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Alesis Sample Pad Pro Percussion Pad With Onboard Sound Storage

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Eight pad trigger and sound source.

The SamplePad Pro is a perfect add-on to a live drum set for special effects or for incoprporating electronic drum sounds into your acoustic set. It is also an excellent studio tool, and can be used for MIDI input when programming drum tracks. Having a responsive pad instead of tapping rhythms in with two fingers from a keyboard make a tremendous difference in feel and dynamics. If you have some stick technique, all the better.

The SamplePad Pro is an all-in-one percussion and sample-playing instrument. It comes equipped with 8 responsive, LED-illuminated rubber pads and 10 preset kits. Use an SD or SDHC card (not included) up to 32GB to store an additional 20 user kits and 512 samples per card. The convenient USB connection allows you to drag and drop samples from your Mac or PC without removing the SD card from the SamplePad Pro. Tweak each sample as you please: built-in reverb, pitch, panning and sensitivity adjustment allow full creative expression.

Two additional pad inputs, plus kick and hi-hat inputs, allow you to expand your setup into a full-blown compact e-drum kit. With an optional module mount, USB MIDI, 5-pin MIDI, and an 1/8" audio input for playing along to your favorite tracks, the SamplePad Pro integrates seamlessly into your existing acoustic or electronic drum kit setup.
Customize. Perform. Play.

FEATURES
Play onboard sounds or load your own via the SD card slot
10 ready-to-play kits with over 200 drum and cymbal sounds accessible via MIDI
8 two-shot, isolated rubber pads with active blue LED illumination
Two additional pad inputs, plus kick and hi-hat trigger/switch inputs
Save sounds on SD card (up to 20 Kits), accessible via USB
LCD display and software utility for complete control
1/4" stereo outputs (L, R); 1/4" headphone output
1/8" stereo aux input with level control; MIDI In & Out

Order today and bring thrilling electronic drum sounds into your live and studio presentations.

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AlesisSample Pad Pro Percussion Pad With Onboard Sound Storage
 
3.4

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (2)

62%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (9)
  • Functional (7)
  • Good quality (5)

Cons

  • Poor quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Concerts (5)
  • Practicing (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Works great but u gotta tweak it

Someone complained about noise for the unit. I experience this noise is well, but replaced my quarter inch cables with new cables, and the noise went away. Also, the sensitivity of the...Read complete review

Someone complained about noise for the unit. I experience this noise is well, but replaced my quarter inch cables with new cables, and the noise went away. Also, the sensitivity of the pads is set by the factory. Low. I went in and changed all the sensitivities to eight, maximum, and the pad is much more responsive. Overall, this thing is going to work great for me for sequencing and sound effects. comes up.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good functionality, TERRIBLE HISS

I bought this as the final addition to a monster electronic drum set I've been building for nearly the past ten years. I also own the Kat KTMP1 percussion pad and have bought and...Read complete review

I bought this as the final addition to a monster electronic drum set I've been building for nearly the past ten years. I also own the Kat KTMP1 percussion pad and have bought and returned the Roland SPD-SX. I've worked with nearly all models and brands of electronic drums and modules and I was also a music recording major for 3 years.

The most important thing that you need to realize before buying this product is that IT HAS A LOT OF NOISE - BACKGROUND HISS - AND YOU WILL NEED TO BUY A NOISE GATE if you plan on doing any serious recording or playing. This is the most amount of hiss I've ever heard in an electronic instrument I've ever used, period. It's almost unbelievable to think that a brand new item by a good company like Alesis would have this amount of noise. It's obvious that they've decided to sacrifice the audio output quality for the functionality and looks that this product is marketed on in order to keep the price low so they can compete with Roland's more expensive SPD-SX and Octopad.

The noise comes out of the both the headphone and main outputs and I even have it plugged into to an expensive Monster power conditioner. I've also tried running both outputs through a direct box to create balanced outputs (only matters if you're mixer takes balanced inputs) and it actually sounded worse. And Even with the noise gate set properly you can still hear the hissing in the background when the gate opens for the sounds to be heard. Just having the channel un-muted on the mixer puts additional hiss into the mix, so I only keep the channel un-muted when I'm actually going to use this thing.

I'm still going to try some different techniques to reduce the noise coming from the outputs such as double-gating with the other two channels on the noise gate (that are currently being used for the KTMP-1) and using a more expensive direct box.

