The iRig Pads opens up the world of midi triggers for DJ's and live producers through an iOS device though it also works with PC and Mac computers. With 16 velocity sensitive pads with 3 colour lighting under each one the iRig Pads not only sends your playing into your software of choice but also feeds back that information so you can quickly adjust and see exactly what is going on with each pad in your set up. You also have 2 MIDI knobs, one slider and a pushbutton rotary encoder which are all completely programable to whatever software you want to use.
Save time with total recall
Sometimes you need more options than what are available to you on one scene so with the iRig Pads you have total recall with 16 user-programmable scenes that you can bring back any time you want so you don't have to change your settings between each section or track.
One of the great points of this product is just how portable it is. Being smaller than an iPad and less than 1" thick means that it you can put it in nearly any laptop or iPad bag and carry it with you without a power supply from gig to gig thanks to the bus power supply that can even run off of an iPad.
Here is what IK Multimedia say about the iRig Pads
iRig Pads is designed to be effortlessly portable. It's smaller than an iPad and less than 1" thick - it's the smallest groove controller on the market. It has a slim, compact form factor and it's so lightweight that it can easily be slipped into any backpack or iPad or laptop bag and carried around with ease. iRig Pads is low energy consumption, does not need a power source and draws its power directly from its host device for maximum portability. It can be used with all generations of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch without an adaptor via its included Lightning cable (30-pin connector sold separately) as well as Mac and PC via its included USB cable.
Extreme versatility, custom controls
At the heart of iRig Pads is its 4x4 grid of 16 velocity-sensitive, backlit multicolour rubber pads. Each pad lights up in three different colours - red, green and orange - to match your playing with the MIDI information coming from your chosen music app or software. But iRig Pads does more than your average mobile pad-based MIDI controller. Its full spread of controls - two knobs, two buttons, one slider and one push-button rotary encoder - let you get creative. All controls are MIDI assignable and customisable: Up to 16 distinct MIDI maps or "scenes" can be saved allowing full control of apps and software both on stage or in the studio. Some scenes are also pre-programmed to work with many of your favourite apps and software right out of the box.
Apps for Beats, Loops, Decks and more
iRig Pads comes with a suite of powerful apps and software designed for immediate plug and play compatibility. iPhone and iPad users will be able to make beats out of the box with SampleTank free, control grooves and launch loops with GrooveMaker 2 free for iPhone and iPad and remix their preferred tracks with DJ Rig free (all downloadable from the App Store, appstore.com). On Mac and PC the included SampleTank 3 SE - available as a standalone and a plug-in virtual instrument for every major DAW - includes over 6.5 GB of content, 400 instruments and 150 MIDI patterns. It's a complete music production workstation that works right out of the box (available as a download from the IK user area). By registering their iRig Pads, users will get an exclusive free collection of 50 additional instruments (800 samples) and 50 MIDI patterns that can be played with SampleTank on both iOS as well as Mac and PC. These instruments and patterns have been designed specifically for beat makers and groove performers using iRig Pads. And that's only scratching the surface - iRig Pads is also fully MIDI class-compliant, which means you can use it and customise its controls for use with virtually any MIDI-compatible app such as FL Studio Mobile, iMPC Studio, GarageBand and computer software such as MPC Studio, Ableton Live, Maschine, GarageBand and much more.
- MIDI Pad controller/groove-production station
- 16 velocity-sensitive pads
- 3 colour pad indicators for velocity and incoming MIDI signals
- Two MIDI knobs, one slider and a pushbutton rotary encoder, all programmable
- Expression/Sustain pedal input
- 16 user-programmable scenes, available for instant recall
- Sends and receives MIDI data
- Bus powered: needs no batteries or AC adapter
- Product size: 190 x 205 x 23 mm
- Product weight: 547 g
- Lightning cable and USB cable included (30-pin cable available separately)