Roland HandSonic HPD-20 Digital Hand Percussion

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Roland HandSonic HPD-20 Digital Hand Percussion

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  • Powerful hand percussion instrument for live performance and studio music production
  • 850 ready-to-play sounds include percussion from around the world, melodic instruments, drums, tones for modern electronica beats, and more
  • 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
  • USB Computer port for audio/MIDI communication with popular music software, including DAWs and standalone virtual instruments

  • Roland takes digital hand percussion to a new dimension with the HandSonic HPD-20, a unique and versatile 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 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. 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 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 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 percussion set.

    Going far beyond typical pad controllers, the HandSonic HPD-20 is a sophisticated hand percussion instrument with an amazing level of expressive power. It features 13 velocity-sensitive pads arranged in a circular configuration, with different pad sizes for maximum ergonomic efficiency. You strike the pads to play sounds, of course, but you can also touch or press a pad to dampen or mute another pad's tone, adjust its pitch, and more. This lets you execute traditional acoustic hand percussion techniques with authentic results, and also create dynamic, unique textures that are perfect for electronic dance music and other modern styles. On the two largest pads, you can play with natural tonal variations, depending on where you strike the pads. Further sound control is available with the Roll button, Realtime Modify knob, and the famous D-BEAM, which provides a cool way to play sounds and manipulate effects with hand movements in the air.

    The HPD-20 comes with 850 onboard sounds that are instantly accessible and ready to play. At your command is an enormous 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 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 -- 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    The HPD-20 excels 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.
    Pad: 10 inches, 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 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)

    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

    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

    Compatible 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.

    Width: 311 mm; 12-1/4 inches
    Depth: 404 mm; 15-15/16 inches
    Height: 102 mm; 4-1/16 inches
    Weight: 2.4 kg; 5 lbs. 5 oz.

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