We have now had a chance to play the TD1KV for ourselves. Here’s a few videos and our rundown on this little gem:
TD1KV supports acoustic drum techniques
The pads and cymbals on the TD1KV are designed to replicate the feel and nuances of acoustic drums and cymbals. This makes the transition from an electronic kit to acoustic (and back again) a breeze. Even the snare pad has separate head and rim zones, with a mesh skin that can be tensioned just like a real drum head! The cymbals have multiple zones, allowing for the bow and bell playing, and even respond to cymbal chokes. The low-profile kick and hi-hat pedals are sensitive enough for detailed patterns.
Learning aids built in
Perhaps the most important feature for beginners is the built-in learning aids. These functions help to improve timing and accuracy as well as providing instant feedback on performances via the in-built recorder. Play along with the included songs or plug in an mp3 player and play along with your favourites – the onboard coaching functions will let you know how you’re doing. The aim here is to encourage improvement and increase motivation while making the whole process fun and easy to follow.
You can also hook the TD1KV up to your computer with a single USB cable to connect to the amazing V-Drums Friend Jam and access over 50 free backing songs to play along with and compare your results with other drummers from around the world! Not to mention tons of additional interactive tuition material to help you to raise your score.
TD1KV can be expanded
As your drumming progresses, the TD1KV can be expanded so you don’t have to rush out and buy another kit. TD1KV owners can add another cymbal, such as the Roland OPTD1C, and a kick pad for single or double pedals, such as the Roland KD9. You can add a drum monitoring system to give the drums more realism and power. You can also connect to music creation software such as Garageband and Ableton, virtual drum software like EZDrummer, Superior Drummer and BFD for sound expansion, and the Roland DT-1 V-Drums tutor software.
As we have written about previously, not only are electronic drums small, silent, and relatively inexpensive, they also offer lots of fun features and impressive sounds to keep young minds engaged. The Roland TD1KV is an excellent choice for a beginner drummer and comes packed with pros to counteract the standard cons involved with introducing a drum kit to the home. The key words to take away from this article are: “inexpensive”, “quiet”, “fun”, and “buy”.
Read our related article here: Top 5 Benefits of Electronic Drums.