Drummers love to expand and customize their kits. Customization helps to reflect a drummers personality, as well as assisting them to fit into any musical situation.

Already well known for their huge possibilities for great sounds and playability, Roland’s V-Drums are also capable of some fantastic customizing.

Apart from making sure you have the latest software updates for your instrument, there are many ways of adding new possibilities and excitement to your drumming and your sound.

Let’s look at the expansion options for the current range of V-Drums instruments.

Contributed by Simon Ayton for the Roland Australia Blog

SPD-SX Special Edition Sampling Pad

SPD-SX Special Edition
STP-200Trigger inputs: 2x Head and Rim triggers (Dual zone) or splittable using an insert cable

Trigger compatibility: All except PD-140DS, CY-18DR, VH12/VH13 & HH controllers

Typical Add-ons:
PDS-10: Stand
RT-30K: Triggering an acoustic kick drum
BT-1: Externally triggering samples or loops
KT-10: For triggering a sound
FS-6: Dual footswitch for changing kits, triggering sounds or controlling parameters
FC-300: Foot Controller

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OCTAPAD SPD-30 Percussion Controller

OCTAPAD SPD-30
Trigger inputs: 4x Head and Rim triggers (Dual Zone) or splittable using an insert cable

Trigger compatibility: All except PD-140DS, CY-18DR & VH12/VH13

Typical Add-ons:
PDS-10: Stand
KT-10: For triggering a kick drum
KD-7: Kick trigger
FD-9: Controlling HH open and close or switching layers
CY-12C: Crash cymbal
CY-5: Small crash or Hi-Hat

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TM-2 Trigger Module

TM-2
Trigger inputs: 2x Head and Rim triggers (Dual Zone) or splittable using an insert cable (HOSA STP-204RR)

Trigger compatibility: All except PD-140DS, CY-18DR, VH12/VH13 & HH controllers

Typical Add-ons:
PDS-10: Stand
RT-30K: Triggering an acoustic kick drum
RT-30HR: Triggering an acoustic snare drum or tom

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TM-6 PRO Trigger Module

TM-6 PRO
Trigger inputs: 6x Head and Rim triggers (Dual Zone) or splittable using an insert cable (HOSA STP-204RR)

Trigger compatibility: All except PD-140DS, CY-18DR

Typical Add-ons:
PDS-10: Stand
RT-30K: Triggering an acoustic kick drum
RT-30HR: Triggering an acoustic snare drum or tom
KD-10: Kick trigger
FD-9: Controlling HH open and close or switching layers
CY-12C: Crash cymbal
BT-1: Externally triggering samples or loops

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TD-1K/KV V-Drums

TD-1KV
Trigger inputs: 1x additional crash for TD1K

Trigger compatibility: All except PD-140DS, CY-18DR, VH12/VH13

Typical Add-ons:
TDM-3: Mat
KD-9: Kick trigger for conventional kick pedal
OP-TD1C: Extra crash cymbal for TD-1K

TD-17KL/KV/KVX V-Drums

TD-17KVX
Trigger inputs: 2x additional dual head & rim (1x KVX)

Trigger compatibility: All except PD-140DS, CY-18DR, VH12/VH13

Typical Add-ons:
CY-15R & MDY-12: Ride cymbal & mount
PDX-100 & MDH-12: 10″ Mesh head trigger pad
TDM-10: Mat

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TD-25K/KV/KVX V-Drums

TD-25KVX
Trigger inputs: 2x additional dual head & rim on TD-25K, 1x additional dual head & rim on TD-25KV/KVX

Trigger compatibility: All except PD-140DS, CY-18DR, VH12/VH13

Typical Add-ons:
TDM-20: Mat
CY-12C & MDY-12: Crash cymbal & mount
PDX-100 & MDH-12: Extra tom pad & mount

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TD-50K/KV/KVX V-Drums

TD-50KVX
Trigger inputs: 4x additional dual head & rim

Trigger compatibility: All

Typical Add-ons:
TDM-20: Mat
KD-220: 22″ Maple kick drum with integrated trigger (K/KV)
SPD-SX: Sampling pad
VH-13: V-Hi-Hat for updating the TD-50K’s VH-11
BT-1: Externally triggering samples or loops
CY-14C & MDY-25: 14” Crash & mount

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HPD-20 HandSonic

HPD-20
Trigger inputs: 1x additional dual head & rim

Trigger compatibility: All except PD-140DS, CY-18DR, VH11/VH12/VH13

Typical Add-ons:
PDS-10: Stand
KT-9: For triggering a kick drum
KD-7: Kick trigger
FS-5U: Footswitch

EC-10M Cajon Mic and Trigger System

EC-10m
Trigger inputs: 1x Head and Rim triggers (Dual Zone) or splittable using an insert cable

Trigger compatibility: All except PD-140DS, CY-18DR, VH12/VH13 & HH controllers

Typical Add-ons:
KT-9: For triggering a sound
KT-10: For triggering a sound

Upgrading your V-Drums kit

Thanks to compatibility between components in the V-Drums range, it is easy to upgrade your kit.
Modules and components are available separately, so simply choose the upgrade path that suits you. Here are some typical upgrades.

1. TD-12 | TD-20 | TD-30 => TD-50
TD-50DP

2. TD-9K/KV | TD-11K/KV | TD-15K/KV => TD-17 or TD-25
TD-25 Module + CY13R Ride

3. TD-4K/KV => TD-17
TD-25 Module + CY13R Ride + PDX-100 Mesh Snare Pad

4. TD-1K/KV
PDX-8 Mesh Snare Pad
(L-Rod needed from Roland spares-Contact your dealer)