Best midi drum pads

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Steve Romanoski
Last Updated: Sep 27, 2022

Our editors have found and tested the best midi drum pads the market can boast of today. Below are our in-detail reviews of the top picks offered by MASINGO, penypeal, ZealSound, Caline. To decide what exactly you need, make sure you read the 39 reviews which we've written.

At a Glance: Our Top Picks

AKAI Professional MPC X – Standalone Drum Machine and Sampler With 10.1-inch display
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AKAI Professional MPC X – Standalone Drum Machine and Sampler With 10.1-inch display
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Novation Launchpad Mini [MK3] — Portable MIDI 64-Pad
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Novation Launchpad Mini [MK3] — Portable MIDI 64-Pad
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Akai Professional MPC One – Drum Machine
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Top 39 Best midi drum pads Reviews 2022

#TOP 1

AKAI Professional MPC X – Standalone Drum Machine and Sampler With 10.1-inch display

Akai Professional

Features

  • Control Evolved – 16 MPC drum Pads, 16 touch-capacitive Q-Links with OLED displays, transport controls, full monitoring control and connectivity for USB MIDI keyboard controllers
  • The Full MPC Experience – Built in USB audio interface; USB Slots for thumb drives; SD card slot; Note Repeat, Full Level, 16 Levels and Transport Controls
  • Beat Maker Essential – Standalone flagship MPC, sampler, drum machine and MIDI controller (for the included MPC Software – Mac / PC) with the powerful MultiCore System
  • Studio Centerpiece – Pristine studio quality recording via XLR, ¼-inch balanced/High-z, and Turntable RCA inputs, plus switchable phantom power (+48v), and dual ¼-inch & 1/8-inch headphone outputs
  • Connect to all Your Music Equipment - 2 MIDI inputs, 4 MIDI outputs, USB, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 8 TRS CV/Gate outputs for modular synthesizer control
#TOP 2

Novation Launchpad Mini [MK3] — Portable MIDI 64-Pad

Novation

Features

  • Full of customisation for your needs - Novation Components is a tool to help you customise your Launchpad Mini. With three Custom Modes, edit mappings and control anything MIDI easily.
  • Seamless performances made easy - 64 vibrant RGB pads give you a perfect reflection of your Ableton Live session, making it easier than ever to see your clips. Know exactly which clips you are triggering for a seamless performance.
  • Anytime. Anywhere. The portable device - Small and light, Launchpad Mini’s slim, lightweight design means it’ll fit into any setup, so that you have the control you need at all times. The bus-powered hardware is perfect for when you’re travelling around and need to save important space for your other items.
  • Get started easily - It’s never been easier to get started. Download all the software you want with step-by-step video guides to get you set up and making music in minutes through Novation's interactive on boarding.
  • The perfect companion for Ableton Live - Quickly launch your clips and scenes at the press of a button with our exceptional Ableton Live Integration. Stop, Solo, and Mute controls make it easier and more tactile to control your performances right from your Launchpad Mini, no mouse needed.
#TOP 3

Akai Professional MPC One – Drum Machine

Akai Professional

Features

  • Developed For The Modern Music Producer – 16 Velocity Sensitive Rgb Beat Pads, 7” High-Resolution Multi-Touch Display, Touch Capacitive Encoders And Connectivity For Usb Midi Keyboard Controllers
  • On Demand Sound - Custom Sample & Loop Library; Exclusive Standalone Synth Engines (Electric, Tubesynth And Bassline); Premium Air Fx For Mixing & Mastering; Network Access For Splice Integration
  • Connectivity - Midi In / Midi Out For Control Of Synthesizers And Drum Machines; (2) Line Inputs For Recording / Sampling; (2) Line Outputs; Headphone Out; Cv/Gate Outputs For Modular Synth Control
  • Beat Maker Essential - Standalone Mpc, Sampler, Drum Machine And Midi Controller (For The Included Mpc Software – Mac / Pc) With The Powerful Multicore System From The Mpc Live And Mpc X
#TOP 4

AKAI Professional Fire (Controller Only) – USB MIDI Controller

Akai Professional

Features

  • Improved Navigation - Instantly navigate the Channel Rack, Browser, Tool Bar and Playlist windows; dedicated controls to browse audio and project files with clear feedback from the OLED display
  • Maximum Tweak-Ability - 4 banks of assignable Touch-Capacitive MIDI knobs / encoders for controlling Mixer, Channel and custom User-Assignable mappings
  • FL Studio Music Production Essential- Dedicated USB MIDI hardware controller for the FL Studio DAW platform with seamless plug-and-play connectivity
  • Workflow Revolution - 64 velocity-sensitive RGB Pads for creation of patterns in the step sequencer and recording notes / synth parts on a pad-based MIDI keyboard controller in Performance mode
  • Beat Production Simplified – Transform Fire into a beat maker essential with a MPC Style 16-pad layout in Drum Mode
#TOP 5

Yamaha DTX Multi Pad

Yamaha

Features

  • 216 Keyboard sounds
  • Mute/Layer function
  • 1,061 Drum/Percussion/Effects sounds
  • 64MB Flash-ROM for user samples
  • Sequencer and Preset Loops
#TOP 6

Arturia MiniLab MkII 25 Slim-Key Controller

ARTURIA

Features

  • Portable and Compact - MIDI Controller
  • The most responsive keyboard experience in its category
  • 500 of the V-Collection 8 presets / 21 Keyboard Instruments and Synthesizers / fully mapped right out of the box
  • 16 Assignable Encoders to control your DAW
  • The perfect solution to get started with music production
#TOP 7

Native Instruments Maschine Mk3 Drum Controller

Native Instruments

Features

  • Integrated hardware/software system includes sampler, arranger, mixer, FX, and more
  • Includes 25 GB KOMPLETE 11 SELECT library featuring 25 pro-quality studio and creative FX
  • Touch sensitive knobs for parameter tweaking. System requirements: Mac OS X 10.11 or macOS 10.12 (latest update), Intel Core i5, 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended),Windows 7, 8, or 10 (latest Service Pack, 32/64-bit), Intel Core i5 or equivalent CPU, 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)
  • Pro-grade, 96 kHz / 24-bit audio interface with 2 x 1/4” TRS line outputs, 2 x 1/4” TRS line inputs, 1/4” dynamic mic input, stereo headphone output, 1 x MIDI In, 1 x MIDI out; 1 x Footswitch
  • Smart Strip for strumming notes, pitch bending sounds, performing with FX, and more. Compatible with all major DAWs (including Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Cubase, GarageBand, FL Studio, Avid Pro Tools, PreSonus Studio One, and more) as a VST, Audio Units, or AAX 32 and AAX 64 plug-in with full multi-core support
#TOP 8

Novation Launchkey Mini [MK3] — Portable 25-Key

Novation

Features

  • Play chords with one finger - Lay down chords for your track quick with fixed chord mode. Play a chord with one finger by assigning a fixed shape to the keys and it’ll transpose as you move up and down the keyboard.
  • Get hands on with Ableton Live - Have a seamless music making experience with Ableton Live and your Launchkey Mini. Have all the tools at your disposal with deep and intuitive Ableton Live control — including device macro control, track select, record, capture MIDI, clip and scene launch, stop/mute/solo, volume, pans and sends.
  • Get creative easily with arpeggiator - Easy to use but deeply controllable, Launchkey Mini’s creative arpeggiator allows you to change rhythm, beat, pattern, octave, gate and more to add a whole range of diversity to your ideas and melodies.
  • DAW Integration - In addition to Apple Logic and Ableton Live, Launchkey Mini also has excellent integrations with Reason, as well as any HUI compatible DAW, such as Cubase, Pro Tools, and more.
  • Finest-tech at your fingertips - The Launchkey Mini might be small in size but it’s packed with features. The 25-key device has 16 velocity-sensitive RGB, eight rotary controls, pitch and mod touch strips, and sustain input. Our finest mini keymech to date is also included.
  • Launchkey Mini goes anywhere with you - Send apps and program changes to your hardware synths with MIDI Out, or add keys to your Groovebox directly over MIDI. Launchkey Mini’s lightweight and compact design means it goes anywhere you do. The hardware is bus-powered which is great for travelling and jamming on the go.
#TOP 9

Novation Launchkey 37 [MK3] MIDI Keyboard Controller

Novation

Features

  • DAW Integration – In addition to Apple Logic and Ableton Live, Launchkey also has excellent integrations with Reason, as well as any HUI compatible DAW, such as Cubase, Pro Tools, and more.
  • Play chords with one finger – Lay down chords for your track quick with three chord modes — fixed, scale, and user. Play a chord with one finger by assigning a fixed shape to the keys and it’ll transpose as you move up and down the keyboard.
  • "Designed for Live — Get hands on with Ableton Live – An unrivalled integration to Ableton Live with your Launchkey gives you a seamless music making experience. Have all the tools at your disposal with deep and intuitive Ableton Live control — including device macro control, track select, record, capture MIDI, clip and scene launch, stop/mute/solo, volume, pans and sends. Never lose an idea with Capture MIDI – One touch access to Ableton Live’s Capture MIDI ensures you will never lose an idea without taking you from the creative expe-rience.
  • Get melodies moving with arpeggiator – Easy to use but deeply controllable, Launchkey Mini’s creative arpeggiator allows you to change rhythm, beat, pattern, octave, gate and more to add a whole range of diversity to your ideas and melo-dies.
  • Never hit a wrong note – Scale modes transpose keys and pads to notes in the se-lected scale, so that you can focus on being creative and remove music theory frus-tration.
  • Create and play with feeling – Velocity-sensitive keyboard and 16 velocity-sensitive pads enable expressive and dynamic performance at your fingertips. Capture your playing in Ableton Live precisely as you intended.
#TOP 10

