Alesis SamplePad 4 Compact Percussion Pad

4-pad Electronic Percussion Instrument with 25 Sounds and 10 Kits, Expandable via SD Card Media, and up to 2 External Triggers
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Compact Trigger Pad Fits in Any Drum Setup

Whether you're an acoustic drummer looking to trick out your kit with electronic percussion or a songwriter in need of a more realistic way to write drum parts, the Alesis SamplePad 4 is the compact percussion instrument you've been looking for. Onboard, you'll find four highly playable percussion zones you can use to trigger 25 amazing onboard sounds, plus hundreds more when you add an SD card and load up your favorite samples. Onboard tuning and reverb let you get more from your sounds, and a pair of additional triggers lets you expand your setup into a mini electronic kit.

Alesis SamplePad 4 Electronic Percussion Instrument at a Glance:
  • Add electronic percussion to your drums
  • Program realistic beats in the studio
  • Create your own samples and drum kits
Add electronic percussion to your drums

If you play regularly with an acoustic kit, just think of what you could do with an Alesis SamplePad 4 in your rig. This compact percussion instrument makes it super easy to fire off samples as you play, allowing you to add classic electronic sounds and loops to your grooves, such as hand claps or continuous tambourine patterns. Cooler still, you can load up acoustic percussion instrument sounds you simply don't have. Need claves for one song but don't want to blow your budget on the real deal? Toss up a couple of clave samples and you're good to go. What's more, you can use acoustic triggers to fire off samples from your drums, allowing you to pull off classic studio tricks like triggering gated white noise with your snare or foundation-shaking '808 booms from your kick.

Program realistic beats in the studio

If you've tried drawing notes by hand or triggering drums from your keyboard or pad controller, but you just aren't getting the natural sound you're looking for, then the Alesis SamplePad 4 may be the answer. Many of the accomplished songwriters here at Sweetwater swear by drum triggers like the SamplePad 4, which lets you use sticks, mallets, or your hands and fingers to record MIDI drum parts over USB. And when you expand your setup with optional drum pads (sold separately), you can build up the perfect MIDI drum kit for your creative studio.

Create your own samples and drum kits

Based on years of providing digital drummers with the sounds they demand, Alesis loaded up the SamplePad 4 with a set of 25 of the most commonly requested drum and percussion samples out there, ensuring that you're off to a good start from the moment you plug it in. These sounds even come arranged into 10 useful preset kits. What's more, it couldn't be easier to add your own samples to your SamplePad 4. Just connect it to your Mac or Windows PC via USB, insert an SD/SDHC card up to 32GB in capacity, and you're ready to load up to 512 samples in up to 89 user-defined drum kits. And thanks to its onboard processing, the SamplePad 4 will even let you tune and add reverb to your sounds.

Alesis SamplePad 4 Electronic Percussion Instrument Features:
  • A set of 4 pads lets you trigger samples via sticks, mallets, or your hands
  • Add 2 additional triggers via a 1/4" TRS expansion input on the back
  • Onboard sound library includes 25 top-requested sounds in 10 preset kits
  • USB connectivity provides MIDI I/O and allows you to import your own samples
  • Insert an SD/SDHC card (up to 32GB) and add up to 512 samples to 89 user kits
  • Customize samples with onboard tuning and reverb options
Trigger samples and MIDI onstage or in the studio with an Alesis SamplePad 4!

Tech Specs

Pads 4
Analog Inputs 1 x 1/4" TRS (dual trigger in)
Analog Outputs 1 x 1/4" TRS (headphones), 2 x 1/4" (left, right)
Expansion SD/SDHC card drive, 1 x USB Type B
Manufacturer Part Number SamplePad4XUS

Customer Reviews

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Super decent

I don't have a single issue with this product. You definitely need to use the SIM card with it to get all that you can out of your pads, but the built-in kits are still pretty sweet. Extremely easy to add on external pads as well. Comes ready and easy to use, it's great
Music background: Hip Hop Producer

Close but no cigar

I really wanted this to work because it's the perfect size for me. I just needed a couple pads and a kick trigger. Everything was great except crosstalk with the kick trigger made it useless. I was using a Roland kick trigger and every time I kit the snare (not even that hard) it would trigger the kick. I talked to alesis support and tried everything I could but it was unfixable. I returned it and got a Roland TM-2 module and use it with the kick trigger and a PD-8 pad and so far so good.

Bad trigger out

Bad trigger out! I couldn't get a response from the trigger and when I did their was double triggering. Looks like the reviewer before me had the same problem...don't buy it
See also: Electronic Percussion, Alesis, Alesis Electronic Drum Controllers & Multipads