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Alesis Performance Pad Pro review | MusicRadar

The soundset taken from the SR18 is versatile and sounds good. Thankfully the samples are punchy, cover a lot of stylistic bases and the effects – reverb, EQ, compression – while not the greatest, are useful enough. In general, it’s peerformance well specced enough as a drum machine or as a percussion controller to really impress. All-access artist interviews, in-depth gear reviews, essential production tutorials and much more.

The addition of bass sounds is welcome and there’s a small range of acoustic, electric and synth tones ;ad. There are now sounds onboard compared to on the old Performance Pad and polyphony has been doubled to 32 notes to accomodate the three types of sound available drumset, percussion and bass plus alesls are now preset and user drum machine patterns onboard, though it’s a shame they can’t all be overwritten especially as most people don’t just want to use preset beats, as good as they are here.

There’s also an audio input for practicing along with your beats. For starters, the redesigned hardware looks and feels much better.


Image 2 of 2 Sadly, samples can’t be loaded to the Performance Pad Pro. But has this new model quashed those issues? Our Verdict It sounds okay and the drum machine is a bonus, but it’s too basic to wear the ‘pro’ badge.

Cons Not as many features as we’d hoped for. When we reviewed the original Performance Pad inits dated sound engine was based on the year-old Alesis SR However, only eight levels of pri is limiting and though Alesis make a lot of the ‘dynamic articulation’ feature, the sounds aren’t that expressive across the velocity or tonal range. As a drum machine its feature set is good, though still quite basic for a ‘pro’ model. Unfortunately, as there are only eight pads, each bass kit can access only eight pitches at a time and the sounds within a kit can’t be individually pitched to form custom user scales, limiting its usefulness.

Perhaps the redeeming thing is that it’s fairly cheap compared to other percussion pads with drum machines, but that shows in its feature set. The bright blue screen is clear, the tough rubber pads feel nice to play though some included sticks would have been nice and navigating the interface is simple.

Image 1 of 2 There are eight tough rubber pads on offer here.