Alesis SamplePad Pro

Percussion Pad with SDHC Sound Storage, 200+ Sounds, 8 Dual-zone Pads, 2 Pad Expansion Inputs, Kick and Hi-hat Pedal Inputs, and USB Connectivity
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Simple Pads to Total Electronic Percussion Rig

Whether you're adding on to your electronic drum kit, turning your acoustic kit into a hybrid setup, or looking for a lightweight electronic kit for grab-and-go gigs, you're going to dig the Alesis SamplePad Pro. This awesome electronic percussion pad starts off strong with six large dual-zone pads and a pair of raised dual-zone rims plus over 200 killer drum and percussion samples, but it gets even cooler when you consider all the great ways you can expand it to meet your needs. Extra trigger and pedal inputs let you turn the SamplePad Pro into a full kit, whereas SD storage lets you rock out with your own samples.

Alesis SamplePad Pro Electronic Percussion Instrument at a Glance:
  • Playable pads plus easy expansion options onboard
  • Expand your sound collection with built-in SD storage
  • Integrate your samples into any music creation rig
Playable pads plus easy expansion options onboard

In addition to its six main pads, the Alesis SamplePad Pro sports a pair of narrow ridges along the back, bringing the total number of pads up to eight. These eight pads (each framed in blue LED light) already give you enough triggers to cover a decent sized drum kit, but they're actually all 2-zone sensors, putting a total of 16 sounds at the tip of your sticks from the moment you fire this bad boy up. Need more pads? No problem! There are two additional inputs that let you hook up even more pads. What's more, you can expand the SamplePad Pro with both a kick pedal input and a hi-hat controller input, allowing you to turn it into a super-portable electronic drum and percussion kit that's perfect for live performance.

Expand your sound collection with built-in SD storage

The SamplePad Pro comes with a solid collection of over 200 totally playable drum, cymbal, and assorted percussion sounds, which you can arrange as you like into dozens of drum kits. You even have control over each sound's key attributes, such as pitch, panning, and even reverb. Cooler still, the SamplePad Pro supports up to 32GB SD card media, allowing you to load up a world of your own custom sounds. (By the way, if you need help picking out cool sounds or an SD card, just give your Sweetwater Sales Engineer a call.) Once your sounds are loaded up, it's easy to set up unique kits that play the way you want them to, thanks to the SamplePad Pro's simple controls.

Integrate your samples into any music creation rig

Whether you're using it to trigger sounds to trigger MIDI in the studio or taking it onstage where you can use it to fire off loops and sequences from your drum kit, the connection options onboard the SamplePad Pro make setup easy. A single USB connection is all you need to send audio and MIDI between your SamplePad Pro and your computer, making it incredibly easy to integrate with your favorite DAW or sample program. Traditional 1/4" outs combined with MIDI I/O accommodate nearly any other kind of rig out there, but the kicker is the combination of a headphone output with a stereo aux input, which lets you rock out to backing tracks, without bugging your neighbors.

Alesis SamplePad Pro Electronic Percussion Instrument Features:
  • A versatile electronic instrument that can go from simple pads to a full drum rig
  • 8 dual-zone pads (6 pads, 2 rims) are fun to play and highly expressive
  • Active blue LED pad illumination defines the edge of each isolated rubber pad
  • Expand your rig with 2 additional inputs for drum triggers or performance pads
  • Kick pedal and hi-hat pedal inputs let you expand your rig into a full drum kit
  • Comes loaded with 200+ internal sounds and 10 ready-to-play drum kits
  • Load up your own sounds and kits on external SD card media (SD cards not included)
  • Save up to 512 sounds and 20 kits on SD cards up to 32GB in capacity
  • USB port provides total computer connectivity for MIDI and audio
  • Headphone output and aux input make private practice quiet and fun
Build your electronic percussion rig around an Alesis SamplePad Pro!

