The Complete Roland Electric Drum Kits Comparison

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Updated 24/10/18

We take a look at all the Roland Electric Drum Kits available, discuss the differences between each model and offer up a guide as to what kit from the coveted Roland Drums range might be right for you in our Complete Roland Electric Drum Kits Comparison

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Roland electric drum kits are some of the world’s best electronic drum kits, providing players of all levels with the ultimate options whether they’re just learning how to play, in need of professional performance or utilising them for studio work. In addition, they’re also extremely expressive, offering hyper-realistic drum sounds whilst allowing for silent practice at anytime, anywhere.

The reason why everyone from beginners to professional musicians keep on coming back to Roland Drums and the Roland V Drums range is simply down to the fact these electric drum kits are world class options able to provide learners with the tools they need to hone their skills, live musicians an extremely expressive option for stage and studio, and professional drummers a reliable, hard wearing and versatile kit that opens up a world of different percussion sounds and possibilities.

Put simply; when you decide to play one of these kits, you’re joining an array of world class musicians who rely on these each and every day.

But which Roland electric drum kit is right for me?

There is a selection of different Roland electric drums available today, so choosing the best option for your musical needs might be a little tricky. If in doubt, feel free to call our drum specialists on 0151 448 2089 – we’re happy to help you find the perfect option to suit your bespoke requirements as each Roland Drum kit is ideal for a wide range of users including beginners, drum instructors, live performers as well as studio and session musicians. However, we’ve rounded up all the different Roland electric drum kits available so you can see which type might be best for you, starting out with beginner kits all the way to the professional level Roland V-Drums series with the likes of the coveted TD-30K and TD-50KV. Enjoy our complete Roland Electric Drum Kits Comparison and let us know which one is your favourite!

Best For Beginners

Roland TD-1K Electronic Drum Kit

Roland TD-1K Electronic Drum Kit

The Roland TD-1K Electronic Drum Kit is one of they most sought-after Roland electric drum kits available thanks to its budget friendly price tag and superb quality sound. You have 15 expressive drum kits spanning a variety of different music genres and styles within the TD-1K module as well as an AUX-in jack so you can jam along to your favourite songs via your MP3 player. The module also includes a handy a headphone in, so you can practice in silence and enjoy playing without disturbing anyone. The beater-less kick pedal ensures your practice sessions are as quiet as possible and the high-quality rubber pads are comfortable to play. A fantastic option for beginners from the Roland drums range.

Roland TD-1KV V-Drums Electronic Drum Kit

Roland TD-1KV V-Drums Electronic Drum Kit

For those who are just starting their drum journey or simply need a more “acoustic” feeling when it comes to their snare, the Roland TD-1KV V-Drums Electronic Drum Kit is a great option that still remains firmly in the budget friendly bracket. This kit is exactly the same as the TD-1K kit, but replaces the regular snare pad with a mesh-head PDX-8 V-Pad that provides an extremely realistic snare drum feel as well as head/rim triggering – fantastic upgrade! This is ideal for players of all levels, offering up an amazing kit for recording, practice at home and live performances. The on-board Coach function on this Roland drum kit helps drummers hone their skills and the metronome and recorder are very handy tools to have for practice and listening back to performances.

Roland TD-4KP Portable Electronic Drum Kit

Roland TD-4KP Portable Electronic Drum Kit

The Roland TD-4KP Portable Electronic Drum Kit is an extremely portable electric drum kit that actually folds away quickly and easily, making it a great option for those with limited space and travelling musicians alike. This Roland drum kit comes with the TD4 drum sound module which is packed to the brim with a wide range of acoustic and electric drum samples that span an array of different styles and genres as well as a large selection of percussion and sound effects. You also get 3 x CY5 cymbal pads as well as a FD8 Hi-Hat Control pedal, a Kick Pad and 4 x natural-feel pads that feature cushioned-rubber playing surfaces for extra comfort and great response when playing. It’s worth noting that you don’t get a kick drum beater with this kit, but fear not as any kick drum pedal will work with this electric drum kit.

Roland TD-1DMK V-Drums Electronic Drum Kit

Roland TD-1DMK V-Drums Electronic Drum Kit

The Roland TD-1DMK V-Drums Electronic Drum Kit is a fantastic quality Roland electric drum kit that suits beginners as well as intermediate players and even performing musicians in need of a high-quality option for rehearsal and recording. It’s actually geared at learners and those who used to play drums and want to take it back up again as it’s got 15 inbuilt songs and 10 Coach functions built-in top the module to encourage a positive learning experience. This is still very much in the affordable bracket, but offers up some higher quality aspects that intermediate and pro players will find useful, too.

This great sounding kit features 15 hyper realistic preset drum kits professionally sampled by the team at Roland drums as well as mesh pads offering up improved playability, sound quality as well as responsiveness. The dual zone pads are also a great addition - hit it softly and the drum pad will respond the same way an acoustic kit will!

