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Electronic drum kit folds up for under arm portability

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Roland has unveiled a highly portable electronic drum set that can fold up small enough to be carried under the arm
Roland has unveiled a highly portable electronic drum set that can fold up small enough to be carried under the arm
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Roland has unveiled a highly portable electronic drum set that can fold up small enough to be carried under the arm
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Roland has unveiled a highly portable electronic drum set that can fold up small enough to be carried under the arm
The TD-4KP V-Drums Portable set includes a percussion sound module, a kick pad, four pads for snare/toms, three cymbal pads for hi-hat, crash and ride and a hi-hat control pedal
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The TD-4KP V-Drums Portable set includes a percussion sound module, a kick pad, four pads for snare/toms, three cymbal pads for hi-hat, crash and ride and a hi-hat control pedal
The included TD-4 percussion sound module delivers a wide range of expressive drum and percussion sounds that can be easily edited, allowing players to quickly customize their kits
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The included TD-4 percussion sound module delivers a wide range of expressive drum and percussion sounds that can be easily edited, allowing players to quickly customize their kits
A folded TD-4KP V-Drums Portable drumkit
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A folded TD-4KP V-Drums Portable drumkit
The TD-4KP V-Drums Portable folded away for ease of storage
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The TD-4KP V-Drums Portable folded away for ease of storage
Unfolding and setup can be undertaken by one person
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Unfolding and setup can be undertaken by one person
Unpacked and ready to rock 'n' roll
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Unpacked and ready to rock 'n' roll
The folded kit can fit in the trunk
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The folded kit can fit in the trunk
There's an optional CB-TDP Carrying Case, which includes detachable pouches for hi-hat and kick pedals and pockets for sticks and beaters
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There's an optional CB-TDP Carrying Case, which includes detachable pouches for hi-hat and kick pedals and pockets for sticks and beaters
At home, at rehearsals, in the studio or at a gig
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At home, at rehearsals, in the studio or at a gig
Folding away the V-Drums Portable kit at the end of a gig can be undertaken by one person, but help is always welcome
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Folding away the V-Drums Portable kit at the end of a gig can be undertaken by one person, but help is always welcome
The Drum Throne and kick pedal shown here are not included as part of the basic kit and will need to be purchased separately
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The Drum Throne and kick pedal shown here are not included as part of the basic kit and will need to be purchased separately

Surely no working drummer would seriously entertain the use of drum pants or t-shirts to make the burden of transporting and setting up a kit a little easier, but even conventional acoustic skin bashers might give electronic drums a whirl. The e-drumkit takes up much less room in the back of the band's van, is always in tune and can sound just like the real thing, or just about anything else you might want the various pads to sound like. In the case of Roland's new TD-4KP V-Drums Portable, the whole setup can be collapsed down and carried under the arm.

At 12.5 kg (27.5 pounds), it will still require a bit of lugging around but folded dimensions of just 11.8 x 19.6 x 27.5 inches (30 x 50 x 70 cm) make it a very attractive portable proposition for frequent rehearsals, spare room/garage studios and small stage gigs. The TD-4KP V-Drums Portable set can be carried as is or with the aid of an optional CB-TDP Carrying Case, which includes detachable pouches for hi-hat and kick pedals and pockets for sticks and beaters.

A folded TD-4KP V-Drums Portable drumkit
A folded TD-4KP V-Drums Portable drumkit

In playing position, the e-kit expands to 43.3 x 47.2 x 49.2 inches (110 x 120 x 125 cm) and comprises a TD-4 percussion sound module, a kick pad, four pads for snare/toms, three cymbal pads for hi-hat, crash and ride and a hi-hat control pedal. Roland says that the sound module "delivers a wide range of expressive drum and percussion sounds that can be easily edited, allowing players to quickly customize their kits." A kick pedal and a drum throne (DAP-3X) will need to be added to the set by the user, though.

At home, at rehearsals, in the studio or at a gig
At home, at rehearsals, in the studio or at a gig

A built-in Coach and recording/playback lend the system to effective practice, and accessories like mesh drum heads for the snare make for a more realistic and natural playing experience than the cushioned rubber pads alone.

Unfortunately, at the time of writing there's no official word on pricing.

Product page: TD-4KP V-Drums Portable

There's a video demonstration below showing just how portable this system can be.

Roland V-Drums Portable TD-4KP — Powerful, Playable, Portable

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