The Roland TD-17 Module is a versatile, all-encompassing unit that offers up a huge amount of drum sounds and samples. With its ergonomic and easy-to-use interface, you can easily navigate between menus on-the-fly, to ensure that you're spending more time playing than tweaking!
But that doesn't mean that the TD-17 Module lacks features for the fastidious drummer. With plenty of additional treats, including a 'Coach Mode' to help you to develop your practice routine, as well as bluetooth connectivity for music streaming, there are almost no limits to what this intuitive, forward-thinking module can achieve.
Versatile Drum Sounds
With 50 built-in drum kit presets, you can emulate the sounds of a variety of kits to suit genres from jazz to extreme metal. And if you're a drummer that likes to really refine their drum tones, the TD-17 module allows you to layer different drum samples so that you can create some unique and original sounds. Not only that, but with a powerful onboard EQ, as well as internal effects and pitch control, you can virtually sculpt and tune your perfect drum timbres.
If that isn't enough though, you can also import your very own samples too. Whether that be of legendary snares or shells captured in a world-class studio, you can also use this great feature to trigger even synth and vocal samples!
With its sound engine deriving from Roland's flagship TD50 Module, the high-quality modelling technology that the TD-17 has inherited will give you an incredibly realistic amount of dynamic range. Also varying the tone of samples depending on the velocity that you hit a pad with, this module delivers a very genuine feel that will fully translate the articulation of your playing.
If you're an inexperienced drummer looking to really refine a consistent practice routine, you can use the TD-17's built-in 'Coach Mode' to develop your skills. With a 'Time Check' feature, you can play along to a beat with the module monitoring your accuracy, showing you how in-sync your playing is. Not only improving your time-keeping, with the TD-17's record function you can also capture your playing and listen back to review your progress.
'WarmUp Mode' also allows you to begin every session with a number of beats, with different degrees of difficulty. Ultimately, these will improve your sense of rhythm and co-ordination, helping you to become a super-solid and versatile drummer.
Here's what Roland say about the TD-17 module:
The TD-17’s sound engine delivers a superior drumming experience thanks to Prismatic Sound Modeling technology inherited from the flagship TD-50 sound module. Begin playing and you’ll notice a wider dynamic range and dramatic tonal changes, depending on where and how hard you strike the pad. From rim shots, rolls, flams, and ghost notes on the snare to dramatic crash hits, sustained cymbal swells, and half-open position on the hi-hats along with different sounds for the bow and edge, every nuance is detailed, accurate, and ultra-smooth.
The essential tools to improve your drumming
First thing’s first: drummers should be able to keep a solid beat before moving on to the exciting stuff. But mastering the basics is exciting too, as it provides a solid foundation for building your skills, not forgetting that tracking your progress is highly motivating too. The TD-17 module includes a Coach Mode to support your daily exercise regime. You can warm up, develop your sense of groove, tempo and timing, and even work on your stamina – all with a score that tells you how you’re doing.
Deepen your sense of groove
The Time Check mode develops your accuracy when playing to a click track. The number of accurate strikes is shown as a percentage value, and the screen indicates whether your pad strikes were on, ahead or behind the beat. Used often, Time Check is an invaluable aid to working the groove.
Fine-tune your internal timing
Quiet Count mode helps refine your ‘internal’ sense of time and tempo. For the first few measures, the click is heard at the specified volume, but for the next few measures the click cuts out. During the silenced bars, you will rely on your internal sense of timing, aiming to stay in time as the click returns. Your internal metronome will grow stronger the more you use it.
Effective warmup routines made easy
WarmUp mode makes your daily practice sessions more enjoyable – which means you’re more likely to do them. Choose to warm up over five, ten or fifteen minutes, with varying rates of difficulty, and then select a tempo. A range of exercises will then prepare you for some serious drumming, including changes to rhythm type, changes to tempo and evaluating the accuracy of your playing. At the end, you’ll get an overall grade – which you’ll want to improve on.
