Roland HPD-20 HandSonic vs the previous HPD-10/HPD-15


Last year the brand new Roland Handsonic HPD-20 was unveiled to the world. But what’s so different about the new one and the HPD-10 and HPD-15 it replaces?

HandSonic HPD-20

What’s new?

The HPD-20 HandSonic uses key Roland technologies that have been developed since the HPD-10 and HPD-15 were released. Ultimately, these bring a higher level of playability, connectivity and usability. Specifically, the latest additions to the HPD-20 include;

  • SuperNatural sound engine. Borrowed from Roland V-Drums for the ultimate expressiveness and dynamic range
  • Load in your own samples. Previously, only the internal sounds could be played with a Handsonic instrument. The HPD-20 lets you load your sounds in and perform with them
  • Quick Record function. This lets you perform and record your own phrases, which you can export to USB flash memory as a WAV file
  • USB connectivity. The HPD-20 can connect to your computer to allow two things; MIDI connectivity and stereo recording straight into DAW software without the need for a separate audio interface
  • More instruments. The HPD-20 has more internal sounds or instruments, 850 of them to be exact. Add your own samples and you’ve got a vast library of authentic instruments and samples

A lot of the original features of the Handsonic instruments, such as real-time effects, kit chains, click/metronome and D-Beam triggering are also found in the HPD-20.

Craig Blundell demonstrates the difference in this video: