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Alesis PerformancePad Pro Multi-Pad Percussion Instrument

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  • 8 natural feeling, velocity-sensitive drum pads with Dynamic Articulation(TM)
  • Built-in professional drum machine so you can record and play back your own beats
  • Over 500 sounds ranging from all styles and instruments assignable to any pad

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 18.4 x 8.3 inches ; 7.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 12 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B004NMVYC4
  • Item model number: PerformancePad Pro
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,320 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 15, 2011

Product Description

Multi-Pad Percussion Instrument

Customer Reviews

If Alesis would fix that one problem this would be the greatest drum pad kit on the planet.
Tinkerbell
Another really bad thing about it is you cannot use the normal high hat or kick pedals that work with most units.
Ed
This drum pad has very good sounds and is designed( ergonomically) very well when adding to my electronic set.
j flavors

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Tinkerbell on October 19, 2011
I needed a small portable drum kit that could be carried in a suitcase and used for small live band performances that wasn't expensive. The Alesis performance pad pro fit the bill perfectly. I bought a Simmons drum pad bracket that screws into the back of the drum pad and then used a cymbal stand to mount it too. I can adjust the height and angle to match my liking. One thing you need to know about this drum pad, It does not use drum triggers for the kick drum & high hat pedal outputs. They will not work. You have to use a sustain pedal from a keyboard or a tap tempo pedal. I actually like this better because they are cheaper and smaller. I do have one negative with the Alesis performance pad pro and to me it is a big negative.
You have 8 pads which you can programed anyway you like, but the kick trigger output is tied to the pad # 1(bottom left) and the high hat pedal output is tied to pad # 4 (bottom right). They are not independent outputs. So if you change pad #1 to snare it will change the kick output to snare. You have to leave pad# 1 as the kick so you can use you kick drum. Dumb! If you use the high hat pedal you lose 2 pads because pad# 4 will be open high hat and pad#3 will be closed high hat and the high hat pedal will toggle between the two pads creating an open and closing high hat sound. Dumber!! Since I will lose 2 pads I don't use the high hat output, I just use the kick pedal so I only lose one pad. My kit is pad# 1 kick(which is also my kick pedal because you can separate the two for some dumb reason). pad #2 snare, #3 closed high hat, #4 ride cymbal, #5 side stick, #6 tom 1, #7 tom 2, and #8 crash. If Alesis would fix that one problem this would be the greatest drum pad kit on the planet. It is still worth $300 and I'm happy with it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Frog Man on June 20, 2012
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I bought one of these units which was fulfilled -but not sold by- Amazon. It arrived broken; one of the pads didn't work at all. I arranged a return and bought another one. This one was from another seller but again fulfilled by Amazon. It also arrived broken but with a different problem; it had a loud buzzing sound coming over the headphone jack. The chances of receiving two defective units in a row seem to indicate that something is wrong: Either these are refurb units being sold as new or they're not stored or handled properly. Or the unit is just a piece of junk and often leaves the factory broken.

I bought a third one from another online music store and paid $60 more. This one worked. I played around with it and generally liked it, but the shortcomings quickly became apparent:
1) The pads are not sensitive enough to respond to light playing.
2) There is no MIDI input, so you can't use this as a MIDI sound source.
3) The kick drum input does not accept standard kick drum triggers. Not even Alesis' own StealthPad or DMPad KickPad! It only accepts a keyboard pedal, such as a sustain pedal. That means you would essentially control the kick drum with an on/off switch with no velocity sensitivity. This is ridiculous.

I sent this third unit back and bought a Roland Octapad. It was more than double the cost but it's the real deal. The Alesis PerformancePad Pro is a good value if you just want something to play around with but it's certainly not "Pro". Now that I'm using the Octapad the Alesis unit seems like a toy. And I'm using the Alesis StealthKick pedal with the Octapad which works great!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By LazyBonz on September 12, 2011
I've owned this for about two months now - waited for it to come out - not for the faint of heart programming wise - although the more I get into it the more logical it becomes - I use it mostly for percussion effects live with my band - the only negative I have so far is that the volume knob should not be located on the back of the unit but on the control panel on top where it could be gotten to quicker... Would love for Alesis to have some how to video's on line for programming...
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ed on September 9, 2012
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Definitely not what the description tells you about. You lose 3 pads, one for a closed high hat, one for an open high hat and one for the kick. So you cannot assign any sound to any pad as the description states. Drums sounds are good but very frustrating when you can't arrange the pads like a regular drum kit. Another really bad thing about it is you cannot use the normal high hat or kick pedals that work with most units. You have to buy keyboard sustain pedals for the triggers to work but another thing that was not really explained to you.
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After around 50 days, problems started. After 10 to 12 hits, pad goes to silent. Has to restart by power off/on.
Careful !
My son not able to use it for his music school. Not sure, how to deal with it, since, its already passed return period. We spent lot of money on it, pad cost + additional stand cost. Careful world, again.
Though, it is so costly, fault product.
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I play a Roland electronic drum set and was looking for a replacement for my Simmons drum pad that bit the dust. I use extra drum pads, because there aren't enough triggers with my Roland. I have played Alesis in the past and knew that i'd probably be happy with thier product( especially when I found the $800 price tag for a Roland counterpart). This drum pad has very good sounds and is designed( ergonomically) very well when adding to my electronic set. The learning curve for this module is fairly middle of the road, dependaing on your experience with drum pads. if you have used drum pads in the past, then most of the concepts will be familar. This unit offers the user the ability to change the parameters of the drums et( sounds, volume, tuning, FX, balance, etc) and has an abundance of sounds( over 500). You can't beat the price of $270.
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