemable issues with this kit.
-First off, the foot pedals felt almost unplayable to me. They seem to only trigger at the very bottom of a push, leading them to feel very unresponsive; I found it nearly impossible to play quick doubles on the bass, and playing heel-up is difficult.
-Secondly, I found the ergonomics of the kit to be very awkward to play; all the pads are very close together, the rack toms are at pretty weird angles, and the cymbals are incredibly high up and rest in the way of the tom triggers if you lower them. This wouldn't be a problem if the kit was adjustable, but it's mostly static; you can only adjust the height of the pads (to a limit, before they collide with other pads' arms) and the angles are totally fixed. The height/angles of the kit you see in the picture are what you have to deal with, and it's not a very comfortable setup.
-The hi-hat sounds are all incredibly quiet compared to every other drum; it's sometimes hard to hear over the sound of your stick hitting the trigger. There's no way to adjust the volume independently. (EDIT: apparently there is. check the comments.)
-Finally, the brain. The set has 20 premade kits you can choose from; some are good, some are bad. However, you can't adjust any of the kits at all... if you like a kit aside from one or two awful sounds, or wish you could use a particular sound with another kit, you're totally out of luck, as they're unchangable and there's no self-created kits available. Additionally, the placement of the brain is pretty terrible if you're trying to play with headphones, since there's a snare and two toms between your head and the brain. Even with a longer headphone cord, the placement is pretty cumbersome.
Overall, it's not an awful kit; most of the triggers are good and I guess I can see the kit being used for beginners. But for anyone looking for a serious practice kit or electronic alternative to their acoustic, I'd say it's a much better choice to save up a bit more and go for a pricier model.
The kit could be a little more customizable - you really can't switch around any of the cymbals other than the high-hat (for lefty mode) and your options for setting the height of each pad and cymbal are a little bit limited by the large arms the pads are mounted on. The all-in-one construction has its benefits but also its downsides.
The kit's feel is quite nice - definitely different from actual drums, but the pads have sufficient rebound and the cymbals aren't stiff unless you over-tighten them. That said, anti-vibration sticks are recommended for those who easily get sore wrists - the plastic definitely leads to a bit of vibration when hit with force. The cymbals are all dual trigger, and respond nicely to different velocity hits, especially on the jazz kits. The snare has separate triggers for rimshots and main snare, and can be tightened or loosened just like an actual snare drum, with corresponding changes in sound. Tightening too much can lead to a bit of a steely, reggae-like sound, so if you like your snare drums very stiff and rebound-heavy while still producing a standard rock sound, you might want to check elsewhere.
Some of the sound sets on the actual drum brain are either tacky or nonsensical - e.g. one that replaces a tom with a cowbell, and another that puts turntable scratching sounds on the crash (I like turntables as much as the next person, but really, was that necessary?) That said, there are a good 5-6 sets that are worth the time and sound nice, particularly when playing along to an MP3 player via the included Mix-In jack. There's definitely enough variety to find a sound you'll want to practice with.
The HD-3 has a MIDI output that can be used to hook it up to a computer or to Rock Band (with the MIDI pro adapter). Playing the set in Rock Band leads to its own set of complications because the cymbals are reversed from their usual order (crash is in middle, ride is on far right). This sounds trivial, but can actually throw off even a serious player's game. The solution I've found is to enable the "L-R switch" function on the HD-3, then switch the inputs on the two middle toms. The high-hat pedal works as a second kick in Rock Band, so this setup will let you play with all the pads in the right order - you'll just need to switch everything back when you want to practice.
Hooking up the HD-3 to sequencing software proved a bit tricky - editing the MIDI inputs on the HD3 is kind of a painstaking process of trial and error. I'd recommend getting sequencing software that allows you to translate the MIDI from within the program and map the pads from software if possible.
One final note is that even at maximum volume, the drums aren't very loud - drummers who've already driven themselves half-deaf on a standard kit like myself might find this a bit too quiet for their tastes. Overall, the HD-3 definitely serves a number of different purposes, and is a great starter V-drum kit or practice kit for those who don't want to disturb their neighbors.
The only things I don't like as much are that the pedals. They are too light for quick pedaling and the springs aren't adjustable. Also, beware that there are only 2 1/8" jack out for output (no XLR or 1/4"). Other than that, the build of the set is good, the drum samples are amazing. Best of all, it is compact and doesn't take up a lot of space. All in all, this set is great for all drummers at home.
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But you have to:
1. Buy Headphone amp ~ $20 if you want to enjoy it with headphone.