Life as a working drummer is not without pressure. From one job to the next, you’ll be expected to move fast and find the perfect drum sound, satisfying your audience, fellow musicians, engineers and the all-important paying client. But that’s a big challenge when you’re playing a traditional kit. Acoustics can vary drastically from venue-to-venue. Mixing engineers all take a different approach. You could be presented with unknown material with moments to spare, or asked to replicate the drum sound from a studio recording. Life gets much easier when you add the Roland TM-6 PRO to your favorite acoustic drum kit. Smart, simple and discreet, this new trigger module gives you instant and reliable access to every drum sound in the book, on every stage you play.
In this video, drummer Bob Hall of Catfish and the Bottlemen uses the TM-6 PRO to trigger samples from his kick and snare drum using RT-30 acoustic drum triggers, while playing back melodic phrases and samples via BT-1 trigger pad, and expressive tom sounds via V-Pads.
Every drummer feels the pressure when the clock is ticking, the band are waiting and your kit doesn’t sound quite right. The TM-6 PRO lets you walk into any gig and find your sound fast. Designed for hybrid drumming, this trigger module is preloaded with 500 new sampled sounds, from electronic and processed tones to acoustic drum sounds and sound elements. Drummers who dart between jobs can switch between a libraries of sounds in seconds. Try electronic sounds including fat-synth kick, vintage drum machines, claps and SFX, alongside processed sounds like compressed snares and kicks that cut through onstage. Get the best of the old-school, with exceptional-quality preloaded acoustic drum sounds, recorded at world-renowned studios like Real World and Rockfield. Enhance the attack of your snare and bring low-end power to your kick using sound elements. It’s all at your fingertips.
As a working drummer, it’s vital that nothing kills your swing. You’ll make yourself even more employable with the TM-6 PRO, which supplements its onboard sound library with a selection of natural and expressive V-Drums sounds. For drummers yet to explore the hybrid concept, this feature is hugely reassuring, letting you use the same playing technique as you would on acoustic drums – even open/closed hi-hat control is possible using the V-Drums sounds and the hi-hat control connector on the module.
Whether you’re playing in a covers band or touring with a major artist, pro drummers will often be asked to recreate the signature drum tone from a famous studio recording – and your reputation depends on getting it right. Rely on the TM-6 PRO to nail any tone, thanks to the user sample feature that lets you import the exact sounds from the recorded track via SD card and play them using your acoustic kit. And that’s just the start. When your bandleader asks you for a fresh take, it’s easy to customize those imported audio samples, combining them with the module’s built-in sounds, adding powerful onboard effects or switching and mixing layered samples according to the strength of your stick-hits.
As you evolve as a drummer, it’s vital that your kit can grow, too. The TM-6 PRO is the jump-off to an ambitious hybrid kit that could help you win more varied commissions. It’s easier than you think to expand your acoustic kit, simply adding a selection of Roland’s pads, triggers and pedals via the module’s six trigger inputs (max 12 pads with optional Y-cable) – then enjoying a kit that offers swing, style and lightning-fast sound response. For flexibility, the TM-6 PRO’s four direct outputs work as four mono channels or two stereo channels to process the sound individually (it’s also possible to set six mono channels or three stereo channels outputs when you set the main outputs to direct outputs). You could even assign a song track or click track to specific direct outputs. This is your kit – and you’re in charge.
|Instruments||Preset instruments: 268
Factory preloaded user samples: 500
|User Sample Import||Number of user sample: Maximum 1,000 (includes factory preloaded 500 user samples)
Sound length (total): 48 minutes in mono, 24 minutes in stereo
File formats that can be loaded: WAV (44.1 kHz, 16/24 bits)
|Effect Types||Pad Equalizer: each pad (HEAD/RIM independently)
Pad Transient: each pad (HEAD/RIM collectively)
Pad Compressor: each pad (HEAD/RIM collectively)
Pad Multi-Effects: 30 types: each pad (HEAD/RIM collectively)
Reverb Type: 5 types
|Song Player (SD Card)||Audio file: WAV (44.1 kHz､16/24 bit), MP3 (*1)|
|Display||Graphic LCD 128 x 64 dots|
|External Memory||SD card (SDHC supported)|
|Connectors||TRIGGER IN jack x 6: 1/4-inch TRS phone type
PHONES jack: Stereo 1/4-inch phone type
MASTER OUT jacks (L, R): 1/4-inch phone type
DIRECT OUT jack x 4: 1/4-inch phone type
HH CTRL jack: 1/4-inch phone type
FOOT SW jack: 1/4-inch TRS phone type
MIDI OUT connector
USB COMPUTER port: USB B type (USB Hi-Speed AUDIO/MIDI)
DC IN jack
|Number of USB Audio Record/Playback Channels||Sampling rate (Original): 44.1 kHz
Sampling rate (with Sampling rate converter): 96 kHz, 48 kHz
Record: 8 channels
Playback: 8 channels
|Power Supply||AC adaptor (DC 9 V)|
|Current Draw||453 mA|
Leaflet "USING THE UNIT SAFELY"
Screw x 4 (*2)
|Options (sold separately)||Acoustic drum trigger: RT series
Pads: PD series, PDX series, BT-1
Cymbals: CY series
Kick: KD series
Kick pedal: KT series
Hi-hat control pedal: FD series
Footswitch: BOSS FS-5U, FS-6
Personal drum monitor: PM series
Pad stand: PDS-10
All purpose clamp: APC-33
|Size and Weight|
|Weight (excluding AC adaptor)||1.0 kg
2 lbs 4 oz