Roland TD-17 tutorial #1 - customize sounds in 5 minutes The plentitude of possibilites in sound and effects Roland TD-17 tutorial #1 - customize sounds in 5 minutes - The plentitude of possibilites in sound and effects #TD17.4 - With the Roland's newest edrums - the TD-17 - you can create your own galaxy of sounds and effects. Every single item you get with these drums, you can adjust or change it. You can even make your hihat size 40" for some extended special effects. In this fourth TD-17 video-article, Michael Schack shows you how to import sounds, adjust them and even layer them on top of the sounds in the module. Or change them entirely. The TD-17 is your own orchestra, and you can do whatever you want with it.

In the video below, Michael Schack gives you the ultimate rundown on how to upload, adjust, create and just play around with your own samples and the presets of the TD-17. The module works easy, and it gives you a plentitude of options for every drum, rim and cymbal in the kit.

#pushyourdrumming
A week after the launch of the TD-17 series in Los Angeles, we recorded Michael Schack again during his Roland #pushyourdrumming tour in The Netherlands. We added footage of him playing with the preset songs as well.

Michael covers the following topics
  • importing sounds
  • user samples
  • use and adjust your imported files
  • adjust the preset sounds, or assign your own sounds to it
  • assign sounds to the head and rim
  • create attacks and change sounds to your preffered levels
  • stacking sounds on the cymbals, the new KD-10 bass drum {kick pad} or the PDX-8 toms

Roland TD-17 tutorial - customize sounds & samples in 5 minutes


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The new TD-17's

  1. the TD-17K-L: the light, beginning TD-17 model, and the cheapest of the three.
    Comes with the TD-17-L sound module. A somewhat stripped version of the TD-17 module.
    Roland TD-17 - TD-17K-L, the light, beginning TD-17 model

  2. the TD-17KV, the middle model
    Roland TD-17 - the TD-17KV, the middle model

  3. and the Deluxe version: the TD-17KVX
    This version has the VH-10 V-Hi-Hat stand.
    Roland TD-17 - TD-17KVX

Roland TD-17 - the new V-Drums kits explained

More new in V-Drums!
The TD-17 series also feature three other new items: the PDX-12 snare pad, a brand new KD-10 kick pad and the VH-10 V-Hi-Hat.

PDX-12 snare pad
You see Michael Schack playing the new PDW-12 snare drum that comes with the TD-17. It has a dual mesh head and 12-inch playing surface. The height of the hoop is close to an acoustic hoop, which makes playing it much easier because the angle of the stick is like that on a regular snare. You can also - like with all the pads - adjust the tension of the head.
Roland TD-17 - PDX-12 snare pad

VH-10 V-Hi-Hat
Only with the TD-17KVX, the VH-10 V-Hi-Hat mounts on an acoustic hi-hat stand. It has advanced triggering and continuously detects on open/close movement and bow/edge sounds.

KD-10 kick pad
The new KD-10 has a noise-reducing design, that you instantly hear. Best thing though: it can be used with any kick pedal or dual pedals.
Roland TD-17 - KD-10 kick pad

What is in the TD-17 packages...
For the V-nerds, here are the specs per kit. The KVX and the KV differ on a few items. The TD-17K-L is really a light version, but still with the cool new sounds that are taken from the TD-50 flagship model.

TD-17KVX - the top model
  • the TD-17 sound module
  • PDX-12 snare
  • 3 PDX-8 toms
  • the VH-10 Hi-hat - mounts on an acoustic hi-hat stand
  • 2 Crashes (CY-12C)
  • 1 Ride (CY-13R)
  • the KD-10 Kick
  • and the MDS-4KVX drum stand
TD-17KV - the middle model
  • the TD-17 sound module
  • PDX-12 snare
  • 3 PDX-8 toms
  • the CY-5 Hi-Hat - mounts on the drum stand
  • Hi-Hat control pedal, the FD-9
  • 1 Crash (CY-8)
  • 1 Ride (CY-8)
  • the KD-10 Kick
  • the MDS-4V drum stand (differs from the TD-17KVX, same as the TD-17K-L)
TD-17K-L - the beginning model
  • the lighter TD-17-L Sound Module
  • PDX-8 snare
  • 3 PD-8A toms
  • the CY-5 Hi-Hat - mounts on the drum stand
  • Hi-Hat control pedal, the FD-9
  • 1 Crash (CY-8)
  • 1 Ride (CY-8)
  • the KD-10 Kick
  • the MDS-4V drum stand (differs from the TD-17KVX, same as the TD-17KV)
  • Make sure when buying the TD-17K-L, it does not have the new PDX-12 12" snare pad.
TD-17 accessories
All the kits come with the regular accessories. There are some differences between the models, like the Knob bolt that is needed for the PDX-12 snare pad with the TD-17KV and -X. Or the absorption plate that only comes with the TD-17KVX.
  • Sound module mount
  • AC adaptor
  • Special connection cable
  • Connection cable
  • Drum key
  • Setup guide
  • Owner's manuals
Roland endorsing artists
Just a few of the many artists that play or use Roland percussion products.
  • Michael Schack
  • Vinnie Colaiuta
  • Kaz Rodriguez
  • Thomas Lang
  • Anika Nilles
  • Peter Erskine
  • Chad Wackerman
  • Daniel de los Reyes
  • Dirk Brandt
  • Craig Blundell
Michael Schack
Currently, Michael is besides the drummer of Netsky (live) and a solo #sMashUp DJDrummer also a Roland V-Drums artist/demonstrator for 25 years and teacher at Drumeo.com. SquarElectric's record, a joint venture of Michael Schack and Steve Pittoors, is a ridiculous adventure of ultimate danceable songs, creativity, and the voice of Drumming Ambassador Dom Famularo.

He won Digital Drummer Magazine's category 'E-Drummer of the Year' in 2013, 2014 and 2016. In 2015 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Dutch Slagwerkkrant Magazine. In 2016 he was nominated 'Best Clinician' for Rhythm Mag.

He has played many Drumfestivals around the globe, including The UK Drum Show, Victoria Drum Fest, the 9Beats International Drum Festival in China, both the Adams Drum Festivals, Australia's Ultimate Drummer Weekend and so many more.

Michael Schack plays & uses
  • Roland TD-30KV & TD-50KV V-Drums
  • Roland SPD-30 Octapad
  • Roland SPD-SX Sampling Pad
  • Roland Hybrid TM-6Pro & RT-30 system

  • Tama Starclassic Bubinga & Silverstar Mirage
  • Tama Silverstar Cocktail Jam kit
  • Tama Hardware

  • A good bunch of Meinl Byzance Cymbals
  • A lot of Vic Firth drumsticks
  • Evans drumheads

  • Ableton Live 10 Suite
  • Ableton Push 2
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