Before using this unit, carefully read the sections entitled: “USING THE UNIT SAFELY” and
“IMPORTANT NOTES” (Owner’s Manual). These sections provide important information concerning
the proper operation of the unit. Additionally, in order to feel assured that you have gained a
good grasp of every feature provided by your new unit, Owner’s Manual should be read in its
entirety. The manual should be saved and kept on hand as a convenient reference.
Easy Operation Guide
1 Start by Setting-Up
This Easy Operation Guide explains basic use of the TD-30.
Before you proceed, read “Setup” (p. 35–44) in the “TD-30 Owner’s Manual,” and set up, connect, and
adjust the TD-30 as directed.
Choose a Drum Kit
The TD-30 contains 100 different drum kits, and you can switch between them simply
by pressing a button.
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See the Owner’s Manual “Setup” (p. 35–44)
Drum kit screen
What are drum kits and instruments?
The drum kit screen will appear when you press the [KIT] button.
This screen shows the drum kit name and other information.
On the TD-30, a “drum kit” is a set of
sounds (instruments) assigned to the
various pads. The sound you hear when
you strike a pad is called an “instrument.”
Drum kit number
Drum kit name
Drum Kit
“Kit Chain” — great for live performances
“Kit Chain” is a function that recalls drum kits in the order you specify. This is very
useful when you are performing live. For details, refer to “Specifying the Order
in Which Drum Kits will be Recalled (CHAIN)” (p. 51) in the Owner’s Manual.
Function buttons (F1–F5)
Effect on/off
Press to select a
drum kit
See the Owner’s Manual “Selecting a Drum Kit” (p. 46)
Adjust the Volume
Adjusting the volume of each pad
On the TD-30, not only the overall volume but also the individual volume of each pad can be easily adjusted from the
front panel.
Use the group faders to adjust the volume of each pad.
It’s a good idea to start by setting the faders to the “0” position before you start
adjusting the volume.
Volume controls
By pressing the [FADER]
button, the function of the
faders changes as shown in
the chart.
Here’s how to adjust the overall volume of the entire TD-30.
Headphone volume
Output volume
The [MIX IN] knob adjusts the volume of
the device that’s connected to the rear
panel MIX IN jack.
An LED will light up at the
upper and lower left of the
faders, indicating which set
of sounds is active.
If you connect your portable
audio player to the MIX IN
jack, you can enjoy practicing
the drums while listening to
your favorite music.
Upper indicator
Kick volume
Snare volume
Volume of all toms
Hi-hat volume
Volume of all crash cymbals
Ride cymbal volume
Volume of all pads connected to the AUX 1–4 jacks
Amount of ambience
Lower indicator
See the Owner’s Manual “Using The Group Faders” (p. 28)
AUX 1–4
Volume of individual pads connected to the
AUX 1–4 jacks
Volume of the click sound
Pattern playback volume
USB song volume
Amount of ambience
Various Performance Techniques
TD-30 produces the full dynamic range of the sounds being played, from the most gentle ghost
notes to powerful rim shots. Positional sensing, cymbal chokes, cross-sticking on the snare and
delicate buzz rolls are all possible.
Hit only the head of the pad.
Change the nuance by the strike position
For a snare drum, the tone will change naturally as
you move the strike location from the center of the
head toward the rim.
Head shot
Change the nuance of the rim shot
With certain snare and tom sounds, slight changes
in the way you play rim shots changes the nuance
of the sound.
(VH-13, VH-12)
The sound will change smoothly between open and
The head sound will play.
This lets you play closed sounds that change
according to how strongly you advance the pedal.
Bow shot
With certain ride sounds, the nuance of the
sound will change depending on where
you strike the bow section.
Use the shoulder of the stick to
strike the edge of the cymbal.
Edge shot
The rim sound will be produced when you
strike the area where the edge sensor is
located—the area marked with a dashed
line in the illustration.
Strike the bell area.
The head sound will play.
Bow shot
The rim sound will be produced when
you strike the bell area, as shown in the
Bell shot
(CY-15R, CY-13R)
If you want to use the cross stick technique, press the [F5]
(XSTICK) button while the drum kit screen is displayed to
highlight the “XSTICK” as shown in the illustration.
Strike the bell somewhat strongly with the
shoulder of the stick.
Use the shoulder of the stick to strike
the edge of the top hi-hat.
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* Some snare sounds do not support cross stick.
Scrape the head with a brush.
Playing with
Change the nuance by the
strike position
Hit the striking surface of the top
With snare sounds, you can produce separate sounds
with the rim shot and cross stick techniques.
To play the cross stick, be sure that you only strike
the rim of the pad.
Hit the striking surface of the
From the closed position, advance
the pedal even farther and strike the
Only strike the rim of the pad.
Cross stick
Move the hi-hat pedal up and down,
and strike the hi-hat.
