The Roland VAD-503 V-Drums Acoustic Design Drum Kit includes the TD-27 sound module, four drum shells with a smart midnight sparkle finish, three cymbal pads and custom chrome hardware. This premium ‘one-up, one-down’ kit features wooden shells with full depth and diameter to provide exceptionally authentic feel and responses. Roland’s advanced digital sensor technology and dynamic TD-27 module provide the sound and responses to match the acoustic aesthetic – making sure every stroke, ghost note, roll and swell is expressed in incredible detail.
The TD-27 provides an expressive and dynamic sound, inherited from the Prismatic Sound Modelling technology of the flagship TD-50. These sounds can be edited with the newly developed PureAcoustic Ambience Technology to match your desired playing environment.
- Sound Module: TD-27
- Bass Drum Pad: 20” KD-200-MS
- Snare Pad: 14” PD-140DS
- Tom Pad: 10” PDA100-MS
- Floor Tom Pad: 14” PDA140F-MS
- Hi-Hat: 12” VH-10
- Crash: 14” CY-14C-T
- Ride: 18” CY-18DR
*Hi-Hat Stand, Snare Stand & Pedal NOT included. See bundle packages.
An authentic acoustic drumming experience
The authentic look, layout and playability of a high-end acoustic drum kit. The Roland VAD-503 V-Drums Acoustic Design Drum Kit makes any drummer feel instantly at home with realistic drum dimensions. The VAD-503 includes a 14” stainless steel snare drum, plus a 10” rack tom, a 14” floor tom and a 20” kick drum – each constructed from full-depth wood shells, adding to the authenticity and providing genuine acoustic feel under the stick and beater.
The cymbals include a 12” V-Hi-hat, 14” crash (with a thin profile and textured finish), and an 18” ride for superior playability and natural appearance on stage.
Digital pad technology provides exceptional responses
Roland’s cutting-edge digital pad technology brings even deeper realism to the V-Drums experience. The digital snare and ride pads connect to the TD-27 module via USB cables, working together with the sound engine to deliver the most natural expression, allowing your drumming skills to be heard in incredible detail. Multiple sensors and lightning-fast processing provide an amazing response, enabling you to play genuine techniques in the most natural way. Ghost notes, rim shots, and cross stick playing on the snare are precisely detected and translated, while the ride offers a wide tonal range and the ability to subtly mute with just a touch of the bow or bell.
Mesh heads provide the natural feel of acoustic drums
Roland’s multi-ply, tension-adjustable mesh heads contribute significantly to the authentic playing feel, providing a stick rebound that is entirely customisable for your own individual playing style. In addition to this, when you hit the bass drum with the beater, you physically move air inside the shell of the bass drum, creating air pressure and resistance that feels remarkably like playing an acoustic kick drum.
Develop your sounds with Prismatic Sound Modelling
Derived from the flagship TD-50, the TD-27 sound module is filled with drums that live and breathe like acoustic instruments. To create the sounds, Roland’s first stage is to sample the finest drums, percussion and cymbals, both vintage and modern, in world-class recording studios. Roland’s unique Prismatic sound modelling is then applied to the samples, bringing them alive with proprietary behaviour modelling refined over two decades.
Every time you strike a drum or cymbal, you’re playing a full-bodied instrument that responds like its acoustic counterpart in every way, with an unprecedented sonic range at your command.
Create your own signature drum kit
The TD-27 sound module features a wide range of ready-to-play kits, including 10 new acoustic-focused presets created for the VAD-503. And, while the preset kits sound realistic, it’s easy to add your own touch and build your ultimate drum setup with intuitive editing tools. This allows you to change the combination of cymbals, swap the drumheads, change the tuning, add muffling and change the virtual space you’re playing in by adding EQ. You can even load your own samples and combine them with onboard instruments – allowing you to create an entirely personalised kit.
Durable double-braced chrome stands
The way in which acoustic drums and cymbals are mounted not only projects a classic image but also influences the playing feel. The tom pads mount on the same stands used for acoustic toms so that they feel entirely authentic when hit. Every stand is double braced for rock-solid stability and easily adjusted to suit your preferred layout.
PureAcoustic Ambience Technology
The new PureAcoustic Ambience Technology optimises each kit, creating an incredibly natural and immersive sound field when playing. You can also adjust the mic position on each drum kit and dial in the overall sound with the newly developed overhead mic simulator. Finally, advanced onboard multi-effects and mixing capabilities give you the power of a full-scale studio console, with transient, parametric EQs, compressors, reverbs, delays, and more at your command.
Powerful connectivity for stage and studio
The VAD503 delivers a fantastic sound for live performance or recording, thanks to a wealth of connectivity options. The TD-27 module features stereo outputs for the overall drum sound, plus two direct outputs for sending kick, snare, and other sounds to an audio console for independent mixing. In the studio, the built-in USB audio interface makes computer music production easy, with up to 28 audio channels available over a single cable. MIDI is also supported via USB and dedicated I/O, allowing you to sync with other MIDI devices and trigger sounds in computer software.
Kit expansion made easy
With the VAD503, you’re not stuck with a static setup. Using the TD-27 module’s three auxiliary trigger inputs, it’s easy to add tom and cymbal pads to bolster your arsenal. Or you may go for maximum impact with an imposing double-kick setup. Whatever you’re thinking, the auxiliary trigger inputs are the gateway to your ideal drum setup.
Bluetooth connectivity and built-In coaching tools
Built-in Bluetooth lets you wirelessly stream audio from a phone or laptop to the module, ideal for jamming with headphones. Play along with favourite music tracks or mix the sound from a YouTube lesson video with the kit. Onboard coach functions develop skills and track your progress, while the advanced metronome helps improve your inner clock. And at any time, you can record your playing and listen back to highlight what you need to work on.