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Old 08-18-2012, 07:36 AM   #1
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Best Pad Controller

So, lately I've been looking into pad controllers, and can't really find any reviews of them that aren't entirely subjective.

What I'd like to be able to find is a pad controller that easily registers notes, and that you have to tap quite hard to get to register a 127.

So far I've found:
Amazon.com: Akai Pro LPD8 Laptop Pad Controller: Musical Instruments [Only registered and activated users can see links. Click here to register]
Amazon.com: Jammin Pro PD12 Midi Controller: Musical Instruments [Only registered and activated users can see links. Click here to register]
Amazon.com: Akai Pro MPK mini: Musical Instruments [Only registered and activated users can see links. Click here to register]
Amazon.com: Akai Pro MPD18 Compact Pad Controller: Musical Instruments [Only registered and activated users can see links. Click here to register]

and
Amazon.com: Korg nanoPAD USB Drum Controller, Black: Musical Instruments [Only registered and activated users can see links. Click here to register]
, Which I hear nothing but bad news about.

If anyone else has experience with this, could you please give me a bump in the right direction?

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Old 08-18-2012, 07:53 AM   #2
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Re: Best Pad Controller

The Korg PadKontrol is pretty nifty if you're willing to spend a little more.
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Old 08-18-2012, 09:13 AM   #3
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Re: Best Pad Controller

It's a little pricey for a studio which is mostly made of thrift store finds.

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Re: Best Pad Controller

The Lpd8 is a great little controller as far as the pads go, but I found switching between scenes cumbersome (it involved 3 or 4 button presses) and eventually the 4 x 2 row of buttons wasn't enough - especially when most drum racks come with 16 slots. But for it's price - excellent value for money.

If you were to spend a little more - I'd go with zyklon & suggest the PadKontrol too. Nice pads, 16 scenes (easily accessible), a very decent touchpad with roll and flam functions...it's a great controller actually.
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Old 08-18-2012, 10:28 AM   #5
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Re: Best Pad Controller

The MPK mini has got pads that need to be hit really hard in order to send midi notes. It can be an advantage.
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Old 08-18-2012, 10:37 AM   #6
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Re: Best Pad Controller

Imo, a used PadKontrol.

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Re: Best Pad Controller

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Imo, a used PadKontrol.
This. A quick gander on Ebay (UK) and there are plenty used ones kicking about for about the price of some of those other ones new. It's a pretty old bit of kit now, and really popular - it's worth seeing if you can find one.
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Re: Best Pad Controller

Perhaps it's more popular in the uk? I checked the us listings and there are two posted for close to the new price and that's it. I'm seriously considering the mpk mini as it would save me quite a bit of space in my dorm, I wouldn't need to have my full 49 key keyboard.

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Old 08-18-2012, 02:09 PM   #9
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Re: Best Pad Controller

The D-pad, of course.

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Old 08-18-2012, 06:09 PM   #10
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Re: Best Pad Controller

Is there a difference between the pads on the lpd8 and the mini mpk?

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Old 08-18-2012, 06:48 PM   #11
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Re: Best Pad Controller

No. All pads done to you by Akai have that velocity "problem".
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Old 08-18-2012, 09:26 PM   #12
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Re: Best Pad Controller

Haven't Akai fixed their shit yet?
DIY and electrical tape ftw.

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Old 08-19-2012, 06:29 AM   #13
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Re: Best Pad Controller

Well, that's good to know. I guess I'll get the mpk mini and do the tape mod if I find that I need more sensitivity.

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Old 08-19-2012, 08:56 AM   #14
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Re: Best Pad Controller

Get a MAschine mikro, if you have enough bucks for that.
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Re: Best Pad Controller

That's quite overkill for just wanting to tap out a few beats on the ol' pc.

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Re: Best Pad Controller

If the PadKontrol has the same pads as the MicroControl, then I don't like these very much. I prefer playing beats on the keyboard.

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Old 10-25-2012, 11:09 PM   #17
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Re: Best Pad Controller

Akai MPD no doubt!
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Re: Best Pad Controller

Glad to see people talking about the PadKontrol, I'm looking at buying one in the near future as my first pad controller
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Akai MPD no doubt!
+1 on that although i I've found that the faders don't last too long. Still a great piece of kit though.
The MPK mini is a nice portable little keyboard with built in pads too.
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Re: Best Pad Controller

LaunchPads are the Business.. Use Katapult and program your own layouts, or download one.. there crap for anything else!!ha

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