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    I need a MIDI controller to program drums and a sample controller to trigger samples

    help me out here, I'm trying to figure out what I need / want.

    I've been looking at MIDI pad controllers, either in a 25 key keyboard / 8+ pad configuration, or just a pad controller. The purpose of this is that I want to starting trying to program drums so I can do full demos at home. I'm not a drummer and this seems like a good way to get the ideas from my head translated to drum patterns. Keys would be a nice to have, not a must have. Not even sure at the moment what I would use them for but I figure I can find a use at some point.

    Secondly, I'd like to have something small and portable that I can use to bring to gigs to trigger samples.

    Initially I was just looking at midi controllers and I like the Akai MPD218 which is a 16 pad MIDI controller. However it just dawned on me that I can't use this to trigger samples.
    https://www.sweetwater.com/store/det...pad-controller

    I was also looking at 25 key controllers like the Akai professional MPK Mini III. But again I don't think I can use this to trigger samples.
    https://www.sweetwater.com/store/det...ard-controller

    Looking at pad controllers like the MPX8, looks to me like it will do both, but then I'm limited to just 8 pads, which is OK. I just want to make sure I'm not limiting myself too much.
    https://www.sweetwater.com/store/det...pad-controller

    So I guess I'm looking for recommendations here.
    What can I use to both program drums via pads, and use to trigger samples.

    My budget isn't very big, I'd like to say around the $120 mark.

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    Join Date: Jun 2012
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    I realized I probably put this in the wrong section, however...

    I ended up buying an Akai MPX8
    https://www.sweetwater.com/store/det...pad-controller
    Should work as both a sample controller and a midi controller.

    I decided not to go with a 25 key midi controller, but may end up with one in the future.

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