Roland RMP5 Rhythm Coach Metronome

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The RMP-3 made headlines when it was announced in early 2005. Today Roland builds on its winning rhythm line with the new RMP-5. Sharing a few key features in common with the popular RMP-3 the RMP-5 has a convenient one-piece molded body with integrated pad and brain along with a great-feeling tunable mesh drumhead. The RMP-5 strides to the front of the class however with its 40-plus onboard PCM sounds (including snare drums cymbals and percussion instruments; the RMP-3 has no built-in sampled sounds) plus an external dual trigger input so you can add a kick and cymbal pad for drum kit practice. The RMP-5 also features an advanced expanded Rhythm Coach mode. Setup with optional PDS-2 Pad Stand CY-8 and KD-8. Stands and Pedals are sold reparately. PCM sound engine with more than 40 sounds onboard. External dual trigger input for adding optional kick and cymbal controllers. Variety of metronome sounds and patterns (samba jazz etc.). Convenient one-piece design. Large LCD screen. Patented mesh head technology for a great acoustic feel. Advanced Rhythm Coach exercises featuring Stroke Balance and Time Check. Mix input for playing along with CD players or other audio devices. Pad Size: 8 inches. Pad Sounds: 54 types. Tempo: 20-300. Click Sounds: 15 types. Rhythm Types: 24 types. Patterns: 22 types. Beat: 24 types. Width: 10-3/8 . Depth: 13-3/4 . Height: 3-1/8 . Rhythm Coach Functions:. Time Check (8 variations). Accuracy Score (4 variations). Quiet Count (6 variations). Auto Up/Down (6 variations). Rhythmic Notes (3 variations). Stroke Balance (2 variations). Connectors:. Phones/Output Jack: 1 (Stereo miniature phone type). AC Adaptor Jack. Mix In Jack: 1 (Miniature phone type). Ext Trig In Jack: 1 (Dual). Using the PCS-31L you can connect two pads. In that case the rim shot edge shot and choking features are unavailable. Power Supply: DC 9 V: Dry Battery 6LR61/1604A (9 V) type (alkaline) AC Adaptor. Current Draw:. 80 mA. Expected battery life under continuous use: Carbo
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My New Rhythm Coach
4 Star Review   By member 8pixel - Nov 1, 2006   

Strengths: Many great sounds to choose from, "Rhythm Coach" features like Accuracy Score, relatively quiet, portable, allows for bass and cymbal pads to make a small practice kit.

Weakness: Price, no power adapter, quiet but not as low as I expected, sensitivity not 100% accurate, speaker on unit is only for metronome, battery power has very short life, oh, and price.

I purchased this as a way to get back in to drumming while saving up for an actual set of v-drums. So many great features on it allow for fun practice with a variety of instrument sounds from different drums, cymbals, bells and a wide variety of snare sounds including a marching snare. The feel of the pad is pretty good and not nearly as bouncy as I was hearing from others about the vdrum pads. Rhythm Coach features include a number of options including "Accuracy Score" that monitors how accurate your strokes are compared to the metronome for a set number of measures. Although I don't take advantage of this, you can add a bass drum and cymbal pad via an input port on the side to give you a small drum kit. Now, on to the negatives. Right off the bat, the price for this is a little high in my opinion. To make things worse, you have to purchase a power adapter because running this off a 9-volt battery doesn't give you a lot of practice time. Add the $50 stand, and a pair of headphones and you've just paid over $300 for a practice pad. There is an speaker on the unit, but that only plays the metronome sound and not the drum sound...you need to connect it to an amp or your computer speakers for that. Last thing is the accuracy of the pad itself. I notice that I seem to play at a level right where it changes from it's regular to hard sound. Only way to describe it is the difference on a real snare between a regular stroke and an accented one. When I play at regular strength I trigger the "regular" sound but occasionally it accents when I am not hitting it any harder. This doesn't happen all the time, but you can really hear it when you use the snare sound that has a rimshot kind of sound when you hit the pad really hard. I end up either using more or less power and not the natural stroke. All that said, I do enjoy practicing on this and didn't realize how rusty my doubles are. If you have the means, I recommend this.

