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Average Score:4.1( 4.1/5 based on 27 reviews )
 15 reviews56 %
 7 reviews26 %
 2 reviews7 %
 3 reviews11 %
Value For Money : Excellent

PaulyPaul's review"Quality pads"

The Korg PadKontrol can be purchased in White or in Black. The price is very good, and it was when it first came out many years ago. Just looking at the face of the PadKontrol you can tell that it is an older unit because it just has that old style look to it. The PadKontrol is very expressive and can do pretty much anything you would want out of a MIDI controller. Every single pad out of the 16 of them can be assigned to a different MIDI channel so you can control different functions with it. All of the pads are velocity sensitive or you can turn the velocity off and get the perfect strike on the pad every single time you hit it. The pads are pretty well built but I still think AKAI’s MPD has better pads than this unit does.

Setting it up was really easy and no effort was involved, just have to make sure that your system requirements are right because this unit is so old, all of the new operating systems could run you for a loop when trying to install this. You might have to download some new drivers and patches online to get it to work but in most cases you should be good to go with the original drivers right out of the box.

The PadKontrol is well built and will last you a long time. I purchased a used one and had it for a few years then sold it to a friend and he has been using it for years so it has been in at least 3 different owners hands and it is many years old. It still works great, it does look a little tarnished though but that doesn’t effect the playing or usability of it. But if you want a better built controller with better pads check out the MPD by AKAI you will get more bang for your buck.

MGR/mtebaldi's review"Korg padKontrol"

Since I started to write and perform with Ableton Live, I felt the need to acquire more and more MIDI controller devices. The Korg padKontrol grabbed my eye because of its compact size and its very helpful features.

I paid only $180 for this MIDI controller.

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I guess the first thing to consider when purchasing a pad controller is, obviously, its pads. The Korg padKontrol features nice rubbery pads that not only makes it comfortable to play with but also helps with its sensitivity. There were several features that I liked with this piece of gear. For one, how easy is to change the pad sounds once you have the instrument loaded up and the parameters set for each pad, such as velocity. Also, two assignable knobs for further control of effects and the XY pad that lets you create roll patterns. You can plug in the padKontrol via USB without having to worry about power or a MIDI Audio interface. I use the padKontrol not only for beat making but also for creating sound textures with synths as well as a controller for my DAW. It%92s really handy for songwriting especially when traveling.

I wish they had built this controller with a couple more assignable knobs. You can never have too many knobs to play with.

In spite of its light weight, the Korg padKontrol is a well built machine. The only downside is its knobs seem a little cheap. Here is its specifications: 16 velocity-sensitive trigger pads with LED illumination, X-Y pad, 2 assignable knobs, assignable pedal jack (pedal not included), 7-segment, 3-digit LED display, 16 user scene memories, 30 preloaded scene templates, USB bus power, MIDI I/O, USB port, power supply jack (DC9V, not included), pedal jack Includes USB cable and CD-ROM containing padKONTROL Editor/Librarian software.

The Korg padKontrol can be very useful for songwriters, DJ and producers who need a portable MIDI controller for beat creation or hands on DAW control.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com

jthedon2009's review

For how long have you been using it?

About three years now and not a single fault with it.

What thing do you like most/least about it?

Ok its like this once you buy the Korg Pad Kontrol you will never feel like using any OTHER Midi Studio Controller...Period, this machine will never fail you or let you down, the only thing I dislike about it is the roll function does not work to well with any sequencer eg, Fl Studio and Ableton live.

Did you try many other models before getting this one?

No I Had been using my typing keyboard to make beats before that and it was a big step up to say the least!

What is your opinion about the value for the price?
Ok you could go and get a Akai Mpd Or A M Audio Trigger Finger but waste your money on those things when you could buy this for alot less...

Knowing what you know now, would you make the same choice?...

Yes most definitely without a single doubt this is the best midi drum pad ever on first sight you will feel the pads and the will feel hard and rubbery but once you load some sounds then you will apreciate the softness of them.

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" great product!"

I use the Pad Kontrol as complementary Pad with Kronos X 88. This is a very good device, which includes very quickly, once the notice read.

Before this prduit I had a nanoPAD 2, which, ultimately, fewer opportunities and less ergonomic by joining the Kronos. the budget is however not the same.

Pros: Pads, ergonomics, the possibility of adding a pedal (I use, I put a korg ps1), the KAOSS pad, additional buttons.

the -: the setting of velocity per pad not very easy.

very good price / quality ratio

I would not hesitate to buy this product.
P'tit Ju05/21/2014

P'tit Ju's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Same PadKontrol White"

3 years I used to program my batteries / percussion (not intensively, not live). I have not used other models but for what I do it works well and I have no regrets.
I mostly write this review to remind exactly the same model is available in white, and many other members have made a comprehensive account of their experience here: https://fr.audiofanzine.com/surface-de- controle-midi/korg/padkontrol-white/avis /

cram1's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

How long have you use it?