The professionally recorded backing songs are ideal for practice at home and jamming out ideas whilst the mesh pads are comfortable to play and won't disturb your neighbours or family around the home. There's also a double bass drum compatible pad for those who like to add some extra percussion to their kick - unfortunately the bass drum pedals are not included, but the hi hat pedal is, so you don't have too much extra to purchase.

Best For Intermediates & Performing Musicians

Roland TD-17K-L Electronic Drum Kit

Roland TD-17K-L Electronic Drum Kit

Roland have announced the TD17 V Drum kits as a replacement series for their highly regarded TD-11 sets. There are 3 different kits from the TD17 range, this kit and the two below – all of which have upgraded features, which we will get to in a second. This Roland TD-17K-L Electronic Drum kit includes the TD-17 module that is packed with 50 premium quality drum kits all expertly recorded by the engineers at Roland. In addition, you have a full suite of learning features via the extremely useful Coach Mode which helps you hone your skills and learn new techniques. You can even import your own sounds into the module and trigger them to any assigned pad!

The experienced drummers out there will enjoy the fact you get an 8-inch double-mesh snare as well as comfortably sized pads that feel great when you’re hammering away. In this package you get 3 x PD-8A toms, a Hi-Hat plus hi-hat control pedal, a crash, a ride as well as a kick with beater pad that responds just like an acoustic drum kit would.

Roland TD-17KV Electronic Drum Kit

Roland TD-17KV Electronic Drum Kit

The next upgrade is the Roland TD-17KV Electronic Drum Kit. The major difference between the TD-17K-L and this TD-17KV is the fact you get mesh toms and a larger 12-inch snare which is tension adjustable. This is ideal if you want to take this electronic drum kit to gigs and a perfect option for acoustic drummers who want to transition to an electronic kit, but still retain the feel and response of an acoustic kit.

As with all three options in the TD-17 range, you can connect your mobile device to the TD-17 module via Bluetooth so you can play along to your favourite songs or backing tracks. You can even record your performance via the module and play it back afterwards!

Roland TD-17KVX V-Drums Electronic Drum Kit

Roland TD-17KVX V-Drums Electronic Drum Kit

Two larger CY-12C Crash cymbals (one extra than the previous model), a larger CY-13R ride cymbal and a hi-hat stand with attached pedal and larger VH-10 hi-hat cymbal are included here with the Roland TD-17KVX V-Drums Electronic Drum Kit, providing players with more space to work with and a more realistic response overall. Again, you have the impressive TD-17 module at your disposal that features expressive and dynamic sound inherited from prismatic sound modelling technology of the flagship TD-50. Again, there’s the onboard playback functions. The snare itself can detect open and closed rimshots for added realism and technique and all cymbals can be choked too. A great option for those who want a pro level kit but have a limited budget.

Roland TD-25K Electronic Drum Kit

Roland TD-25K Electronic Drum Kit

We’re now into the realms of professional kit for professional drummers and the Roland TD-25K Electronic Drum Kit will certainly provide the pros out there with impressive sound and playability capable of rocking the stage. You have the fantastic TD25 module with advanced SuperNATURAL sound engine which is actually based on the Flagship TD-30 (scroll further down to find out about that kit) so you have the playability and expressiveness akin to the likes of the top pf the range V drums - a great addition.

With this particular kit, you get PDX-100 10″ mesh-head snare pad that supports positional sensing as well as rim shot/cross stick playing, a VH-11 V-Hi-Hat which can attach to any regular acoustic hi-hat stand for natural feel, KD-9 kick pad with cloth head for a better feeling kick and 1 x CY-13R 13″ ride cymbal with natural swinging motion and edge/bow/bell triggering.

In addition, you get a CY-12C 12-inch crash cymbal and 2 x PDX-6 6.5-inch pads for rack toms and the frame to mount everything. The streamlined interface is easy to use and the record/playback feature is great for honing your skills. The TD25 module also allows you to tweak all parameters of your drum sound including muffling and tuning – ideal for tone snobs out there! Check out our demo below:

Roland TD-25KV Electronic V-Drums Kit

Roland TD-25KV Electronic V-Drums Kit

Now you might be wondering to yourself: “What’s the difference between the Roland TD-25K and the Roland TD-25KV?”. Well, there’s actually a big difference in the hardware. With this Roland TD-25KV Electronic V-Drums Kit you get the same fantastic TD25 module, which offers up a world of drum sounds, kits and percussion, but you also get a range of larger, higher quality drums and an extra crash cymbal to get to grips with – offering up a professional drum kit without breaking the bank.

