Roland TD-11K-S V-Compact Series Electronic Drum Set Product Review

The Roland TD-11K-S V-Compact Series Electronic Drum Set is perfect whether you are still learning how to play or if you are already a pro. Powered by SuperNATURAL technology, it’s very difficult to find any disparity between the electronic sound and the reverberation of natural drums.

Its large pre-recorded library allows would-be drummers to practice their crafts in the comforts of their home. Despite its compact nature, it’s actually quite sturdy and stable even with numerous assembly and disassembly as you transfer locations.

Roland TD-11K-S V-Compact Series Electronic Drum Set
  • TD-11 Drum Sound Module with SuperNATURAL
  • Mesh-Head V-Pad for Snare
  • Compact and Practical Hi-Hat Combination

SuperNATURAL Sound Engine

Before anything else, it’s important to talk more about the SuperNATURAL technology, which makes the Roland TD-11K-S V-Compact Series Electronic Drum Set the best around.

Before this was invented, manufacturers found a workaround to resolve the “synthetic” sound of electronic musical instruments. What they do is to pre-record sound depending on how hard you slam that stick. In contrast, superNATURAL gives the instrument—whether it’s drums, piano or violin—its unique signature to be as closer to the non-electrical musical instrument as possible.

Ideal for Any Level

Whether you are a beginner or a professional, this set of affordable drums would be the perfect musical instrument for you. You can set it up in under an hour from the moment you open the box. You can further reduce the setup time when you have familiarized yourself with all the cables and components.

If you are having trouble at the outset, the accompanying instructional video will come in handy. In fact, its tutoring feature allows you to have your own personal coach inside your home. Of course, there are instructional videos on YouTube to further hone your skills. The versatility also allows you to play from the simple nursery rhymes (for beginners) to complex notes of “Moby Dick” from Led Zeppelin.


The Roland TD-11K-S V-Compact Series Electronic Drum Set is billed to have the most efficient use of space from the manufacturer. For instance, the sides have a width of about twofeet and five inches, which is the same measurement for the height (although with the cymbals down). Despite looking like a toy, as most electronic drum sets do, effective weight balance makes it very sturdy indeed.

No More Sleepless Nights

While no electronic drum set will able to replicate the natural sounds of acoustic, one advantage that the family members and the neighbors alike will truly appreciate is the audio jack. This means you can practice, record, or perform your sets through your headphones, and without waking up anybody else.

Key Features

The key features of Roland TD-11K-S V-Compact Series Electronic Drum Set are the following:

  • SuperNATURAL-enhanced sound engine
  • Extensive digital sound library for both performance and practice
  • Easy backup and playback through USB connectivity
  • Solid and stable stand allows quick assembly and disassembly
  • COACH function gives guidance for beginners
  • Large screen LCD for quick operation and setup
  • Easy review of your performance through the Quick Record and Quick Play features
  • Unique Behavior Modeling to mimic the sound of natural drums
  • Mesh Toms
  • FD-8 Hi-Hat Controller

Customer Reviews

It’s no surprise that the Roland TD-11K-S V-Compact Series Electronic Drum Set consistently gets 4 or 5 stars. While its ease-of-use feature is ideal for any beginner, professionals also rave on its responsiveness and how it replicates the sound of acoustic drums. The sounds programmed into the circuitry are also quite easy to fine-tune and modify to your own preferences.

The dual-triggering technology is on full display in the PDX-8 mesh V-Pad for snare. This means accurate and stable “communication” between the head and the rim, which by the way has a circumference of 10 inches for comfortable and accurate rim-shots. The setup is easily customizable from height and distance, so you can play any genre of music.

Issues and Concerns

One nagging issue with the Roland TD-11K-S V-Compact Series Electronic Drum Set is that it doesn’t come with a bass kick, which, of course, means that you are going to spend more for a separate instrument. Also, those who bought this electronic drum set complained about the synthetic sound of the cymbals, which just doesn’t approximate the natural sound of acoustic drums.

Also, this drum set for professionals and beginners don’t include the throne, kick pedal, and amplifier. You will have to save for a separate budget for those. Another issue is that the headphone port only connects to the stereo jack so take that under advisement. The Hi-Hat function is also a subject of complained because it is not deemed to be sensitive enough.


Nevertheless, these issues are minor compared to the instrument’s great features. While customer impressions vary on the Roland TD-11K-S V-Compact Series Electronic Drum Set, they are one in saying that they haven’t felt any buyers’ remorse. Another advantage is the weight of the whole thing, which totals only a little under 22 kilos. That means you can easily transport it between gigs even if you are alone.