It didn't take users long after seeing the revamped Impact XT in Studio One 4 to start thinking 'now if only we had a cool hardware controller to trigger it...' Well, PreSonus obviously had this in mind and with this week's release of Studio One v4.1 update, which now provides the necessary integration, they have announced the launch of ATOM, the company's first-ever dynamic performance pad controller.
PreSonus claim ATOM lets users "produce beats, play virtual instruments, and trigger sound effects and loops with unsurpassed expressiveness and flexibility." Both a compact, dynamic performance controller and a tightly integrated production environment, PreSonus' ATOM pad controller and included Studio One Artist production software let you create and perform with ease. They even include a sample/loop library custom designed by MVP Loops for the ATOM.
Describing it as "the most versatile pad controller in its class", ATOM is compatible with most music software and lets you perform and produce with virtual instruments and trigger samples and loops in real-time, using 16 full-size, velocity- and pressure-sensitive RGB pads and 8 assignable pad banks.
- 16 full-size velocity- and pressure-sensitive, RGB LED pads
- Pressure switchable between MIDI aftertouch, channel pressure, and CC messages
- 8 assignable pad banks
- Selectable pad velocity curves and pad pressure thresholds
- 20 assignable buttons
- 4 endless rotary encoders
- MIDI "keyboard" mode
- Note Repeat mode
- Full Velocity mode (only send velocity 127)
Compatible with most Mac and Windows music production and performance software, ATOM uses USB 2.0 and is bus-powered for added convenience. The lightweight unit weighs only 1lb (0.45kg) and its compact dimensions (height 20.75 mm x depth 195 mm x width 202 mm) make it truly portable and ideal for slipping into a backpack.
And the price? The US MAP is $199.95 and already on pre-order at some US retailers for $149.95. UK pricing is to be confirmed. Availability is slated for October 2018.