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Korg padKontrol USB Drum Pad Controller, Black

Control softsynths and effects, launch loops and video clips -- even your DAW transport. The 16 velocity-sensitive illuminated pads give you visual feedback. (63) Read 16 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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A Highly Affordable, MIDI-Capable Drum Pad Controller

Korg's padKontrol USB Drum Pad Controller is an entry-level MIDI drum machine designed for use in studio environments. It offers 16 LED illuminated, velocity-sensitive sample pads and comes preloaded with 30 Scenes (sample banks) so you can start sequencing beats as soon as you take your padKontrol out of its box. It also includes 16 user-assignable sample banks, so you can load it up with your own favorite sample sets -- and Mac- and PC-based library/editor software is provided, so you can do so with ease.

16 Drum Pads, X/Y Touchpad, and 2 Control Knobs

Sample parameters can be manipulated on-the-fly using two large assignable control knobs or by using the Kaoss-style X/Y touchpad. There's also controls for triggering flams and rolls or holding a sample indefinitely -- giving you hardware access to diverse beat-making possibilities.

Sounds to Kontrol

The padKontrol is more than just a drum machine -- use it to trigger drums, soft synths, samples, sound effects, or even video clips. And with 480 samples to choose from out of the box, plus room to add 64 of your own samples, the padKontrol is all you need to start creating your own beats. MIDI capable and extremely affordable for what it offers, padKontrol is a perfect addition to any professional or home recording studio.

Features:

- USB drum machine controller with 16 LED-illuminated, velocity-sensitive trigger pads and an X/Y touchpad
- Includes 30 preloaded sample sets 16 user Scene banks for saving sample sets
- Kaoss-style X/Y touchpad allows you to manipulate multiple parameters simultaneously
- Includes Hold, Flam, and Roll functions
- Two assignable control knobs for controlling parameters
- Three-digit LED display shows sample and parameter values
- USB port
- MIDI in and out
- One assignable 1/4-inch pedal jack (pedal sold separately)
- Powered via USB or optional AC adapter (sold separately)
- USB cable and software installation CD included

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Controllers:
- 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: Approximately 150 mA (maximum 180 mA)
- Dimensions: 12.36" (W) x 9.21" (D) x 2.17" (H), 314 (W) x 234 (D) x 55 (H) mm
- Weight: 2.12 lbs. / 960 g

Included Items:
- USB cable
- CD-ROM containing padKONTROL Editor/Librarian software etc.
- Software license agreement

- padKONTROL options: AC adapter, DS-1H Damper Pedal, PS-1 Pedal Switch

System Requirements Windows
- Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition / Professional / x64 Edition
- Computer: Computer with a USB port, satisfying the operating requirements of Windows XP (USB chipset made by Intel Corporation is recommended)
*Driver software for Windows XP x64 Edition is beta-version.

System Requirements Macintosh
- Operating System: Mac OS X 10.2 or later
- Computer: Apple Macintosh computer with a USB port, satisfying the operating requirements of Mac OS X

*Apple, the Apple logo and Mac are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

*Windows XP is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S. and other countries.

*All other product and company names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.
Weight, Dimensions, and Manufacturer Part Numbers
Black
Shipping Weight: 4 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 14 x 10 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): PADKONTROLBK
Blemished, Black
Shipping Weight: 4 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 14 x 10 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): PADKONTROLBK
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 631-390-6800

Korg padKONTROL USB Drum Pad Controller

The Korg padKONTROL has proven to be one of most innovative and popular controllers ever. Now available in a sleek black package, the padKONTROL offers solid, responsive pads to inspire confidence when performing, while the unique X-Y touchpad allows many levels of expression. With vibrant pad lighting added for good measure, the padKONTROL continues Korg's long legacy of crafting some of the most innovative controllers out there.

Beat It

The padKONTROL is ideal for creating natural, organic sounding drumbeats. Each of the 16 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.

Comfortable and Responsive Pads

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. The X-Y pad adds real-time control of both flam and roll timing and dynamics. Moving from left to right increases the speed of the roll, or the distance between the 'flammed' notes. Moving up increase the volume of the roll, or the second note in the flam. This is a highly expressive and intuitive way to produce these natural drum techniques. With an optional footswitch, you can even add real 'kick' drum parts, or close a open hi-hat.

Tons of Different Functions

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, 16 great-feeling illuminated trigger pads, assignable knobs and a footpedal input, the padKONTROL provides unsurpassed evocative control. 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 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.

Based on Korg's renowned KAOSS technology, the X-Y pad can be assigned to control any two continuous controllers in real-time. You might set the X Axis to control pitch bend on a synth while the Y Axis controls reverb depth. Or set them to control filter cutoff and resonance, or multiple delay parameters for evocative and expressive performance and mixing possibilities. Two assignable knobs provide continuous control of two other MIDI parameters. You can easily invert the values sent from any of these controllers so you can quickly adjust them to your needs. Even the footswitch input can be set as a momentary or toggle switch for any parameter. Like the X-Y and trigger pads, the pedal also can send a specific release value.

