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Roland HandSonic HPD-20 Overview

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The Roland HandSonic HPD-20 takes hand percussion into the digital realm. Equipped with Roland's renowned SuperNATURAL sound engine, this innovative pad controller offers 850 dynamic and expressive sounds, plus the ability to import your own custom sounds via USB flash memory. Its 13 ultrasensitive pads provide flexible control for playing internal sounds as well as external MIDI instruments with nuanced expression. For percussionists and electronic musicians alike, the HandSonic HPD-20 opens up a world of creative possibilities.

SuperNATURAL Sound Engine Delivers ultraRealistic Percussion

At the heart of the HPD-20 lies Roland's SuperNATURAL sound engine, renowned for its organic, multi-dimensional sounds and seamless response. From authentic ethnic percussion to electronic tones, the HPD-20's 850 onboard sounds cover an extensive range with pristine quality. The pads detect the subtlest playing nuances, allowing you to achieve natural swells, fades and pitch bends for an incredibly realistic experience.

Import and Layer Your Own Custom Sounds

In addition to its internal library, the HPD-20 lets you import your own WAV or AIFF audio files via USB flash memory. You can layer up to four sounds on a single pad, allowing for unique combinations of tones. This opens up possibilities for fusing acoustic percussion with electronic beats or any other blend of sounds your music demands.

Trigger Inputs Expand Your Setup

Two trigger input jacks let you connect a Roland pad and hi-hat controller to build a compact yet capable percussion set. The HPD-20 sends 12 independent audio outputs to your mixer or DAW, providing separate signals for each pad as well as additional outputs for onboard effects. With this flexible I/O configuration, the HPD-20 is ideal for studio productions and live performance.

Pad Controller Excels in Computer Music Applications

The HPD-20 pad interface is perfect for controlling virtual instruments, recording MIDI and audio in your favorite DAW software. Each pad can be customized to send specific MIDI notes, continuous controller data, program changes or pad clicks. You have full control over pad sensitivity, retrigger settings and more. The HPD-20 comes with free Mac and PC USB drivers and editor/librarian software to facilitate communication with your computer.

Roland HandSonic HPD-20 Digital Hand Percussion Controller Black
Roland HandSonic HPD-20 Digital Hand Percussion Controller Black
Roland HandSonic HPD-20 Digital Hand Percussion Controller Black

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  • 850 percussion sounds including drums, modern electronica beats, and more
  • Roland's acclaimed SuperNATURAL sound engine
  • Import up to 500 WAV sounds via USB flash memory and assign them to pads
  • Editing capability allows you to tweak and layer instruments and process tones with three independent multi-effects engines, ambience, and EQ
  • 13 silicone rubber pads provide ultra-sensitive velocity response and a comfortable feel
  • Dynamic pad assignments let you dampen, mute, and tune sounds for authentic performance of acoustic hand percussion like congas and tabla
  • Roll button and Realtime Modify knob; D-BEAM for controlling sounds and effects with hand movements
  • Easily capture performances and ideas with the Quick Rec function and export them as WAV audio files to USB flash memory
  • Inputs for connecting a Roland pad and hi-hat controller (sold separately)
  • USB Computer port for audio/MIDI communication with popular music software, including DAWs and standalone virtual instruments

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  • Specs
  • Pad: 10", 13 sections, pressure-sensitive
  • * An external trigger input is provided, allowing you to connect a pad (sold separately).
  • Kits: 200
  • Instruments: 850
  • Kit Chains: 15 chains (50 steps per chain)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • USB MEMORY port: USB Type A
  • DC IN jack
  • Interface: Hi-Speed USB (USB Audio, USB MIDI, USB Flash Memory)
  • Power Supply: AC Adaptor
  • Current Draw: 700 mA
  • Accessories: Owner's manual, AC adaptor
  • Options (sold separately)
  • Kicks: KD series
  • Pads: PD series, PDX series, BT-1
  • Cymbals: CY series
  • Hi-Hat Control Pedal: FD series
  • Pad Stand: PDS-10
  • Carrying Bag: CB-HPD
  • Foot Switch: BOSS: FS-5U, FS-6
  • Pedal Switch: DP-2
  • Personal Drum Monitor: PM-10
  • USB Flash Memory
  • * Use USB Flash Memory sold by Roland. We cannot guarantee operation if other products are used
  • Size and Weight
  • Width: 12-1/4 inches (311mm)
  • Depth: 15-15/16 inches (404mm)
  • Height: 4-1/16 inches (102mm)
  • Weight: 5 lbs. 5 oz. (2.4kg)