Join your favorite band – no audition necessary
Although playing endless drum solos is undeniably fun, it only takes you so far. Push your drumming further by playing along with your favorite bands, or rehearse the tunes you’ll be playing on stage. Wirelessly stream favorite songs from your smartphone to the TD-17 via Bluetooth audio, and hear the entire performance through your headphones. You can even record your performance and then listen back, to decide where you need to improve.
Play with your band – wherever they are
If you’re in a band, getting everyone together can be tough. But rather than go to rehearsals, how about bringing rehearsals to you? Even with no band, you can still work on your drum parts every day, by playing along to your song demos streamed from your smartphone. And once you really are in the same room, you’ll be more than ready.
Record. Listen. Learn.
Listening back to your drumming is one of the best ways to improve. The TD-17 module has an onboard recorder so you can play and then review what you actually played, not what you thought you played. You can even play along and record with the onboard demo songs or audio stored on SD card – it’s also a great way to capture audio for YouTube videos.
Preparing to play live
When rehearsing, it’s important to play with the same familiar drum sounds that you’ll be using on stage. The TD-17 includes a variety of expressive modelled drum sounds inherited from the flagship TD-50, so you’ll be sure to find the perfect drum sound as you prepare for the gig.
Find the perfect kit for the music you play
The TD-17 module includes 50 premium quality drumkits for a range of professional musical scenarios. The warm, wooden vibes of ‘Acoustic’. The small-but-tight ‘Compact’ which captures the sound of smaller stages. The wide-open expanse of ‘Arena Stage’. The clarity of “Studio” which is perfect for recording. The richness of “Fat Rock” or the intensity of “Speed Metal”…whatever music gets you going, the TD-17 will help you get there.
Get to know your gig venue – before you arrive
Before the gig, become familiar with the acoustics of the venue you’ll be performing at. Use the onboard reverb and ambience of the TD-17 module to simulate the sound and become acclimatized to the venue – all from the comfort of your home.
Create your very own signature drum kit
Today’s pro drummers craft their signature drum sounds by layering many sound elements; a snare sound is made by layering different snare sounds, each with their respective attack elements, ambience and so on. The TD-17 also lets you create your signature drum kit, by using onboard pitch control, EQ, effects and more.
Import samples and sound just like the record
For some performances, you simply have to use a specific sound. The TD-17 module can import samples so you can trigger original single-shot drum samples, or introduce entire audio phrases, sequences or vocals. Imported samples can even be mixed and layered with internal TD-17 sounds, to create a powerful and full drum sound that matches the real thing.
Learn at your own pace with online lessons and desktop applications
Aside from studying with a drum teacher, there are plenty of online drum lessons or computer-based learning methods. The TD-17 is designed to help you improve – however you like to learn.
Play along to video lessons – streamed wirelessly from your smartphone
Place your smartphone on the module’s front panel, connect wirelessly via Bluetooth and hear the drum lesson audio (along with your playing) coming loud and clear through headphones or monitors. Watching a video lesson and then playing along has never been easier.
Have fun improving – with Melodics
Have fun and become a better drummer by downloading Melodics for V-Drums: a free application for Windows or Mac computers. With a series of free drum lessons that develop your sense of rhythm, timing, and muscle memory, subscribers can also access additional premium content including over 70 lessons, with more being added each week.
- Natural, rich and dynamic drum sounds, inherited from flagship TD-50 sound engine
- Improve your sense of time with Time Check and Quiet Count as part of Coach Mode
- Warm-up menu provides a basic daily exercise routine to help your playing progress
- Enjoy playing along with your favorite tunes by streaming audio from your smartphone to the TD-17 via Bluetooth audio
- Choose a kit that matches the tune or style you’re playing, from 50 premium preset drum kits
- Adjust the ambience of each kit to match the venues you perform at
- Customize the preset drum kits to match your preferred drum sound
- Import your own samples for a drum sound that matches the original recording
- Watch video lessons on your smartphone and play along, while the audio comes through the headphones via Bluetooth
- Develop your playing and timing with free to download ‘Melodics for V-Drums’ software (PC/Mac)