In this article, we answer some frequently asked questions about the Alesis SampePad. We also cover basic troubleshooting, including sample file formats, and memory management.
The SamplePad has 5 assignable locations: 4 pads, and the Kick trigger input.
The amount (in MB) of samples that can be loaded on to a pad or pads at once will vary depending on what you have assigned to each location. The unit has a maximum total sample memory of 14MB. Some of this memory is used to handle management of the playback, meaning that 14 MB of samples cannot be accessed all at once.
I’ve included some specific combinations of possible sample load sizes below:
If you are creating samples yourself, you may have difficulty finding an inexpensive/free audio editing application capable of exporting mono files. Below are links to a couple of free utilities that you can use to create properly formatted files for use with your SamplePad:
The SamplePad requires 16 Bit Mono WAV files, and supports sample rates of 48, 44.1, 32, and 22 kHz.
If you have difficulty loading a particular sample file, it may be that…
Origial File Name
Mac Invisible File Name
Yes. The SamplePad transmits standard MIDI messages from its MIDI OUT port. Any program capable of handling MIDI will recognize and respond to these MIDI messages the same for any MIDI devices.
If you have a MIDI interface for your computer, such as the Alesis iO2 Express, or the Alesis USB-MIDI Cable, you can connect the MIDI Output port on the SamplePad to the MIDI Input port on your interface. With the interface connected to the computer (and configured to work with your software), any strikes on the SamplePad will be transmitted as MIDI notes into the software or virtual instrument on your computer.
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