Today I’d like to introduce you to the Roland HPD-10 Handsonic Percussion Controller. This is really an amazing instrument. The Handsonic is a drum controller meant to be played with your hands. It has 10 highly sensitive individual pads that have both pressure and positional sensitivity. That means you’ll get different sounds when you hit the pad hard, soft or closer to the edges of the individual pads. The Handsonic has 400 high-quality instrument sounds built in including congas, bongos, tabla, djembe and cajon.
One of the coolest features of the Roland HPD-10 is the D Beam controller. The D Beam sends out a beam of infrared light which reflects off your hand or any other solid surface you put in front of it. This in turn triggers various sounds and effects. The D Beam is distance sensitive so you can change sounds by moving your hand closer to, or farther away from the D Beam. It’s very similar to how the classic Theremin works.
Roland has a reputation for having very sensitive control pads and the Handsonic’s touch pads will respond to your lightest touch or sharpest slap. It also has a built-in rhythm coach which includes several different features to improve your rhythm and drumming skills. There’s Pad Follow which will display a pattern of pads for you to hit on the LCD and then test you to see if you can follow the pattern. The Rhythm Coach also has Time Check which will display how closely your are hitting on the beat. The Rhythm Coach will also teach you how to play new rhythms. I don’t know about you but when it comes to drum rhythms, I can always learn more.
So check out the Roland HPD-10 Handsonic Percussion Controller today. Here’s a video demonstrating some of the capabilities of this awesome drum controller.