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Add percussion, drums, and electronic sounds to any drum setup.

The Alesis PercPad enables you to add four drum pads and an optional kick trigger to your acoustic or electronic kit or percussion setup. It's compact, easy to fit into tight setups, fits on a snare stand, is easy to use, and it contains 25 sounds that are perfect for accessorizing standard drum sets.

A MIDI output allows you to access external drum modules. Dual 1/4" outputs are supplied to connect to any sound system or amp, and a headphone out lets you monitor the sound. Includes power supply.

FEATURES
  • The most compact, most-affordable multi-pad instrument
  • Built-in library of the most in-demand sounds
  • Four velocity-sensitive pads and a kick input for instant expansion of any drumset or percussion rig
  • Fits a standard snare stand, sits tabletop, or mounts on any stand or rack using the
  • Module mount available (sold separately)
  • Tune and edit sounds, and assign them to any of the four pads or the kick input

Killer Alesis drum and percussion sounds in a compact quad pad setup.

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AlesisPercPad Electronic Drum Pad
 
4.6

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (9)
  • Functional (7)
  • Good quality (6)
  • Improves sound (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (7)
  • Back-up (4)
  • Concerts (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (6), Experienced (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

An E-Drum You Can't Beat For The Price!

The PercPad is EXACTLY what it says it is, and nothing more. It can be a useful addition to any percussion setup, and because of its compact size, it can easily be added...Read complete review

The PercPad is EXACTLY what it says it is, and nothing more. It can be a useful addition to any percussion setup, and because of its compact size, it can easily be added to a regular drum kit.

Using the 25 internal presets, you can combine five tunable sounds to each pad, including the kick input, which brilliantly accepts both momentary pedals and kick pad outputs, giving you access to a wide variety of possibilities.

Unfortunately, the lack of a memory function to remember pad assignments is a major flaw in this unit, and makes wholesale changes of assignments problematic in live performance, especially if any tuning is involved. In those situations, I recommend a "set it and forget it" approach, for the most part. For home recording, where you can take the time to tweak every sound, and take advantage of features like assignable pan, and reverb, it can be incredibly versatile.

I bought it to use as a "drum kit in a box" in conjunction with a kick pad, a hi-hat and a ride cymbal for rehearsals, and semi-acoustic and low volume shows. I just assigned pads to kick, snare and 3 "Hex Toms" the first tuned high, and the third tuned as low as possible. Since the middle "tom" required no tuning, I could reassign that pad to cowbell, hand claps, or whatever was needed, and then change it back without taking too much time. It worked beautifully, and it felt sturdy and durable, mounted on a snare stand.

It's ridiculously simple to use, so you don't have to be a keyboard guru or master of MIDI to get the sounds you want out of it, but if you or someone you work with is so inclined, it can also be used to trigger sounds other than the ones that are built in, or loops, or whatever MIDI events one can imagine. I suppose you could even use the PercPad to trigger changes in the lights, if they're MIDI capable.

All in all, you can get a lot out this workman like electronic drum pad, and it takes up a LOT less room than a set of congas. A real bargain!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

not bad for a toy, not a serious musical instrument

i added it to my drum kit, wired to the mixer.. I had to turn the levels on the mixer ALL THE WAY UP to be able to record with it, then the...Read complete review

i added it to my drum kit, wired to the mixer.. I had to turn the levels on the mixer ALL THE WAY UP to be able to record with it, then the noise went up with the level. its not very sensitive. its a toy. for the price to be expected.

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2.0

not bad for a toy, not a serious musical instrument

By Tad

from miami, florida

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • bad velocity sensitivity
  • output too low

Best Uses

    Comments about Alesis PercPad Electronic Drum Pad:

    i added it to my drum kit, wired to the mixer.. I had to turn the levels on the mixer ALL THE WAY UP to be able to record with it, then the noise went up with the level. its not very sensitive. its a toy. for the price to be expected.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Right tool for the money

    By Grover

    from Woodland Hills

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Sounds

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Alesis PercPad Electronic Drum Pad:

      Bought this to input drum parts using Abbey Road 60's Drums in Reaper. Better than programming them by hand. Velocity is only 1-8, so a little editing is needed but other than that this is a great tool to add a human element to the parts. I wouldn't beat on this thing too hard, but I think it will last me quite a while if I take care of it. I would recommend a kick trigger. Built in sounds are pretty awful for what i'm doing, but they might work for you. Easy to program.

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      5.0

      Nice addition of special effects for your drum kit.

      By tubebob

      from S.W. Pa.

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup

        Comments about Alesis PercPad Electronic Drum Pad:

        Nice add on to my kit. Great sounds. Reverb adjustability on each pad fun. easy to use.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nice multi-zone pad for the price

        By Payola

        from near Memphis

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        Pros

        • Convenient
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Addition To Existing Kit
          • Practicing

          Comments about Alesis PercPad Electronic Drum Pad:

          This unit makes a nice practice pad or an addition to an existing e-drum kit. You can use the contained samples or use the MIDI out to trigger another device (I haven't tried this yet). There are line level outs and a ¼" phone jack for private use with phones. There is even a jack for external "kick" triggering. You might get crosstalk between pads if the pad sensitivity is set too high, but this can be adjusted out. I'm happy with this pad. A deal.

