Does anyone here use a Roland SPD-SX? I have a bunch of questions about using one...

June 18, 2012 3:01 PM

Does anyone here use a Roland SPD-SX? I have a bunch of questions about using one...

Here are the things that I would love to be able to do with it:
1) Make the click play a different or accented beat on the '1'
2) Make a pad trigger the click, then play its backing after two bars of that click
3) For the backing track pad, disregard further hits on that particular pad once the backing part is playing.

Anyone know if/how to do these things?

Thanks a million for any help...
posted by Cantdosleepy (3 comments total)

Might go throw this into AskMe and see if anyone has one...
posted by Cantdosleepy at 3:42 AM on June 19, 2012

Yeah sorry, mate, it looks like a cool piece of kit but alas I don't have one. MeFiMu is a pretty small audience relative to the rest of the site, and even though we're many of us gearheads it's a bit of a gamble that any of us have any given piece of kit and have any skill with it. We may have struck out on this one...

AskMe might be a better place, or you could also check out GearSlutz (totally safe for work despite the name but totally NOT safe for your wallet).
posted by Doleful Creature at 7:31 AM on June 19, 2012

1. Not possible, from what I see in the manual (page 54)

2. Unlikely. I didn't check, but that's a very 'un-Roland' way of doing things. To be honest few synth manufacturers allow any kind of interaction with the metronome. On

3. No. If you have other gear, consider triggering one pad via MIDI (p67) and setting the other gear to only respond to the first trigger. This is an inelegant solution, to say the least.

On the other hand, if you can train yourself not to hit a particular pad, then just add 2 bars of click to the start of the backing track, load that onto your least-favored pad (and/or trigger it with a footswitch), and put the pad in Phrase mode. Theoretically.
posted by anigbrowl at 1:24 AM on June 20, 2012

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