The handsolo: A hand drum controller for natural rhythm entry and production

Kunal Jathal, Tae Hong Park

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The majority of electronic percussion controllers on the market today are based on location-oriented striking techniques, resulting in a”finger drumming”interaction paradigm, that is both fundamentally eclectic as well as imposingly “controllerist”. The few controllers that allow hand-drumming techniques also invariably conform to region-based triggering design, or, in trade-off for expressivity, end up excluding hardware connectivity options that are vital to the context of the modern electronic rhythm producer. The HandSolo is a timbre-based drum controller that allows the use of natural, hand-drumming strokes, whilst offering the same end-goal functionality that percussion controller users have come to expect over the past decade.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)218-223
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression
StatePublished - 2016
EventInternational conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, NIME 2016 - Brisbane, Australia
Duration: Jul 11 2016Jul 15 2016


  • Hand drumming
  • MIDI controllers
  • Timbre recognition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Signal Processing
  • Instrumentation
  • Music
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Science Applications


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