April 8, 2013

Roland SPD-30 Octapad and BT-1 Bar Trigger Pad Review

The last video in our series of Roland electronic drum videos has Trevor Root showing off the Roland SPD-30 Octapad and the Roland BT-1 Bar Trigger. The SPD-30 Octapad is similar but also very different when compared to the Roland SPD-SX. The looping features are similar but you get a lot more sounds inside the Octapad. The main difference between the two are that the SPD-SX is meant for loading in your own sounds, while the SPD-30 Octapad is loaded with tons of its own percussion and FX sounds. The BT-1 Bar Trigger pad is a simple trigger for either expanding your existing electronic drum or drum pad setup. It can also function as a simple solution for adding electronic elements to your existing drum kit. Here is our review of both the Roland SPD-30 Octapad and the Roland BT-1 Bar Trigger Pad.

Roland SPD-30 Octapad

Things We Liked

The first …


November 30, 2012

New Album From Kraftwerk’s Karl Bartos

When I was a young brat in high school I was part of the marching band.  I had moved up from playing the lowly 2nd clarinet, to center snare in the drum line.  From that moment on, I was hooked on drums and anything that involved drumming.  Naturally I moved on to a cheap acoustic drum set which annoyed the hell out of my parents.  Looking back on it, if I had the money to go for an electronic drum set, I would have – and I would have spared my folks and my neighbors quite a few headaches.

It wasn’t until I got a little older that I decided to learn the history of electronic instruments like synthesizers and drum pads; all of which led me to Kraftwerk.  It was Kraftwerk who started the trend, which was revolutionarly in the early 80’s when it first arrived on …