Roland HandSonic HPD-20 Digital Hand Percussion Controller

Electronic Percussion Controller with 200 Drum/Percussion Kits, 850 Instruments, SuperNATURAL Sound Technology, and USB Flash Recording
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Get Your Hands on it and You'll Be a Believer

The Roland HandSonic HPD-20 electronic percussion instrument will amaze you with its incredibly responsive nature, thanks to Roland's acclaimed SuperNATURAL sound technology. If you haven't heard, SuperNATURAL sounds are designed to respond to every nuance of your playing for an incredibly natural playing experience. The HandSonic HPD-20 gives you 200 drum kits and 850 instruments to play via its 13 velocity/pressure sensitive pads, plus the ability import, layer, and loop your own sampled sounds. If you're into hand percussion, you owe it to yourself to experience the Roland HandSonic HPD-20.

Roland HandSonic HPD-20 Electronic Percussion Instrument at a Glance:
  • SuperNATURAL lets you play more expressively than ever
  • Find your style or experiment with new ones, with over 1,000 sounds
  • It's easy to add your own sounds too
SuperNATURAL lets you play more expressively than ever

You'll immediately notice the Roland HandSonic HPD-20 responds to every nuance of your playing, right down to dampening/muting sounds and even pitch bends by applying pressure. That's because Roland's acclaimed SuperNATURAL sound engine doesn't just respond to what you play, but also how you play it. From delicate finger rolls and flams to advanced hand-drumming techniques, the HandSonic HPD-20 simply sounds amazing. Call your Sweetwater Sales Engineer to learn more about SuperNATURAL sound technology.

Find your style or experiment with new ones, with over 1,000 sounds

Whether you play percussion in a band or produce music in your studio, you've got a ton of sounds on tap in the HandSonic HPD-20. From some of the most natural-sounding congas, bongos, and tablas, to hard-hitting electronic sounds, you'll be able to groove in any style you want with the HandSonic HPD-20.

It's easy to add your own sounds too

While the range of sounds in the HandSonic HPD-20 is vast, you can also import up to 500 of your own WAV samples to customize your kits. Once you import your sounds, you can use the built-in effects and editing features like you would with the factory sounds. You can also load loops and phrases to play along with, starting and stopping the loop with the touch of a pad.

Roland HandSonic HPD-20 Electronic Percussion Instrument Features:
  • Expressive percussion pad with over 1,000 built-in sounds
  • SuperNATURAL sound engine makes these sounds respond to every nuance of your playing
  • Import up to 500 of your own WAV samples for customized kits
  • 13 pads are velocity and pressure sensitive for maximum expressiveness
  • D-BEAM controller lets you trigger sounds and manipulate effects with a wave of your hand
  • Quick Rec function lets you capture performances and export them as WAV audio to USB flash memory
The Roland HandSonic HPD-20 blurs the line between acoustic and electronic percussion!

Tech Specs

Analog Inputs 1 x 1/4" TRS stereo
Analog Outputs 2 x 1/4" TS
Pads 13 velocity/pressure sensitive
Manufacturer Part Number HPD-20

Customer Reviews

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Great machine

Sweetwater gave fantastic personal service arrived in about 3-4 days This machine is fantadtic

Best choice for portable percussion

This thing ROCKS! I am a solo loop artist, periodically facilitate drum circles and wanted either a portable electronic drum kit or this unit to add better percussion parts without having to lug heavy drums around. I am amazed at the sensitivity and control that this Handsonic allows in adding percussion to my performances. I DO NOT claim to be a trained drummer, but I am a pretty good hand drummer and with this unit, I can add some awesome percussion layers to my loops, both in the studio and on the go. Light, portable, powerful and extremely expressive. I run this through the mixer in the studio and run it into the aux. input of my looper from the phone output of the Handsonic. Works great. For bigger gigs I run into a mixer, to the input of the looper into 2 EV ZLX12P speakers and WOW.. the stereo pan control for each pad gets some awesome drum affects. I have had so much fun with this thing it's unreal... you got to get you some of this...
Music background: Loop artist, drum facilitator, studio musician. Semi Pro level.

HPD-20 drums

Im not a musician in grammar school only had lessons on a rubber Drum pad so lost interest! This unit has so many percussion Sounds and possible variations that i can get lost just fooling around. Tabla is cool, dont have a computer but that expands the options. Tell my friends just get one well worth it !
Music background: No skills

The Roland Handsonic HPD-20 Rocks!

I use the HPD-20 for an acoustic side project. I also added the Roland pedals to give me the ability to play a full kit sound. It allows me to effortlessly move from a fat drum kit to a conga/bongo/cajon array in literally a second! Having recently upgraded from the HPD-15, I find the newer model much more user friendly as far as creating/saving custom patches. Moreover, the sound replication is greatly enhanced. The new trigger surfaces are softer and easier on your hands. Although, I still prefer to wear drumming gloves. Overall, I am very pleased with the unit and have zero regrets!
Music background: Pro Musician

Nice upgrade from hpd-15

Just received the Roland HPD-20 and I like it very much. Have only played it for about 30 minutes, but there are many improvements (IMO) over the older model. The pads are very responsive, and there are new sounds (Yay!). The editing is going to be a lot easier now that there is a menu-type screen. One of the things I used the HPD-15 for was triggering MIDI from a laptop. If you ever did this, you know what a pain it was to set MIDI note numbers. This is much, much easier now. I am also looking forward to loading and designing my own sounds, etc. More to say, I am sure, but this is just a first impression. The free shipping took only took a few days, and sales associate Paul Allen is always helpful.
Music background: Percussionist/composer
See also: Electronic Percussion, Roland, Roland Electronic Drum Controllers & Multipads