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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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jeff kotun a part-time user from Berkeley ,u.s.a writes:
notes for hpd-15 users downloadable new OS from roland site- for mac/pc HPD-15 Operating System Version 1.06 (Mac) (559K) for those commentaries on its shortcomings- think of it as a percussive trigger unit w/15 pads (not including foot pedals,switches, volume pedals etc.) and endless processing. 4 part sequencer - mulitple layering - audio,images,video - explore. . .midi it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Oct-09-2007 at 21:34
jeff a professional user from berkeley/san fran writes:
i wrote a couple of years ago looking for anyone with tech notes. apparently everyone is in the same boat so i hope roland is taking note. but as for some of the other comments i read- like being able to layer over sequences, the uselessness of the beam- i can only say that some of this comes from not having had enough experience with the unit. for example: after selecting the sequence you want to play and depressing the play to activate it, let it run and then depress the sequence button again. the sequence will continue running if you dont take it out of play. (acutally can run a foot switch also to start/stop this) this allows you to "roam" seeking out another patch while playing over the running sequence. on the beam: god, i mean this thing is amazing- just try taking it into lazerwave and then use real time effects on the sound. probably good to adjust in the system the height range of the beam first. i think its great as your have all the real time effects there, and for added thrills you can run some patch sounds with a foot switch on the sustain which will let you break away and run a drum track over the whole thing in real time. some other insights: definetely get a foot volume control (stereo) i think boss is the only one that makes a compatible stereo volume control. i keep my foot on this thing all the time- while playing live it allows you to monitor and scroll through changes . the other cool thing i found too was getting a boss looper (with a mono vol. control on the output ) - for the guy who always wanted that layering or percussion ensemble sound- this is the way to go. play, record loop. let it run and play over. well anyway, anyone out there have things to share, i am a willing listener. been at this thing for 2 years weekly and just scratching the surface of it.- and im not even touching the preocessing or midi yet) (i.e. we dont need a drummer anymore!) thanks for listening j.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jun-15-2004 at 01:20
a part-time user writes:
What a fine machine this is. If you need the ethnic drums in your music, then there is no better than the Handsonic. The pads feel very natural to me and wonderful to play as well.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Jan-26-2004 at 02:17
Sandy a professional user from CA writes:
Just picked up one of these pups and it came without the manual but I was amazed at how simple this thing is to operate and how well it sounds. I had heard good things about it for over 2 years and always wanted one. Well, I finally let go of some other gear and now I own this beauty. All I can say is WOW! This is truly the best money I have ever spent. The ethnic drum sounds in this unit are simply fantastic. I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves Indian, African, Latin, drums galore. The feel of the pads is perfect for my hands and Im going to find this very very inspiring and that is an understatement. This HPD-15 deserves a 5 in every way. I LOVE IT!! If I could only own one piece of kit, this would be it. Without question. Im totally blown away with this thing and I cant stop playing it. Thanks Roland for one amazing product!!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jan-13-2004 at 06:47
Traeger a professional user from U.S. writes:
Every thing on here is fly! The only down fall is the users guide. I think it is just a free coloring book. Seriously, I found out that the mannul is so vauge due to the face it is directly translated from Japanese.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Sep-10-2002 at 13:10
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