Roland HPD20 HandSonic Digital Hand Percussion

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The Roland HPD-20 HandSonic Hand Percussion takes digital hand percussion to a new dimension thanks to its unsurpassed playability and versatility.

Dynamic E-Percussion for Stage and Studio

The Roland HandSonic HPD-20 is a unique, versatile instrument that’s ideal for all kinds of styles of music and players. Whether you’re a percussionist, trap kit player, into electronic dance music, or are a producer; this thing is sure to make you more than happy. Equipped with the renowned SuperNATURAL sound engine and potent multi-effects, the HPD-20 offers 850 dynamic, ready-to-play sounds, plus the ability to import your own custom sounds via USB flash memory. The 13 pads provide a larger playing surface with more tonal options than ever before. With ultra-sensitive, response, and flexible control options for playing onboard sounds and external MIDI instruments; the Handsonic possesses a staggering range of playability that makes it easier for you the artist to express themselves. The HandSonic pad interface also excels in computer music applications, where it’s perfect for playing virtual instruments, recording MIDI and audio performances in DAW software, and much, much more. And with its convenient trigger inputs, you can easily expand the HPD-20 with a Roland pad and hi-hat controller to build a super-compact kit.


  • Powerful hand percussion instrument for live performance and studio music production

  • 850 ready-to-play sounds cover a wide range of musical styles and backgrounds

  • Roland’s acclaimed SuperNATURAL sound engine delivers unparalleled tone qualities with an expressiveness that needs to be played to believed

  • Import up to 500 of your own WAV sounds via USB flash memory and assign them to pads

  • Deep editing capabilities allow 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 as well as an incredibly 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


SuperNATURAL Sounds
The HPD-20 comes with 850 onboard sounds that are already ready to play. This gives you an enormous library of ethnic percussion instruments from around the world, as well as melodic and orchestra instruments. Traditional drum kit sounds are also on tap, plus a large selection of electronic tones that are ideal for current music. All the sounds offer an incredible range of dynamic expression, thanks to the powerful combination of Roland’s SuperNATURAL sound engine and the ultra-sensitive response and unique functionality of the HandSonic pad interface. The HPD-20 provides 200 total kits—you can also freely modify any kit to your liking so you can get that perfect sound for any situation. In addition to its built-in sounds, the HPD-20 gives you the ability to import up to 500 of your own WAV sounds and play them from the pads. Just load up a USB flash drive with your favorite sounds from your computer, then connect it to the HPD-20 to import them, assign them to pads, and create your own kits. The types of sounds you can use are not limited to short percussion strikes—with up to 12 minutes of time available, you’re able customize your HandSonic with audio phrases, sound effects, backing music, and more. Once your sounds are in the HPD-20, you’re free to use them just like the onboard sounds, with complete editing and effects capabilities at your disposal.

Deep Editing and Dynamic Multi-Effects
Inside the HPD-20 is a full set of powerful tools for creating all-new sounds. When building user kits, it’s possible to edit every instrument individually by modifying its volume, pitch, decay, and more. You can also layer two sounds together and assign parameters to blend or switch them dynamically based on your playing velocity. Three independent multi-effects engines—each equipped with 25 different effects—provide rich sound-shaping options, from standard chorus and echo to intense effects such as distortion, filter, and bit crush that are ideal for dance music and electronica. The Realtime Modify knob allows you to tweak pitch and effects as you perform for expressive sound shaping on the fly, and ambience effects and EQ can be applied to an entire kit for final sweetening.

Quick Rec and USB
With the handy Quick Rec function, capturing a performance or idea is just a button press away. Play along with the built-in metronome for steady time as you record, or go without to capture playing without being constrained by a set tempo. Saving your recordings to a connected USB flash drive is just as easy—just hit the Export function button, adjust level and other parameters as desired, and save! You can back up your HPD-20 user kits and other settings to USB memory as well. The HPD-20’s USB Computer port makes it a breeze to connect to a Mac or Windows computer and use the powerful HandSonic pad interface to play virtual instruments and record beats in audio/MIDI music production software.

Get your Roland HPD20 HandSonic Digital Hand Percussion from Sam Ash Direct today. With fast, free shipping at the guaranteed lowest price, the security of our many decades of experience, and the Sam Ash Direct 45/60 day return/price protection policy, you can’t possibly go wrong!

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RolandHPD20 HandSonic Digital Hand Percussion
 
4.9

(based on 15 reviews)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (5)
  • Great sounds (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Live (5)
    • Recording (5)
    • Studio (4)
    • Live performance (3)
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    5.0

    Best Handsonic Yet!

    By 

    from Raleigh,NC

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • High Quality Sounds'
    • Portable
    • Responsive
    • Sensitive
    • Variety of sounds

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Jamming
      • Live performance
      • Recording

      Comments about Roland HPD20 HandSonic Digital Hand Percussion:

      With this product you can have percussion sound from all over the world right at your fingertips, literally! The HPD20 is worth every penny as the possibilities are endless. From live performance to pro recording, you can have drum sounds galore with no hassle! This product is also extremely easy to use if you are diving into electronics for the first time. You won't be dissapointed!

