Alesis SamplePad Pro - Frequently Asked Questions

samplepadpro mainSamplePad Pro is the all-in-one percussion instrument that knows no bounds.  It is everything you’re looking for in a pad-based instrument and more.  This article walks through a number of Frequently Asked Questions abut the SamplePad Pro.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

Can I add more pads to the SamplePad Pro?

Yes!  There are two inputs on the rear designed specifically for additional pads to be connected.  The PAD 1 1/4" input allows for a standard dual-zone pad to be connected and the PAD 2 1/4" input allows for a standard single-zone pad to be connected.  This is also in addition to additional inputs for a kick pedal, a hi-hat pedal, and a footswitch, allowing for a transformation into a full-blown electronic drum kit for the on-the-go performer.

 

Will my SD card work?

The SamplePad Pro will function as expected with most major brand SD or SDHC cards with a capacity of up to 32 GB in size.  The audio files must be located on the root directory of the card and not in any folders.  The max number of files that can be located in the root directory is 512.

 

What format should my audio files be?

The samples files must be 16-bit, mono or stereo .WAV files with a sample rate of 48K, 44.1K, 32K, 22.05K, or 11.025K.

  • The .WAV file must be located in the root (main) directory of the card and not in any folders.
  • We recommend formatting your SD card to a FAT32 file system (if it is not already) and naming your sample files according to this format. Basically, this means:
    • Do not use these characters: " * / \ : < > ? |
    • Do not use spaces.
    • Limit your file name to 8 characters (excluding the file extension, ".WAV").
  • You can assign up to 48 MB worth of samples per kit (the sample library on your SD card can be larger, of course). Also, please note that a sample's size will be rounded up when loaded (e.g., a 2.1 MB sample on the SD card will be treated as a 3 MB sample when it is assigned to a pad).
  • The max number of files that can be located in the root directory is 512.

 

Can I assign more than one sound to a single pad?

Yes.  The Alesis SamplePad has a feature called Velocity Layers.  The Veloity Layer feature allows for up to 2 samples (referred to as Layers) per 1 pad or trigger input. The 2 Layers are referred to as A and B and they can only be accessed if you are using samples from a SD card (Loc: Card).

A velocity range setting (shown as Vel: 000-127) can be set for each of these layers, so that each sample will only trigger when a pad or external trigger is struck with that velocity amount. If multiple layers are set to the same velocity range on a pad or external trigger input, they will both trigger at the same time when the pad or external trigger is struck.

 

What kind of pedal do I need for the kick and hi-hat inputs?

 

For the kick input, you can use a momentary, non-latching footswitch (such as a sustain pedal) or a velocity-sensitive pad or kick trigger. Simply connect the kick trigger or footswitch using a ¼” TS cable, and adjust the input to SWITCH if you are using a footswitch, or TRIGGER if you are using a velocity-sensitive pedal or velocity sensitive kick trigger.

For the hi-hat input, you can use a momentary, non-latching footswitch (such as a sustain pedal) or a variable or continuous hi-hat pedal. Simply connect the pedal or footswitch using a ¼” TS cable, and adjust the input to SWITCH if you are using a footswitch, or VARIABLE if you are using a variable or continuous hi-hat pedal.

 

 

Can I connect the SamplePad Pro to a computer?

Yes.  The SamplePad Pro comes with a USB port that allows for it to send and receive MIDI data so that you can trigger your favorite drum software program, or it can load samples directly to the SD card.

 

 

Further Product Support

Whether you are a customer or dealer, if you already own a Alesis product, or if you just have pre-sales questions, the Alesis technical support team is available to help!

Each product has a dedicated support page on the website where you can find manuals, specifications, software updates, drivers and troubleshooting guides: www.alesis.com

Visit the link below to connect with any of the following support options: online community support, phone support, email support.