See It

Whenever you strike a pad or move a controller the built-in display shows what message or value is being sent, giving you accurate confirmation of what you're doing. The pads have a striking visual behavior, which will move you to visually groove along with your playing. Pads assigned to notes light up when struck and then shut off. Pads assigned to CC messages stay lit to show their status. Three variations of the Illumination mode cause the trigger pads to light up in unique patterns. Two begin when a trigger pad is struck, and a third starts automatically when the padKONTROL sits idle for a few minutes. The great feel of the trigger pads and the Illumination mode work together synergistically to catapult your performance to a higher intensity level than ever before.

Manage it!

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 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 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."
Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 (63 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
This review has been selected by our experts as particularly helpful. Korg PadKontrol Drum Pad Customer Review
Sound: Well, no sound of course but this thing helps you get the best sound out of your other gear. The pads are very velocity sensitive. I can't understand the reviewers that complain of this thing being too confusing to set up. man, read the manual that comes with it. It's all right there. I was flying with the thing in about half an hour and I didn't even install the editor software - was just using the knobs and buttons to assign controllers. I only found one thing absent from the manual and that was info about how you had to assign the flam and roll features to each pad before you could use flam and roll on the x-y pad. the manual discusses it but fails to tell you that you have to hit the "setting" button first before making the assignment. That's sort of critical. Oh well - ten minutes playing around trouble shooting figured that one out. Truly a simple to use piece of gear if you have any affinity for electronics and computers. It's intuitive. Feature: It does what I would want a midid controller and drum pad trigger to do. And then some. Ease of Use: Simple. Plug it in on a Mac and go. There were five or six pages in the manual to read and I was up and running, assigning pads to midi notes etc. and playing drum kits in Logic Pro. I used a USB hookup direct to the computer as opposed to midi cables into my audio interface. One thing that everyone should know (even though it's written in the manual) Use a powered USB hub with its own auxiliary AC /DC adapter if you're going to power the Korg via USB. When I first plugged the Korg into the hub I didn't have the adaptor in the hub but was just running off bus power. Pads on the Korg seemed to "stick" - in other words, notes wouldn't repeat fast enough and the control knobs malfunctioned and actually ruined pad assignments I had made when I rotated them. Weird malfunctions but easily fixed by just giving the unit enough power. Heck - they warn you in the instruction manual anyway. Quality: It seems solid enough. I love the suction cup feet. It glues itself to my audio desk and even sits on top of my Fatar keyboard controller on either left or right side depending on which hand I'm playing with when I want the extra control. For example I get some sick/expressive bass lines played using the x-y pad and setting it up to modulate parameters in Logic Pro soft synths. Value: I think $200 is cheap for it. I would expect a product like this to be much more expensive. But don't tell Korg that. Manufacturer Support: No not for this product. But I've owned lots of Korg gear in the past. Still use a Triton Classic and even still have a D1600 hard disk recorder which is nice for recording on the road. All are rock solid. The Wow Factor: An instant boost to my productivity and groove making. I really may never need to mic my drum kit again - and I do play drums to in addition to keyboards. That darned x-y pad has also worked miracles for playing expressive soft synths with a keyboard controller. Overall: Well, if you can't tell that I love it already . . .
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Sound: Since it's a midi controller,it doesn't have sounds, but it's ability to express the sounds you trigger is excellent. You can choose different velocity curves or fixed velocity for each pad,and the x-y pad adds a whole new dimension. They say it's primarily designed for drum triggering, but it's been loads of fun triggering synth modules and soft synths for me so far. I'm not a midi expert, but basic programming seems not too difficult. Program any 16 note scale and do pads or melodies. Great for non-keyboardists like me (guitarist). Feature: It's got enough features to satisfy my skill level, but an expression pedal input would be nice! Ease of Use: Great feel and responsiveness on the pads and x-y, Fairly intuitive programming, even for my basic skill set. I just looked up the midi note numbers for my Roland DR880, and away we go! Wish it had 20 pads though. Quality: Well, this one seems to work flawlessly, but the first one I received did not (false triggers, stuck notes). The nice people at Zzounds took it right back though! Value: Seems like you get a lot of fun for the money. Manufacturer Support: Only had it 2 weeks, we shall see. The Wow Factor: Nice looking unit, good feet for stability. I like the little "light show" when it's idling. Overall: I'm looking forward to exploring the possibilities with the Padkontrol. If it were lost I'd probably get another.
Style of Music: rock,experimental,synth music,(instrumental)
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