      I am a staff reviewer at Sam Ash Raleigh

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Holy Cow this does it all!

      By 

      from Sarasota fl

      Pros

      • Many Instruments In One

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Roland HPD20 HandSonic Digital Hand Percussion:

          Tons of sounds and effects

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          A versitile Hand drum that is fun!

          By 

          from Sarasota, FL

          Pros

          • Dynamic sound
          • Easy to use
          • fun
          • Versitile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Multi use

            Comments about Roland HPD20 HandSonic Digital Hand Percussion:

            This versatile hand drum will have you sounding like a pro from the moment you turn it on. There are hundreds of functions and the detailed manual takes a while to get through but you are advised to read it. This is portable for any gig and replaces a lot of acoustic gear that is a pain to lug around.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            High quality electronic drum pads

            By 

            from Atlanta, GA

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Fun to play
            • Great sound
            • Practice
            • Recording Purposes
            • Studio

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Live gigs
              • Practice
              • Recording
              • Rehearsals
              • Studio

              Comments about Roland HPD20 HandSonic Digital Hand Percussion:

              I am an associate at Sam Ash/ATL and my customers tell me they love this item. It seems expensive, but it never disappoints and is well worth the money for the supernatural sounds/effects it gives you. Numerous percussion tones you can record on programs using this item. Most importantly, fun to play!

              Great buy for a great price.

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              • No
               
              5.0

              THE BEST HAND ELECTRONIC DRUM

              By 

              from MIAMI, FL.

              Pros

              • Easy to carry
              • Great Sounds
              • Light
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Practice
                • Live
                • Studio

                Comments about Roland HPD20 HandSonic Digital Hand Percussion:

                I PLAY PERCUSSION AND THIS IS THE BEST WAY TO CARRY CONGAS, TIMBALES, BONGOS AND MANY MORE SOUND IN ONE ONLY ELECTRONIC DRUM. I AM DRUMS ASSOCIATE AT SAM ASH DOLPHIN MALL, MIAMI.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes
                 
                5.0

                Innovative Percussion!

                By 

                from Chicago, Il

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Great Sounds
                • Well-built

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Live
                  • Studio

                  Comments about Roland HPD20 HandSonic Digital Hand Percussion:

                  Fluid workflow
                  Amazing sounds throughout
                  Solid quality from Roland
                  I am a product reviewer for Sam Ash from Chicago

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  5.0

                  Great Little Unit

                  By 

                  from Canoga Park, CA

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Great feel
                  • Great Sounds

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Recording
                    • Live performance

                    Comments about Roland HPD20 HandSonic Digital Hand Percussion:

                    As somebody that started out as a singer with a tamborine, my band ends up doing a lot of extended instrumental parts, where I have nothing to do. There are only so many ways you can hit a tamborine before you just look like a bafoon. With this unit, I'm always adding something to the sound, whether it's congas, clave, tamborine, shakers, or even tablas, I'm always able to come up with interesting percussion sounds, and I don't have to rent a uhaul to get my stuff to the gig. I just cary this guy, a stand and a little DI box!

                    I'm a staff reviewer for Sam Ash Music.

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                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    A wealth of sounds in one pad

                    By 

                    from Dallas, TX

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • A Ton Of Great Sounds
                    • Easy to use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Live
                      • Recording

                      Comments about Roland HPD20 HandSonic Digital Hand Percussion:

                      Great digital hand percussion pad. Has all of the features you would expect from Roland. A wealth of percussion sounds from around the world and plenty of ways to edit them. Responsive pads allow you the freedom to play any style of music. Top of the line.

                      I am a staff reviewer for Sam Ash Music.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No
                       
                      5.0

                      Electronic Hand Drumming

                      By 

                      from KOP

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Lots of sounds
                      • Volume

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Live
                        • Practice
                        • Recording

                        Comments about Roland HPD20 HandSonic Digital Hand Percussion:

                        Great product that lets you play almost any hand percussion (plus drum sets and other various sound effects). Lots of fun and very handy. D Beam is very cool.I am a sales associate @ Sam Ash KOP

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No
                         
                        5.0

                        Amazing!

                        By 

                        from Charlotte, NC

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Innovative
                        • Organic
                        • Responsive

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Auxiliary Percussion
                          • Home Studio
                          • Live Performances

                          Comments about Roland HPD20 HandSonic Digital Hand Percussion:

                          The HPD-20 is one of the most creative trigger pads that Roland has produced to date. Not only are the pads incredibly sensitive and reactive, the ability to change pitches and EQ is seamless! After hours of playing and learning about the HPD-20, I'm confident in saying it is the most essential piece of electronic triggering for any percussionist. It offers tone, color, texture, and an ambient surrounding for your current set up, as well as the addition of hundreds of percussion sounds that you might not have thought to add!

                          I am a Staff Reviewer from Sam Ash in Charlotte, NC!

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                          The manufacturer's warranty covers parts for one year and labor for 90 days from date of purchase. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.

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