You can also play the foot closed sound (playing the
hi-hat with the pedal completely pressed down) and
foot splash sound (playing the hi-hat with the pedal
fully pressed and then instantly opening it).
Strike the head and the rim of the pad
Rim shot
* Some pads do not support all of the techniques listed below (such as strike
position detection). For details on the techniques supported by each pad, refer to
the table in “Selecting the Pad Type (BANK)” (p. 126) of the Owner’s Manual.
Edge shot
The rim sound will be produced when you strike
the area where the edge sensor is located—the
area marked with a dashed line in the illustration.
When performing with brushes, select the
“19 Brushes” drum kit.
Choke play
Choke the location of the edge sensor
shown in the figure. If you choke an area
where there is no sensor, the sound does
not stop.
* Striking directly on the edge (i.e., exactly from the side) will not produce the correct
* Do not strike the bottom of the top hi-hat, and do not strike the bottom hi-hat.
* Use nylon brushes.
Newly Developed V-Drums SuperNATURAL Sound Engine
Choking the cymbal’s edge with
the hand immediately after
hitting the cymbal makes the
sound stop.
Drum sound reaction
Ambience section
Playing feel and sound
When playing fast open rolls, flams, or ghost-style, single
handed buzz rolls, the sound remains continuous in-between
each hit. And press/closed rolls sound even smoother with the
snare buzz resonance reacting in a natural way.
How the drummer hears himself and how the drum sounds are heard within the music have been given
priority, and by taking advantage of enhanced DSP power, a new ambience section has been created.
On the front panel of the TD-30 there is a dedicated fader for the overall ambience balance.
The TD-30 features vastly improved trigger response, dynamics, and positional sensing. The result is an
even more obvious and natural reaction between the player and the sound.
Hi-Hat control
For recording drums in the studio, placement of the overhead mics is a
must to guarantee a natural presence and brightness in the sound.
Snare drum
When playing the hi-hat from a fully open position and slowly
closing it, a perfectly smooth transition in sound is achieved.
Playing in the half-open position or even in a slightly open
position, the sound remains constant. And the foot-closed
sounds and foot splashes are easier to control.
You can adjust the room size and the room mic position within a choice
of room types that include a concert hall, studio, club, arena, etc.
The new V-Hi-Hat VH-13 features an improved motion sensor.
Combined with advances in trigger technology, the VH-13
provides an even more natural response.
A customized reverb has been specially created for the snare, kick, and
toms, helping them to musically blend together inside the music in an
even more natural way.
Roland takes digital drums to a new height with the implementation of its exclusive SuperNATURAL
concept. The best electronic drums in the world just got better. Improved dynamics and sensitivity make
every nuance of playing drums feel even more natural, no matter what your musical style might be.
A smoother transition in sound reaction between head shots
and rim shots. The snare drum perfectly responds to exactly
how and where the drummer plays. The dynamics, positional
sensing, and even the transition between full and shallow
rim shots has become smoother.
Smooth response for
cymbal edge rolls
Crash cymbals
Be it delicate playing, swell rolls, or powerful crash shots, the
contrasts in dynamic sound reactions are more discernable
than ever.
Ride cymbal
Enhanced dynamics and positional sensing make for a
wonderfully natural feel and sound variations, be it uptempo jazz playing or straight-on rock.
Snare roll/playing position
Overhead mic
Room ambience
What are SuperNATURAL Tones?
Behavior Modeling Technology
Taking advantage of Behavior Modeling Technology, SuperNATURAL is
Roland’s exclusive sound set that achieves a new level of realism and
expression that were difficult to realize with previous sound generators.
Not only physical modeling of the instruments, Roland takes it a step further by modeling the
instrument’s distinctive behavior that responds to how the performer plays, resulting in true-to-life,
expressive sounds in realtime.
Easy Operation Guide
Create a Drum Kit
With 1,100 sounds on board, a huge choice of ways to modify them by using individual eq, compressors, kit ambience, multi effects, mic position adjustments etc, the
TD-30 offers a sound creation potential for all aspects of drumming performance, be it in the studio or on stage.
Basic procedure
Select a pad
The edit screens for each pad (for example the screen that appears when you press the [INST] button) show the number and name of the trigger
jack to which the selected pad is connected. Here’s how to select the pad that you want to edit.
The “rim” is selected if the [RIM]
button is lit, and the “head” is
selected if the button is unlit.
To make settings for a pad, you can
select that pad by striking it.
This is the number and name of the trigger jack. The initial character “H” or “R”
indicates whether the settings are for the head or the rim of the pad.
The [LOCK] button locks the pad
selection for editing so that it won’t
change if you accidentally touch a
different pad.
Move the cursor in the
Change the value at
the cursor.
Execute the function shown in the bottom of the display.
Return to the upper-level screen.
