Roland has announced that the TD-50X Upgrade is available now for download on Roland Cloud. They say that, bringing the complete expressive power of Roland's most advanced drum module to the original TD-50 V-Drums, the TD-50X Upgrade is filled with new instrument sounds, preset kits, and feature enhancements--including a fully optimized performance with the VH-14D digital hi-hat--making it a must-have for all TD-50 module owners.
Here's the details direct from Roland...
Refined Playability and 900-Plus New Sounds
The TD-50X Upgrade features over 900 total sounds--up from 422 in the original module--including hundreds of new kick, snare, hi-hat, tom, and cymbal selections. These premium drums leverage the full expressive potential of the Prismatic Sound Modeling engine, providing incredible playability with rich overtones and unlimited sonic colors.
70 New Preset Kits
Also included are 70 newly developed preset kits, all purposefully tuned for full, punchy, and dynamic sound. Created with top drummers and recording engineers, these inspiring kits let you take on any style at the touch of a button, from traditional jazz to full-throttle metal.
VH-14D Digital Hi-Hat Support
The advanced digital pad technology first introduced with the PD-140DS snare and CY-18DR ride has been expanded with the VH-14D digital hi-hat, bringing ultra-detailed playability to the three most nuanced pieces in the kit. This groundbreaking electronic hi-hat takes performance to an all-new level, offering touch sensitivity, tonal variation, and open/closed resolution never available until now. The TD-50X Upgrade provides the most complete and immersive VH-14D experience you can get, with sounds and processing fully optimized for its sophisticated detection capabilities.
32 Channels for Computer Music Production
The TD-50X upgrade makes it even more powerful for recording and producing tracks in a DAW. With the Core Audio driver on a Mac or ASIO driver on a Windows computer, there's now support for 32 channels of premium-quality audio transfer over USB, up from the 10 channels with the standard TD-50.
PureAcoustic Ambience and More Multi-Effects
The TD-50X Upgrade extends the TD-50's ambience features with PureAcoustic Ambience technology, bringing a new level of realism to the electronic drumming experience. Instantly place kits in stunningly natural and immersive sound fields, from tight studio spaces to massive halls and everything in between. More sound-shaping tools are included with the upgrade, with multi-effects selections increased from 30 to 38.
Sound Expansion Through Roland Cloud
The TD-50X and upgraded TD-50 modules are the first V-Drums products to be supported through Roland Cloud. This evolving platform offers a diverse range of authentic Roland software synthesizers and instrument sound libraries. Roland Cloud unlocks an expanding collection of premium V-Drums kits and curated samples for studio production and live playing, with access to a variety of releases the moment they arrive.
Pricing and Availability:
The Roland TD-50X Upgrade is available now for $199 through Roland Cloud Manager, the software-based interface for Roland Cloud content. Simply download, install, and open Roland Cloud Manager on a computer, and then create a free Roland Account when prompted (or sign into an already existing account). From there, navigate to the V-Drums menu and select the TD-50X Upgrade for payment and installation details.
Once upgraded, users can try out the TD-50X Free Kits available at the TD-50X product page on the Roland website, as well as the free TD-50X Session Collection 01 in Roland Cloud Manager.
With Matt Hodson
From recent Brighton gig
Syntakt, Stuber Cherry Audio listening tests
The knobs actually move