You get three larger mesh-head tom pads in the form of 2 x PD-85BK 8″ pads for rack toms and 1 x PDX-100 10″ pad for floor tom. In addition, Roland have also included an extra crash cymbal. So now with this kit you have 2 x CY-12C 12″ crash cymbals with natural swinging motion, edge/bow sensors, and choke control as well as the PDX-100 10″ mesh-head snare pad and frame. All in all – this provides a more comfortable playing experience for those who like to use bigger drums and a larger striking area. A completely professional kit for around £2k.

Best For Professionals

Roland TD-50K Electronic Drum Kit

Roland TD-50K Electronic Drum Kit

The Roland TD-50K Electronic Drum Kit is the latest offering from the team at Roland Drums, and replaces the TD30 as the new flagship electronic drum kit. This extremely versatile electric drum kit is built around the all new TD-50 sound module that packs in over 400 extremely detailed kits and percussion instruments whilst giving you the power to customise each sound, add up to 30 effects and even layer your own WAVs for triggering. Due to the kit utilising the coveted Prismatic Sound Modelling technology, you get the most accurate sound ever offered by the team at Roland – this kit has all the resonance, expression and dynamic ability of an acoustic kit, but with far greater control and more features than you could ever hope to use.

The Roland TD-50K comes with the all new PD-140DS snare drum and CY-18DR Ride – both of which are the new flagship snare and ride cymbals from the brand. The 14-inch PD-140DS digital snare features a hi-resolution multi-sensor system that offers unparalleled dynamics and response which includes highly accurate positional detection – this is quite possibly the best electronic snare ever made! You also get the VH-11 V-Hi-Hat, CY-12C crash, CY-13R crash/ride, CY-18DR ride as well as KD-120BK kick and three PDX-100 V-Pads for toms and the MDS-50K drum stand. It’s worth noting that the kick pedal, snare stand, hi-hat stand, and drum throne are not included, but you do get exceptional value for money considering the response and accuracy that each drum offers.

Roland TD-50KV V-Drums Pro Electronic Drum Kit

Roland TD-50KV V-Drums Pro Electronic Drum Kit

Last but by no means least, we have the ultimate Roland V-Drum kit – the Roland TD-50KV V-Drums Pro Electronic Drum Kit. Crafted by the engineers at Roland drums to provide drummers with a larger canvas with which to sculpt their beats, the TD-50KV features an array of deeper, larger drums, as well as the option to customise the look of your kit. You still get the amazing TD-50 sound module with highly responsive kits and sounds built in as well as the PD-140DS snare, and CY-18DR Ride, but there are a few key differences between the Roland TD-50K and the Roland TD-50KV electronic drum kit. First of all, with this kit you get the VH-13 V-Hi-Hat, which offers superior open/close dynamics and a more “acoustic” feel due to the hi-hat having both a top and bottom cymbal. You also get 1 x PD-108-BC rack tom pad and 2 x PD-128-BC floor tom pads which are deeper and wider than the TD-50K. In addition, you can also change the shell wraps on these toms and customise the look depending on your preference, however we think the chrome/silver wraps look amazing, especially when coupled with the chrome clamps and chrome MDS-50KV stand.

The cool thing about the larger 14" KD-140-BC kick is that you can even add the optional Roland KD-A22 Kick Converter Pad - ideal if you prefer the look and feel of a traditional kick drum – a great innovation by the team at Roland drums. However, should you just want to keep it simple, the 14" KD-140-BC kick is still amazing, offering superior response and accuracy, effectively recreating the feel and dynamic response of an acoustic kick perfectly. Finally, you also get the larger CY-14C crash, and CY-15R crash/ride that each offer chokable response and are a little heavier for a more realistic feel when playing. Overall, we think the TD-50KV V-Drums is the ultimate option for professional performance and studio work. Watch our video below and see how you can even upload your own sounds and triggers via the TD-50 module to effectively recreate entire songs!

Roland TD-50KVX V-Drums Kit

Roland TD-50KVX V-Drums Kit

Last but not least, we have the ultimate professional electronic drum kit that Roland have to offer – in this line, there is simply no better option. The Roland TD-50KVX V-Drums Kit features an all new KD-220 bass drum which features Roland’s innovative air-damper mechanics. This new feature works alongside the 22-inch acoustic shell to ‘move air’ and provide the same resistance as an acoustic kick would when the beater hits the drum. This means you get the same response and dynamics of an acoustic kit with the reliability and triggering capabilities of an electronic kit. This kit, when coupled with the TD-50 module is unstoppable!

Shop a full range of Roland Drums and Roland Electric Drum Kits over at PMT online today or call us on 0151 448 2089 to speak to one of our drum experts about your needs. Alternatively, call in to any of our specialist House Of Drums stores to chat to us – our on hand expert drum team is happy to help you find the right kit.

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2 Comments on “The Complete Roland Electric Drum Kits Comparison”

  • Douglas Purcey
    21st March 2019

    can a PD-108 be used with a TD-11 module?

    • Lee Glynn
      21st March 2019

      Hi Douglas, yes it can as they are backwards compatible. -Lee

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