Alesis Control PadItem ID: ControlPad
8-pad USB/MIDI Controller with Two Switch Pedal Inputs - Mac/PC
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Take Control of Your Percussion and MIDI Devices!The Alesis Control Pad USB/MIDI Percussion Controller is a compact percussion pad controller that is equally at home as a performance instrument and as a MIDI programming tool for studio recording. The Control Pad features eight velocity-sensitive pads with gum rubber surfaces for excellent stick response, as well as two trigger inputs for connecting external pads. Percussion setups are stored to internal memory and are accessible via MIDI Program Change commands. You get flexible, easy-to-use percussion and MIDI control with the USB bus-powered Control Pad.
Alesis Control Pad USB/MIDI Percussion Pad Controller at a Glance:
Pads and inputs
In addition to eight velocity-sensitive percussion pads onboard, this controller includes two trigger inputs for connecting external pads (it's compatible with the Alesis Drum Pad and Cymbal Pad expansion kits), two switch pedal inputs to accomodate open/closed hi-hat and kick drum, and an up/down footswitch input for selecting kits remotely. The Control Pad also includes pad sensitivity adjustment to get the sound that's perfect for you.
Great for studio and stage
The Control Pad is a compact drum/percussion system that functions equally well as a recording tool and as an on stage electronic "trap table". It's a useful tool for serious recording musicians and percussionists seeking to "lighten the load" in terms of the number of accessory instruments they carry.
A MIDI controller
The Alesis Control Pad is limited only by the sound sources connected to it. As a MIDI controller, it can trigger samplers (sampled sounds and sampled sound effects), drum machines, and synthesizers. Melodic percussion (mallet instruments such as vibes and marimba) can be played by assigning the desired MIDI note numbers to the controller's various pads.
Plug the Control Pad into your Mac or PC via USB for a plug-and-play functionality - no drivers are necessary, and no external power is needed. However, if you want to use it without the computer connection, a power adapter is included.
Alesis Control Pad Features:
Alesis Control Pad - Hands on control over drum samples!
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Jordan, Marquette, MI
Reviewsbased on 14 reviews
by Greg from Denver, Co.I use this to get the personal touch in the drum tracks on my songs and wouldn't be able to get the work done without. I also eyeballed this unit for 5yrs before I went ahead with the purchase. Highly... read more [+] recommend this unit for anyone who needs to interface with drums. close [-]
March 29, 2013
Music Background: Studio Hermit
Better than I thought it would be.
by Joe S. from Milwakee, WI USAPros:
March 13, 2008
Music Background: Hobbyist/Producer
+Rebounds like a dampened drum
+Expandable by 4 inputs
+I feel more attached to FL studio.
Con's:<... read more [+]br /> -Rubber pad is unlike the slippery surface of a real set.
-Hitting plastic will activate the pad nearest where you strike.
Someone else mentioned that the output is delayed. READ THE MANUAL! It recommends ASIO4ALL and unplugging other USB device like external drives to lower latency. I've got like 15 USB devices on my pc, and running with a true ASIO soundcard .: Zero Latency. close [-]
by Nick Borgosz from Buffalo, NYGreat product, very easy to use, and has every feature someone could want. I'm using it to trigger sequences and add electronic drums to back live drums. It does this job perfectly. I can't imagine... read more [+] anyone who knows that this product does not liking it. If you already have a laptop or some thing else that provides the sounds you want to trigger...any other product would just be stupid. Easy programming of midi notes, sensetivity, 4 velecity curves, option to external pads/footswitches...just amazing for the money. close [-]
June 20, 2007
Music Background: Recording Engineer, drummer, guitarist, bassist
Better than expected
by Kurt from San Jose, CAWanted to make a mini-kit out of it, used a TD-9 as the sound module and plugged the pedals into the TD-9 (not the Control Pad).
January 28, 2013
Music Background: Musician
The bad, mostly fixable:
- hit two pads together,... read more [+] sometimes one won't sound, lower sensitivity helps, less but not gone. All multi-pads I have tried (Alesis, Yamaha, Simmons, Roland) had this problem except the Rolands (SPD-30 and SX). Adding an external snare pad works around the problem.
- double stroke rolls were terrible until I discovered velocity curve 3 (LOUD), great for toms, makes your DS rolls sound great. You lose some low-end expressiveness though, ok for toms, but not quite enough for delicate snare work IMHO.
- MIDI in has no soft thru, only goes up the to computer, MIDI merger needed for more pads.
- I see some slight delay triggering a TD-9, will live with it, not sure if it is the
pad or the TD-9.
- pad sensitivity settings are global, not per kit.
- pads are loud acoustically, we have very low stage volumes, it is on the edge of being too loud. Same is true of all the Alesis pads, performance pad, sample pad.
- Dynamic range is full range MIDI 1-127, sensitivity control is excellent.
It took me a while to tune it, I ended up with low sensitivty (6 out of 20) for cymbal edges (makes swells sound swell). The loud velocity curve 3 for toms, and higher sensitivity for hat and cymbal bows and bells. Once I tuned it I could do delicate expressive work on the cymbals and DS rolls on the toms. Unexpected in something so cheap.
- bounce is ok, less than a mesh head, pads are a bit hard, but playable for rolls which is what counts.
- any pad can be assigned to any MIDI channel or note, performance pad locks you in for example.
- having all the pads close together took a few days to retrain muscle memory. Once I did I could play on it just fine. It got to be a bit addictive acually, having toms so close together made fast multi-tom patterns easier.
Since I was trying for kit replacement I used these pad mappings:
C-B-B-R - Crash, ride bell, ride bow, ride edge.
H-T-T-T - Hi-Hat, Tom1, Tom2, Tom3.
And I added a snare pad down low in front.
Had it about 2 months, so don't know about longevity yet. close [-]
I just added the Alesis Control Pad to my studio's arsenal of MIDI controllers. It was easy to set up, and the pads are wonderfully responsive to variations of stick hits. Adding foot pedals for bass drum and hi-hat will turn this into a complete drum set controller. Well worth the investment!
Alesis Control Pad
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