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The Alesis SamplePad Multi-Pad Sample Instrument is a compact four-pad instrument that gives you access to a limitless palette of sounds. With 25 per...Click To Read More About This Product

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Customize your drum or percussion setup by adding your own unique sounds.

The Alesis SamplePad Multi-Pad Sample Instrument is a compact four-pad instrument that gives you access to a limitless palette of sounds. With 25 percussion and electronic drum sounds built in, and the ability to load any sounds you like using a standard SD card, the SamplePad put the sounds you need on its great feeling pads. Add a external trigger input for a trigger or switch pedal and the ability to mount on virtually any snare stand or rack, and the SamplePad makes expanding your setup easy and convenient.

Small Size Fits All
This Alesis SamplePad will fit almost anywhere, so it's perfect for drummers and other instrumentalists who want to incorporate sampled sounds into their setups. It's just like adding another drum to your rig: mount the SamplePad on a standard snare drum stand or connect it to any stand or rack using an accessory mount. For studio use, the SamplePad can simply be placed on a tabletop.

The SamplePad is just the opposite of cumbersome, hard to use multi-percussion units; it's designed to be small, self-contained and easy to use, offering just what you need and nothing you don't. It gives you access to hundreds of your own sounds, plus 25 in-demand percussion and electronic drum sounds, while adding virtually nothing to your set-up time.

Essential Sounds
The SamplePad comes equipped with a collection of acoustic and electronic drum and percussion sounds that are perfectly suited to the needs of drummers and percussionists. These sounds are standards in any drummer's toolbox, and you can mix and match them with your own samples, assigning each to the pad you choose or to the kick input. You'll find ready-to-play acoustic and electronic drums and percussion from Latin America and Asia that are perfect for complimenting your drums.

Connect the SamplePad to an amplifier, PA or recording system using its standard dual 1/4-inch outputs, and monitor on your favorite headphones. The kick input works with most pads and triggers including the DMPad and RealHead Kick Pads.

Clutterless Capability
With the SamplePad's easy-to-use interface, you won't be rifling through endless submenus and categories to find the sound your looking for. Simply strike the pad you want to change, dial to the sound you want and you're done. If you discover a great combination of sounds you want to keep together, simply designate it as a kit and the SamplePad will save it for easy recall anytime you want.

FEATURES
  • Add any sound sample to your drum or percussion setup via standard SD card (sold separately)
  • Built-in library of the 25 most-commonly requested percussion and electronic drum sounds
  • Bright blue backlit display and intuitive interface for easy operation in any amount of light
  • Four velocity-sensitive pads and a selectable input for a trigger or switch pedal
  • Save your favorite sound combinations for easy recall
  • Compact size integrates easily into almost any drum or percussion setup
  • Fits on a snare stand, sits tabletop, or mounts on any stand or rack*
  • Tune and add reverb to your sounds, then assign them to any of the four pads or the kick input

Give your kit some personality with the SamplePad. Order today!.

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AlesisSamplePad Percussion Instrument Sampling Pad
 
3.1

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (9)
  • Functional (7)
  • Improves sound (5)
  • Good quality (4)

Cons

  • Not functional (3)

Best Uses

  • Concerts (7)
  • Practicing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Been waiting for this product for years!

The ease of creating, converting, and dropping files onto an sd card and then having those immediately available for a reasonable cost is great. I've gotten both compliments and laughs from my band...Read complete review

The ease of creating, converting, and dropping files onto an sd card and then having those immediately available for a reasonable cost is great. I've gotten both compliments and laughs from my band members on the pad, as well as requests from them to add additional sounds for certain songs. If you are willing to take a little time to record your own sounds and assign them into kits, this is a handy tool. If you're looking for lots of preloaded sounds, a way to archive and exchange kits, or don't have the patience to record and format your own sounds, then you will want to look for something else. This is great for me and meets my needs well!
I have been looking to add sampled sounds to my kit for years but it wasn't worth the cost for previous technology. Finally, the price point for me doing so was met with the SamplePad. While the pad is specific about the formatting of your samples, once you know how to create/convert samples to the pad, it is fantastic! I split my time between a full rock band setting and a smaller acoustic group where I play a cajon. Before, I would haul a big case of percussion with me for smaller gigs; now, I set up the SamplePad on a snare stand in front of my cajon and can play cymbals, shakers, triangles, and whatever else I want to record. I play it both with my hands and sticks; the sensitivity settings are adjustable and I have found them to work well. I have also used the pad for samples of longer sounds, such as song intros with instrumentation that we don't have in our small acoustic repertoire. With the ability to adjust volume for each sound, mix loaded sounds with internal sounds (there are some I use but there are very few preloaded), and pitch shift samples, there are quite a few features here. Also being able to use a kick input has been great; you can assign a fifth sound to each of the 10 kits if you do this. One downer is that you can't backup entire kits and are limited to 10 total, but if you are judicious with organizing your setlists and sounds you can add a lot of color to your playing.
So far so good; I have put a couple of scratches on this from carrying it in a soft case with a stand, but the pads hold up so far to being whacked with sticks or played with hands. If you take the time to figure out how to process your samples (not long with a certain software that is free and is quick in time to learn), then it should work well for you.
Finally, an easy way to add your samples to your percussion for less than an arm and a leg. I'm pleased with the value!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Crosstalk Fail

