Alesis Control Pad USB/MIDI Percussion Pad Controller  

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The Control Pad features 8 velocity sensitive pads with gum rubber surfaces for excellent stick response as well as two trigger inputs for connecting external pads such as the Alesis Drum Pad and Cymb... Read More

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Overview

The Control Pad features 8 velocity sensitive pads with gum rubber surfaces for excellent stick response as well as two trigger inputs for connecting external pads such as the Alesis Drum Pad and Cymbal Pad expansion kits. Further, there are two switch pedal inputs to accommodate open and closed hi-hat as well as kick drum. Percussion setups are stored to internal memory and are accessible via MIDI program change commands. In addition to being USB bus-powered (eliminating the need for an external power supply while connected to a computer), the Control Pad includes an AC adapter for use without a computer.

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 is a must have item for serious recording musicians and a valuable tool for percussionists seeking to lighten the load in terms of the number of accessory instruments they carry.

Comes with BFD Lite drum module
The Control Pad is bundled with FXPansion's BFD Lite, a professional drum module with high-quality acoustic and electronic drum kit libraries.

Applications
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. The Alesis Control Pad is perfect for the following applications:
• Programming of drum and percussion parts with a MIDI sequencer
• Studio recording
• Live performance--primarily as an expander instrument for shakers, congas, bongos, etc.

Features
  • USB/MIDI drum controller for studio or live use
  • 8 high-quality velocity-sensitive percussion pads
  • 2 trigger inputs for connecting external pads (compatible with the Alesis Drum Pad and Cymbal Pad expansion kits)
  • 2 switch pedal inputs
  • Up/down footswitch input
  • USB plug-and-play connectivity (no drivers necessary)
  • USB bus-powered (no power supply necessary when connected to a computer)
  • Includes FXPansion's BFD Lite professional drum module with high-quality acoustic and electronic drum kit libraries
  • PC and Mac compatible
  • MIDI I/O
  • Pad sensitivity adjustment
  • Stores MIDI setups with program change capability
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year parts and labor warranty on all keyboards, DAT, and modules.
One year or 1500 hour warranty (whichever comes first) on tape heads.
Custome must register purchase online to receive customer registration number and warranty.
(No warranties are sent with product.)


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AlesisControl Pad USB/MIDI Percussion Pad Controller
 
4.4

(based on 7 reviews)

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(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Try it out b4 buying (faulty inputs)!!!!!!

By DrumsUK

from Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Comments about Alesis Control Pad USB/MIDI Percussion Pad Controller:

I've owned the Alesis ControlPad for about 3 months now, and although some may think it's good value for money, mine came with defective inputs (the Kick drum and the extra input #2 simply do not work). I've tried to contact Alesis' tech support (through their website, 3 months ago) but no good. The rubber pads offer great dynamics and sensitivity and work well with software plug-ins such as BFD2 and Addictive Drums, but since I had to make do with input #1 for my bass drum pad (Pintech Ergokik) I've been experiencing false/ double triggering on a daily basis. I've tried all kinds of configurations and settings but no good. My only advice is to make sure all the inputs are in working condition before purchasing this product. Still waiting to hear from Alesis though...

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(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I love it, I love it, I LOVE IT!!!

By Pete Marriott

from Seattle, WA

Comments about Alesis Control Pad USB/MIDI Percussion Pad Controller:

My studio life has become easier thanks to the Alesis Control Pad being simple, flexible and lots of fun to play. I ran my very first test using a pair of Alesis DM5 Pro Hi-Hat Pedals for both the hat and kick. The pads and pedals responds very nicely and I haven't had any issues playing live or recording MIDI tracks in FL Studio, Abelton Live or Pro Tools. I look very forward to buying another one for when I go on tour.