6 months of fairly intensive

What is the particular feature you like best and least


Fully customizable: XY pad, knobs, velocities,
Getting started is really instinctive, one branch is assigned, you can play,
The ROLL button FLAM and coupled with assignable touchpad in X and Y (plus your imagination) can give really surprising effects!
Size that allows it to fit into a laptop bag, no more need for AC outlet USB: handy for mobile.
The bright pads: its useless but it is pretty,

Fragile, having bought used the difference in velocity between the pads that you play the most versus the least we play it arises.
the only two knobs frankly not enough "precise" that make casi-useless, really unfortunate.
The XY pad deserved to be more hair to fully enjoy
But minimal latency when playing rhythm unfortunately it feels

How would you rate the quality / price?

100th was used (black version) is better too difficult to complete, a good product, I doubt life though ...

With experience, you do again this choice? ...

Very fun to play, instinctive, and cheap, so yes without hesitation but perhaps because the sensitivity of the new pads as the time posed a problem (noted it is deactivated with a single button)

mawou's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" good idea but fragile"

MIDI controller and USB
Connections MIDI IN and OUT, USB, expression pedal
16 velocity-sensitive pads and the velocity of light
two buttons and two knobs assignable to any MIDI parameter

I use it for two years, I tried afterwards to m-audio trigger finger. I tried the same type with the pads 25 of the axiom.

It is very easy to use, the pads have a good light sensitivity, when they do not remain switched on ... The sensitive pad x / y is a good contribution from other control surfaces.

What bothers me most is that all pads are switched to the right after you press it, sometimes for ten seconds, despite the dismantling and cleaning, it restricts a lot the game ..

I do not have that choice would do on occasion, may be new.
The trigger finger (as well as the pads of the axiom) looks much more robust but less fun side pads bright and has no pad x / y. It is no longer I think.

NB: only used USB "MIDI Learn" so no opinion on the advanced MIDI programming (seen from afar, it looks to be fairly complete at this level, more configurable than the trigger finger for example).

vincent95000's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

For how long have you been using it?
I use it for a week

What thing do you like most/least about it?
Great, the pads are perfect, easy to use and installation, the manual is complete, the pad X / Y is an advantage over some other products.
What I like least, unfortunate that there are only two assignable knobs ...

Did you try many other models before getting this one?
No no, he convinced me by his price, and various opinions I could gather on the net.

What is your opinion about the value for the price?
Excellent, bought € 155 on Woodbrass is a control surface I think the cheapest

vass's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

I have this pad for a week. I had one just before nanoPAD of the same brand. (Not good at all)
Frankly, this pad has been designed by a drummer, it's on. The pad is excellent. With a little practice, you play the "ghost notes", as on real drums.
Enough to have EZdrummer ... Editing of scenes is very well done. Intuitive. I have four extensions EZ battery and therefore a scene for each battery in 5 minutes ... the pads are assigned to each element. The 16 pads for drum from hell that's fine ... it denies. We spent the night there.
But especially these pads ... is happiness. I had a pad Roland SPD20 that met 10 times less well to strike ... with chopsticks! The playing with a finger.
I did some tests with frutty and ca not seem bad either. The XY pad is nice to use. One can for example affect the disto X and Y to the resonance and one begins to David Guetta. But am new at this.
Good for a drummer is TOP. Reliability level obviously I have no recoil. I hope it takes a minimum time becaufe level value for money in my opinion without conccurents.

Document02's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Use for 3 months, the pads are great, I have found altogether better than the MPD, and make you want to use them. The knobs are plastic, but offer good grip. The object is lightweight and portable, while remaining strong enough.
Note the ultra easy change of scene, the assignment of knobs on the fly, full of little things well thought out, cleaning up the MIDI assignment to clean up on his PC.

We toured the positive ....

After 2 weeks, the pad 13 starts a "stick", send a MIDI and do not send the stop when we stop supporting it. 1 week later, the pad 9 is the same.
Last session, the pad 9 has started sending signals alone, while I settled something with the mouse.
Returns SAV two later (and as many months without the controller) I have finally a new unit whose function pads.

The knobs
Fun, when recording with a gradual rise, we see that they do not send 127 positions, but rather 15-20. In short, unusable.

The X / Y pad
Imprecise, too small, it is convenient but it could offer the service.

PC drivers
When the branch, the PADKONTROL not using the right drivers, but those of Microsoft, with which it is incompatible (mood noon syncro problems throughout the DAW, interference with other controllers). We must, each time you plug it into a different port, restart the small software Korg.
In addition, the a priori PADKONTROL inompatible with some controllers on the same hub (note the bitstream 3x with whom I have galleries)

I do not redeem. In fact I even tried to change it when I have it back as collateral for all the problems of pads. In short, this product has good pads, when they work, and the rest is in the worst controllers.

Back without warranty repair. One point less for the SAV.
Second back with a new unit that works this time. Finally pads whose work and whose remains are still unsuitable.