Native Instruments Maschine Mikro Mk3 Drum Controller

Native Instruments

Features

  • 1.6 GB MASCHINE Factory Selection with samples, one-shots, loops, sample instruments, presets, patterns, drum kits, and songs
  • Software - use on its own or as a VST, Audio Unit, or AAX plug-in in all major DAWs (including Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Logic Pro, and FL Studio).An Internet connection and a graphics card which supports OpenGL 2.1 or higher are required to download and activate MASCHINE software. Once installed and activated, all products can be used offline
  • Four ways to input sound using the 16 pads – drum in pad mode, play melodies in Keyboard mode, create chord progressions in Chord mode, and program in a classic step-sequencer style from Step mode
  • Powered via USB 2.0. System Requirements- macOS 10.12, 10.13, 10.14 (latest update), Intel Core i5, 4 GB RAM. Windows 10 (latest Service Pack, 64-bit only), Intel Core i5 or equivalent CPU, 4GB RAM. USB 2.0 Port, 3 GB free disk space for Maschine Essentials (full Maschine software plus 1.6 GB Maschine Factory Selection), 1 GB free disk space for Massive, Monark and Reaktor Prism
  • Compact, music production instrument that integrates powerful software with tactile, responsive hardware
#TOP 11

Akai Professional MPK Mini MKII – 25 Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller With 8 Drum Pads

Akai Professional

Features

  • Dedicated buttons for Note Repeat, Full Level, and Octave Up and Down
  • Powered by USB connection to computer, with free virtual-instrument download packages
  • Compact keyboard controller easily fits backpack and studio production desk (12.4" long, 1.6 lbs)
  • Crammed full of all the features you need to play and edit musical ideas
  • 25-synth-action mini-keys, 8 velocity-sensitive rubber drum pads with two banks, and eight assignable control knobs
  • 1400 Sounds and Everything You Need For Pro Production: Production software package for Mac and PC included: Akai Pro MPC Essentials, SONiVOX Wobble, and Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech (downloads)
#TOP 12

AKAI Professional MPD218

Akai Professional

Features

  • iOS Connectivity Covered - Control your iOS apps and open up a world of pad control capability using the Camera Connection Kit (sold separately)
  • The MPC Production Experience - Includes MPC Beats Software complete with the finest features and essential production tools from the Akai Professional MPC Series
  • Assignable Control - 18 fully assignable 360-Degree potentiometers accessible via three banks for controlling DAW, virtual effect and virtual instrument parameters
  • Expandable Banks - Easily accessible dedicated controls for three pad banks provides a total of 48 assignable pads
  • Feature Packed - MPC note repeat and full level controls for immersive expressive performances
  • Beat Production, Anywhere - Ultra-portable, feature-packed and USB powered pad controller with 16 thick fat MPC pads for triggering drums, melodic samples, effects and more
  • Comprehensive Software Suite Included - Ableton Live Lite, Drum Synth 500 by AIR Music Tech
#TOP 13

AKAI Professional MPD226

Akai Professional

Features

  • IOS Connectivity Covered - Control your iOS apps and open up a world of pad control capability using the Camera Connection Kit (sold separately)
  • Expandable Banks - Easily accessible dedicated controls for 4 pad banks provides a total of 64 assignable pads
  • Pro Beat Production, Anywhere - Ultra-portable feature-packed pad controller with 16 Thick Fat RGB illuminated velocity and pressure sensitive MPC pads
  • The MPC Production Experience - Includes MPC Beats Software complete with the finest features and essential production tools from the Akai Professional MPC Series
  • Feature Packed - Classic MPC Note Repeat, MPC Swing, 16 Level, Full Level and Tap Tempo controls for immersive expressive performances
  • Assignable Control - 4 assignable faders, 4 assignable Q-Link knobs and 4 assignable Q-Link buttons with a total of 36 assignable controls accessible via 3 banks
  • Comprehensive Software Suite Included - Ableton Live Lite, Drum Synth 500 by AIR Music Tech
#TOP 14

Arturia Keystep Controller & Sequencer

ARTURIA

Features

  • KeyStep is a new breed of portable musical tool combining the functionalities of a keyboard controller with a polyphonic step sequencer to control both analog and digital devices
  • Number of keys: 32.0
  • Package Weight: 1.724 kilograms
  • Slimkey keybed with velocity and aftertouch Arpeggiator mode features up, down, inclusive, exclusive, random, note order, double up, double down modes Sequencer mode features 8 polyphonic step-sequences with Rest, Tie, and Legato note entry Rate control and tap tempo slave the REC, PLAY, and STOP buttons for performance control over the sequencer and arpeggiator Sustain HOLD button or sustain pedal jack Chord play mode SHIFT button selection addresses
#TOP 15