Aside from the noise, this unit is an ideal alternative to the more expensive Roland SPD-SX for people that mainly want to expand the sound and triggering capabilities of an existing electronic or acoustic drum set. The SPD-SX does have a lot more in the way of sampling for DJ purposes, but for the price I believe that this is a much better overall deal. However, I would say that the obnoxious hiss is the reason why Alesis was able to keep the price so low. I say this only because I also have just bought this product's cousin, the Alesis Sample Rack, which has more noise than any Roland module I've ever used but is still not nearly as bad this thing. Even the Kat KTMP-1 has noise that I've had to use a noise gate for and I'm pretty sure that Kat is owned by Alesis.

The pads on this thing are a little more sensitive than the pads on the Roland SPD-SX - in fact the lack of good sensitivity on the SPD-SX is the main reason why I decided to return it. I only bought this item because I know that I can always return it but I'm going to keep it because despite the unavoidable hiss, I'm planning on using it mostly through MIDI, which means there will obviously be no hissing.

As for the SD card function - it is very easy to figure out how to load wav files as samples onto the SD card, and while I went and bought a high speed SD card in hopes that it would decrease any possible latency, it still takes a few seconds to load each sample when scrolling through them on the Sample Pad. This means you have to know ahead of time what wav files you want for each pad and have only those files on the SD card or else it can be extremely tedious and frustrating to listen to them all and assign them to each pad.

The onboard sounds are a good selection and can be useful for providing percussion additions like cowbells, woodblocks, shakers, and I really like the marimba sounds. So far my plan is to use it mainly for the Marimba sound and then I use the KTMP-1 for high and low cowbells and woodblocks. If I was rich I would have an crazier set with two or three (or more!) of these things and create a whole orchestra of percussion.

For anyone who also owns, or is planning on buying, the Alesis Sample Rack - the menu is almost exactly the same, which means that there is basically no learning curve in figuring it out. It is also very simple in general but you have remember to save both the kit settings and global settings separately each time you make changes to a kit. It will not save anything unless you tell it you, otherwise when you turn it on and off it reverts back to the saved settings. I stress this only because users of the higher-end Roland modules can be very used to the auto-saving features.

The bottom line - this unit is good if you're willing to invest in a noise gate or if you mainly use it for MIDI. It does not have the sampling playback capabilities of the Roland SPD-SX but if you learn how to properly use the "Mute Group" function, it can work in a similar way for DJing purposes.

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(31 of 33 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good functionality, TERRIBLE HISS

By Peter the drummer

from Boston

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Onboard Sounds
  • Looks amazing

Cons

  • Lots Of Unavoidable Noise

Best Uses

    Comments about Alesis Sample Pad Pro Percussion Pad With Onboard Sound Storage:

    I bought this as the final addition to a monster electronic drum set I've been building for nearly the past ten years. I also own the Kat KTMP1 percussion pad and have bought and returned the Roland SPD-SX. I've worked with nearly all models and brands of electronic drums and modules and I was also a music recording major for 3 years.

    The most important thing that you need to realize before buying this product is that IT HAS A LOT OF NOISE - BACKGROUND HISS - AND YOU WILL NEED TO BUY A NOISE GATE if you plan on doing any serious recording or playing. This is the most amount of hiss I've ever heard in an electronic instrument I've ever used, period. It's almost unbelievable to think that a brand new item by a good company like Alesis would have this amount of noise. It's obvious that they've decided to sacrifice the audio output quality for the functionality and looks that this product is marketed on in order to keep the price low so they can compete with Roland's more expensive SPD-SX and Octopad.

    The noise comes out of the both the headphone and main outputs and I even have it plugged into to an expensive Monster power conditioner. I've also tried running both outputs through a direct box to create balanced outputs (only matters if you're mixer takes balanced inputs) and it actually sounded worse. And Even with the noise gate set properly you can still hear the hissing in the background when the gate opens for the sounds to be heard. Just having the channel un-muted on the mixer puts additional hiss into the mix, so I only keep the channel un-muted when I'm actually going to use this thing.

    I'm still going to try some different techniques to reduce the noise coming from the outputs such as double-gating with the other two channels on the noise gate (that are currently being used for the KTMP-1) and using a more expensive direct box.

