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The Alesis Samplepad is Alesis' latest offering in affordable electronic percussion instruments. The Samplepad is a 4-pad triggerpad which contains 25 built in sounds, as well as the ability to output MIDI data so you can trigger samples on a sampler or computer, or any other MIDI compatible module.

If you are looking for a sample trigger, more than you are looking for an electronic percussion instrument in its own right, the Alesis Samplepad is ideal. Low cost, rugged and functional with velocity sensitivity and SD card slot to allow use without a distinct sampler unit, the Samplepad is the ultimate compact sampler module, ideal for enhancing your live performances with sampled sounds.

Here's what Alesis say about the Samplepad

The Alesis SamplePad is a compact four-pad instrument with 25 sounds built in plus the ability to add any sample to it. Any sound of your choice can be assigned to the four velocity-sensitive pads via way of a standard SD Card - this is perfect addition to you kit or studio setup.

The SamplePad is a compact four-pad instrument that gives you access to a limitless palette of sounds. With 25 percussion and electronic drum sounds built in, and the ability to load any sounds you like using a standard SD card, the SamplePad put the sounds you need on its great-feeling pads. Add a external trigger input for a trigger or switch pedal and the ability to mount on virtually any snare stand or rack, and the SamplePad makes expanding your setup easy and convenient.


The SamplePad will fit almost anywhere, so it's perfect for drummers and other instrumentalists who want to incorporate sampled sounds into their setups. It's just like adding another drum to your rig: mount the SamplePad on a standard snare drum stand or connect it to any stand or rack using the Alesis Module Mount (sold separately). For studio use, the SamplePad can simply be placed on a tabletop.

The SamplePad is just the opposite of cumbersome, hard to use multi-percussion units; it's designed to be small, self-contained and easy to use, offering just what you need and nothing you don't. It gives you access to hundreds of your own sounds, plus 25 in-demand percussion and electronic drum sounds, while adding virtually nothing to your set-up time.


The SamplePad comes equipped with a collection of acoustic and electronic drum and percussion sounds that are perfectly suited to the needs of drummers and percussionists. These sounds are standards in any drummer’s toolbox, and you can mix and match them with your own samples, assigning each to the pad you choose or to the kick input. You'll find ready-to-play acoustic and electronic drums and percussion from Latin America and Asia that are perfect for complimenting your drums.

Connect the SamplePad to an amplifier, PA or recording system using its standard dual 1/4-inch outputs, and monitor on your favorite headphones. The kick input works with most pads and triggers including the DMPad and RealHead Kick Pads.


With the SamplePad's easy-to-use interface, you won't be rifling through endless submenus and categories to find the sound your looking for. Simply strike the pad you want to change, dial to the sound you want and you're done. If you discover a great combination of sounds you want to keep together, simply designate it as a kit and the SamplePad will save it for easy recall anytime you want.

Your set. Your Sounds.

  • Give your kit some personality with the SamplePad, only from Alesis.
  • Add any sound sample to your drum or percussion setup via standard SD card (sold separately)
  • Built-in library of the 25 most-commonly requested percussion and electronic drum sounds
  • Bright blue backlit display and intuitive interface for easy operation in any amount of light
  • Four velocity-sensitive pads and a selectable input for a trigger or switch pedal
  • Save your favorite sound combinations for easy recall
  • Compact size integrates easily into almost any drum or percussion setup
  • Fits on a snare stand, sits tabletop, or mounts on any stand or rack
  • Tune and add reverb to your sounds, then assign them to any of the four pads or the kick input
  • MIDI output for use as a controller for triggering sound modules and software

    GARY | Purchase date: 15 February 2012

    The sample pad is well built,good menu navigation,great pads.

    However the Alesis sample pad adverts say load in any sound you like,and sound is the operable word.

    MP3 AIFF or any other audio scource apart from 8/16 bit fairly low quality wav WILL NOT BE LOADED.You can have a maximum of 5 samples read from the card not going over 14mb.

    So no point in getting 1gb 2 gb 4gb 8 gb sd cards ,it will make no difference...5 samples and not over 14mb in total is your lot...in this day and age that is shocking!

    Otherwise a great machine but a great company like Alesis who have always beeen feature generous in their products may have missed a huge market.


    Stephen | Purchase date: 13 February 2012

    I would first point out that I bought the sample pad for a specific job, which is, I use samples in my music for which I use a very expensive synth, and using the SamplePad frees up this synth for better things.

    That said the SamplePad is perfect, and very reasonable priced. It's is very easy to set up with one set of up/down buttons scanning through the peramiters and another changing the peramiters.

    The samples are input by downloading them onto an SD memory card and loading them in the same way as you do any of the other sounda. It's at this point that the SamlePad looses a mark. It's a bit fussy about the files it accepts. It only take mono files, and 44kz is best, but I found on one occasion that I created three files in Cubase, one worked and the other two didn't. I reworked the files in Wavelab and they still don't work. Added to this, I loaded a bunch of files from a sample disk, all mono, and 8 of those didn't work. Another slight annoyance is that, if your sample are long ones, it does take a few seconds to load them each time you change kit.

    To return to the positive side of the SamplePad, it works perfectly well as a hand drum, as well as with sticks. The on board sounds are good enough to use but the SamplePad come to life when samples are loaded.

    To sum up, it has it's problem, but if I drove the car over it today, I would buy another tomorrow.

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