NAMM Update: Roland has 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 pad response that made the original HandSonic popular, but with a specialized set of features and a fresh batch of sounds, rhythms, and effects.
An all-new collection of sounds has been created for the HandSonic 10; more than 350 high-quality instruments are onboard. All of the percussive essentials have been included — congas, bongos, tabla, djembe, cajon, etc. — as well as melodic percussion, drum kit, special effects, and more.
The HandSonic 10 offers a comfortable round playing surface divided into ten individual pads offers pressure and positional sensitivity.
The popular Roland D Beam is also included for dramatic triggering and pitch control. Roland has equipped the HandSonic 10 with a Rhythm Coach virtual trainer for practicing.
While the HandSonic 10 is primarily a hand percussion instrument, users can add a Roland kick pad (optional) via the external trigger input, or add a Roland V-Pad. The input is dual-trigger compatible for double the triggering power via an optional PCS-31L Y-cable.
More information is available at the Roland site.