Trying to play synth with Alesis ControlPad while drumming.
We're a duo, so picking up a few extra duties is inevitable.
The problem I was running into is that if I try to play the little buttons on my Korg EA-1 while drumming, I either become a little too ginger on the drums, or else I beat the hell out of the synth. Plus, the time spent picking up and putting down drumsticks was ruining my fills.
I play very simple melodies on the thing, usually just tapping a note here and there, or banging on it in quarter or 8th notes. I don't really hold notes down -- or at least -- I don't really NEED to for the songs my band is playing, and I don't play on every part of every song, or even half the time for that matter.
So I got the Alesis ControlPad, hooked it up with a MIDI cable to the EA-1, and programmed the right notes for each song into the pads and saved the "songs" as different banks. Well it sort of worked, except for one problem I haven't figured out how to solve yet. When I hit the pads, it sends only the shortest possible burst of the note -- its more of a click really, just the initial attack of the patch with no resonance what-so-ever. It did not occur to me that this would be a problem since I only "tap" the keys on the keyboard anyway, but I can not possibly tap it with my finger quickly enough to send that short of a burst.
So, for example, if I'm playing 8th notes, I would expect to hear "doot doot doot doot doot doot doot doot" like when I tap the button on the synth directly, but instead i'm hearing "click click click click click click click click" when controlled with the ControlPad. I can tell when I change pads that the clicks are coming in at the assigned note, but it doesn't sound very musical.
Is this a limitation of the synth, or the controller, or can it be resolved? If I have to find another synth, I can probably do that even though the sounds I'm getting from the EA-1 are really perfect... but abandoning my "play synth with triggers" idea will be a huge bummer so I'm really hoping it doesn't come to that.
Any input or ideas would be greatly appreciated.