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ROLAND ANNOUNCES NEW HD-3 V-DRUMS LITE

High Performance, Affordable V-Drums for Everyone

Los Angeles, CA, January 19, 2012 — Roland is pleased to introduce the new

HD-3  V-Drums® Lite,  an updated version of the popular entry-level HD-1 set. The HD-3 offers  enhanced playability and features, while retaining the compact, stylish  design, sound quality, and ease of use that made its predecessor such a  huge hit.

Roland  created the V-Drums Lite for those who may not have the space or budget  for a full-size V-Drums kit. Based on the same technology  that made V-Drums the world’s most popular electronic drums, the HD-3  offers a compact and affordable solution for students, hobbyists,  project studios, and anyone that wants to have fun playing the drums.

Stylish  and compact, the HD-3 is perfect for family music spaces, schools, dorm  rooms, studios, offices, and more. All of the set’s components  are mounted on a single stand for easy setup and transport, and  assembly is easy using just a screwdriver a standard drum key (both  included).

From  an acoustic perspective, the HD-3 set is incredibly quiet, thanks to  the beater-less kick pedal, cushioned tom pads, and mesh-head  snare. When monitoring with headphones, apartment dwellers and drum  students can rock out any time without bothering neighbors and family  members.

New features brought with the HD-3 include cloth-head toms for an improved playing feel over the previous rubber  design, as well as new dual-trigger snare and crash/ride pads. Users can now enjoy  greater expression by playing rim shots on the snare, triggering edge  sounds on the crash/ride, and choking crash/ride sounds by grabbing the  pad. The kick pedal has also been  enhanced for improved playability and lower-noise performance.

The updated sound module in the HD-3 includes 20 new drum kits with dedicated select buttons. The  HD-3 module also includes a 16x2 character backlit LCD, along with an  enhanced metronome with a wider tempo range and variable sounds. The  HD-3 is equipped with an input  for connecting an external music player, so users can jam with their  favorite songs and control the blend of music and live drumming through  headphones or an amplifier.

The  optional PM-03 Personal Drum Monitor is the perfect companion to the  HD-3. This space-saving 2.1 monitor integrates perfectly with  the V-Drums Lite, delivering multi-dimensional, full-range sound, from  thunderous lows to sparkling highs.

Roland  offers many resources to help HD-3 players build their drumming skills.  The DT-1 V-Drums Tutor software makes learning fun, with  interactivity, play-along patterns, and more. V-Drums Lessons offer a  growing library of free online instructional videos from top pro  drummers, while the free V-Drums Friend Jam software application  provides fun practice workouts and interaction with other  players around the world. 

The HD-3 V-Drums Lite will available in February 2012. For more information, visit www.RolandConnect.com.

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