Fall in line for Roland's new Rhythm Coach RMP-12

We all live in a rhythm nation
We all live in a rhythm nation

If you're a drummer in a marching band (or if you're like us and just fantasize about such things), then you've no doubt dreamed of having a practice V-Drum pad with the feel and sound of the real McCoy. And that's what Roland has come up with.

The RMP-12 is the latest addition to the impressive Roland Rhythm Coach line of products. A revolutionary marching percussion pad that allows marching band drummers to take the full power of V-Drums out onto the playing field, the RMP-12 is also ideal for practice, with a headphone jack that lets percussionists work out their paradiddles in private.

Because the RMP-12 features the V-Drum's patented multi-layered mesh head technology, it will allow drummers to practice longer with less stress and fatigue. The 12-inch pad with rim triggering connects to a newly-designed module with 128 different sounds and effects, including a wide variety of marching, concert, and world percussion instruments. The battery-powered RMP-12 is lightweight and portable, and can easily attach to standard marching carriers or concert snare stands. Its variety of I/O options include an audio output for a wired or wireless connection to any amplification system, a mix input, and a headphone output for quiet practice.

And the RMP-12 also includes the good ol' Rhythm Coach, which has proved to be an invaluable practice tool that helps drummers improve timing, accuracy, speed, and stamina through a series of effective drills and exercises. Seamless switching from practice mode to live marching mode makes the RMP-12 the perfect instrument tool for both performance and practice.

The RMP-12 won't be available for a while though. Pricing and availability will be announced at the Summer NAMM show in Nashville, TN, June 20-22, 2008. Hopefully, the unit will be available by the time school starts again in the fall. Oh, right - too soon to even think about that.

Fore more information, visit the official Roland website.