New HandSonic HPD-20 – Virtual Percussion on hand

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Roland has released a brand new HandSonic Digital Percussion Pad. This instrument is to the percussionist what V-Drums are to the drummer; hundreds of authentic percussion instruments in one pad, that can be played with authentic technique.

The HandSonic HPD-20 is a unique instrument that’s ideal for a wide range of music creators, from percussionists and drummers to electronic dance music performers, composers, and producers.

Equipped with the renowned SuperNATURAL sound engine for realistic sounds, and powerful multi-effects, the HPD-20 contains 850 percussion instruments, plus the ability to import your own samples via USB flash memory.

13 pads provide ultra-sensitive response and flexible control options for playing onboard sounds and external MIDI instruments with an incredible range of expression. The HPD-20 also excels in computer music applications, where it’s perfect for playing virtual instruments, recording MIDI and audio performances in DAW software.

And with convenient trigger inputs, you can easily expand the HPD-20 with a Roland pad and hi-hat controller to build a super-compact percussion set.


What’s new in the HandSonic HPD-20?

  • 850 drum and percussion sounds from around the world, along with melodic instruments, tones for modern electronic music, and more
  • Roland’s acclaimed SuperNATURAL engine delivers unparalleled sound quality and expressiveness
  • Import up to 500 of your own WAV sounds via USB flash memory and assign them to pads
  • Deep editing capability allows you to tweak and layer instruments and process tones with three independent multi-effects engines, ambience, and EQ
  • Dynamic pad assignments let you dampen, mute, and tune sounds for authentic performances of acoustic hand percussion like congas and tabla
  • Roll button and Realtime Modify knob allow you to play sounds repeatedly, add effects using the internal effects engine, and modify in real-time
  • 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
  • USB Computer port for audio or MIDI communication with popular music software, including DAWs and standalone virtual instruments
  • What’s the difference between the HPD-10/HPD-15 and the new HandSonic HPD-20?


The HPD-20 supersedes the HPD-10 and HPD-15 models; the chart below highlights the key differences between them:

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