Korg padKONTROL REVIEW
Now’s Your Chance to Play a Drum Machine!
Note, the Korg padKONTROL is not a drum machine, but a MIDI Controller.
This means you have to have your own sounds on your computer, that the Korg padKONTROL will play. It does not have sounds inside of it like MPC’s do!
This is a great little unit that does exactly what you want it to do. Either have drum pads, or have knobs with a cool X-Y pad section for cool manipulation of your sound!
Is it Worth It?
The build is a very sturdy, solid construction. It’s not overly expensive, and Korg has given you all the plugins you need to make it work! The pads feel nice, maybe not as soft as MPC’s, but they definitely do the job, and are very sensitive to your velocity hit.
It’s full of features such as roll, and flam with a hit of a button, and can really bring in some cool effects if you know to use it.
A Bit of a Learning Curve,
The Korg padKONTROL was definitely a learning curve for me in the beginning. Being new to MIDI, and audio production in general, it took me awhile to figure out how to fit the Korg padKONTROL into my workflow.
Since I use FL Studio, I found out the FPC is a perfect option for using the padKONTROL if you’d like to use it as a drum machine. This a bit tricky to set up, so what the video above to learn how!
It connects into your computer by USB. Make sure to download Korg’s drivers from their website! (This goes for all hardware you buy from companies. They many times have driver updates on their website that are much newer than the CD provided with the product).
No Sounds in it By Itself,
Remember, by itself, the Korg padKONTRL has no sounds in it. This is because it is a MIDI Controller. So once you open up your DAW (Music program) you will be able to set up the sounds that you want to play. Whether that be a synth, one-hit sound, or chopped up loops!
This is the FPC that comes with FL Studio. I’d highly recommend checking it out even if you don’t have a Korg padKONTROL. It’s great for layering your sounds to get that cool stacked claps sound!
It’s very simple to use. You click and drag the sound you want to one of the pads, and you are good to go! You can also route each pad to it’s own mixer channel which is super beneficial!
I found figuring out how to set up the Korg padKONTROL’s MIDI notes pretty confusing, but the video above explains how.
Overall on the Korg padKONTROL,
I really like the Korg padKONTROL. The product is very sturdy, I would never see myself breaking it. The pads are very sensitive which is good. It has a fixed velocity feature so that even if you touch the pad super lightly, it will still play your sound as loud as you have it set to.
The most unique feature of the padKONTROL is the X-Y Section. You are able to run your finger up and down while playing a sound, and make that sound repeat super fast or slow, super loud or quiet, or adjust it to be at a set tempo and your sound will go with the tempo you set it at. You can set individual pads to do this, so you can turn some off/some on.
Total flexibilty, and a real cool learning curve for those wanting to get hands on while making beats!
At first I struggled with this thing, I found it hard to set up with FL Studio and the FPC. But once I figured everything out and got it set up comfortably, it turned out to be such a good, fun product.
Learn how to use the Korg padKONTROL within FL Studio!