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Posted on May 28, 2012 by Joe Stachowiak
Posted on August 25, 2010 by Absolute Music
This review kindly written by Tony Long. You can read more reviews like this, along with Tony's productions at his personal site -> Tony Long Muic
INTRODUCTION TO THE Roland SPD-30 Octapad
The SPD-30 Octapad is the latest digital percussion multi-pad from Roland using the most up-to-date triggering technology and sounds. It has come a very long way since the first Octapad - the Pad-8 introduced in 1985 as a MIDI percussion controller. In 1989 they introduced the second model - the Pad-80 Octapad II which had a larger memory that could store up to 64 different patches with 64 patches on a Roland M-256E memory card. Further improvements to the MIDI specification included the control of modulation, pitch bend and aftertouch using a foot pedal. They then went on to release their SPD range which were very similar to the Octapads but had on board sounds and effects.