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Korg has expanded its KONTROL series of MIDI studio controllers with the new padKONTROL, which offers 16 trigger pads and a wide range of control possibilities for expressive MIDI performance onstage or in the studio.

The padKONTROL’s 16 velocity-sensitive trigger pads are extremely responsive to the user’s touch and can be used for a variety of control purposes: performing natural-sounding and real-feeling drum parts, triggering audio loops or video clips, serving as function or transport controls, and sending MIDI control change messages. For additional onstage impact, the trigger pads illuminate in unique patterns as they are played.

An X/Y touch pad (based on Korg’s Kaoss Pad technology) can be used to dynamically control natural-sounding flams and rolls when creating drum parts. Any two independent MIDI control messages can be assigned to the X/Y pad for expressive real-time performances. Two knobs can be assigned to a variety of control change messages for additional control. An assignable pedal jack allows an optional pedal or footswitch to serve as a trigger (for kick drum or other sounds) or as a control source.

Controller assignments can be stored as one of 16 user scenes for instant recall. The trigger pads may be used to switch among the user scenes, allowing quick setup changes onstage. Thirty pre-loaded scenes offer full compatibility with popular music and drum software titles. The padKONTROL comes with the special dfh SUPERIOR drumkit plug-in instrument created to work exclusively with it from Toontrack. This 250MB drumkit features multiple velocity levels and a variety of microphone positions. Also included in the box is Korg’s Creative Kontrol Pack Volume 2, including software applications from Ableton, IK Multimedia, UVI, Propellerhead and Korg.

The padKONTROL connects to a Mac or Windows computer using a USB connection, and can be used as a USB-to-MIDI interface for other external MIDI sound modules. The included Editor/Librarian software allows the user to edit and manage scene data directly on a computer. The Korg padKONTROL can be powered using USB or an optional 9-volt adapter.

The Korg padKONTROL is available February 2006 with a U.S. MSRP of $299.

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