Alesis Drums DM10 MKII Pro Kit

Alesis

Features

  • Tightly woven black mesh drum heads enhance feel and playing response
  • Fully adjustable snare stand for optimal positioning
  • 6-piece pad set with 10/10/12/12” dual-zone toms, 12” dual-zone snare, and 8" kick
  • Four-piece cymbal set with a 12” hi-hat, two 14” crashes, and 16” triple-zone ride
  • Heavy-duty four-post quick-lock chrome rack with integrated boom cymbal arms.Requirements:Mac: OS X 10.9 and above,PC: Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10
#TOP 16

Roland TD-27KV V-Drums Electronic Drum Set

Roland

Features

  • Large-diameter pads and cymbals provide an acoustic-like playing experience
  • TD-27 sound module with advanced Prismatic Sound Modeling derived from the flagship TD-50
  • TD-27KV V-Drum Pads and Sound Module - PD-140DS V-Pad Digital Snare - 3x PDX-100 V-Pad 10" - VH-10 V-Drum Hi-Hat - CY-12C V-Cymbal Crash - CY-13R V-Cymbal Ride - CY-18DR V-Cymbal Digital Ride - KD-10 Kick Pad - TD-27 Drum Sound Module - 2x Sound Module Mount - 2x AC Adapter - 2x Special Connection Cable - 2x Connection Cable for Crash2 - 2x Drum Key - MDS-STD2 Rack - TD-27 Sound Module with Bluetooth - MDS-STD2 Drum Stand - (Pedals & Hi-Hat Stands Not Included) - Roland 1 Year Limited
  • Mid-size V-Drums kit with flagship-class sound
  • 14" digital snare and 18" ride cymbal with high-resolution, multi-sensor triggering for unparalleled dynamics and accurate positional detection
#TOP 17

Akai Professional MPC Studio MIDI Controller Beat Maker

Akai Professional

Features

  • Educational features, MPC Academy, preset sounds, audio tracks, sound packs with demos and templates so every beginner can start producing on the spot
  • Full Production Suite - MPC2 Software License Included - Redeem via product registration and download; 8 powerful instrument plugins, Studio Mixing & Mastering FX; Vocal Tuning, Harmoniser & Doubler
  • Ribbon Touch Strip – Assign and control parameters like effects and note repeat within MPC Software for real time, tactile performances – an ideal complement to your home studio
  • Control Your Beats & Engage in Visual Feedback – Tangible controls for hands on experience; transport controls, LCD Color Display, Chords & Scale modes for creating your own signature sounds
  • USB powered MIDI Controller - 8 banks of 16 RGB MPC Velocity & Pressure sensitive pads with Aftertouch ensure maximum expression to capture every detail of your performance
#TOP 18

Alesis VI49 - 49 Key USB MIDI Keyboard Controller with

Alesis

Features

  • 36 assignable buttons and 12 assignable knobs interface with your music software. Seamless visual feedback via LED screen and illuminated buttons and knobs
  • MIDI Keyboard with 49 full-sized, square-front, semi-weighted keys with after touch. USB MIDI and 5-pin MIDI Out offer flexible MIDI connectivity
  • 16 velocity-sensitive trigger pads with illuminated RGB feedback for beat production and clip launching. Pitch and modulation wheels deliver expressive, creative control
  • Production software included - MPC Beats, Ableton Live Lite and Xpand!2 by AIR Music Tech (downloads). USB-powered and plug-and-play support for Mac and PC
  • Manipulate plugins and virtual instruments with hands-on controls. With VI49, you can open and close filters on virtual synthesizers, adjust volume levels in your mix, activate effects, and much more
#TOP 19

Ableton Push 2 Controller Instrument

Ableton

Features

  • Includes live 10 Intro
  • New sampling workflows: slice, play and manipulate samples from push
  • Large multicolor display and 8 touch-sensitive encoders for controlling mixer, devices and instruments, and live browser navigation
  • Hardware instrument for hands-on playability with Ableton live 10
  • Play or step sequence beats, notes, chords and automation
#TOP 20

PreSonus ATOM Production & Performance Midi Pad Controller

PreSonus

Features

  • Includes MVP Loops content custom-curated for ATOM.
  • Set looping points, navigate the timeline, zoom in/out on the timeline or events, and edit/quantize MIDI events.
  • Compatible with most music production and performance software via USB.
  • Produce, play virtual instruments, and trigger samples and loops with unsurpassed expressiveness and flexibility.
  • Trigger loops and effects and play virtual instruments with 16 full-size velocity- and pressure-sensitive, RGB LED pads (and 8 assignable pad banks).
  • Tight integration with included Studio One Artist and Ableton Live (live 10 Lite included) music production software gets your mind off the screen and back on the beat.
  • Equipped with 20 assignable buttons and 4 endless rotary encoders.
  • Comes with over $1000 of computer recording software plug-ins – Studio Magic Plug-In Suite.
  • MIDI "keyboard" mode, Note Repeat mode, and Full Velocity mode (application dependent).
  • Selectable pad velocity curves and pressure thresholds customize the pads' response for maximum expression.
#TOP 21