You can press the [H & R] (F5) button to edit both the head and rim values simultaneously.
What are the head and rim?
You can also use these buttons to
select a trigger number. The number
will increment or decrement each
time you press a button.
Select an Instrument
How do I return a drum kit to its factory settings?
You can change the sound (“instrument,” such as snare or kick) played by each pad.
You can restore it to its factory settings as follows.
Select a pad
Refer to “Select a
pad” in this guide.
Press the buttons in the following order:
Select an Instrument
[F2] (PRESET).
In the screen that appears, specify the “Preset” that you want to restore and
the number of the writingdestination “User” kit.
The instrument group is shown above, and
the instrument is shown below. Use the cursor
buttons and the dial to make changes.
Press the buttons in the
following order:
[F5] (COPY) [F5] (EXECUTE).
See the Owner’s Manual “Selecting an Instrument” (p. 54)
Edit an Acoustic Drum Sound (V-EDIT)
You can edit the sound intuitively just as you would for an acoustic drum; for example you can select your favorite head, tune it, and attach muffling (mute).
How do I return all drum kits to their factory settings?
See the Owner’s Manual “Restoring the Factory Settings (F RESET)” (p. 122).
Select a pad
Refer to “Select a
pad” in this guide.
See the Owner’s Manual “Editing an Instrument’s Settings (EDIT)” (p. 56)
Edit the Effects
What each effect does
The TD-30 provides five types of effects as described in “What each effect does” at the right.
You can use a “group fader”
to adjust the amount of
Turning each effect on/off
Compressor (COMP)
The compressor can be applied to each pad individually.
It can be used to obtain a more powerful-sounding tone.
Press [F1] – [F5]
EQ (equalizer)
This is a three-band (high, mid, low) equalizer that can
be applied to each pad. It’s used to adjust the tonal
to turn ON/OFF
Editing each effect
Ambience section (AMBIENCE)
This produces an ambience (room reverberation) that’s
ideal for drum sounds. You can adjust the overhead mics
(mic position), the room ambience (type and size of
room), and the reverberation.
Press the button shown in the illustration to access the corresponding effect screen. For details about editing procedure, refer to “Effects” (p. 67) in the Owner’s Manual.
Multi-effect (MULTI EFFECTS)
This is a powerful multi-effect unit that you can use to
modify your sound, for example by distorting it or by
adding depth and spaciousness.
Master compressor
EQ (equalizer)
Master compressor (MASTER COMP)
This effect is used for mastering. It smooths out the
peaks when recording, making the overall tonal
character more consistent.
See the Owner’s Manual “Effects” (p. 67)
Adjusting the Volume and Pan of the Pads (Mixer)
You can adjust the volume and pan of each pad individually for every kit. While the “Group faders” explained on the other side of this guide are used to make
temporary adjustments to the TD-30’s overall balance, the mixer allows you to save settings for each individual kit.
Select a pad
Refer to “Select a
pad” in this guide.
Adjust the
See the Owner’s Manual “Mixer” (p. 65)
Play Back WAV or MP3 Files from a USB Flash Drive
The TD-30 can play back WAV or MP3 files from your USB flash drive. You
can use this to practice the drums while listening to your favorite music.
Before you continue, use your computer to copy the audio files (WAV or MP3) to the root directory of your USB flash drive. For
details on the formats that can be played, refer to “Song Player” (p. 85) in the Owner’s Manual.
to select
How do I change the speed?
a song
You can view a list of songs
the speed
You can use a foot switch (separately sold) or pad to select a song from the USB flash drive,
and start or stop playback. This is ideal for live performance.
See the Owner’s Manual “Assigning a Function to a Footswitch or Pad (CONTROL)” (p. 117)
Listen to the Patterns
Use V-Drums Friend Jam
Using your USB flash drive
In the V-Drums Friend Jam
screen where you select a
song, click the [Save the
data of this box] to save the
MP3 files. Copy them in the
root directory of your USB
flash drive, and then you can
play them back as practice
songs on the TD-30.
The TD-30 contains phrases called “patterns” which you can easily play back. By letting a preview pattern play while you switch kits, you can audition the sounds without having to
strike the drums yourself. It’s also convenient to leave a pattern playing while editing a kit’s sounds or effects.
to select
How do I change the tempo?
See the Owner’s Manual “Song Player” (p. 85)
V-Drums Friend Jam is a drummer’s
social networking tool that lets you
use the V-Drums and your computer
to enjoy practicing/competing
with friends around the world.
Practice songs can be automatically
downloaded from the internet, and
you can upload your score to Twitter.
Access and
download it.
You can even use a foot switch or pad to play/stop the song
Adjust the pan
a pattern
How do I sound a click?
the tempo
Turn the
click sound
See the Owner’s Manual “Pattern Sequencer” (p. 89)
See the Owner’s Manual “Tempo” (p. 81)