    Aside from the noise, this unit is an ideal alternative to the more expensive Roland SPD-SX for people that mainly want to expand the sound and triggering capabilities of an existing electronic or acoustic drum set. The SPD-SX does have a lot more in the way of sampling for DJ purposes, but for the price I believe that this is a much better overall deal. However, I would say that the obnoxious hiss is the reason why Alesis was able to keep the price so low. I say this only because I also have just bought this product's cousin, the Alesis Sample Rack, which has more noise than any Roland module I've ever used but is still not nearly as bad this thing. Even the Kat KTMP-1 has noise that I've had to use a noise gate for and I'm pretty sure that Kat is owned by Alesis.

    The pads on this thing are a little more sensitive than the pads on the Roland SPD-SX - in fact the lack of good sensitivity on the SPD-SX is the main reason why I decided to return it. I only bought this item because I know that I can always return it but I'm going to keep it because despite the unavoidable hiss, I'm planning on using it mostly through MIDI, which means there will obviously be no hissing.

    As for the SD card function - it is very easy to figure out how to load wav files as samples onto the SD card, and while I went and bought a high speed SD card in hopes that it would decrease any possible latency, it still takes a few seconds to load each sample when scrolling through them on the Sample Pad. This means you have to know ahead of time what wav files you want for each pad and have only those files on the SD card or else it can be extremely tedious and frustrating to listen to them all and assign them to each pad.

    The onboard sounds are a good selection and can be useful for providing percussion additions like cowbells, woodblocks, shakers, and I really like the marimba sounds. So far my plan is to use it mainly for the Marimba sound and then I use the KTMP-1 for high and low cowbells and woodblocks. If I was rich I would have an crazier set with two or three (or more!) of these things and create a whole orchestra of percussion.

    For anyone who also owns, or is planning on buying, the Alesis Sample Rack - the menu is almost exactly the same, which means that there is basically no learning curve in figuring it out. It is also very simple in general but you have remember to save both the kit settings and global settings separately each time you make changes to a kit. It will not save anything unless you tell it you, otherwise when you turn it on and off it reverts back to the saved settings. I stress this only because users of the higher-end Roland modules can be very used to the auto-saving features.

    The bottom line - this unit is good if you're willing to invest in a noise gate or if you mainly use it for MIDI. It does not have the sampling playback capabilities of the Roland SPD-SX but if you learn how to properly use the "Mute Group" function, it can work in a similar way for DJing purposes.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    It's okay

    By NJ drummer

    from NJ

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Functional

    Cons

    • Poor Quality

    Best Uses

      Comments about Alesis Sample Pad Pro Percussion Pad With Onboard Sound Storage:

      I bought this unit for xmas. If you are looking to add some serious electronics to your kit or heavy sampling I would suggest the higher priced Yamaha or Roland units. I bought this mostly to add "extras" to my kit without hauling around a ton of gear. I used it mostly in church for timpani. My biggest gripe is the cross talk. I turned down the sensitivity on all the pads and the two center pads are still messed up. I go to hit one of the pads and it plays a note from the other one or makes no sound at all.

      Even though I didn't want to pay double the price I do sort of regret not getting the Yamaha unit. It does some pretty awesome things I could've gotten a lot of use out of. If you just want a basic pad to add to your kit this is a good option though.

      Oh and mine came with a bad cable. I had to find a plug off my Alesis electronic kit to plug it in because I didn't have time to send it back and wait for Alesis to send me a new plug.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      I would not buy this product, get a roland

      By Danger Dan

      from San Antonio TX

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Arrived Quickley

      Cons

      • Poor Quality
      • Sound formatting
      • Unpredictable

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Alesis Sample Pad Pro Percussion Pad With Onboard Sound Storage:

      I purchased this unit after hearing that it was a great alternative to the SPD-SX from Roland. I pre ordered the unit and go it when it said they would be delivered. I set it up and started playing. The sensitivity of the triggers were a little wacky right off the bat. I would hit a pad soft, but get a real forte sound and vice versa when I hit the pad hard I get a more piano sound. The power button also was very touchy. Sometimes I had to hit it multiple times to get the unit turned on and then out of nowhere the unit would just shut off. I was able to load a few of my own sounds onto it, but it took a while to figure out what file format the unit would read. All in all my expectations of what I thought I was getting was a sore disappointment. Maybe I got a bad unit or the age old saying rings true, you get what you pay for. Don't expect to get the quality or functionality of a Roland product out of this sorry excuse for electronic pads.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Works great but u gotta tweak it

      By Hobbit

      from NC

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup

        Comments about Alesis Sample Pad Pro Percussion Pad With Onboard Sound Storage:

        Someone complained about noise for the unit. I experience this noise is well, but replaced my quarter inch cables with new cables, and the noise went away. Also, the sensitivity of the pads is set by the factory. Low. I went in and changed all the sensitivities to eight, maximum, and the pad is much more responsive. Overall, this thing is going to work great for me for sequencing and sound effects. comes up.

