The functionality of the PD16 is designed with simplicity in mind. The main point is to use this Pad to enter the drum sequence comfortably, instead of by keyboard, with no fancy extra functions. 16 Drum pads (similar to those on the MPC machines) generate Note On with velocity when tapped. In Full Level mode it produces data with velocity value of 127, regardless of the velocity of the pad tapped and into 16 Level mode it allows you to generate the note velocity in 16 steps with 16 pads. The active pad (note number) is the last pad played just before the 16 LEVELS key was pressed. A 'Bank' key switches between banks 1 and 2 allowing you to access different sounds on each of the banks. The 'Active' key activates the slider which outputs MIDI Control Change.
The various parameter settings, e.g. MIDI Note Assign, MIDI channel, MIDI Control Change, etc. are assigned from the computer via USB which requires the Utility software CD-ROM provided. Driver software for PC/Mac is also included on the CD-ROM. Powered from USB port when used via USB an AC Adaptor (MP-9) is required when MIDI port is used.
Target Price: £239 (inc VAT)/$349us
Availability: May 2002