Roland Octapad SPD-30

Posted: June 12, 2010 in Audio Gear, Music
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It’s hard to believe, but it’s a quarter of a century since Roland introduced the original Octapad (the Pad-8). First embraced by flouncy-trousered New Romantics gaily triggering the fizzing snares and brash handclaps of contemporary drum machines, the Octapad has grown from a soundless trigger-surface-only pad to a fully fledged music-making tool in the last 25 years.

Designs don’t stick around that long unless they’re fundamentally solid, so it’s testament to Roland getting a lot of things right from the off that the eight-padded wonder is still with us. [read]

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