|Product Dimensions||106.68 x 60.96 x 38.1 cm; 19.96 Kilograms|
|Item model number||HD-3|
|Item Weight||20 kg|
Roland HD-3 V-Drums Lite Electronic Drum Kit
7 Days Replacement
|Return Reason||Return Period||Return Policy|
|Physical Damage, Defective, Wrong, or Missing item||7 days from delivery||Replacement|
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|Item Dimensions LxWxH||106.7 x 61 x 38.1 Centimeters|
|Item Weight||44 Pounds|
About this item
- 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
Play naturally with the V-Drums Lite, including cymbal chokes and snare rim shots Equipped with a built-in metronome and mix input jack for connecting audio players. View larger The mesh head feels and responds like an acoustic snare drum. View larger 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. Play in privacy, day or night, with complete control over the volume. View larger Strike a cymbal and then immediately grab it with another hand to mute the sound. View larger 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.
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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.
1) Set up is very easy. Position the drum heads by swinging the mounts into place and tighten with the provided drum key. Plug in the cables, power it on and you are set. It is also easy to change positions of the drums. For example, we could set it up differently for me versus my daughter. In practice, however, we don't bother.
2) Moving it is also easy. After setting it up and playing around a bit, I was able to pick up the whole thing and carry it off into our living room, which is also our music room.
3) The sound is excellent. We plug it in through a Bose personal PA, and I find the sound to be quite realistic. I am not a drummer, but I do like to play music, and own quite a few musical instruments. The sound is fairly natural, with no obvious electronic overtones. They also sound good through headphones.
4) The feel is very good -- drumhead response is similar to an acoustic set. Cymbals feel different, of course. Pedals (bass, hi hat) are good, as far as I can judge.
5) It is a good, standard set up - bass, floor tom, hi and mid-toms, snare; hi hat, crash and ride symbols. The hi hat can also be used as a second bass drum in some modes. You can easily get different sounds from the cymbals from center or edge hits. The cymbals are also "chokeable" - meaning if you grab the edge after hitting them, they can be muted.
5) There are 20 different sound settings -- different drum setups, etc. They are controlled by 10 buttons plus one variation button. The different modes change the sound of the drums and cymbals, or the type of drum or cymbal (i.e., changes a ride/crash to a ride/china, or metal to wood snare). Mode/variation are:
* Pop/Lite Pop
* (Hard) Rock/Stage
* Heavy (Rock)/Power (Rock)
* Tight (Funky)/Bright ("Dry" sound)
* Mini (Compact kit)/ Jungle
* Latin (Groove)/Latin (Percussion)
* World (Jungle)/ African
* Dance / Electronic
* Beat Box / Toy Box
What I like most about these is that they keep it interesting for my kids. For example, I have a couple digital pianos, and while I don't necessarily like the chirping birds or gunshot settings, it keeps my kids amused, and most importantly, keeps them playing the instruments!
6) There is an input for an MP3 player. Thus, when my daughter wants to play along with a specific song, she can listen through the headphones to the song and her drumming. There is also a metronome, which is handy.
7) It is fun! I rarely need to ask my daughter to practice; she enjoys it and does it mostly on her own. The adults like it too! A couple of my friends have tried it out, and they really got in to it.
I have no particular negatives about this kit, except perhaps that, by necessity, the drum heads are smaller than an acoustic kit.
The built in kits are nothing special. Toms tend to be a bit boomy and Roland probably should have concentrated on more basic kits and left out the sound effects, but for practice or even a small gig, they're serviceable. I have connected this to an Alesis SR18 and also hooked it up to my computer to trigger sounds and it works very well. The HD-3 certainly beats the pants off the $200 ION kit I used to use. The pads are all midi note assignable, so they can work with just about anything. Pads, especially the dual zone snare, are sensitive and appear to be very durable. Cymbals are about as good as plastic cymbals can be. The pedals are solid and responsive. The rack is stable, but does wobble a bit if you get worked up. I usually have my HD-3 up against a wall and that totally eliminates any wobble.
Headphone output isn't as strong as I'd like, but for practicing, I used the sounds on my SR18. 1/4" outputs would be nice, but since I can hook it up to my Alesis SR18 for live use and have no intention of recording the built in kits, it isn't a minus for me.
If you're looking for the closet thing to acoustic drums, obviously this isn't it. However, it is a great tool in the studio and portable enough to move around the house or even out to an occasional gig.
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 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.