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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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The Korg padKONTROL joins their expanding line-up of MIDI studio controllers. Adding another dimension beyond traditional keyboard control, the padKONTROL is the most expressive and versatile pad controller ever! In addition to accessing drum sounds and samples, the padKONTROL can also control soft synths 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 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. No matter how you set them up, you’ll appreciate the great feel of the pads. They respond well no matter where you strike them, not just in the center like many other systems. So you can freely play the pads with both hands, hit the edges or the center and get responsive, musical results – every time!

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Item Weight 1 pounds
Product Dimensions 14 x 3 x 10 inches
Shipping Weight 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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ASIN B002MHML06
Item model number PADKONTROLBK
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4.0 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews

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Best Sellers Rank #16,035 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#78 in Musical Instruments > Keyboards > MIDI Keyboards & Equipment > MIDI Controllers
#309 in Musical Instruments > Recording Equipment > Computer Recording
Date first available at Amazon.com October 2, 2001

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This was purchased to work along with a Kontrol 49 keyboard, both are out of production as of now. This was a great price on this versatile controller and it has afforded a lot of enjoyment/use already. I mainly use it in my Reason/Record Production Studio and it performs in an outstanding fashion in that manner as a trigger/controller/drum machine. It will 'self-map' itself in Reason and that takes a lot of aggravation out of MANY procedures. There are 16 very tactile touch pads that are velocity sensitive and can be assigned a pressure release setting as well. As on Korg's Kaoss Pads there is a small 'window' that allows assignment of an X-Y axis that allows for a number of useful functions...especially flams (double beats) and rolls when being used as a drum machine. The drum machine is plain old purdy fun...there is provision for a footpedal and with a mono 1/4" momentary switch plugged in an laying on the floor you have control of the bass drum...sweeeeet! If you are looking for a controller with assignable pads and multi-functions you would be hard pressed to obtain a better candidate. I would highly recommend the Korg PadKontrol...grab one before they disappear
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I've had a padKontrol since 2008 and I've always kept an eye out for newer drum pads that would outshine it, but...there aren't any.

I've owned or tried the following:

- Trigger Finger
- MPD (all models)
- LPD mini
- APC
- QueNeo
- Launchpad (original, S, and mini)
- Maschine
- Push

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.
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I was a little hesitant about this item, however I have really grown to love it in every way imaginable. The pads are sensitive enough where you can really play some expressive drums. I use this midi controller with Reason5, and I cant even begin to tell you how useful this has been. I used to struggle with the drum parts in my jams, but now I can create just about anything I want starting out with the Kick, and then moving to hi hats, then claps.....This thing is AWESOME!
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!
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Really good control, easy to setup, easy to use, just the right amount of sensitivity. The only very minor complaint I have is that it's rubbery surface kind of attracts and retains dust/ direct. Kind of hard to clean well.
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If you know anything about MIDI controllers then you probably are aware of two important bits of information. One... Korg will always provide the best quality at a reasonable price. Two... the only limitations for you as a buyer will be your ability to navigate the programs that this thing controls. I got this for my brother to aid in his music production and I'm not sure if he's ever put it down. He is using it to control BPM software right now, and I've successfully connected it to GarageBand and Ableton through the plug and play features of this midi machine. The touch pad adds the versatility you'd expect from a Korg device and it is the most sturdy PAD I've ever used.
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After using it heavily since I got it in, can get into more detail. Before pads, had access to just a laptop/mouse and keyboard.
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 :/
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I am using this with reason 6 and it works great! The pads lighting effects are awesome! I use with a tascam audio interface and there is zero latency! The x y pad is unique and I have already found a lot of use for it. Great buy.
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