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Roland V-Drums Acoustic Design VAD503 Kit

Unique, Compact & Creative

NAMM 2020 - Official 'Best In Show' Winner!
Written by

Will Brook-Jones

Please Note: you will need sticks, a drum stool, headphones, a kick pedal, a hi-hat stand and a snare stand (all sold separately) to get the most out of this kit. 

The VAD503 isn’t like other e-kits. You can see that just by looking at it. It marries an acoustic look with a beating electronic heart. Roland continue to innovate in the percussion space and this is the latest result. They’ve produced a kit that both looks and sounds the part – whether you’re performing live or just practicing at home. A one up, one down configuration features a sleek finish and is mounted on chrome, double-braced stands; the line between acoustic and electronic has been convincingly blurred here.

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Realistic Feel

Roland’s renowned tension-adjustable, multi-ply mesh heads feel incredibly authentic to use; you can even tweak the level of stick rebound to suit your own style. Further realism can be found in the bass drum. Each hit moves air within the shell, building a level of resistance and air pressure which is almost indistinguishable from playing a traditional kick.

Full depth wood shells across the board improve stick feel, accuracy, and further reinforces the acoustic aesthetic. The more natural, wider layout is instantly familiar to any drummer. As soon as you sit down behind it, you’ll be completely comfortable and ready to get stuck in.

Industry leading architecture found in the ride and snare pads delivers even more expression and control. Speedy processing and a set of sensors allow you to use techniques that are usually reserved for an acoustic kit. Play rim shots; play ghost notes; play cross stick; all in astounding levels of detail. The ride can be quickly muted with just a touch of the bell/bow too!

Prismatic Sound Modelling

The TD-27 sound module is packed chock full of drums which faithfully recreate their acoustic counterparts. These sounds have been produced in the best possible way too. An extensive sampling process of various cymbals, percussion and drums (encompassing modern and vintage) took place in some of the best recording studios in the world. These were then seasoned with Roland’s Prismatic Sound Modelling. This process helps to bring the drums to life with a behaviour and response that mirrors true acoustic sets.

Custom Configurations

Build custom kits from the ground up to suit a wide range of musical scenarios. Intuitive controls ensure you can select and edit each characteristic of your kit – right down to the most minute features of each drum and cymbal. Change the tuning, add dampening, switch out the head type, increase/decrease the tension of your snare wire, swap the kick beater material. Anything you usually do on an acoustic set can be done here!

Any edits you do make are saved immediately. Experiment even further by layering any samples you’ve uploaded with the onboard sounds from the module.

PureAcoustic Ambience Tech

This new technology produces authentic, all-encompassing sound – no matter the kind of drum kit you select on the module. You can tweak the finest of details as well. Change the position of the microphones on each set; use the overhead mic simulator and find the perfect overall tones; harness the power of built-in audio effects and mixing tools (including compressors, EQ’s, reverbs, delays etc) to craft your ideal drum sound.

Versatile Connectivity

A variety of connections benefit both studio and live use. The TD-27 module boasts stereo outputs for the complete drum sound. There are then two direct outputs for sending the snare and kick to an external mixing console. This is ideal for onstage performances.

An in-built USB audio interface is ideal for music production. There are 28 audio channels available to you over just one cable! MIDI is supported too; you can either connect via a dedicated I/O, or simply using USB. Triggering sounds in your computer software is both simple and extremely fun.

Easy Expansion

Three auxiliary trigger inputs allow you to add more cymbal and tom pads to expand your kits layout. You could even add another bass drum for some serious double-kick power! Whichever you choose, you’ll be expanding upon the creative potential of your kit!

Work on Your Chops

Onboard practice modes help you to develop better technique, all while tracking your overall progress. A metronome works to improve your timing; you can even record your playing on the fly and listen back to it. This is super useful if you want to pick out precisely what you need to improve on! In-built Bluetooth lets you play along with your favourite tracks from a laptop or mobile phone.

Sturdy Hardware

Your cymbals and the drums themselves are mounted on sturdy double-braced chrome stands. This means they’re incredibly solid and reliable platforms while you play. They can be easily adjusted too to suit your personal preferences. Having stands like this doesn’t just create a more acoustic aesthetic – they lead to a more realistic playing feel as well!

Specially made, slim V-Cymbals attach to the stands via an innovative pivot mount. This leads to a more natural acoustic swing which is usually only attributed to traditional acoustic cymbals.


  • TD-27 Module
  • 14" Snare
  • 10" Rack Tom
  • 14" Floor Tom
  • 20" Kick Drum
  • 18" Ride Cymbal
  • 12" Hi-Hat
  • 14" Crash


  • Improve your drumming chops using the onboard practice functions.
  • Built-in Bluetooth allows you to play along to your favourite tunes via a laptop or smartphone.
  • Expand your kit using the three auxiliary trigger inputs.
  • Built-in 28-channel USB audio interface. Allows for premium music production via your computer/laptop.
  • Send separate drum sounds to an external PA mixer via the stereo mix output and two assignable outputs.
  • Import custom WAV samples using an SD card.
  • Customise and create unique drum sounds using the hands-on controls.
  • PureAcoustic Ambience technology lets you place your kit in natural sounding environments.
  • Full-size wooden shells and chrome, double-braced stands create an acoustic aesthetic.
  • TD-27 sound module features smart Prismatic Sound Modelling technology.  
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