        (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Great unit--BAD CUSTOMER SERVICE

        By Jojo

        from Eastern North Carolina

        About Me Professional Musician

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts

          Comments about Alesis Sample Pad Pro Percussion Pad With Onboard Sound Storage:

          Please buy this somewhere else .I was to get a rebate 6 weeks later no rebate . More than 12 e-mails still nothing . Everytime they tell me management is involved.
          The unit is wonderful ,everything you could ever want . Your local music store can help you load thousands of samples.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Bang for the buck

          By Alain

          from Montréal

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Perfect for drum programming!

            Comments about Alesis Sample Pad Pro Percussion Pad With Onboard Sound Storage:

            I 'm not a drummer. So it's just perfect to humanize my drum programming.I can create snare drum rolls without problem.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            This is a good product

            By Deac

            from Georgia

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts

              Comments about Alesis Sample Pad Pro Percussion Pad With Onboard Sound Storage:

              I use this product while performing in Church and it does exactly what its supposed to do and more

               
              4.0

              A bit quirky, but solid for low dough

              By Warhead

              from SC

              About Me Experienced

              See all my reviews

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Alesis Sample Pad Pro Percussion Pad With Onboard Sound Storage:

              This is one of those things that has to be learned when dealing with false triggers, how hard to hit is very important. It mapped to Cubase Pro 9 pretty nicely with some work, I am just using as a controller to play virtual drums with Groove Agent. Play around with sensitivity etc and you'll probably end up 95% happy if using it like I do.

               
              5.0

              Awesome

              By Dezz

              from Colorado springs, CO

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Alesis Sample Pad Pro Percussion Pad With Onboard Sound Storage:

                Best sample pad for the money !!! Perfect for uploading effects and and tracks for live shows or practicing.

                 
                5.0

                Simple, great for gigging.

                By Werewolf

                from Ocala, FL

                About Me Experienced

                See all my reviews

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Quality

                Cons

                • No balanced output. Requires DI box

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Alesis Sample Pad Pro Percussion Pad With Onboard Sound Storage:

                I use it as a tool for drops and sound effects for live shows

                 
                4.0

                Much better then expected

                By Ezequiel

                from Puerto Rico

                About Me Professional Musician

                See all my reviews

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Good Quality

                Cons

                • limite stock sounds
                • slow sample loading

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Alesis Sample Pad Pro Percussion Pad With Onboard Sound Storage:

                The product is excellent; I don't know why so many people complain. I did NOT have any croosstalk or sensitivity issues. the pads are responsive and very functional. Having owned Alesis DM5 and Dm8 kits I can see I improvement in sounds and quality with this product. The acoustic samples have a realistic triggering curve and a decent sound.

                My main complain is the fact that samples take a while to load. For a 3 minute backing track, it takes about 2 minutes to load which makes this pad impractical for on-the-fly performances. (I bought a faster sd card, I will update when it arrives) Other then that the pad is great. Took a few minutes to program and adjust (If you are familiar with e-drums and alesis products it will be very familiar to you)

                The I/O features two extra inputs (one is dual zone and can be triggered individually with a jack splitter for a total of three), a kick and a hi-hat input. This pad is perfect for adding some additional sound to a drum kit without breaking the bank.

                The stock sounds are limited but you can download as many as you want from the internet so that is not a big deal. I bought it after a price drop and a coupon offer for a very low price. Can't see myself spending two or three times as much on similar products, this one works great!

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Good price - poor quality - bad customer service

                By jchristopher

                from San Francisco, CA

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good when it works.

                Cons

                • Bad Customer Service
                • Poor Quality

                Best Uses

                • Doorstop
                • Live Playing
                • Recording

                Comments about Alesis Sample Pad Pro Percussion Pad With Onboard Sound Storage:

                I use it for recording projects.

                (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Waiting for a replacement.

                By JD

                from NYC

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Not Functional

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Alesis Sample Pad Pro Percussion Pad With Onboard Sound Storage:

                    Purchased an open-box unit in "Mint" condition. Arrived with QC tape surrounding it. The unit did't turn on. Have to go through the exchange process. Not mint. Not cool.

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