Navigate this product

DT-1: V-Drums Tutor

Get on the Fast Track to Drumming


Get ready to learn, get ready to play, get ready to rock! Connect your Roland V-Drums* to your computer (Mac/Windows) and prepare for a learning experience like no other. Enjoy practice in a fun format when you play along with the onboard patterns and songs using the colorful graphical interface. Learn drumming step-by-step from beginning to intermediate levels. Improve your sight-reading with the Notation Screen, and enjoy drumming with Game screen. Enhance the V-Drums experience in the home as well as for private lessons and music schools.

  • 60 preset songs and 57 basic drum patterns to build drumming skills
  • Notation and game screens teach you how to play drums
  • Colorful correction mark and scores display timing accuracy
  • Dynamic Bar Graph displays stroke balance
  • Easy installation of your favorite SMF data for custom practice
  • Compatible with Mac and Windows

Get on the Fast Track to Drumming

More Info

Learn how to play drums!

Listen to playing examples! The V-Drums Tutor contains built-in songs covering a wide range of styles, from basic exercise patterns to songs with backing tracks. Beginners can start practicing immediately as the V-Drums Tutor respects all musical levels. Learning with visuals! There are two types of screens — “Notation” and “Game.” The “notation screen” shows a ball that bounces with the tempo, as well as the graphics of each pad that is hit, which will light up at the timing when played. In the “game screen,” blocks scroll downward at the timing of each pad played, so even if you can not read drum notation, you’ll find a practice challenge as if you were simply playing a game.

Evaluate your playing!

The V-Drums Tutor is able to evaluate the timing of your playing, and can display “O” and “X” symbols on the drum notation screen to show how you’re doing, timing wise. This visual feature automatically helps you to progress because you can see your mistakes. The game screen also provides a numerical score of your performance.

Practice the way that suits you!

When playing with the built-in songs, the V-Drums Tutor allows you to change the tempo, or practice with a specific region repeatedly. You can also choose a variety of playback methods, such as listening to only the drum part, or listening to only the backing track without the drum part (i.e., karaoke for drumming). The built-in songs cover a range of musical levels from beginner to intermediate.

Get on the Fast Track to Drumming


Drum Notation Screen, Game Screen
Preset Pattern
Preset Song: 60
Exercise pattern: 57
Quarter note = 20 to 250
Notes that can be shown in the Notation Area
Values: longer than 16th note triplets
Velocity: 20 or greater
Note number: corresponds to the pads of the V-Drums series
MIDI channel: 10
Playable Song Files
Format: Standard MIDI Files (Format 0/1)
Number of Measures: 999 or less
Number of Events: 99,999 or less
Resolution: 24 ticks per quarter note or more
Package Contents
DT-1 V-Drum Tutor CD-ROM
Quick Start Guide
System Requirements (Windows)
Operating System
Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition/Professional (Service Pack 3 or later)
Microsoft® Windows Vista® (32-bit) (Service Pack 2 or later)
Microsoft® Windows® 7 (32-bit/64-bit) (Service Pack 1 or later)

* The V-Drums Tutor DT-1 is a 32-bit application only, but it can run on 64-bit versions of Windows 7.
* This product does not support Windows XP Media Center Edition/Professional x64 Edition, Windows Vista (64-bit).
* This software cannot be used in a virtual Windows environment, such as Windows XP Mode (Virtual Windows XP) or Virtual PC.
Intel® Core™2 Duo processor/2 GHz or higher
2 GB or more
Hard Disk
300 MB or more of free space
1,024 x 768 dots or higher/24 bit Full Color or more
System Requirements (Mac OS)
Operating System
Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later, v10.6.8 or later, v10.7.2 or later
Intel® Core™2 Duo processor/2 GHz or higher

* This software does not support Power PC Mac.
2 GB or more
Hard Disk
300 MB or more of free space
1,024 x 768 dots or higher/16.7 million colors or more
* A Roland V-Drums series drum set is required in order to use this software.

- V-Drums module with a USB COMPUTER port: USB 2.0 cable is required.
* Use a computer with a USB port that support USB 2.0 Hi-Speed.
* If your V-Drums module does not have USB audio functionality, an audio cable is required. If using your COMPUTER does not have an audio output: Audio interface or Sound Card is required.

-V-Drums module without a USB COMPUTER port: A MIDI Interface and an audio cable are required.
* If using your COMPUTER dose not have an audio output: Audio interface or Sound Card is required.

* A DVD-ROM or CD-ROM Drive is required in order to install this software.

* Apple Mac computers running Microsoft Windows are not supported.

* Although Roland has tested numerous configurations, and has determined that on average, a computer system similar to that described above will permit normal operation of the V-Drums Tutor DT-1 Applications, Roland cannot guarantee that a given computer can be used satisfactorily with the V-Drums Tutor DT-1 Applications based solely on the fact that it meets the above requirements. This is because there are too many other variables that may influence the processing environment, including differences in motherboard design and the particular combination of other devices involved.
ASIO is a trademark and software of Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH.
All specifications and appearances are subject to change.



If you have questions about operating your Roland, BOSS or Cakewalk product, please check our Knowledge Base for answers to the most common questions.

You can also contact our Product Support department by phone or email.

In addition, we have a library of Support Documents that you can download and reference. If Support Documents are available for this product, they will be listed below.

Support Documents

DT-1 Quick Start Guide
DT-1 Brochure

Newsletter Sign-up

Sign-up for Roland’s The Educator
educational e-newsletter.

Award-Winning Support

Roland offers free, award-winning product support for all of its products. »

Contact Us




Mailing Address

Roland Corp. US
5100 S. Eastern Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90040-2938