This pad looks like a great device and it's fine if you're just hitting single notes or alternately striking. But, you're in for a huge disappointment if you want to play even a simple...Read complete review

This pad looks like a great device and it's fine if you're just hitting single notes or alternately striking. But, you're in for a huge disappointment if you want to play even a simple pattern like eigth-notes on the hats and quarters on kick and snare. Essentially, any pattern that requires hitting two pads at once is subject to what Alesis support calls "crosstalk rejection" and it's so bad that about 90% of the time one of the two simultaneously struck sounds will just cancel out. Alesis thinks this is okay, I don't. Judge for yourself.

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(8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best money I've ever spent.

By Steve Blair

from Dayton, OH

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Comments about Alesis SamplePad Percussion Instrument Sampling Pad:

This thing is well worth it. Even if cost more, it would still be worth it. The only downside I can think of is the files it takes, being 16-bit mono .wav files under 48,000hz, which still isn't even that bad since there are so many programs you can use to convert sound files. Alesis has definitely stolen the market with this product. I thought the controlpad was awesome, and now things just got a lot easier after buying this. With that said, I am very pleased.
I love that they actually created a device capable of importing sounds via SD card, very nice. It has a lot of great features from the sounds themself to how you can edit them. It also has a MIDI output, which I don't really know why you would need it, but hey, if you have it put it to use. Another great feature on here is the kick trigger input. They have some pretty good kick sounds on there, but being able to put your own samples on there and use those definitely a plus!
This device is made of solid plastic and rubber for the pads and definitely holds its own, not saying go out and purposely drop it or throw it, but if it happens to fall of your stand or whatever you have it on, it still works. It is great because it is small, lightweight and portable, but still has decently sized pads, maybe even a tad bigger the roland spd-s, although there are only 4 pads instead of 6, but for the price, who cares?
Hands down, best thing ever purchased for my set for the price. It contains everything I need. I mainly use it for 808 samples, back beats, and sound effects that typically are not stored on such a device, but with the SD Card slot and capability to load samples, it is a true winner. Just comparing on paper to other sample pads on the market, this is a steal. Almost any other sample pads you see are a lot more, they also do more, but there are still ways around those, and for the price you can't beat it.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Been waiting for this product for years!

By John Hooker

from Illinois

Comments about Alesis SamplePad Percussion Instrument Sampling Pad:

The ease of creating, converting, and dropping files onto an sd card and then having those immediately available for a reasonable cost is great. I've gotten both compliments and laughs from my band members on the pad, as well as requests from them to add additional sounds for certain songs. If you are willing to take a little time to record your own sounds and assign them into kits, this is a handy tool. If you're looking for lots of preloaded sounds, a way to archive and exchange kits, or don't have the patience to record and format your own sounds, then you will want to look for something else. This is great for me and meets my needs well!
I have been looking to add sampled sounds to my kit for years but it wasn't worth the cost for previous technology. Finally, the price point for me doing so was met with the SamplePad. While the pad is specific about the formatting of your samples, once you know how to create/convert samples to the pad, it is fantastic! I split my time between a full rock band setting and a smaller acoustic group where I play a cajon. Before, I would haul a big case of percussion with me for smaller gigs; now, I set up the SamplePad on a snare stand in front of my cajon and can play cymbals, shakers, triangles, and whatever else I want to record. I play it both with my hands and sticks; the sensitivity settings are adjustable and I have found them to work well. I have also used the pad for samples of longer sounds, such as song intros with instrumentation that we don't have in our small acoustic repertoire. With the ability to adjust volume for each sound, mix loaded sounds with internal sounds (there are some I use but there are very few preloaded), and pitch shift samples, there are quite a few features here. Also being able to use a kick input has been great; you can assign a fifth sound to each of the 10 kits if you do this. One downer is that you can't backup entire kits and are limited to 10 total, but if you are judicious with organizing your setlists and sounds you can add a lot of color to your playing.
So far so good; I have put a couple of scratches on this from carrying it in a soft case with a stand, but the pads hold up so far to being whacked with sticks or played with hands. If you take the time to figure out how to process your samples (not long with a certain software that is free and is quick in time to learn), then it should work well for you.
Finally, an easy way to add your samples to your percussion for less than an arm and a leg. I'm pleased with the value!

