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When players need the glamour and presence of a full acoustic drum set on stage, but with the convenience and control of electronic drums, the Roland VAD506 V-Drums Acoustic Design Electronic Drum Kit is the perfect solution. This premium five-piece kit features wooden shells with full depth and diameter, exquisitely finished and mounted on double-braced chrome stands for a look that will have the audience convinced the drummer is playing acoustic drums. Roland’s advanced digital sensor technology and dynamic TD-27 drum module provide the sound and response to match, making sure every stroke, ghost note, roll and swell is fully expressed in incredible detail.
An Immersive Acoustic Drumming Experience
With the impressive looks, familiar layout and inspiring playability of a high-end acoustic kit, the VAD506 makes any drummer feel instantly at home. There’s a 14” stainless steel snare, plus 10” and 12” rack toms, a 14” floor tom and a 20” kick constructed with full-depth wood shells. These shells add to the authenticity and provide genuine acoustic feel under the stick and beater. The full complement of cymbal pads includes a 12” V-Hi-Hat, 14” and 16” crashes (both with thin profiles and textured finishes) and an 18” ride. These pads are optimized for superior playability and natural appearance on stage.
14” Digital Snare Drum and 18” Digital Ride Cymbal
Roland’s cutting-edge digital pad technology brings even deeper realism to the V-Drums experience. The digital snare and ride pads connect to the TD-27 module via USB cables, working together with the sound engine to deliver the most natural expression. Much like an acoustic drum or cymbal, these digital triggers are designed to reflect even the smallest details in the drummer's playing. Multiple sensors and lightning-fast processing provide amazing response. Ghost notes, rim shots and cross-stick playing on the snare are precisely detected and translated, while the ride offers wide tonal range and the ability to subtly mute with just a touch of the bow or bell.
The Natural Feel of Acoustic Drums
Roland’s legendary multi-ply, tension-adjustable mesh heads contribute significantly to the authentic playing feel, giving drummers stick rebound that’s customizable to their individual playing styles. And when the player buries the beater into the specially designed kick drum, air physically moves inside the shell, creating air pressure and resistance that feels remarkably like playing an acoustic kick.
Go Deeper with Prismatic Sound Modeling
Derived from the flagship TD-50, the TD-27 sound module is filled with drums that live and breathe like acoustic instruments. Roland starts by sampling the finest drums, percussion and cymbals—both vintage and modern—in world-class recording studios. Roland’s unique Prismatic Sound Modeling is then applied to the samples, bringing them alive with proprietary behavior modeling refined over two decades. Every time the drummer strikes a drum or cymbal, they're not simply triggering a canned sound—they are playing playing a full-bodied instrument that responds like its acoustic counterpart in every way, with an unprecedented sonic range.
Create (and Craft) a Signature Drum Kit
With acoustic drums, drummers make the sound their own by swapping head types, adjusting the tuning, applying damping, tweaking the snare wire tension, changing out the kick beater and more. Now, this process is all possible with the TD-27 module, which allows drummers to craft customized kits for any situation. Just strike a pad to select it, and then use the hands-on controls and intuitive editing tools to get the sound just right. Edits are saved automatically to keep the focus on playing. It’s even possible to load custom samples and layer them with the internal sounds to personalize kits even more.
Double-Braced Chrome Drum Stands
The way acoustic drums and cymbals are mounted not only projects an image, but also influences the playing feel. The tom pads on the Roland 506 e-kit mount on the same stands used for acoustic toms. This means they feel just right when hit. Newly developed thin V-Cymbals also attach to the stands with a special pivot mount, for a natural acoustic-style ‘swing’ when played. Every stand is double-braced for rock-solid stability and easily adjusted to suit any preferred layout.
PureAcoustic Ambience Technology
Roland's new PureAcoustic Ambience Technology optimizes each kit, creating an incredibly natural and immersive sound field when playing. But players can go deeper, too, adjusting the mic position on each drum kit and dialing in the overall sound with the newly developed overhead mic simulator. Finally, advanced onboard multi-effects and mixing capabilities give the player the power of a full-scale studio console, with transient, parametric EQs, compressors, reverbs, delays and more, at your command.
Powerful Connectivity for Stage and Studio
The VAD506 delivers fantastic sound for live performance or recording, thanks to a wealth of connectivity options. The TD-27 module features stereo outputs for the overall drum sound, plus two direct outputs for sending kick, snare and other sounds to an audio console for independent mixing. In the studio, the built-in USB audio interface makes computer music production easy, with up to 28 audio channels available over a single cable. MIDI is also supported via USB and dedicated I/O, allowing players to sync with other MIDI devices and trigger sounds in computer software.
Kit Expansion Made Easy
With the VAD506, the player is not stuck with a static setup. Using the TD-27 module’s three auxiliary trigger inputs, it’s easy to add tom and cymbal pads to bolster the arsenal. Or drummers may go for maximum impact with an imposing double-kick setup. The auxiliary trigger inputs are the gateway to an ideal, individualized drum setup.
Bluetooth Connectivity and Built-In Coaching Tools
Built-in Bluetooth lets players wirelessly stream audio from a phone or laptop to the module, ideal for jamming with headphones. Play along with favorite music tracks or mix the sound from a YouTube lesson video with the kit. Onboard coach functions develop skills and track progress for students, while the advanced metronome helps improve their inner clock. And at any time, students and instructors can record their playing and listen back to highlight what needs work.
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