FAQ

Q: What is the purpose of these Y-cables?
A: Our "Y-cables" (splitters) specifically made for Roland electronic drum kits can help you to expand the number of drum pads beyond the number of pads that are directly supported by the drum module. The purpose of this cable is to split the original stereo cable (or drum module input) of dual-zone drum pad with "head/rim" zones (any Tom or Snare on supported drum modules) into two separate cables that allow you to connect one original drum pad (which will become single-zone pad with "head" zone) along with one additional single-zone drum pad for Tom 4, Tom 5, cow bell or other effect pads.


Q: What drum modules are these Y-cables compatible with?
A: Our Y-cables are compatible with the following Roland drum sound modules that can handle dual-zone pads and the drum modules that can set different sounds separately to "head" and "rim" zones:

  • TD-9 (for Snare, Tom 1, Tom 2, Tom 3, Crash 2, Aux);
  • TD-11 (for Snare, Tom 1, Tom 2, Tom 3, Crash 2);
  • TD-12 (for Snare, Tom 1, Tom 2, Tom 3, Crash 1, Crash 2, Aux 1, Aux 2);
  • TD-15 (for Snare, Tom 1, Tom 2, Tom 3, Crash 2, Aux);
  • TD-17 (for Snare, Tom 1, Tom 2, Tom 3, Crash 2, Aux);
  • TD-20 (for Snare, Tom 1, Tom 2, Tom 3, Tom 4, Crash 1, Crash 2, Aux 1, Aux 2, Aux 3, Aux 4);
  • TD-30 (for Snare, Tom 1, Tom 2, Tom 3, Tom 4, Crash 1, Crash 2, Aux 1, Aux 2, Aux 3, Aux 4);

Q: What are the differences between Y-cables and Y-splitters?
A: Both Y-cables and Y-splitters have the same purpose - to split the drum pad inputs so you can add additional drum pads.

  • Y-cables (e.g. Y-CAB-H2 or Y-CAB-J1) are suitable in situations when you want to split one dual-zone pad into two single-zone pads that are close to each other on your drum rack. The Y-cable acts as a Y-splitter with audio cables that can be directly plugged into the drum pads, so you don't have to use additional extension audio cables. Also, Y-cables are great choice for the drum modules with cable snake cables like TD-9, TD-11, TD-15 and TD-17;
  • Y-splitters (e.g. Y-SPT-M2FF) are shorter and are great choice when you want to split the drum inputs straight at the drum module. Then you just need a couple of mono 1/4" male-male audio cables to connect the Y-splitter with your drum pads. In this case, the drum pads connected to one Y-splitter can be farther apart. These Y-splitters are perfect for the drum modules that provide individual input connectors for drum pads like TD-11 (Crash2), TD-12 (all inputs), TD-15 (Crash2, AUX), TD-17 (Crash2, AUX), TD-20 (all inputs) and TD-30 (all inputs);

Q: What are known limitations of these Y-cables?
A: When these Y-cables are used with Crash pads, the "choking" feature is disabled. Also, when the two pads connected to the same Y-cable are played at the same time, the drum module will choose only one sound.


Q: Is it true that these Y-cables do not work with Roland TD-25 drum modules?
A: Unfortunately, our Y-cables are NOT compatible with Roland TD-25 drum module, not due to the hardware issue but rather due to certain limitations related to the TD-25 module firmware and user interface that doesn't allow users to select the sounds for HEAD and RIM zones independently. However, this limitation may be fixed in the future TD-25 firmware updates, if Roland decides to allow this feature.

Please visit VDrums Forum for more details. The following posts explain why the splitter cable cannot work with TD-25 and that Roland is hesitant to allow this splitting:


Q: How about Roland SPD-S sampling module? Can these Y-cables be used to add more external drum pads?
A: You can use standard insert cables (or original Roland PCS-31 cables) with Roland SPD-S module to add 4 single-zone pads to 2 trigger inputs. This is described in the "SPD-S Owner's Manual" PDF, pages 11 and 80. If you got the PDF user guide, search for "pcs-31" to find pages where it is explained how this "insert" cable works when adding more pads. You can get this standard insert cable at any music store or from eBay/Amazon.

Links about PCS-31 cable:
Standard insert cables:

Q: I have Roland TM-2 trigger module, can I use these Y-cables to split trigger inputs?
A: No, our Y-cables won't work properly with TM-2 trigger modules. However, you can use standard insert/splitter audio cables, such as these:

For more information on splitting TM-2 trigger inputs, please visit the following web page:
https://www.rolandus.com/support/knowledge_base/201920139


Q: I have Alesis Strike Pro or DM10 drum module, will these Y-cables or Y-splitters work with them? A: Our Y-splitters are specifically designed for Roland drum sound modules. For Alesis Strike Pro drum module or DM10 drum module, we believe you just need plain "stereo (TRS) to 2x mono (TS)" splitter cable that you can purchase at any music or electronic store or online, something like this:

You can read more about splitting pad inputs on Alesis drum modules here:


Q: How about Roland SPD-SX? Can I split its pad inputs?
A: Yes, the pad inputs on SPD-SX module can be split with regular insert cable.
For more information, please visit Roland's web page: SPD-SX: CONNECTING BT-1 BAR TRIGGER PADS (SETUP)


Q: Am I out of luck with older Roland modules like TD-3, TD-4, TD-8 or TD-10?
A: Well, on these older drum modules, the only pad input that can be split using our Y-cables is the snare input. But then you will lose the cross stick sound.


Q: How about TD-5 and TD-7?
A: Unfortunately, no inputs can be split with our Y-splitters.