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Roland SPD-8

Roland SPD-8

Whereas the Roland R8 was the first beatbox I bought, this was the first electronic instrument I got. I was playing in a live band at the time as a drummer and I wanted something to add some extra sounds/samples to my output without getting too bogged down in the 'hi-tech' gear, of which I knew nothing about at the time. I was happy just hitting things and making a racket!?!

It has some great drum sounds built in and simple riffs/melodies can be played using the 'tuned' sounds from the eight pads. It has 32 kit memories and if used with a footswitch each kit can have a second set of sounds to switch between.
It really comes into its own as a MIDI controller though, once it is hooked up to a sequencer it can be used to bash out beats for any other MIDI device. You can play stuff with a pair of drumsticks that just isn't possible on a keyboard (for me anyway!).

It is setup as part of my electronic kit and is still used sometimes for inputting rhythms, but usually only for parts that are more chromatic, i.e. rhythmical melody lines that are easier to play on the pad rather than a keyboard. For normal drum beats though, I just use the drum kit, a drum pad is really just a set of drum machine buttons that you whack with sticks instead of your fingers, you don't get the whole '2 arms and legs' thing going.