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midi Octo-pad for use with Alesis drum brain

Discussion in 'Recording' started by StevenColbert, Mar 23, 2006.

  1. StevenColbert

    StevenColbert Member

    I wanted some input from drummers and the like on a midi pad, with 8 pads on it. I see Neil Peart from Rush plays on one of these.
    Something like the Roland Octopad (in looks) I only need the pads, I dont need it to do any sampling. I dont care if its Roland or not, I just need some input on which are better or which is more widly used.
    I have an Alesis drum brain that I want to for sampling with it.
    Thanks for all reply's
  2. pr0gr4m

    pr0gr4m Well-Known Member

    I've got the first version of the Roland Octopad and it's still ticking. I like it alot and use it for most of my drum programming. Aside from it, the only real alternative I know of are the DrumKat pads. They are layed out a bit differently but I've always heard that they are a good product.
  3. StevenColbert

    StevenColbert Member

    I demo'ed the octo pad at the local music store. I could not get it to work with my Korg Triton or my Alesis DM Pro. :?
    We connected the midi in jacks as well as the midi out jacks. I did not see any audio outs for the octo pad. I would appreciate any help getting the Roland octo pad to work with either one.
  4. pr0gr4m

    pr0gr4m Well-Known Member

    The OctoPad is not an audio device so it won't have any audio connections. What you need to do is hook up the MIDI out on the OctoPad to the MIDI in on the Triton or DMPro.

    Then you need to set up the OctoPad to transmit MIDI data on a specific MIDI channel. MIDI channel 10 is usually reserved for drum data.

    You need to make sure that the Triton or DMPro is set up to receive data on MIDI channel 10.

    Now that the MIDI channels are set up, you need to get the proper MIDI note numbers. Set up one of the pads to transmit MIDI note 36. This is usually a kick drum sound. ON the Triton or DMPro, look at the drum kit you have loaded and make sure there is a drum sound set up to be triggered by MIDI note 36.

    Hit the pad. That should trigger the sound.

    Generally in a unit like the DMPro, all the kits will use the same MIDI note numbers for the same types of sounds. This makes it easy to switch from kit to kit without having to make any changes.
  5. StevenColbert

    StevenColbert Member

    Thanks alot man. I will have to go try it again. Your post helps out alot man.
    Thanks again

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