The sample load capability and myriad of editing possibilities in the TD-50 allows you to freely combine any of the 400+ internal sounds with your own WAV samples to create truly unique and world class sounding drum kits.

With basic WAV preparation and a few button presses, it’s easy to load any sound imaginable into the TD-50 and freely assign it to any trigger pad surface!

Tip: Once you have created your custom kit with any combination of factory sounds and user samples, you can save this new TD-50 kit patch along with its samples to an SD card as one simple file to share or add to your kit library.
(Follow this link to learn how to prepare samples for V-Drums.)

Contributed by Simon Ayton for Roland Corporation Australia

1. Importing and working with WAV samples

The TD-50 supports 44.1 kHz 16 or 24bit resolution WAV audio files.
Copy WAV files into named folders on an SD card for easy location, or put them directly onto the uppermost root of the card.

USER SAMPLES are imported directly into the internal memory and can then be assigned to pads and played musically, as opposed to TD-50’s song player section which plays audio of any length directly off the SD card.

WAV samples can be previewed before importing and there’s even a Waveform Editor which allows accurate sample editing of the start and end times of the imported user samples for the most accurate triggering.

TIP: Change the Play Type of the WAV sample from mono to poly for sounds that need to naturally overlap, such as cymbals and snare drums with reverb.

Button Presses & Values:
Hold [SHIFT] + [SETUP] (USER SAMPLE) | [F1] (IMPORT)
Hold [SHIFT] + [SETUP] (USER SAMPLE) | [F2] (SAMPLE LIST) | [F4] (PREVIEW)

2. How to Assign User Samples to Triggers

Both factory and user samples can be freely assigned to triggers on both the main instrument and its SUB layer, for blending and combining sounds however you like.

User samples could be single shot percussion sounds that play once through to the end, or phrases and loops that start and stop with alternate hits.

Button Presses & Values:
Accessing Main Instrument
[INSTRUMENT] | [F1] (INST) | [ENTER] (INST LIST) | [F2] (GROUP) |
+- or data wheel to choose sound.

Accessing the SUB Layer

[INSTRUMENT] | [PAGE DOWN x4] | [F1] (INST) | [ENTER] (INST LIST) | [F2] (GROUP) |
+- or data wheel to choose sound.

Try:
IDEA #1: Jamming to Loops
Chose any preset kit and assign the factory user sample “U001 2Temp_BASS4” to the SUB layer on CRASH1 to jam along.

Tip: Unlink H&R [F5] to assign different sounds to the head and rim.

IDEA #2: Drum Plug-In Kit Sounds
Import and assign low and high velocity samples from a software drum plug-in onto the Main and SUB instruments of the kick, snare and toms. Experiment with how they interact, using the various layer types.

IDEA #3: Wet Layering
Import and assign dry samples to the main instrument and 100% wet reverb samples (no direct signal) to the SUB layer. Adjust the layering type and volume for dramatic and interesting reverb effects.

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