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Korg padKONTROL MIDI Studio Controller - Black
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- 8 different dynamic curves are available for each pad, or you can set each pad to its own fixed level
- Great response no matter where you strike them, not just in the center
- The X-Y pad adds real-time control of both flam and roll timing and dynamics
- 2 assignable knobs provide continuous control of two MIDI parameters
- Ideal for the traveling musician to create natural, organic sounding drumbeats
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From the Manufacturer
- 16 velocity-sensitive Trigger pads with LED illumination
- X-Y pad
- Two assignable knobs
- Assignable pedal jack (requires a separately sold DS-1H or PS-1)
- Display: 7-segment, 3-digit LED
- Memory: 16 user scene memories, 30 preloaded scene templates
- Connectors: Pedal, MIDI In/Out, USB (type B), Power supply jack (DC9V)
- Power Supply: DC9V, AC adapter (optional), USB bus power (when using the USB connector)
- Current Consumption: When using USB bus power: approximately 150 mA (maximum 180 mA), When using an AC adapter: approximately 150 mA (maximum 180 mA)
- Included Items: USB cable, CD-ROM containing padKONTROL Editor/Librarian software etc., Software license agreement
MIDI Studio Controller
The padKONTROL joins Korg's expanding line-up of MIDI studio controllers. Adding another dimension beyond traditional keyboard control, the padKONTROL is the most expressive and versatile drum pad controller ever!
In addition to accessing drum sounds and samples, the padKONTROL MIDI studio controller from Korg can also control softsynths and effects, trigger loops and video clips, and even act as transport controls for DAW software programs. Combining an assignable X-Y touchpad that also provides for natural-sounding flams and rolls, sixteen great-feeling illuminated trigger pads, assignable knobs and a footpedal input, the padKONTROL provides unsurpassed evocative control.
The padKONTROL MIDI studio controller is ideal for creating natural, organic sounding drumbeats. Each of the sixteen pads can be individually assigned a note number and MIDI channel so you can control a single drumkit or map it to control different devices in your setup at the same time. Eight different dynamic curves are available for each pad, or you can set each pad to its own fixed level. This allows you to set up certain instruments to feel as you like, and others to always play the perfect velocity, no matter how you strike the pad. You can also set up multiple pads to play the same drum but at different fixed velocities, giving you varied but predictable performance every time.
In this MIDI studio controller, drums are just the beginning. A MIDI message can be assigned to each pad, and they can be set for momentary or toggle operation. In addition to sending a value as the drum pad is touched, a specific value can be sent as the pad is released, so they can be used like buttons or switches to control any function on your soft synths and DAWs.
Thankfully, once you have all the controllers set the way you like, you can save the entire set of assignments as a 'User Scene.' Sixteen User Scenes are available in the Korg padKONTROL itself, and they can be quickly selected using the pads. In addition, thirty preset scenes are included, designed to instantly match the padKONTROL to some of the most popular music software programs.
The Korg padKONTROL also comes with free Editor/Librarian software for Windows XP and Mac OSX. Using the computer's graphic capabilities, the Editor/Librarian software makes it easy to create, store and organize vast libraries of scenes and 'scene sets.'
Korg is resolved to continue to create innovative and uncompromising instruments which maintain the high quality that inspires professional artists and creators, and yet are approachable enough for anyone to play. The musical instruments Korg will deliver are reflections of the ideas and values of the many artists and users who continue to love Korg products - now and into the future.
Top Customer Reviews
I've owned or tried the following:
- Trigger Finger
- MPD (all models)
- LPD mini
- Launchpad (original, S, and mini)
Even though the padKontrol is over 6 years old now, it's still the best drum pad available, topping Maschine (which is probably second but at a much higher price) and anything Akai can offer.
At first programming the padKontrol can be a PITA (for most software one will need to program the unit) but once it's done you'll never have to deal with it again.
It must be said that the lights don't really do much compared to something like the Launchpad since there's no feedback in Ableton or any other program (unless you use something like nativeKontrol).
Without a doubt the padKontrol is the most responsive drum pad and it's size and weight make it substantial yet portable (it's really light), and the build quality is top notch.
If you only want to launch clips in Ableton and don't need velocity sensitive pads the Launchpad is great, but for drummers who want need/want great velocity sensitivity this is it.
If you need a drum pad controller at a much lower price (now around $80 less) the nanPad2 is a good choice, but it still doesn't come close to the padKontrol.
In the future I hope Korg releases a padKontrol2 with knobs to allow for volume and pan, but honestly it doesn't really matter, it's all about the pads, and these are great.
I was thinking about the MDC 16 by Akai, but then I tried it over a friends house, and I was completely unimpressed by it. You actually have to BEAT the Akai to get any kind of response out of it. Its either not enough....OR too much.....So I ended up with the PadKontrol....Dont hesitate! This thing is GREAT!
These have drastically changed how I make tracks, and I'm glad I went this route and wish I moved from mouse sooner than I did :)
2 knobs for controlling parameters and an X/Y pad for rolls and flams[not necessary but fun to use nonetheless]
Then again that makes sense, I use controllers 24/7 so this is second nature by default :/
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The pad is really sensitive which is good. If not don't blame the product like some customers. If your using Daws like Fl, Cubase, Pro Tools with this pad which I'm sure most are... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tyler
I wanted to like this, I did. But it's a total piece of s***. It doesn't want to work with newer computers (read; windows 7 or above) and it doesn't like to integrate into audio... Read morePublished 1 month ago by nathan
It's really good I use with logic but don't even bother using the korg software just plug right in and use logic way easier.Published 4 months ago by Levi B.
Product does not work try to plug it in the computer does not operatePublished 5 months ago by Burgess Byrdi
Gave as a gift last year, hubby had a few issues getting it to work, it like older computers.Published 6 months ago by C. Gersten
Bought this for my neighbor. He absolutely loves it, says it was worth every penny, pads have some of the best sensitivity of any of the controllers he's ever used....Published 13 months ago by John E