Cumberland, RI — February 23, 2007 — Alesis, the world’s leading manufacturer of professional audio equipment and studio electronics, announces the introduction of the Control Pad USB/MIDI Percussion Controller to expand a musician’s percussion options on stage and as an additional percussion source and programming tool in the studio.
The Control Pad USB/MIDI Percussion Controller features eight durable velocity-sensitive rubber pads, two inputs for connecting additional pads, two for pedal controllers and one for the up/down footswitch, USB Plug and Play connectivity, and the ability to access programmed setups via MIDI Program Change commands. Although it’s packed with features, the controller is also compact, providing a single source for performing and programming without requiring an entire arsenal of traditional percussion instruments.
Customizable pad settings allow musicians and producers to tailor pad sensitivity to their individual playing styles. Each pad can also be individually assigned MIDI channels and note numbers.
In addition to the onboard pads, the new Control Pad also provides two trigger inputs for connecting external pads. Fully compatible with the Alesis Drum Pad and Cymbal Pad expansion kits, these inputs enable drummers and percussionists to customize their Controller systems and create a pad drum kit that can be carried anywhere with ease. The two switch pedal inputs provide the option of an open and close hi-hat as well as kick drum.
The Controller’s up/down footswitch input lets players change styles fluidly and quickly; for example, a player can move from an elaborate conga, bongo, and shaker setup to a marimba or trap set in seconds. Similarly, the Control Pad’s 20 percussion setups stored to internal memory are accessible via MIDI Program Change commands.
In the studio and live, the Pad is USB Plug and Play, integrating perfectly with Mac and PC desktop recording systems. Its intuitive interface allows quick editing and easy user setup. This versatile instrument also is USB bus-powered, eliminating the need for an external power supply while connected to a computer. For interfacing with dedicated hardware such as sound modules, samplers, or hardware-based sequencers, the Control Pad provides MIDI input/output connectors, and the included AC power adapter powers the Control Pad when used without a computer. It’s also bundled with BFD Lite software containing professional-quality acoustic and electric drum modules. BFD Lite enhances the Pad’s functionality with several features including multi-velocity kits with customizable drum sounds, microphone mixing, and preset grooves. The Control Pad is also compatible with other software such as Propellerhead’s Reason, which gives musicians additional sound options.
“The Control Pad USB/MIDI Percussion Controller is a tremendously versatile percussion instrument and controller system that enables drummers/percussionists to expand their performance arsenals without the need to haul a cargo van’s worth of instruments,” said Gregg Stein, Marketing Director. “With its extensive MIDI capabilities and the ability to seamlessly interface with personal computers, the Control Pad is also a formidable programming tool for highly realistic drum and percussion tracks.”
Alesis manufactures a full line of professional audio and musical instrument products capitalizing on its strengths in digital, analog, semiconductor, and transducer technologies. Alesis delivers revolutionary product solutions to the music and audio production industries.