Alesis CompactKit 7 - Tabletop Electric Drum Set

Alesis

Features

  • In-Demand Sound - 45 preset drum kits, 5 user drum kits and 265 percussion voices
  • Drum Anywhere – Power via included AC adapter or 6 C-cell batteries for drumming wherever you go
  • Seamless DAW Integration - USB-MIDI output (Mac / PC) for use with all standard DAWs and plug-ins
  • All-In-One Drums – Ultra-portable 7-pad electronic drum kit with 2 pedals for hi-hat / kick drums, plus, drum sticks are included too!
#TOP 22

AKAI Professional MPC Key 61

Akai Professional

Features

  • Hands-On Creativity - Navigate and control plugin instruments and effects with 7” multi-touch display, 16 MPC pads across 8 banks, responsive keybed with aftertouch, assignable Touch Strip, data dial encoder, and q-link knobs
  • 32GB of Internal Storage and 4GB of RAM Included. If you need additional storage, MPC Key 61 has got you covered with an Internal Bay for SSD Expansion
  • Break Sound Barriers with 20+ Instruments and 6000+ Customizable Sounds - Elevate your compositions by choosing between thousands of onboard piano, electric keyboard, synth, orchestral, and drum sounds
  • The Centerpiece of Your Recording Studio - Connect all your MIDI controller devices, electric guitars, CV/Gate enabled synths, XLR microphones, USB storage devices, and more
  • Create, compose, and perform without a computer - MPC Key 61 is a Professional Music Production and Performance Keyboard with an Intuitive MPC Workflow Featuring World-Class Plugins
  • Cutting-Edge Technology - MPC Key 61 provides you with a high-speed data transfer via USB and Network, as well as wireless software integration via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Ableton Link
#TOP 23

AKAI Professional LPK25

Akai Professional

Features

  • 13-Inch, Slim-Line Laptop Performance Keyboard With 25 Velocity-Sensitive Mini-Keyboard Keys For Playing Melodies, Bass Lines, Chords And More
  • On-Board Arpeggiator Steps Through Chords Automatically And Generates Inspiring Melodic Ideas Quickly
  • Dedicated Octave Up And Down Buttons To Increase The Keyboard To The Full Melodic Range Plus A Sustain Button For Expressive Performances
  • 4 Programmable Memory Banks For Instant Recall Of Mappings For Daws, Virtual Instruments, Effects And More
#TOP 24

Kat Percussion KTMP1 Electronic Drum and Percussion Pad Sound Module

KAT Percussion

Features

  • Two additional inputs for hi-hat controller pedal and bass drum trigger
  • 50 High quality drum and percussion sounds
  • Four velocity-sensitive pads
  • Compact and affordable electronic drum and percussion instrument
  • USB/MIDI Connectivity
#TOP 25

AKAI Professional MPK Mini Play – USB MIDI Keyboard Controller With a Built in Speaker

Akai Professional

Features

  • Play Anywhere – Built in speaker, 1/8-inch headphone output and battery powered specification (3 x AA batteries – not included) for performing and producing on the go
  • Pro Software Suite – Includes Akai Pro MPC Beats, AIR Music Tech Hybrid 3 and SONiVOX Wobble (downloads)
  • The MPC Production Experience - Includes MPC Beats Software complete with the finest features and essential production tools from the Akai Professional MPC Series
  • Standalone Piano Style Keyboard – Portable mini keyboard and USB MIDI controller with 25 velocity-sensitive synthesizer action keys, pitch/mod joystick control, plus 128 sounds and 10 drum kits
  • Beat Maker Essential – Two banks of eight ultra-responsive backlit MIDI drum pads with Note Repeat and Full Level functions for drum machine style performance and music production
  • Tweak, Customize – Two banks of four knobs (eight total) to tweak internal sounds or software parameters; in standalone mode control chorus, reverb, filter, EQ and envelope controls
#TOP 26

M-Audio Keystation Mini 32 MK3

M-Audio

Features

  • Immediate Creativity - Simple plug-and-play connection to your Mac or PC—no drivers or power supply required
  • Pro Music Production Wherever You Go – USB MIDI keyboard controller with slimline footprint and 32 mini piano style velocity-sensitive keys for a natural feel
  • The MPC Production Experience - Includes MPC Beats Software complete with the essential production tools from Akai Professional
  • Express Yourself - Octave up and down buttons for extended keyboard range, Volume knob delivers smooth control and Sustain button adds expressive capability
  • Customisable Response – Mini keys with selectable velocity curves match any playing style inc’l traditional piano, synthesizer, key-based beat making; pitch bend / modulation buttons add expression
#TOP 27

