Alesis Introduces Performance Pad

Taking direct aim at Roland’s SPD-20, Alesis has introduced the Performance Pad, a tabletop and kit mountable drum controller with a built-in drum machine. Performance Pad features 233 drum sounds from the Alesis SR-16 percussion module, 50 Presets and 50 User definable drum kits. A large LCD display is included with an easy-to-navigate interface that Alesis believe will reduce configuration time and increase playing time.

• 8 natural feeling, velocity-sensitive drum pads with Dynamic Articulation
• Built-in professional drum machine so you can record and play back your own beats
• 50 Preset / 50 User drum kits with 233 sounds assignable to any pad
• Built-in rhythm patterns to complement your playing
• Large LCD display with easy-to-navigate interface
• Dynamic Articulation™ stereo samples with reverb and ambience for realistic playing
• 2 inputs for external kick and hi-hat pedals (sold separately)
• Stereo input to play along with your CD or MP3 player
• MIDI output to play external MIDI devices
• High-quality 24-bit stereo and headphone outputs
• Lightweight, durable enclosure

Alesis includes inputs for a bass drum pedal, hi-hat pedal, and a Line-level input to connect a CD Player, iPod, computer, or other audio device so that percussionists can play along with nearly any recorded mix. Built-in rhythm patterns are also included to complement playing. Performance Pad comes with 8 velocity-sensitive drum pads that utilize Alesis’ Dynamic Articulation technology to add nuance to the feel of every drum hit. In addition, there are industry-standard mounting holes on the bottom for easy attachment to an existing drum kit rack.

The 24-bit, high-quality headphone output on the Performance Pad insures a no-compromise playback experience without disturbing others while connection to keyboards and sound modules is made simple thanks to the integrated MIDI output.

The Alesis Performance Pad will be available for the holiday season; official pricing has not been disclosed, but expect it to undercut the SPD-20. More information on the Alesis Performance Pad.

Author: FutureMusic

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