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The RMP-3 made headlines when it was announced in early 2005. Today Roland builds on its winning rhythm line with the new RMP-5. Sharing a few key features in common with the popular RMP-3 the RMP-5 has a convenient one-piece molded body with integrated pad and brain along with a great-feeling tunable mesh drumhead. The RMP-5 strides to the front of the class however with its 40-plus onboard PCM sounds (including snare drums cymbals and percussion instruments; the RMP-3 has no built-in sampled sounds) plus an external dual trigger input so you can add a kick and cymbal pad for drum kit practice. The RMP-5 also features an advanced expanded Rhythm Coach mode. Setup with optional PDS-2 Pad Stand CY-8 and KD-8. Stands and Pedals are sold reparately. PCM sound engine with more than 40 sounds onboard. External dual trigger input for adding optional kick and cymbal controllers. Variety of metronome sounds and patterns (samba jazz etc.). Convenient one-piece design. Large LCD screen. Patented mesh head technology for a great acoustic feel. Advanced Rhythm Coach exercises featuring Stroke Balance and Time Check. Mix input for playing along with CD players or other audio devices. Pad Size: 8 inches. Pad Sounds: 54 types. Tempo: 20-300. Click Sounds: 15 types. Rhythm Types: 24 types. Patterns: 22 types. Beat: 24 types. Width: 10-3/8 . Depth: 13-3/4 . Height: 3-1/8 . Rhythm Coach Functions:. Time Check (8 variations). Accuracy Score (4 variations). Quiet Count (6 variations). Auto Up/Down (6 variations). Rhythmic Notes (3 variations). Stroke Balance (2 variations). Connectors:. Phones/Output Jack: 1 (Stereo miniature phone type). AC Adaptor Jack. Mix In Jack: 1 (Miniature phone type). Ext Trig In Jack: 1 (Dual). Using the PCS-31L you can connect two pads. In that case the rim shot edge shot and choking features are unavailable. Power Supply: DC 9 V: Dry Battery 6LR61/1604A (9 V) type (alkaline) AC Adaptor. Current Draw:. 80 mA. Expected battery life under continuous use: Carbo
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Product Title Roland RMP5 Rhythm Coach Metronome
Manufacturer Roland
Lowest Price $229.00 from Sweetwater
Power Score 4.0 | 1 Review
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Drum Kit Type: kits
Microphone Type: drum
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My New Rhythm Coach
4 Star Review   By member 8pixel - Nov 1, 2006   

Strengths: Many great sounds to choose from, "Rhythm Coach" features like Accuracy Score, relatively quiet, portable, allows for bass and cymbal pads to make a small practice kit.

Weakness: Price, no power adapter, quiet but not as low as I expected, sensitivity not 100% accurate, speaker on unit is only for metronome, battery power has very short life, oh, and price.

I purchased this as a way to get back in to drumming while saving up for an actual set of v-drums. So many great features on it allow for fun practice with a variety of instrument sounds from different drums, cymbals, bells and a wide variety of snare sounds including a marching snare. The feel of the pad is pretty good and not nearly as bouncy as I was hearing from others about the vdrum pads. Rhythm Coach features include a number of options including "Accuracy Score" that monitors how accurate your strokes are compared to the metronome for a set number of measures. Although I don't take advantage of this, you can add a bass drum and cymbal pad via an input port on the side to give you a small drum kit. Now, on to the negatives. Right off the bat, the price for this is a little high in my opinion. To make things worse, you have to purchase a power adapter because running this off a 9-volt battery doesn't give you a lot of practice time. Add the $50 stand, and a pair of headphones and you've just paid over $300 for a practice pad. There is an speaker on the unit, but that only plays the metronome sound and not the drum sound...you need to connect it to an amp or your computer speakers for that. Last thing is the accuracy of the pad itself. I notice that I seem to play at a level right where it changes from it's regular to hard sound. Only way to describe it is the difference on a real snare between a regular stroke and an accented one. When I play at regular strength I trigger the "regular" sound but occasionally it accents when I am not hitting it any harder. This doesn't happen all the time, but you can really hear it when you use the snare sound that has a rimshot kind of sound when you hit the pad really hard. I end up either using more or less power and not the natural stroke. All that said, I do enjoy practicing on this and didn't realize how rusty my doubles are. If you have the means, I recommend this.

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