The Handsonic Controller
another user-supported software by Confusionists, Inc.
The Handsonic Controller is a software interface, librarian or controller for the Roland Handsonic HPD-15. The software runs on Java (1.5 and better) on PC, Mac and Linux. It communicates with the Handsonic via Midi. See a screenshot of the librarian in action..
Control - Choose the sounds used in patches (drumkits) on the Handsonic in an intuitive and comfortable
full-screen interface (quite unlike the one-line LCD display that you're used to). This includes send
and receive settings for each pad and pitch control.
Comfort - Type in patch names using your computer keyboard (and see them on the Handsonic). Choose instruments with your
mouse and preview hundreds of instruments in seconds. .
Swap Instruments - Exchange the instruments for two pads, resolving a major annoyance of programming
the Handsonic using its native interface.
Control patch-wide settings such as roll-speed and patch name.
Save and load patches to and from the Handsonic.
Randomize - assign random instruments from one or more instrument groups. Why pick instruments
if you don't know your Madal Da from your Madal Din? Then tweak the kit you've created by changing
some of the instruments.
Instrument Filters - Show just instruments that can be controlled with the hi-hat pedal, or just instruments
that are position-sensitive, or filter by 3 other criteria.
System Bulk Dump - Back up and restore all or some of your settings from the device (will work with
any MIDI instrument).
To run the interface, follow these instructions
- You need Java 1.5 or better. How do you know if you have Java installed? From a command prompt (Windows) or a Terminal (OSX) run
The latest version of Java is always available here.
- You need a MIDI interface installed and plugged into your Handsonic.
- That's about it for prerequisites. Now you need to download our .jar file here here.
- Now you can run it. To do this, from a command prompt (obviously, you can do a shortcut later for all this) run
java -jar HandsonicControllerBeta.jar
and if Java can't find the .jar, you'll need to specify it's location like this.
java -jar d:\downloads\HandsonicControllerBeta.jar
note that on Mac OSX (and Linux) it's with forward slashes like this.
java -jar /downloads/HandsonicControllerBeta.jar
This is not too hard, but if you have trouble, remember: you're usually just a backslash away from getting the .jar to run (and it's worth it).
- If you have problems, email me. If not and you're working and happy, change to
javaw instead of
java and the annoying
terminal window will disappear.
This software is 100% user-supported. If you find it useful, please
consider donating money (button below).
Donations keep the development of this product moving forward. Also, if you
find it to be useful, please mention it (for instance, on the liner notes for your next album).