What I'm looking for is something like the Roland Octapad SPD30, but without any on-board sounds: i.e. all I want is a quality controller that I can use to input MIDI to trigger the sounds from Kong in Reason, using drumsticks. I have no use for on-board sounds, and I have no intention of using this live. USB would be nice; MIDI would be acceptable. Inexpensive sounds great.
Whatever, it must have nice big pads and be suitable for playing with drumsticks. Is buying an original Octapad off EBay really my only option? And, no, I don't want an electronic drumkit - I'm not really a drummer (gasp), I'd just like a better alternative to trying to bash out a groove on my keyboard. (OK, I can hear the cries of "get a drummer, then!", but realistically that's not an option - I'm crap, and my neighbours are old )
I got one a couple of years ago so there may be a newer version.
But basically each of the 16 pads can be assigned a sound, (velocity sensitive too so you could have dozens of say snare samples firing from one pad). And there are 4 banks, A-D so you have 64 sounds available at a time.
Last edited by Grunfeld.; 5th November 2010 at 12:07 PM.
@ Grunfeld - ah, no - I don't want to play with my fingers; I can do that already with my keyboard. It's really hard to get anything approaching a real drummer's sound with fingers (think rolls or flams). No doubt if I were a better percussionista it would be fine - but I'm not. I can get away with sticks, though.
@tehLORD: that looks more like what I'm after. I'm just surprised that there isn't a MIDI-only alternative. I would have thought that there are lots of people out there like me: we've got the sounds in our software, we just want to be able to trigger them in a more musically satisfying manner. In this day and age who needs sounds on-board? Just connect up the appropriate control surface and use the VSTs (or equivalent) to provide the sounds.