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(16 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

gets the job done....easier

By none

from santa fe, NM

Comments about Alesis Control Pad USB/MIDI Percussion Pad Controller:

if you want a pad controller to play drum parts into a midi sequencer in real time this the product for you. if your like me and you find difficult to play in drum parts into a sequencer with a keyboard or finger pads, youll love this product because it allows you to play parts in with real drum sticks which for me makes things many times easier . its easy to use and program and seems to be durable. just a warning this product does not generate any sounds of its own its simply a controller to be used in conjuction with a DAW (like ableton live) or hardware sampler. another thing to be aware of when using this product in conjuction with a software DAW is that there will be latency (a delay in time from when you hit the pads to when you hear the sound out of the speakers) this delay is based on cpu performance, sound card, and driver type. but overall ive had a blast with this thing... ...tip for good acoustic sounding drums i would recommend using a vst plugin called addictive drums from xln audio or bfd (included).

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(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good if you don't use the external inputs

By Monty

from Seattle

Comments about Alesis Control Pad USB/MIDI Percussion Pad Controller:

The pads themselves work great (using it with the full BFD products). But if you use a kick trigger it will drop most kick notes that land at the same time as a pad hit, which makes it useless to use that way. It's a drag because it is a good value otherwise. I'm returning it.

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(64 of 69 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Beware if you intend to use to use external pads

By Holmes

from Stockholm, Sweden

Comments about Alesis Control Pad USB/MIDI Percussion Pad Controller:

I purchased the Alesis Control Pad as well as Roland KD-8 (kick drum) and PD-8 (to function as a hi-hat) trigger pads to attach as external triggers. I wanted to have a set-up with a feeling closer to a real drum set. I've been quite satisfied with the Control Pad unit on it's own. Even after playing around with the sensitivity settings, it seemed the rubber pads needed to soften up and get broken in to provide the appropriate responsiveness so that I could play faster rythms such as 32nd notes and rolls. It works quite well now and I am pleased with the product in that respect. If you don't expect to attach any external triggers, I believe you will be satisfied with the Alesis Control Pad. BEWARE: If you intend to attach external triggers, beware since the Alesis Control Pad does not operate properly. Frequently, there is a glitch or conflict of MIDI signals when the Alesis Control Pad sends them from the external triggers. Every once in a while, MIDI notes from external triggers are completely dropped. For example, when playing straight 16th notes on the hi-hat (the Roland PD-8) and straight quarter notes on the kick drum (Roland KD-8), the Alesis Control Pad will (every two to three measures) fail to send a MIDI bass drum beat. The MIDI signal is completely missing......it is not heard and does not even show up in my Cubase 4 recording track. Of course, it's possible to go into Cubase, hunt down the missing beats and fill them in, however, this is not so efficient......and not how the Alesis Control Pad is advertised nor meant to work. I understand that Alesis has been aware of this problem since the spring, however, one wonders how serious Alesis is about support for the Control Pad when it doesn't even appear listed in the support section of their website. In summary: If you don't expect to use external pads at all......go for it. The Alesis Control Pad works as advertised. If you plan on using external pads, look for another product or wait until Alesis resolves the technical issues causing missing MIDI notes from external pads.

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(15 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

It is good for the money

By Drum4Him01

from Chattanooga, TN

Comments about Alesis Control Pad USB/MIDI Percussion Pad Controller:

I have owned the Alesis Control pad for about two weeks, it is good midi percussion controller for the money. The pads are little harder than the Roland SPD-20 but it does have senstivity. But I was dispointed with a few features in it, like the hihat pedal only does splash/click sound, so you have to play the hihat open/close pads to get the open and close sound for the hihat. Also, when changing the midi drum notes on it and then turning it off, it goes back to the default settings, there is no way to save the changes that I made on the layout I wanted. So I wasn't happy with the Alesis Control Pad so I am returning it to get a Roland SPD-20 or Drumkat DK-10. It is a good product for the money thought.

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(11 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Alesis Control Pad

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Alesis Control Pad USB/MIDI Percussion Pad Controller:

I use this with the included BFD Lite, and its awesome. Great response and awesome reflex when I hit each pad. Ive used the DK1 and I still like this one better. Its also super easy to customize with the settings on the unit itself to work with midi and what not. I love this little unit.

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