Roland has been one of my favorite brands for electronic drum kits. And having used the TD-11KV V drums for a while now, I am never disappointed with what they have to offer.
In the review, I will not be talking about the biggest features this kit can do. Instead, I will focus on the most important questions.
By the end of the review, you should tell whether it is the right one for you or you need something else. It is all about identifying what makes a drummer happy.
Key feature On the Roland TD-11 KV
As usual, Roland does not disappoint in making this e-kit as functional as possible. If you are concerned about the quality of sounds that come from e-drums, you can relax a bit now that this drum kit has got you covered.
Talking of sounds, there is no e-drum kit that will give you the realist output you get from an acoustic piece.
But Roland has been working on getting you as close to that feeling as possible. And the Roland TD-11KV is a perfect example of the genius creators can do.
Compared to other products, especially at this price range, you will be happy with the real drumming experience that comes from the Roland pads.
You may be asking who the kit is made for. An important question, but I will get into that in a short while.
Let’s just say the kit comes with the best feature you can expect from a good-quality e-drum kit. Whether you want to rock them freely or play along any of the many recorded sounds in the module, there is nothing to stop from getting the most out of it.
The first thing you will notice is a fairly large LCD that enables you to use the right settings. You can easily choose your playing mode and switch sounds from the screen. Such an easy interface makes many drummers love working with the kit.
Even though it comes with several inbuilt sounds, some of us are never satisfied with those few options!
The simple USB connection lets you connect to your computer so that you can create and add your own customized sounds.
Besides, you get to use a different application to change and edit the sounds to your liking. The USB also lets you backup your projects on your laptop or play from external sources.
When looking for an e-drum kit, I always check its stability because it affects sound quality and the overall results. This kit is very stable and secure. You can play as hard as you want, and as long as your time allows and it will still stand.
It features a solid and compact stand. The MDS-4V is a custom stand you will get with all V drums. You won’t have to worry about the stability of your setup.
But it is not even the stand that makes the kit look amazing.
It is its design. The kit has been finished with a portable and compact build that will fit even in the smallest room.
The SuperNatural TD-11 drum module with highly advanced features creates natural and realistic sounds. This means you get almost the same quality as you would with acoustic sets.
If you are an experienced drummer, you know that the pads’ material makes all the difference in e-drums.
In this, the TD-11KV comes with mesh-heads on the snare and toms. This feature is amplified by good sounding V-cymbals and a CY-5 hi-hat.
The cymbal pad is a highly responsive 10-inch playing area that gives you enough space to swing naturally.
The hi-hat controller is another great addition from Roland. With it, you get smooth transitions and more realistic sounds from the hi-hat.
The kick pad is designed for natural feeling too. Playing it almost feels like you are working with real drums.
The dynamic response that comes from the kick pad is something you won’t get from many drums at this price range. It ensures the player gets accurate triggering for an incredible drumming experience.
There is no kick pedal on the kit, which is perhaps its major weakness. This means you will have to dig deeper into your pockets for this component is you want a full kit.
Who is the Roland TD-11KV for?
In my experience with the kit, this might not be the best question. But I will go with it anywhere because it brings the message home much faster.
Hence, we can look at it from different points:
Your level of playing
Many people will ask you whether you are a beginner, an intermediate, or an experienced drummer. And it could be the force that drives most buyers.
However, the best way to look at the TD-11KV in this regard is how much you are willing to spend on a quality electronic kit.
If you are on a budget and you need to use as little money as possible. I would recommend you go for this good quality affordable electronic drum kits.
And if you are ok with Roland TD-11KV price, then it will not be an issue whether you are an experienced drummer or just beginning. And this means the Roland TD-11KV is really for those who want to invest in quality sounds.
What is your aim?
There are three possible reasons you may be looking for an electronic drum kit: to record from home, for live performance, or for practicing.
– For a home studio
Recording music in a studio is very expensive. This is the reason many people fail to get their ideas to the world.
Luckily, electronic drums have made things easy. But not all kits are good for this use.
Which brings us to the question of whether the TD 11 module is any good. Let’s just say you want quality sounds, and record anything from metal to jazz.
Preferences change as you continue learning more and more about drumming. It is the module that creates the environment for quality home recording. It makes the sound.
The Roland TD-11KV module is intuitive enough to get any drummer where they want to be. The display shows you what you are doing or where you want to be. It shows you the drummer set sound number one “real rock” is active when you open the module.
As if that is not enough, you can create more than 25 drum kits yourself with a customized approach. There are close to 200 different sounds to choose from and enjoy the versatility of this kit.
Now if you think this is not enough for you, don’t worry. The TD-11 MIDI connection lets you connect to your computer so you can create even more amazing sounds.
In other words, the sound quantity on the TD-11KV module is on point. There is enough for any level drummer.
Apart from the quantity, there is something about sound quality for this module that sets it apart from others.
Roland only records real instruments, and you can hear them from any kit they bring to the market. The SuperNatural sound technology makes the TD 11 to always sound different from other kits.
You sound louder depending on where you hit. It can also come out louder, brighter, or with a long reverb.
It is hard for some people to tell the difference between recording with the Roland TD-11 module and an acoustic drum. That is just how good the kit sounds.
Professional drummers already know what they want with their e-drum set. The TD-11KV module allows one to set a range of sound parameters for each drum or cymbal.
You can tune the head, muffle a tom, or alter the buzz in the snare. And if you want to change the tone color, there is no reason to struggle. All these changes can be done easily by pushing three buttons.
In a nutshell, there is no reason you should not record with the Roland TD-11KV from the comfort of your home. The best part is you can do this without even changing or setting anything else on the module.
– Playing live
If you have ever used an electronic drum kit for live recording, there are two major things it has to do.
Number one: it has to give the sounds needed for each song. The main advantage of e-drums is that you can easily hear the sound of the whole kit by simply pressing a button.
This means you change the sound feel at any time to link with a new song. There are more than 50 slots available on the module that will ensure every gig is different.
After all, no band plays so many songs in one night.
And if you need more features for performing live, there are the ambiance effects on the Roland TD-11KV that are effect with a push of a button.
The kit looks beautiful on stage. Most drummers stay unnoticed because what they are playing does not appear on the front row.
People will judge you from what you are playing, and you need to give them a good impression. It is not only the sounds you produce that will drive your audience crazy but also your presence.
The Roland TD-11KV has all the sounds to play different gigs for as long as you want. You can also alter the sounds to echo different environments. I enjoy annoying my guitarists by asking them if they have similar capabilities.
They say no one is born a perfect drummer. It can drain all your energy and take up all your time before you start sounding anything close to what you hear from experienced performers.
There are two important things here, getting the right motions or coordination, and knowing how to keep time and keeping your motivation high.
You get these from the Roland TD-11KV.
Anyone who is into drumming does so because they love it. It is fun and trains you proper coordination, timing, and playing methods.
You need to be motivated for this. The design and features of the Roland TD-11KV take care of this.
In terms of timekeeping, the TD-11KV comes with a metronome in the coach-mode. It has time check, quiet count, and warm-up functions that will get you keeping time without must struggle.
Learning drums requires that you get the right motions. This means your acoustic set should look more or less like an acoustic one.
The TD-11KV is such a kit.
There are two types of pads on the Roland TD-11KV: The mesh on the snare and bass drums and rubber on tom. These differences are evident in the volume.
They are all silent, which means your neighbors will not be complaining about too much noise.
Roland is always at the forefront of providing cutting edge technology with their drum sets. Drummers like Derrick Wright (Adele) only trust the brand.
If you have the money, therefore, the Roland TD-11KV is a good choice. It is perfect for practicing as well as a live performance.