Roland HandSonic 10Item ID: HPD10
Percussion Controller with 400 Sounds and Patterns
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Drum Up Some New Percussion Sounds!Roland has accomplished more in the world of electronic percussion than just about anyone else. That includes electronic hand percussion, as evidenced by their HandSonic HPD-15. At this year's NAMM Roland announced the second member of its HandSonic family: the HandSonic 10 (HPD-10). More affordable and streamlined than its big brother, it offers the same great pad response that made the original HandSonic so popular, but with a specialized set of features and a fresh batch of sounds, rhythms, and effects.
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Chrystal, McMinnville, TN
Reviewsbased on 4 reviews
by fromI've had my handsonic for about three years now and I still love jamming with it. I am a guitar player who likes to play percussion like congas and bongos. This little wonder does that and more. You c... read more [+]an blast out simple Meg White drum lines or Play every type of percussion instrument invented to include a very realistic typani. The best part is the excellent sound. You would have to buy a lot of gear and have the best Microphones in the world to get these sounds in mix but with this tool you just have to plug into your board or a good bass or keyboard amp and Voila! I use this through a street cube and bass cube for easy, portable fireside shindigs too. close [-]
February 18, 2013
Music Background: biker
Love this percussion machine!
by Shaylah from Johnson City, TNThis is a great machine! I play percussion for our church praise team. I have used the keyboard and timpani sounds a lot, as well as other percussion sounds. It is easy to program and use. I am enjoyi... read more [+]ng using this and can't wait to incorporate more sounds into our worship! close [-]
December 12, 2011
Music Background: experienced musician
by Black Pantha from Greensboro, NCAs a percussionist, this is the toy to get. When I'm playing a set, it's cool to have the Handsonic10 next to my high hat so I can still bring in chimes, vibraslap, or a rainstick if I need it in a s... read more [+]ong. All I do is program the pads to what instrument I want. A wise investment for a drummer/percussionist. close [-]
September 10, 2009
Music Background: Musician, Hobbyist
fantastic percussion rig
by boro from CanadaI had the itch to buy more and more hand percussion gear. I figured I would be saving money by buying an electronic hand percussion controller... and I ended up with my money's worth and then some.<... read more [+]br />
May 28, 2007
Music Background: Hobbyist
For starters, the handsonic comes with plenty of high-quality samples on board. Congas, cajon, udus, bongos, drum kits, tabla, electronic sounds, etc etc etc. All these sounds are all tweakable using on board effects; pitch, reverb, delay, etc. are all available. The sound is fantastic. It's like having a truck full of percussion gear fit into a backpack.
To play these samples, you have 10 pressure/velocity sensitive areas on the circular pad which you can assign to your hearts content. Roland's presets are well thought out, and are great out of the box. The most impressive part of playing the handsonic is the ability to transmit midi messages between the various pads... e.g. you can perform mutes or pitch changes by applying pressure to the pads. There's even a D-beam that you can assign to control anything from simple triggering (like a chime gliss) to pitch changes (theremin anyone?). That's barely scratching the surface.
Some of the presets you will never use, and are obviously there to be edited and replaced by the user. The drum kit sounds are a little lacking, but the tweakability makes up for the lack of samples.
For keeping your chops up, roland added a rhythm coach function, which is like a metronome on steroids... it can play patterns, check your timing/accuracy/etc.
The chassis has foam rubber on the bottom, and sits reasonably well on a table, but this is quite counter-intuitive to playing. Roland sells a stand for the hpd10, which you may or may not think is expensive. Mine sits in a snare stand basket just fine, but the roland stand would obviously be best.
I don't know what else to tell you. If you're a hand percussionist in need of something to add to your arsenal, or you're a hobbyist looking for hundreds of instruments in one, you owe it to yourself to at least check the hpd out. close [-]
by: Chris MacKinnon
This thing is great! The Roland HandSonic 10 is perfect for the hand drummer looking for... read more »
Roland HandSonic 10
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