Alesis Strike Multipad

Alesis

Features

  • Refine Your Sound - Load samples USB and customise with 5 built-in effects processors; for tactile control, freely map two Alesis “A-LINK” rotary knobs to dozens of effects and mixing controls
  • Everything you need for Expressive Performances – Play one shots, melodic and loops with 9 velocity-sensitive RGB lit pads; 4.3” display for ultra-intuitive, rapid editing and relaying of all critical information
  • Loaded with In-Demand Sound Content - 32GB of storage with over 6GB of content, including loops, drums and percussion, plus melodic instruments for any style
  • Built in Looper - Loop-based recording of your pad performance or from the external audio input
  • Production Powerhouse - 2 input/2 output USB audio and MIDI interface plus Premium Software Suite - Includes Ableton Live Lite and MPC Beats
#TOP 28

Novation Launchkey 25 MK3 USB MIDI Keyboard 25 Keys Controller

Novation

Features

  • Three chord modes (fixed, scale and user) let you trigger chords with one finger.
  • Velocity-sensitive keyboard and 16 velocity-sensitive pads enable expressive and dynamic performance
  • CR3-X monitors deliver a combination of high-quality components and professional build quality typically only found on more expensive studio monitors. But, they are affordable and ultra-compact
  • Ableton Live Lite included & 4 GB of Loopmasters sounds and samples
  • One-touch access to Ableton Live’s Capture MIDI feature means you’ll never lose an idea.
#TOP 29

Alesis SamplePad Pro

Alesis

Features

  • In-Demand Sound - 200+ built-in drum, cymbal, and percussion sounds organised into 10 ready-to-play drum kits
  • Connectivity Covered - MIDI In / Out ports, USB port for computer connectivity, 1/4" stereo outputs (L, R), 1/4" headphone output with volume control and 1/8" stereo aux input with level control
  • Expanded Control - 2 additional drum pad inputs plus a Kick Pedal input (selectable switch or trigger mode) and a Hi-Hat pedal input (selectable switch or variable mode)
  • Everything you need for Expressive Performances - 8 isolated rubber pads with Active blue LED pad illumination keeps your performance on point so you never miss a beat
  • Load Your Own Samples - Add new sounds via SD Card (SD Card not included); Save up to 512 sounds and 20 kits per 32GB SD card
#TOP 30

Korg Midi Controller (NANOKEY-ST)

Korg

Features

  • Lightweight and compact design can be placed anywhere and easily transported
  • A lavish bundle of powerful music software is included Free of charge
  • An array of controllers that cover everything from DAW control to DJ performance
  • More freedom to produce music, via USB or wirelessly
  • Step-record as easily as typing. A keyboard with 25 backlit keys that illuminate
#TOP 31

Donner MIDI Keyboard Controller

Donner

Features

  • Synth-action keysPremium MIDI controller with 25 expressive synth-action keys.8 Hyper-Sensitive backlit pads make drum beats. USB bus powered - no additional power cable needed.
  • 4 Program PresetsFour programmable memory banks for instant recall of personal control preferences.This MIDI controller offers 4 assignable knobs and 4 assignable Sliders interface with your music software.
  • Ultra-thin Design and PortabilityUSB powered MIDI controller with 25 mini MIDI keyboard velocity-sensitive keys for beat maker, studio production, virtual synthesizer control. You could imagine traveling anywhere with 25-key midi keyboard and being able to make music.
  • TRANSPORT & NAVIGATIONWorks with all music production equipment. Navigate your projects: The 6 dedicated transport buttons are always within reach and mapped to control Cycle, Rewind, Forward, Stop, Play and Record.
  • AIR-Touch: Touch BarOctave Up and Down Touch Bar let you access the full MIDI keyboard range and Pitch and modulation deliver expressive, creative control. Assignable Touch Bar, can be assigned to send Control Change message (hereinafter called the ‘CC’) or Pitch Bend Change message (hereinafter called the ‘Pitch’).
#TOP 32

HXW PD705 Percussion Pad 9-Trigger Sample Pad All-in-one Multipad Tabletop Electric Drum Set With 600+ Sounds

HXW

Features

  • Keep Improving: We have updated the Firmware to get the pads more balanced and decrease the crosstalks. When you play it, please place this pad in stable situation to avoid crosstalk issue.
  • Compact Portable Design: Rehearsing, recording or on stage at the local club, the HXW PD705 Pad keeps things simple. Connect directly to any amplifier, and you’re ready to rock.
  • In-Demand Sounds: Including 608 percussion sounds, 30 preset, 20 user kits, 8 loop MIDI, 512MB storage, 128MB Flash-ROM for importing your own original sounds via USB stick.
  • Support MIDI & USB: MIDI output for use as a controller for triggering sound modules and software. USB output connect to a computer and start triggering backing tracks with ease.
  • All-in-one Drum Pads: 9 dual-zone sensitive silicone pads fully reproduce drum set sounds with snare, toms, bass drum, hi-hat, ride, crash cymbals.
#TOP 33