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Crosstalk Fail

By Moon Wolf

from Huntington Beach, CA

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Pros

  • Great Concept

Cons

  • Not Functional
  • Poor Quality

Best Uses

  • Single Notes

Comments about Alesis SamplePad Percussion Instrument Sampling Pad:

This pad looks like a great device and it's fine if you're just hitting single notes or alternately striking. But, you're in for a huge disappointment if you want to play even a simple pattern like eigth-notes on the hats and quarters on kick and snare. Essentially, any pattern that requires hitting two pads at once is subject to what Alesis support calls "crosstalk rejection" and it's so bad that about 90% of the time one of the two simultaneously struck sounds will just cancel out. Alesis thinks this is okay, I don't. Judge for yourself.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Disappointing

By JamesL

from Asheville, North Carolina

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Comments about Alesis SamplePad Percussion Instrument Sampling Pad:

I bought this mainly to trigger my bass drum and use 808 (sub) drops. The sub drops worked fine once I got my card formatted correctly however the kick trigger input is very bad for using acoustic triggers. I ran a brand new Roland RT-10K with the pad and it was terrible. It doesn't pick up any hits unless I hit the bass drum very hard. The trigger worked fine with another module I have and the sample pad works fine with an electric bass drum trigger pad but not with acoustic triggers. Even if it did there are ZERO acoustic bass drum samples on here. Have fun importing all your sounds because the ones on here are horrid. Even the percussion sounds are pretty bad. Not a good buy. I suggest a regular drum module for people using triggers. The Yamaha (dtxplorer) I am using now works great and has a good heavy techno kick I can tune way down to sound like an 808 hit.
It's cool that you can import sound files onto this with an sd card
The sound samples are pretty bad. Useless for any application other than just goofing around
Better priced than other sample pads, however the quality suffers

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love this little baby

By SmackDabTKB

from Clear Lake, TX

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Load Custom Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

  • Trigger Cross Talk Cut

Best Uses

  • Concerts
  • Live Performance
  • Practicing

Comments about Alesis SamplePad Percussion Instrument Sampling Pad:

Had an Alesis DM-Pro that finally died on me. Needed something that would be able to easily recreate the effects from the DM-Pro that we used on our studio album. Thankfully I had some samples recorded of the sounds by themselves. Was super easy to convert those sounds to mono wav files using Adobe Audition 3.0 and save them to an SD Card. Hit the pad and set the sound to read from SD Card was simple, no longer than a minute to be up and running.
Like others have said you can't go playing fast beats between pads as the cross talk will eliminate the output. Not a problem for me as i'm really just triggering samples off and on during a song.
Looked into the Alesis mount for this and reviews were bad that it was made of plastic.
Note the Roland APC-33 mount and clamp arm fits this perfect out of the box with no modifications. Now it easily is mounted by my snare and I use one trigger cymbal pad plugged into the Kick Drum input trigger jack.
Loving this device.
Follow the samples in our music at facebook.com/kickmotor

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Works Great!!!

By Drummer4020

from Shelbyville, KY

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Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Alesis SamplePad Percussion Instrument Sampling Pad:

      This is great once you get used to using it. I about threw it through a window trying to get everything formatted right. I actually had to end up using 2 different programs to format the samples; audacity to make them mono and another one I found for free online to change the rate. For whatever reason, when I set the rate in Audacity, it wouldn't work on the sampler. Once I got used to this process, using this thing has been a breeze. I have a pintech trigger plugged into the kick input, which is great for bass drops. Other samples I've created with a MIDI and different effects in garage band, I've also downloaded a bunch of random, funny stuff from the internet to use as fillers. The possibilities with this thing are endless. I gave it 4 stars because of the hassle of getting everything formatted just right.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Works Awesome For Bass Drops!

      By URBAN54

      from Indiana

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts

        Comments about Alesis SamplePad Percussion Instrument Sampling Pad:

        This thing works awesome for bass drops live show, I play metal, this thing works awesome if all you want it for is bass drops, Im yet to find out about the kick trigger input. Havent tried it. So what you have to put your own 808 on it, Isnt that what you want, I have 5 different drops on mine to make a venue shake. If you dont have any samples find someone who does, If your playing out you probably know a guy?

        (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Don't buy it for sampling

        By Aaron Forbes

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Alesis SamplePad Percussion Instrument Sampling Pad:

        Low Quality. Good idea poor features and execution.
        Purchased because of the reviews. Very tough to set samples from sd card. Never was able to transfer files from sd into Sampler. Re formatted to fat32 6times still read card error. Set all wav files to mono. Gave up on sd card. Went to use as a 4 pad trigger to use midi with Appleton. Only got two pads to work as triggers. Stuck with this for now. Don't recommend it low quality and one page of instructions.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Very un-relialbe

        By Blinky

        from Whitewater, WI

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

        • Not Functional

        Best Uses

          Comments about Alesis SamplePad Percussion Instrument Sampling Pad:

          Definitely makes the live show a lot cooler, when it works. I've had numerous shows where it decided to just "blue-screen" on me, and not register. Turning it on and off constantly tried everything, just works when it wants to it seems. Very dissappointing live.. Need to get it replaced. Hopefully someone will get back to me from customer support.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Several flaws

          By Channonball

          from Cov UK

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

          • Doesn't Come With Sd Card
          • Doesn't Come With Stand
          • Sdcard Function Difficult

          Best Uses

          • Gigs

          Comments about Alesis SamplePad Percussion Instrument Sampling Pad:

          This sampling pad is a good addition to an acoustic kit, will set your drumming apart from others and is fairly good value for money.

          However the SD card function is difficult to use, and only very specific samples in specific formats can be used - not for the novice user, expensive software like logic can get around this problem.

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