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So far my experience with this has been very positive. As a user of Studio One, and the ATOM being very much focused to it, it worked straight out of the box. No messing around, just plug it in and fire up Studio One. A bit inconsistent on focus sometimes, and I wouldn't bother with the keyboard function - get a dedicated keyboard controller if that is what you're after, but it does work if all you want is something simple to jam with. The encoders are fine, but a bit of a pain with non-Studio One instruments and effects. It is a little expensive, and would have been nice if Presonus offered a unit at a slightly cheaper price for those that already have their (great, btw) Studio One. That said, if you want to get started with bedroom producing, and it's your first foray into spending some money on the hobby and haven't quite settled for your DAW of choice, I do recommend this - not only a decently built controller, but a nice starting point with Studio One Artist. One thing though; you will quickly outgrow Artist - its lack of VST support out of the box is something to keep in mind (you can buy an add-on to enable this, but at that point, you may as well go for their Pro option, which makes the included Artist moot).
The controller itself is excellent. Pads are very nice to use and very responsive. I had a Maschine Mikro Mk3 and this easily beats the pads on that.
The claim of ableton integration bothers me though. The transport controls are fine, so you can play and stop etc. Theres even the option to change scenes and solo tracks but half the buttons on the controller are unlit and do not work with ableton. You also have to use unrelated buttons to control functions, for example using "note repeat" to make the pads work as a drum pad. Full level does something else (cant remember what) so there is no full level option.
Brilliant for use with the DAW Presonus studio one, I use the sphere version and pay monthly. You can use it with other daws, but it interacts better with studio one. One drawback is there’s no loop button, but this has a work around, as you can loop in studio one. The button are rubber, and touch sensitive. Everything works as it should. 👍🏻😎 glad I got one… great for shortcuts as well.
After a bit of confusion, and an intervention by the Canadian customer service (who don't know the products but are able to communicate with PreSonus) I was able to use the ATOM Pads with the Studio One Artist software. The software was not available when I installed and registered the pads online but it got sorted. It was worth the hassle: The pads in conjonction with the Studio One Artist software offer tons of possibilities for producers of electronic music . Relatively easy to use but lots of functionalities. A great purchase considering the price and the quality of this hardware + software package.
Este pad para baterías/percusión es muy bueno no solo para la creación de ritmos sino también para el manejo de samplers. Su respuesta es muy buena ya que recibe toques suaves y duros. Viene con el software para Studio One de presonus con grandes presets, también se puede tocar instrumentos como teclados (no recomiendo esta opción al menos que vaya a manejar cosas muy simples). Si eres productor y estas iniciando esta herramienta es muy buena, (machine de Kontakt Instruments es aun mas complejo). Los únicos puntos malos es que los tutoriales para su uso son confusos pero en general es un buen producto,
Can't change patches/presets on VSTs?? There is a reason that every video demonstrates its capabilities using only PRESONUS instruments & effects. The pads work fine & I like being able to change the tempo via a knob for practicing. As it turns out, I FAR prefer the consistency of using one thing that can control everything: keyboard/mouse. Not worth the learning curve... for me anyway.