AKAI Professional MPX8

Akai Professional

Features

  • Pro Sounds Included - Includes a FREE professional Loop Library download from Akai Pro, plus a large library of standard samples built in.
  • Connectivity Covered - (2) Balanced 1/4-inch outputs (6.35mm) and 1/8-inch headphone output (3.5mm) connects MPX8 to virtually all studio and live equipment
  • Control Anything - Control everything from music software on your laptop to outboard MIDI gear using MPX8's onboard USB MIDI plus standard MIDI inputs and outputs
  • Tweak Your Sound - Edit your samples and make them your own using MPX8's sample kit editor (PC & MAC) featuring tuning and reverb controls; save sample sets for instant easy recall
  • Sample Playback - Load and playback virtually any mono or stereo sample via standard SD or SDHC card
  • Finger Drumming Essentials - Eight backlit velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads, ideal for triggering drum sounds, melodies, basslines and more.
#TOP 34

Midi Controller, lotmusic Worlde TUNA PANDA MINI 25 Keys Portable USB Midi Keyboard

lotmusic

Features

  • Meet Your Needs: 25 keys with velocity assignable to controllers, with 3 velocity curve and one constant velocity; 4 assignable control knobs, 4 assignable control sliders and 4 banks for different settings; 8 control buttons: CC Mod, Mod, Bank, Program, Pitch down / Pitch up, Octave down / Octave up.
  • Changeable colours: 7 different colors are available. Hold CC MODE and OCTAVE DOWN or OCTAVE UP to select the backlit RGB color of 8 pads. The pads can display 7 colors at the same time, one can only show one color.
  • All you get: 1x MIDI Controller, 1x USB Cable, 1x Velvet bag and 1x Instruction. Please feel free to contact us if there is any problem with our product.
  • Bigger Beat Pad: 8 RGB backlit pads with high quality velocity & pressure sensitive performance can be assigned easily as pads, MIDI CC buttons or Program change switches.
  • Plug and Play: Drive free and hot-plug supported, adaptable to USB 2.0 interface(FULL SPEED). Supports Multiple Systems, compatible with Windows 7 and more, Mac and IOS.
#TOP 35

PreSonus ATOM Production/MIDI and Performance Pad Controller w/Professional Studio Microphone and Recording Kit

PreSonus

Features

  • LyxPro Professional microphone with Studio-Grade Mesh Microphone Pop Filter Improves Vocal Recording Quality & Eliminates Harsh Plosive Sounds
  • 16 full-size velocity- and pressure-sensitive, RGB LED pads
  • 20 assignable buttons and four endless rotary encoders
  • Get everything you need in one box, and start recording straight away
  • Pressure switchable between MIDI aftertouch, channel pressure, and CC messages
#TOP 36

IK Multimedia iRig Pads MIDI Groove Controller

IK Multimedia

Features

  • Ultra-portable MIDI pad controller and groove production station for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch plus Mac and PC
  • 16-velocity-sensitive backlit rubber pads that light multiple colors depending on velocity and outgoing and incoming MIDI messages
  • 16 user-programmable MIDI scenes for instant recall of custom MIDI maps
  • Extremely small size with a slim form factor that can be taken with you anywhere
  • Two MIDI knobs, two pushbuttons, one slider and a pushbutton rotary encoder, all programmable
#TOP 37

Akai Professional MPD26 USB/Midi Pad Controller

Akai Professional

Features

  • Dedicated transport controls transmit MMC and MIDI to DAW and sequencing applications
  • MIDI output over USB and traditional DIN MIDI I/O for controlling software and hardware
  • Control virtually any 12 software parameters on assignable Q-Link knobs and faders
  • Access 64 samples on 16 pressure and velocity-sensitive MPC pads with four banks each
  • MPC technologies include Note Repeat, Swing, 16 Level, Full Level, and Tap Tempo
#TOP 38

Oxygen 61 MK IV - 61-Key USB MIDI Drum Pad and Keyboard Controller

Amazon Renewed

Features

  • 8 velocity-sensitive trigger pads for beat production and clip launching; 8 assignable knobs and 9 assignable faders for manipulating virtual instruments, DAW parameters and plugins - on-board LCD screen provides instant parameter feedback
  • Compact, ultra-portable performance keyboard controller with 61 full-size, synth-action velocity-sensitive keys and on-board pitch bend and modulation wheels for expressive performances
  • Dedicated octave up and down buttons increase the keyboard to the full melodic range and transport buttons let you control your DAW without reaching for the mouse
  • Comprehensive production software package for Mac and PC worth over $100 included; Ableton Live Lite, SONiVOX Twist and AIR Music Tech Xpand!2
  • Innovative DirectLink automatically maps controls to popular DAWs including Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase and more
  • Class compliant, plug-and-play functionality and USB powered specification for simple user-friendly setup
#TOP 39

