Alesis Samplepad 4

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Sampling pad

  • 4 impact-dynamic playing surfaces
  • 25 integrated sounds
  • 10 preset kits
  • Add samples via SD card slot
  • Up to 512 sounds and 91 drum kits
  • Blue illuminated pads for good visibility in the dark
  • 6.3 mm stereo jack outputs (L / R) for connection to speakers or mixing consoles
  • 6.3mm stereo jack headphone output
  • 6.3mm stereo jack input for additional pad
  • USB port to upload samples directly from Mac or PC
  • USB-MIDI interface for direct connection of Mac or PC
Available since November 2015
Item number 376072
Sales Unit 1 piece(s)
Number of trigger pads 4
Sampling function Yes
Number of Trigger inputs 1
playable with hands No
Mix Input Yes
USB connector Yes
MIDI interface No
559 AED 142,02 €
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Four of a kind

The Alesis Samplepad 4 is a percussion and sample triggering instrument with four velocity-sensitive stereo pads and blue LED backlighting. Out of the box, it offers a library of 25 popular percussion instruments and e-drum sounds that are arranged into eight pre-configured drum kits for quick access. In addition, up to 512 of the user's own sounds can be loaded via SD card (up to a maximum of 32GB) and saved in 91 individual kits. As a special feature, it is also possible to layer two imported samples per pad and trigger them either simultaneously or individually with different playing velocities. Thanks to the trigger input provided on the rear side, the SamplePad 4 can be expanded by adding an additional external pad, and the device is also MIDI-compatible.

Simple operating concept

The Alesis Samplepad 4's spectrum of internal sounds ranges from bass drum, snare drum, and percussion sounds - electronic as well as acoustic. Each sample can be individually adjusted with parameters such as pitch, balance, and reverb, and all settings are made using the illuminated display and the four cursor keys. Amplifiers, sound systems, or audio interfaces can be connected via the Alesis Samplepad 4's 6.3mm outputs, in addition to which a headphone output with its own volume control is provided for monitoring or undisturbed practice sessions. The SamplePad 4 can also be connected directly to a PC or Mac via USB, which lets the user drag and drop samples directly onto an SD card.

Right on the mark

Compared to similar products from other manufacturers, the Alesis SamplePad 4 is an extremely affordable and therefore very beginner-friendly instrument, and the device can be quickly understood thanks to its simple operating concept. Beginners can first familiarise themselves with the controls, the basic features, and the internal sounds, and then later experiment with their own samples and put together completely new kits. The casing of the SamplePad 4 is robust and the pads feature a durable high-quality rubber coating, which means this device is also suitable for regular use outside of the rehearsal room or studio. On top of that, the blue LED backlighting of the pads not only looks cool but also makes the pads easier to hit accurately on dimly lit stages. After it is played, the respective pad's backlight also brightens slightly to provide a useful visual response.

About Alesis

Alesis was founded in 1984 by Keith Barr in Hollywood, California, and has become one of the leading manufacturers of signal processors, drum machines, synthesizers, and other studio equipment. The company’s most successful products during its early years were the MIDIverb, the HR-16 drum machine, and the ADAT multitrack digital recorders. In 2001, Alesis was acquired by Numark owner Jack O’Donnell and is now part of his InMusic parent company alongside brands like AKAI, Denon, and many other well-known names in the audio manufacturing industry. Alesis has also been a major player in the field of e-drums for many years and offers a large choice of products in all price ranges.

A versatile sound box

The range of possible uses for the Alesis SamplePad 4 is very expansive: On the one hand, users have the option of expanding an existing electronic drum kit with additional pads and new sounds. On the other hand, an acoustic set can easily be transformed into a hybrid kit in a heartbeat. This allows the player not only to access the onboard electronic sound library but also to play their own sound effects, loops, and complete backing tracks via the SamplePad 4. Of course, it can also be used as a standalone digital instrument, e.g. for practising at home. Users who want to have a wider array of sounds at their disposal at all times will probably prefer the Samplepad 4's bigger brother, the Alesis Samplepad Pro, however. This model features a full eight pads, more than 200 integrated sounds, and a significantly higher number of trigger inputs for external pads and pedals.

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Good product with some issues
Callagh 15.07.2021
I am happy I purchased the samplepad 4. I have always wanted to be able to play a drum pad without having to plug it into a computer. However, there is a very loud buzz when plugged into a speaker. This issue can be resolved by using the phones jacks as the output but still not ideal and would have hoped for better quality.
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Nice features, low price
Anonymous 02.02.2017
Really cheap and handy gear. It has SD card, it is small ect.
I use it us an additional element to my live hip-hop gigs. For such a purpose it is OK, but for real drummer it might be not that good. Biggest problem is quality of this thing. Alesis support forum is full of complains that samplepad has a lot of errors to play two pads simultaneously. This gear has ability to play to pads together, but for me it plays only one pad when I play two once in a 10 times. It is not very reliable.
But is has best features for the price.
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laszlov 11.02.2019
Overall a good entry level drum pad, but the rubber pads could be better. If you hit very hard one pad others can be triggered as well that you didn't want to hit.
I mainly used it MIDI only with a laptop.
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Almost unplayable.
Antonio S. 10.01.2023
Although it is not user-friendly when editing sounds. I don't really mind how hard it is as long as it does it's job during performance. It takes so long to load the samples from the SD card. When you change patches the contains SD card samples, you'll have to wait every time. But the biggest thing is that NOISE. It's virtually impossible to use this thing live because of the noise. There are some workarounds, you use the Headphone out, but once you turnoff the device, there's an even louder noise, "while it is off". I just don't get it for a device release in 2020, bad interface, slow, and noise issues. I can't believe a product like this from a reputable company exists.
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