Roland Handsonic HPD-20 Digital Hand Percussion Pad

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  • Flagship model in Rolands Handsonic digital percussion range
  • Unique, expressive hand percussion instrument
  • 850 drum and percussion sounds, with onboard SuperNATURAL technology
  • 13 velocity sensitive pads for expressive triggering
  • Import up to 500 user WAV files and trigger them from the pads
  • Please note: Image for illustration purposes only, no stand or pedals are included
  • Free 3 year warranty when registered with Roland
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SuperNATURAL Sound Technology With Expressive Pads

The Roland Handsonic HPD-20 expands on the considerable power of the previous hand percussion pads in the range. For the uninitiated, these devices combine Roland’s impressive digital sound technology, with a unique, expressive pad arrangement, specifically designed for playing with hands.

This, the latest and greatest incarnation of the Handsonic, is more feature-packed than ever before. At its heart is Roland’s flagship SuperNATURAL sound technology. This employs some very clever trickery to recreate percussion sounds with all of the subtle nuance and expressive timbre changes of the acoustic instruments.

In total, the HPD-20 features 850 drum and percussion sounds, with 200 editable preset kits. These are played via a circular, segmented arrangement of 13, velocity sensitive pads. Roland has taken great care to ensure this playing surface is soft and responsive, with each trigger area clearly defined.

Load up to 500 user samples

Perhaps the biggest departure from previous Handsonic models is the HPD-20’s ability to load WAV format user samples. Up to 500 sounds of your choice can be loaded to the pad via USB flash drive, and assigned to trigger zones. In total, up to 12-minutes of sample time is available, meaning that anything from a single drum hit, to a longer phrase, to a whole track can be loaded, ready to triggered with a deft hit.

These can be edited in exactly the same way as onboard, preset sounds, infinitely expanding its sonic potential.

The editing onboard the HPD-20 provides tools for detailed, in-depth editing. Volume, pitch, decay and many other parameters can be edited, plus two sounds can be layered, blended and set to switch between according to velocity.

A comprehensive effects engine adds yet another set of powerful, sound-shaping tools. Three, independent FX engines are featured, each with 25 effects types to choose from- from classic effects, such as reverbs and modulations, to cutting edge types, such as bit-crushers and more. A real-time controller knob means that effects parameters can be tweaked and changed on the fly.

Trigger inputs, plus quick performance record

Though, primarily, it’s designed as a standalone instrument to be played, the Roland HPD-20 can be expanded with the addition of a V-Drum triggers and hi-hat pedal trigger. To ensure that you always capture that moment of inspiration, there’s also a Quick-Rec mode. Performances can be saved to USB, too.

In addition to a USB memory slot, there’s also a USB MIDI connection, making it very straightforward to connect to a host Mac or PC and use as a very expressive percussion controller. Standard MIDI input and output ensures that it can easily be connected to other studio equipment, sound modules and synthesizers.

The Roland Handsonic HPD-20 Digital Hand Percussion Pad is unlike anything else available. It has superb expressive sounds to please traditional percussionists, but with sample import, and powerful editing tools and FX to satisfy more experimental sonic adventurers- all packaged in an intuitively designed, expandable, and just plain playable all-in-one percussion instrument.

ModelHandsonic HPD-20 Digital Hand Percussion Pad
(H x W x D)
102 x 311 x 404 mm
Weight2.4 kg
Pad 10 inches, 13 sections, Pressure-Sensitive
* An external trigger input is provided, allowing you to connect a pad (sold separately).
Kit Chains15 chains (50 steps per chain)
User Instrument Number of User Instruments: Maximum 500 (includes factory preloaded user instruments)
Sound Length (total): 12 minutes in mono, 6 minutes in stereo
File Format: WAV (44.1 kHz, 16 bits)
Effects Multi-Effects: 3 systems, 25 types
Ambience: 10 types
3-band Kit EQ
Quick Rec Resolution: 480 ticks per quarter note
Recording Method: Realtime
Maximum Note Storage: approx. 30,000 notes
Export File Format: WAV (44.1 kHz, 16 bits)
Controllers D-BEAM
Realtime Modify knob
Display Graphic LCD 64 x 128 dots
Connectors OUTPUT (L/MONO, R) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
PHONES jack: Stereo 1/4-inch phone type
MIX IN jack: Stereo 1/4-inch phone type
TRIG IN jack: 1/4-inch TRS phone type
HH CTRL jack: 1/4-inch TRS phone type
FOOT SW jack: 1/4-inch TRS phone type
MIDI (IN, OUT) connectors
USB COMPUTER port: USB Type B (Audio, MIDI)
DC IN jack
Interface Hi-Speed USB (USB Audio, USB MIDI, USB Flash Memory)
Power SupplyAC Adaptor
Current Draw700 mA
Accessories Owner's manual
AC adaptor

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