Akai Professional MPK249

AKAI

Features

  • TOTAL CONTROL: Experience total control of your DAW, virtual effects and virtual instruments with MPK249’s collection of in-demand controls, meticulously engineered for the modern producer and live performer. Combining full transport controls and 24 assignable Q-Link controllers - including 8 control knobs, faders, and switches (expandable to 24 of each via 3 banks) – MPK249 seamlessly maps to any assignable parameter for surgical creative control.
  • PREMIUM, NATURAL RESPONSE: With MPK249, experience the ultimate in playing response from a controller equally suited to studio and live performance scenarios alike. It comes equipped with 49 semi-weighted, full-size keys, and a premium Akai Professional piano-style key bed for unprecedented response and natural feel. Dynamic, expressive response and faithful capture of every subtle nuance of your performance are assured, thanks to MPK249’s velocity-sensitive key bed with aftertouch.
  • EXPRESS YOURSELF: MPK249 comes loaded with core functionality to capture your creativity and pave the way for immersive, expressive performances. Combining on-board pitch bend, modulation and octave control MPK225 provides critical expressive control in a portable road-tested footprint – plus, with the inclusion of 1 assignable footswitch jack & 1 expression jack, embellish your performances with natural, piano-style sustain or expand your control-source arsenal for creative exploration.
  • GENUINE MPC FUNCTIONALITY: Unlock your creative potential and take your performance to the next level with MPK249’s arsenal of MPC controls. 16 conveniently located, velocity-sensitive MPC-style pads with RGB feedback provide the ideal platform for triggering one-shots, drum hits, loops, instrumental samples and more - expandable up to 64 pads via 4 banks.

Important Considerations to Keep in Mind When Looking for the Top midi drum pads

Are electronic drum pads good for beginners?

Electronic drum pads are a great piece of kit for both beginner and experienced drummers. They are affordable, and you play them almost silently. This means that you can practice and train to your heart's content without annoying your household of your neighbors. For beginners, they are a great tool.

Are drum pads worth it?

Practice pads are great for developing techniques but arguably not as effective for learning beats. They are still helpful, though. If you want to learn beats and fills, you are better off air drumming your hi-hat and toms and using the practice pad as a snare drum.

Can you do drums on a MIDI keyboard?

If you're already a drummer but don't want to go through the hassle of tracking a kit, get an electronic drum kit. Playing an electronic kit into software like EZdrummer will help you get a human sounding performance really quickly. If you aren't a drum virtuoso, you could also use a drum pad or MIDI keyboard.

Is it OK to learn drums on an electronic kit?

Electronic drums are good for beginners because of their training tools, ease of use and vast library of samples. They're also great for customization, as this allows the drummer to explore their creativity and learn more as they go.

How do you assign sounds and samples to a MIDI keyboard?

Start by erasing any previous samples on the MIDI Keyboard. Next, create a blank patch on the sampler and import all the samples. After you have loaded the sample, map the sounds to the designated root key according to the note. The root key is the key that plays the sample at the original pitch.

Why do people use MIDI keyboards?

A MIDI controller or keyboard will allow you to play the violin, flute, bagpipes or anything else you can find a sample for and providing you know you way around the controls, provide a nice way of playing them into your track.

Do electronic drums sound like real drums?

Electric Drums An electric drum kit is essentially a collection of sample pads set up in the same way as an acoustic drum kit. The pads themselves are designed to produce little acoustic sound, other than the dead sound of the wooden drum sticks hitting rubber.

Is a MIDI pad worth it?

As a general rule, it is worth having a MIDI keyboard in your home studio. Recording MIDI parts played on a keyboard is far easier than entering them in a piano roll editor or on-screen keyboard. Parts recorded from a keyboard also avoid sounding robotic, having been played by an actual human being.

What are MIDI drum pads used for?

Midi drum pads are music creation devices that produce digital music to create your beats by triggering single shot samples quickly. Creating music is more enjoyable than using a mouse and keyboard. These controller pads are excellent for studio use and live performances.

What are the benefits of MIDI?

Advantages of MIDI include small file size, ease of modification and manipulation and a wide choice of electronic instruments and synthesizer or digitally sampled sounds.

Editor's Notes

To find the best of the best, we've looked through 91 different options of midi drum pads available today. Our researchers have collected over 1079 customer reviews and shortlisted the 39 best midi drum pads according to the pros and cons most people stated. The selected options have an average rating of 335 and are available at $8167 on average.

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