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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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william a part-time user from ontario writes:
I really dig this thing. It's round! way more intuitive than a piano keyboard for me. plenty of good sounds and some that really suck. the oes that are good are lots of fun. i like using it to control my sampler for making sound scapes too. all around an inspiring, time saving device.

Suggestions for improvment:

1) ability to play multiple sequences at once

2) layering of sounds

3) greater sensitivity on the finger pads

4) regarding the sequencer. why limit two tracks to sucky melodic sounds? wouldn't it be cool if you could have 4 percussion parts in a sequence and be able to mute and re-activate them via the pads? may be asking alittle much but why not dream big?

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-May-19-2002 at 12:22
Knurgen a hobbyist user from Norvegicum writes:
A very inspiring unit. It offers a much more natural way to play drum parts than a keyboard. I have made some highly original beats with it. The drum and percussion sounds are excellent, and I like much some of the smart features as for example the rehearsal function. Also some of the melodic sounds are fine. Most of them are usable, maybe not pro, but at least they can serve as sketches wich can be refined by other instruments. Of course it has not the same editing capabilities as a synthesizer, but more than enough for the purpose of an electronic percussion instrument. The beam controller is not much of use, the best thing about that is that it can be turned off.

I hope that Roland will continue to develop a range of units on basis of this one since it's probably the only one of its kind. More and more versatile and assignible realtime controllers which also can be assigned to specific zones and user definable groups of zones for example would be nice.

After all: A nice peace of gear well worth to be considered if you want a drum machine where you actually play the rythm parts. I think it deserves.....

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-09-2002 at 15:16
John a part-time user from Canada writes:
Great unit ... Lots of fun ... but not a good manual if you want to get into the thing with any depth. Rolands tech support is also not helpful. The hardware gets a rating of 4 1/2 out of five, but support gets only 1/2 out of five.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Nov-11-2001 at 10:12
a professional user writes:
fantastic!! haven't been of it for live performance and for studio recs... need further info tho as manual not extensive enuf!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Nov-06-2001 at 01:19
jeff kotun a part-time user from san francisco, u.s.a writes:
was wondering if anyone out there has come across supplementary technical notes on the hpd-15. it must seem apparent to some users that the manual has its shortcomings in terms of going into depth of its technical potential. at the present i have only used it for a couple of months and i would recommend this unti to anyone interested exploring an unmiked or silent performance situations. definitely worth checking out and spending a little time with someone who knows the unit.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-14-2001 at 14:48
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