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Finger drumming midi pads recommendations?

Postby Dr Huge Longjohns » Tue Oct 06, 2020 9:12 am

Want to get into using pads for finger drumming as a change from my keyboard. Any experience to offer? My controller short list is currently Presonus Atom, NI maschine mikro Mk3 or secondhand Korg. Thoughts re pad sensitivity and quality? All alt suggestions welcome, ta.
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Re: Finger drumming midi pads recommendations?

Postby blinddrew » Tue Oct 06, 2020 9:18 am

definitely finger not stick? I.e. no Norddrum (or cheaper alternative)?
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Re: Finger drumming midi pads recommendations?

Postby FrankF » Tue Oct 06, 2020 10:04 am

Check out "the quest for groove" on YT, and his blog, here:

https://questforgroove.com/gear-recommendations/

He's very good on pad playability; not so good on bundled software reviews, as he tends to recommend buying your own kit plugins or whatnot.

Seems the Mikro MK3 is still the bee's nads, if you read his blog.
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Re: Finger drumming midi pads recommendations?

Postby Dr Huge Longjohns » Tue Oct 06, 2020 11:08 am

Yes I'm following him on YT. His recommendations are basically my shortlist thus far.
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Re: Finger drumming midi pads recommendations?

Postby Dr Huge Longjohns » Tue Oct 06, 2020 11:09 am

definitely finger not stick?

Yes, I have a stick e-kit already but never use it these days.
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Re: Finger drumming midi pads recommendations?

Postby Dr Huge Longjohns » Tue Oct 06, 2020 11:10 am

For those of you who may not be up to speed on finger drumming, here's the above-mentioned QFG playing to a Police track...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iR0gJSpFz9c
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Re: Finger drumming midi pads recommendations?

Postby Vox Gnus » Tue Oct 06, 2020 3:17 pm

Great fun! I've been using my Korg Wavedrum Global for this, and it works a treat once it's set up properly. You can even play a full kit on the head and rim, by varying pressure etc. Unfortunately, there's no MIDI, and the user interface was designed by the same people who did Guantanamo: The Musical...

One option that I'd highly recommend considering, if the budget allows, and given that you no longer use the e-stick kit: sell it and get a Roland Handsonic HPD20. It's stunningly good for finger- and hand-drumming (much nicer layout than a grid), has loads of good sounds, MIDI, samples, etc. Far from cheap, though.

Most importantly, enjoy your groove!
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Re: Finger drumming midi pads recommendations?

Postby RobinC » Tue Oct 06, 2020 10:15 pm

I’ve been doing finger drumming for several years now. Have tried all sorts of controllers. The best has been the maschine mk3 but it’s a tad expensive if you don’t want it’s other features. The mikro is good but have seen issues in terms of uniformity (or lack of) of responsiveness across all the pads. If you get a good one then it’s probably the best bang for buck. The new launch pads are good but I prefer larger sized pads

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Re: Finger drumming midi pads recommendations?

Postby Dr Huge Longjohns » Tue Oct 06, 2020 10:28 pm

Have you tried the Atom?
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Re: Finger drumming midi pads recommendations?

Postby wdsteele » Wed Oct 07, 2020 2:00 pm

Akai MPD218 , circa £80-90 new , very nice MPC style pads .
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Re: Finger drumming midi pads recommendations?

Postby Dr Huge Longjohns » Wed Oct 07, 2020 2:33 pm

Yes, this was my first thought based on YT etc but apparently the new ones can be very iffy in terms of pad quality. Is your recommendation based on personal experience of a recently purchased one?
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Re: Finger drumming midi pads recommendations?

Postby Dr Huge Longjohns » Wed Oct 07, 2020 3:09 pm

No, I haven't, thanks, will check it out!
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Re: Finger drumming midi pads recommendations?

Postby wdsteele » Wed Oct 07, 2020 4:01 pm

I’ve been using the Akai from new for Just over a couple of years , seem to recall there was some negative comments back then too , but I purchased anyhow and find it just about perfect for my finger drumming needs , no issues around responsiveness.

I had the Korg Nanopad but It was too cramped , the Akai is compact but well laid out , I don’t find myself mis- triggering or switching banks accidentally when in full flow , I’d worry some alternatives have switches and sliders that can get in the way sometimes.
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Re: Finger drumming midi pads recommendations?

Postby shufflebeat » Wed Oct 07, 2020 4:15 pm

I'm currently doing some music tech stuff with some kids for which I've dusted off my Nanopad 1 and it's much better than I remember. The software seems somehow "not bad" where before it was like removing a much loved body part.
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