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Roland HandSonic HPD-20 Digital Hand Percussion Instrument


  • 10″ Pad with 13 Sections
  • 850 Ready-To-Play Sounds
  • Import up to 500 of Your Own WAVs
  • Sounds are Editable
  • Roland’s D-BEAM Control
  • Record Performances to USB Flash Drive
  • USB for Controlling Virtual Instruments

$599.00 $999.00

The HandSonic HPD-20 Digital Hand Percussion Instrument from Roland is a velocity sensitive percussive digital instrument with a 10″ pad divided into 13 sections. It can be used to trigger a variety of sounds, including the 850 sounds built in, as well as up to 500 of your own WAV files. Each of the sounds can be edited, allowing you to tweak such parameters as volume, pitch, and decay. In addition the HPD-20 has 25 effects for further shaping and warping sounds. Further control is provided with the unit’s D-BEAM, roll button, and modify knob.

The HPD-20 can also be used to provide MIDI control over third party virtual instruments or DAW software thanks to its USB port. Its TRIG IN jack allows you to integrate other Roland drum pads to use your V-Drums to trigger sounds on the HPD-20.

Packed with Sounds

The HPD-20 comes with 850 onboard sounds that are instantly accessible and ready to play. At your command is a library of ethnic percussion instruments from around the world, as well as melodic and orchestra percussion. Traditional drum kit sounds are also on tap, plus a large selection of electronic tones for current music. All the sounds offer a range of dynamic expression, thanks to the combination of Roland’s SuperNATURAL sound engine and the sensitive response and unique functionality of the HandSonic pad interface. The HPD-20 provides 200 total kits, including 100 kits filled with ready-to-go setups, and you can freely modify any kit just how you like for any style or playing situation

Import Your Own Sounds

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. This includes the ability to continuously loop beats and other rhythmic sounds and start/stop playback with the pads

Editing and Dynamic Multi-Effects

Inside the HPD-20 is a full set of tools for creating 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 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 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 can be done by hitting 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 allows you to connect to a Mac or Windows computer and use the HandSonic pad interface to play virtual instruments and record beats in your DAW

Trigger Inputs and MIDI

The HPD-20 functions as a standalone percussion instrument, but you can extend its capabilities even further with external devices. Via the TRIG IN jack, you can connect a wide range of Roland pad types for stick playing, or a kick pad for banging out beats from the floor. Add a Roland hi-hat controller to the dedicated jack and you’ve got a versatile and super-compact percussion kit! MIDI I/O provides even more possibilities, allowing you to trigger HPD-20 sounds from V-Drums, SPD-series pads, keyboards, and more, or play sounds on other instruments from the HandSonic

Roland HPD-20 Specs

Pad 10″ (254 mm)
13 sections, Pressure-Sensitive
An external trigger input is provided, allowing you to connect an optional pad
Kits 200
Kit Chains: 15 (50 steps per chain)
Instruments 850
User Instrument: 500 (maximum), including factory preloaded user instruments,
Sound Length: 12 minutes (mono), 6 minutes (stereo); 44.1 kHz/16-bit WAVs
Effects Multi-Effects: 3 systems, 25 types
Ambience: 10 types
3-band Kit EQ
Quick Rec Resolution: 480 ticks per quarter note
Recording Method: Real time
Maximum Note Storage: 30,000 notes (approximate)
Export File Format: WAV (44.1 kHz, 16 bits)
Controllers D-BEAM
Real time 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 Switch 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 Adapter
Current Draw 700 mA
Dimensions (WxDxH) 12.25 x 15.90 x 4.06″ (311 x 404 x 102 mm)
Weight 5.31 lb (2.40 kg)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 7.85 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 17.7 x 14.8 x 6.8″

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