The Roland V-Drums VAD306 Acoustic Design Electronic Drum Kit is a unique electronic drum kit, purposefully compact while maintaining the distinctive acoustic aesthetic of the series. The footprint is the same as a mid-level V-Drums set, making it ideal for home use and tight stages. Cutdown shallow shells save space and weight—but from the playing position, they feel instantly familiar to any drummer. Double-braced stands with tom mounts and cymbal boom arms complete the layout and further enhance the acoustic theme. And with its organic, expressive sound, the TD-17 module provides all the acoustic tone and playability drummers need, whether playing from home or gigging on the bar circuit.
Powerful Sound and Realistic Expression
The heart of the VAD306 is the TD-17 module, filled with sounds derived from the acclaimed TD-50 sound engine. It features a vast collection of vintage and modern drums, cymbals and percussion, all sampled in ultra-high audio detail with every possible velocity and head strike captured. Roland’s unique Prismatic Sound Modeling is then married with these samples to deliver complex, true-to-life tonal range and smooth dynamic transitions between hits. The result is an experience that doesn’t just sound faithfully acoustic—it behaves acoustically too.
Create (and Craft) a Signature Drum Kit
The TD-17 module features a wide range of ready-to-play kits, including 10 new acoustic-focused presets created for the VAD306. While the preset kits sound great, it’s easy to dive deeper and build custom drum setups with intuitive editing tools. Think of the module as a huge warehouse of drums and cymbals from different eras, which players can mix and match in any combination. After that, swap the heads, change the tuning, add muffling, and even change the virtual space for realistic ambience. Take things even further by loading external samples and combining them with onboard instruments, crafting personalized kits that no other drummer can claim.
Larger Pads and a Wider Playing Spread
Acoustic drums are usually bigger than electronic drum pads. The size of each drum adds to the overall experience, not just visually but also in stick feel and physical layout. This is why the VAD306 features a 12” snare and floor tom, two 10” rack toms, and an 18” kick, creating a naturally wide playing spread. The shells are made of wood, too, enhancing the authentic acoustic feel under the sticks and beater.
The Natural Feel of Acoustic Drums
Roland’s legendary multi-ply, tension-adjustable mesh heads contribute significantly to the authentic playing feel, allowing players to adjust the rebound to match their individual playing style. And when you bury the beater into the specially designed kick drum, you physically move air inside the shell, creating air pressure and resistance that feels remarkably like playing an acoustic kick.
Shallow Shells, Deeper Performance
While the shallow-depth tom and kick shells in the VAD306 kit save space and weight, they don’t scrimp on performance. Each drum features custom sensors engineered to provide natural response and premium feel in an amazingly compact size.
Double-Braced Chrome Drum Stands
The way acoustic drums and cymbals are mounted not only projects a classic image—it also influences the playing feel. The tom pads mount on the same stands used for acoustic toms, so they feel just right when they’re hit. And every stand is double-braced for rock-solid stability, and easily adjusted to suit any preferred layout.
Powerful Practice Tools and Bluetooth Connectivity
The TD-17 module is packed with practice features to help students. Built-in Bluetooth allows smartphones and laptops to stream audio to the module without a cable, perfect for immersive jam sessions with headphones. Play along with favorite music tracks or mix the sound from a YouTube lesson video with the kit. It’s also possible to play songs direct from an SD card and record the drum performance at any time. Onboard coach functions help students focus on skill building and track progress over time. And the metronome can be set for different time signatures and note values, helping improve the player’s inner clock.
Note: Hi-hat stand, bass drum pedal and snare stand sold separately.