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great addition to any drum set!

          By Batero Argento

          from Louisville, KY

          About Me Professional Musician

          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Price
          • Space Saver

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Alesis PercPad Electronic Drum Pad:

            I was looking for something to use with my wedding band to play in those songs that need electronic sounds, especially the kick drum, but I didn't want, or need, a whole electronic kit. This little Alesis Percpad is just what I needed. It is super easy to use, you can tune, pan, add reverb and change sounds in a second. I tried it in a show last Saturday and it worked great. The electronic kick made a world of difference to drive those songs that need an electronic beat. And I could change and tune the sounds in seconds to suit different songs. I also used the shaker, electronic snare, and claps. The price is incredible. I did not buy the adapter though, instead I bought a snare stand which is cheaper, you can also use it for other things, and it gives you many more possibilities for positioning the percpad. I also didn't want to spend a lot of money buying an electronic kick. I plugged in an extra sustain pedal from a keyboard and it worked perfectly, you just have to set the switch in the back of the percpad to "switch" instead of "trigger", it is that easy. This is really a no brainer if you just want to add some percussion and electronic sounds to your kit.

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            (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Crosstalk beteween pads!

            By Tuttle

            from Greenwood, DE.

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

            • Cross Talk Between Pads

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Alesis PercPad Electronic Drum Pad:

            Nice additive to my acoustic and Electric kits. Saves time in setting up. Still use real cow bell setup on Acustic Kit. Cross talk between pads could get anoying.

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            5.0

            I would highly recommend this product.

            By Lisa

            from Newport News, Virginia

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about Alesis PercPad Electronic Drum Pad:

              This was a gift, but my husband loves it more than I ever imagined.

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              (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Amazing Buy!

              By Nat-1-F_D

              from Dayton, OH

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Midi

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Midi
                • Recording

                Comments about Alesis PercPad Electronic Drum Pad:

                I do a lot of side gigs as a recording artist and co-producer and the PercPad has been an amazing addition to both my home studio where I add drums to other people's stuff, and to my portable recording rig, where I go to folk's houses or to small gigs. Some of the onboard sounds are fine--I recently used the "handclap" of a recording and my colleague found it way better than the one in ProTools he'd been using--but the magic of this unit isn't the sounds--it's the midi. You get 5 channels--in the midi editing mode you can assign the midi note value to whatever the DAW needs to it to be to communicate with it for hi-hats, toms, bass, snare, whatever. I worked in my friend's Protools environment and found all the note values we needed to assign in the PercPad for various plug-ins and in the midi editor. Now we can add, track by track, each of those voices with total isolation. I'd done similar work before using a kit with mesh heads and triggers--now I can do it with a device that's smaller than a snare drum and costs less than just the cables and heads I was using. I augment my PercPad with an Alesis DM5 for further midi capability and live voicings, and a couple cymbals, and I play it live at smaller gigs and with Electronica projects. If you know how to use midi, this thing is an amazing product.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great product for a great price

                By freejeff

                from Albany, NY

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Very Portable And With An

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Alesis PercPad Electronic Drum Pad:

                    I use this through a looper on stage to provide backing drum tracks for live performances. it is very simple to use right away

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                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    An E-Drum You Can't Beat For The Price!

                    By Scrimmage

                    from Dallas, Tx

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Functional
                    • Good Quality
                    • Intuitive
                    • Sturdy Construction

                    Cons

                    • Lacks A Memory Function

                    Best Uses

                    • Adding Sounds To A Kit
                    • Home Recording
                    • Low Volume Shows
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Alesis PercPad Electronic Drum Pad:

                    The PercPad is EXACTLY what it says it is, and nothing more. It can be a useful addition to any percussion setup, and because of its compact size, it can easily be added to a regular drum kit.

                    Using the 25 internal presets, you can combine five tunable sounds to each pad, including the kick input, which brilliantly accepts both momentary pedals and kick pad outputs, giving you access to a wide variety of possibilities.

                    Unfortunately, the lack of a memory function to remember pad assignments is a major flaw in this unit, and makes wholesale changes of assignments problematic in live performance, especially if any tuning is involved. In those situations, I recommend a "set it and forget it" approach, for the most part. For home recording, where you can take the time to tweak every sound, and take advantage of features like assignable pan, and reverb, it can be incredibly versatile.

                    I bought it to use as a "drum kit in a box" in conjunction with a kick pad, a hi-hat and a ride cymbal for rehearsals, and semi-acoustic and low volume shows. I just assigned pads to kick, snare and 3 "Hex Toms" the first tuned high, and the third tuned as low as possible. Since the middle "tom" required no tuning, I could reassign that pad to cowbell, hand claps, or whatever was needed, and then change it back without taking too much time. It worked beautifully, and it felt sturdy and durable, mounted on a snare stand.

                    It's ridiculously simple to use, so you don't have to be a keyboard guru or master of MIDI to get the sounds you want out of it, but if you or someone you work with is so inclined, it can also be used to trigger sounds other than the ones that are built in, or loops, or whatever MIDI events one can imagine. I suppose you could even use the PercPad to trigger changes in the lights, if they're MIDI capable.

                    All in all, you can get a lot out this workman like electronic drum pad, and it takes up a LOT less room than a set of congas. A real bargain!

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