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Alesis SamplePad Pro Review by Sweetwater Sound

Tech Specs

Pads 8
Analog Inputs 5 x 1/4", 1 x 1/8"
Analog Outputs 3 x 1/4"
Expansion SDHC (up to 32GB)
Manufacturer Part Number SamplePad Pro

Customer Reviews

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Great Drum Sampling Pad

If anyone is bad mouthing this unit, they don't really know what they're talking about, I've been playing drums for about 17 years and professionally for a while. The guys at Sweetwater rule and they hooked me up with a nice discount! Great price! This great piece of gear definitely blows away all of the more expensive ones. I was looking into getting a Roland SPD-S but they're now discontinued. And the Roland SPD-SX just doesn't really sound good to me. The Yamaha ones neither. This ones about 500 + dollars cheaper than the other ones and sounds about 100 times better than those. I mainly needed one of these to do MIDI recordings so it works out more than perfect for what I'm using it for. I'm not really using it or interested in the Sampling feature which I know it's mainly for but that seems pretty nice. All the Drum effects sound great. The things I found with the other Sampling Pad Units is that one would have one or two things that I was looking for and another wouldn't. This thing has all of them. Hi-Hat Inputs, Bass Drum Pedal Inputs, 2 extra Pad inputs and of course the USB connection. USB Connectivity. You can hook it up to a nice P.A. amp and it sound great. With other units like these, such as electronic drum kits, if you turn it up too loud on the amp it will sound too muddy. But this one you can turn it up as loud as you want and it will still sound clear so it would be ideal for live gigs. Although there is some minor problems with "crosstalk" but it seems to only happen once in a while and is not that big of a problem. You can hook it up straight out of the box and start playing. It's as easy as that. Not complicated at all! So all in all, it's a much superior unit compared to all the other ones and 500 or more dollars cheaper.

Perfect for the price

I have had good luck so far. Very good price for me as I use it part time for a couple bands I play in. I like the option to put your own samples in a SD card and load to your kit. The top edge pads have a delay but they work good for a cymbal crash. I also like the dual pads. You can make some nice full samples.
Music background: Drummer

Bangin' Pads

Picked this little beauty up at Gearfest. Really versatile small surface. I like being able to import large amounts of sampled sounds via the SD card slot. I don't often use the stock sounds that come with electronic percussion, so being able to use what I wish while saving a big chunk of change by Alesis's choice to focus on the pads and not a huge sample library worked really well for me. I look forward to trying the external triggers, though that was not a deciding factor for me. Bottom line: If you are looking for a small footprint percussion trigger at a great price point, this is your machine. If you need a lot of built in samples, expect to pay at least 3 times as much. But if you have good samples already (or just need the basics--and they are REALLY good) This is the one. And it's really fun!
Music background: Project Studio owner/engineer

I like it.

I had been avoiding the SPD-S unit for years, because it was just a little out of my price-range for what would prospectively be a toy. At ~ 300 bucks, buying this "SamplePad Pro" seemed too good to be true / and a no-brainer even if it was just to see how I felt about a unit like this / and if it was worth getting into a fancier model. Since buying it, I've had tons of fun. I mainly use it to play samples on my MPC though, so I basically skip the whole "Sample" part of it and just assign the pads to corresponding numbers. I bought a roland pad and attached it to the stand (that I also bought) - like a dedicated snare drum. It's really cool : ) I got some other triggers involved and kick / high-hat - and it feels like a very complete system. Cons: the 2 top thin pads aren't 100% consistent / takes a bit to get loaded up / and no off switch (automatically turns off when not in use - which isn't the worst thing) Pros: Super fun to play - seems very responsive and consistent to me. Expandable with more pads and foot-switches Notes: The unit comes with a plastic mount (I bought a metal roland one because I didn't know it was included) I think I'm going to buy a second one and put it up high like roto-toms ; )

Love it

Love it. Just what I need to program in my studio. Can be used as a stand alone unit or a controller for my internal sounds. Also user friendly.
See also: Electronic Percussion, Alesis, Alesis Electronic Drum Controllers & Multipads