It’s that wonderful time of year when there is electricity in the air and our favourite music brands head to NAMM and Musikmesse to reveal their newest creations. This year, one of Roland’s most anticipated releases is the newest addition to the V-Drums line – the TD-25.
Watch our overview video here:
The TD-25 is Roland’s new mid-range V-Drums kit and comes in two flavours, the TD-25K and the TD-25KV. Both kits share the same sound engine technology as the flagship TD-30 and have a wealth of incredible features. The successor to the TD-15, the TD-25 currently sits between the TD-11 and the TD-30 in the V-Drums lineup.
The TD-25 Module
The brand new TD-25 module is a sleek, futuristic beast with halo LEDs around the dials and an ominous brushed chrome dial at its centre. This master control is orbited by six categories: standard, rock, metal, jazz, funk, and electro. After turning to the dial to select a category, you can cycle through the 3 preset kits in that category by pressing the dial. 18 preset kits, that’s right. We have been freed from the black hole of cycling through hundreds of useless kits only to finally give up at number 47. Roland have ditched the filler and given us all killer – 18 top shelf kits…
…but that’s not the exciting part. With every stroke of the sticks a new, unique sound is generated – it’s behaving like a real instrument, not just firing off a finite supply of samples. Positional sensing on snare, ride and auxiliary pads allows drummers to get a different tone by hitting different areas of the drum head or cymbal, just like an acoustic kit! This gives drummers the most realistic and expressive experience possible from an electronic kit, making the transition from acoustic drums to electronic drums (and back again) easier than ever. We think this makes the TD-25 an ideal practice kit for home use (your neighbours will probably agree)…and you can leave your acoustic kit in its cases, packed and ready for your next gig.
Perhaps my favourite feature of the TD-25 is the in-depth editing. Not only can you tune each drum, but you can choose its shell material, its size and muffling. You can also group the toms and have them all change together, which is a huge time saver and frankly, who wants odd toms? This type of in-depth editing has only previously been available on the ritzy flagship models (although a version of this was available on the old TD-12) but seeing this kind of drum modelling on a mid-range kit makes me and my wallet extremely happy. The new module layout, with Tuning, Muffling and Tone knobs right on top of the module surface, makes changing sounds intuitive and fast – perfect for live performance.
Other great features of note are the continuation of Roland’s unmatched built-in tuition programs and the impressive USB song player, which allows you to loop sections of the song to work on and even lets you slow it down! Other ins and outs include:
1. Auxiliary audio input – play along to your favourite music from your iPod or smartphone;
2. Two additional trigger inputs – expand your kit with extra cymbal or tom pads, a bar trigger or even an acoustic drum trigger;
3. Balanced main outputs – for connection to a PA system or monitor speakers; and
4. USB (B-type) socket for digital USB-Audio output to your recording software, or USB-MIDI to control virtual instruments such as EZDrummer, Superior Drummer, and BFD to name a few.
The TD-25 Kits
Now that we’ve looked at the brain, let’s get to the bones of the kit. We were very happy to note upon inspection that both the TD25K and TD25KV feature the renowned VH-11 floating hi-hat. Considered to be one of the best hi-hat triggers available, the VH-11 mounts on a conventional hi-hat stand and provides an ultra-realistic feel and response. Both kits come complete with PDX range snare and tom trigger pads (the three toms pads are larger on the TD25KV) with advanced sensors, metal rim hoops, and mesh heads, allowing the user to tension each head for a more realistic rebound. The CY-13R ride cymbal has bell, bow, and edge triggers, which team up nicely with positional sensing to provide a huge amount of control and dynamics. The crash cymbals are the venerable CY-12C (one on the TD25K and two on the TD25KV), and down below is the rock solid KD-9 kick trigger. The TD25 kits can be purchased bundled with a range of Gibraltar hardware packs, comprising of a hi-hat stand, single or double kick pedal, and throne.
All-in-all, I think you’ll agree that Roland has created something pretty special and certainly something to get excited about with the TD25. If you’re not already grovelling to your significant other or checking your online banking, head to the links below to read some more and take a gander at this musical marvel for yourself.