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Hit and Miss

Review | Electronics & Music Maker, Dec 1985
Roland Electronic Drums

Paul White picks up his sticks and puts Roland’s electronic kit through its paces. Can it hold its head up against some stiff competition?

Octapad II

Review | Sound On Sound, Oct 1988
The Perfect Beat

Is this the ideal way to programme rhythm patterns into your drum machine? Paul Ireson gives Roland's updated drum-to-MIDI convertor a good bashing!

Roland Digital Drum Set

Review | International Musician, Nov 1985
Drumcheck

Bob Henrit misses the Kinks to hit the kit

Roland MPD4

Review | Music Technology, Nov 1987
MIDI Drum Pad

A clever pad-to-MIDI converter takes some stick from Matt Isaacson. A blow-by-blow account.

Roland Octapad

Review | International Musician, Feb 1986
Drumcheck

Eight pads, one reviewer. Bob Henrit puts one over the eight

Roland PAD5

Review | Music Technology, Oct 1989

Following the success of the Octapad and Octapad II, Roland have come down-budget with a MIDI percussion controller to suit all pockets. Simon Trask scores a hit.

Roland PAD8 Octapad

Review | Electronics & Music Maker, Feb 1986

Roland strike a happy note with a new MIDI percussion device that doesn't fill the stage or empty your pocket. Nigel Lord and Alex Murray declare it a hit.

Roland PAD80 Octapad II

Review | Music Technology, Sep 1988
MIDI Pad Controller

Roland's follow-up to their successful Pad8 Octapad features expanded memory and enhanced programmability. Simon Trask hits it off with Roland's new percussion controller.

Roland PM16

Review | Music Technology, Dec 1987
Electronic Drums

Pick up sticks; the latest electronic kit from Roland doesn't come with its own voices but Nicholas Rowland discovers its MIDI converter may have other uses in the studio.

Roland SPD8

Review | Music Technology, Dec 1990
Total Percussion Pad

On the trail of Roland's successful Octapads comes the SPD8 - a MIDI percussion controller with a neat line in onboard sounds. Simon Trask says beat it.

The Beatmaster

Preview | Sound On Sound, Jan 1991
Roland SPD8 Total Percussion Pad

Roland's latest 8-pad midi percussion controller adds internal sounds to a tried and tested formula. Paul Ireson checks it out.

We found these other (non-review) articles that are linked to this gear

No Drumkit Required

Feature | Topic: Advertisement Feature | International Musician, Jun 1986

Phil Collins explores the Octapads.

The Hit Kit!

Feature | Topic: Advertisement Feature | International Musician, Nov 1985

Hot percussion news

We Can't Go On... - Part 3

Feature Series | Topic: Drum Programming | Music Technology, Jun 1987
Beating Like This

...Beating Like This. In the third part in our series on creative drum programming, Chris Meyer and Matt Isaacson take a detailed look at the various trigger-to-MIDI converters now available.

 

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