The Octapad SPD-20 Pro
Roland introduces the OCTAPAD SPD-20 PRO, a next-generation digital percussion pad for professional players. Introduced over 20 years ago, the original SPD-20 is still treasured by percussionists around the world for its wide-ranging versatility and authentic sounds. Designed in Japan, the OCTAPAD SPD-20 PRO offers the famous eight-pad layout, legendary sounds, and rugged durability of its predecessor, newly enhanced with more responsive playability, additional sounds and functions, and an updated user interface. Compact and portable, the OCTAPAD SPD-20 PRO takes performance to the next level while fully maintaining the core appeal of the classic SPD-20.
Embraced by thousands of players, the SPD-20 is recognized in many global regions as a primary instrument. The OCTAPAD SPD-20 PRO retains every sound from the original percussion pad while also providing an impressive selection of new ones to choose from. In addition, EQ, compression, and three onboard effects engines—each with 38 multi-effects types—can be applied to a single instrument, further broadening the sonic possibilities.
The new premium sounds in the OCTAPAD SPD-20 PRO give players what they need to meet today’s diverse live performance and studio production demands. Sampled in the highest quality, they allow percussionists to authentically cover Asian, African, Latin, and many other world music styles. A wide selection of traditional drum kit sounds are on hand as well. In total, more than 900 instruments are available for musical exploration.
The OCTAPAD SPD-20 PRO includes 200 customizable memories for storing kits, and 100 come filled with ready-to-play sounds. A backlit LCD and direct-access buttons support real-time editing of instrument sounds while performing. Up to four sounds can be layered on any one pad using the pad link function, and kits can be chained to match setlists for different gigs.
Equipped with four dual-trigger inputs and a dedicated hi-hat control input, the OCTAPAD SPD-20 PRO lets users build an expanded percussion setup with a variety of optional Roland trigger pads, including mesh-head V-Pads, V-Cymbals, and the BT-1 Bar Trigger Pad. And by connecting a Roland kick pad and hi-hat control pedal, they can transform the OCTAPAD SPD-20 PRO into a mini drum kit with rock-solid feel and continuous open/closed hi-hat sounds.