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My old Korg Padkontrol has lasted for years. It's been a brilliant bit of a kit with excellent, dynamically responsive pads. No complaints. This is nowhere near that same quality. It's Jupiter and Pluto sized difference.
Seemingly robust enough and an excellent size, it's pads are absolutely rubbish. I had to give them a firm thump to get them to trigger off a sound and they couldn't get down into the lower dynamic range (about 40 and upwards on the midi 0-127 scale).
If you don't mind playing dynamically flat music that feels less like a performance and more like a work-out then go nuts. Otherwise, save your cash and buy the Padkontrol or something.
I have given this a try but it's not as responsive as I would like. I have a nanoKey 2 as well which is very responsive. Apparently it's possible to set the scale and key on the nanoPad 2 but I don't know whether the info in the accompanying instructions is wrong because it doesn't seem to work. It is a usable midi controller, but the instructions are a bit lacking. I'm going to look for a You Tube video that shows me how to set the scale and key in case I'm doing it wrong.
I had to do a complete factory reset after loading the software onto my iMac running Catalina because it made it crash and I couldn't do anything with it, so a full day was taken reloading everything so be very careful and make sure you back up your desk top or laptop before loading any of this software
This is a great little bit of kit, I bought this to use alongside my existing setup, as it was recomended by one of my favorite DJ's James Zabiela.
I use this with Ableton when I am producing and with Traktor when i am DJ'in. I would give this 5 stars, but the KORG software that comes with it is terrible. It is a pain to install and when you manage to do so it's even harder to ste up. I actually bought this, spent about two days unsuccesfully trying to get it working and got so frustrated with it, I put it back in its box and didn't come back to it for about 3 months! That being said when I eventually figured it out it works great.
With Ableton, it works a dream, its pretty much plug and play and it works great as a midi instrument, the buttons are really responsive and you can quickly put together drum riffs and base lines with ease.
With Traktor its a bit of a pain, it does work, but it takes an age to set and it's easy to mess up the settings and controls across your entire setup. Again when you get it working, it is a pretty awesome piece of kit.You can have up to four 'scenes' or groups of controls which you can assign different things to, meaning you can get pretty creative. I mainly use it for setting up and firing of Hot Cues and Cue points in my tracks and for sound effects, but you can use it for pretty much anything you want.
I think the pad control is reasonable but I was disappointed by the lack of sensitivity on the pads. If you are looking for something for playing drum pads I recommend the Akai LPD8. It’s also a slightly lower in price