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Akai controller pads - is 8 enough? Drum Pad Controllers
Old 12th November 2015
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Akai controller pads - is 8 enough?

Not having used a controller with pads before or any of Akai's software, what will I be missing if buying a controller with 8 pads instead of 16? For drum programming, 8 is probably enough for me, but I'm thinking more about the way that pads are implemented for other functions/triggers/shortcuts etc in a variety of apps.

Please tell me your experience.
Old 12th November 2015
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If you're talking about the Akai LPD8 it only has 8 pads but it has 4 'presets' so you can program the pad to send 32 messages (only 8 at 1 time without changing presets).

Personally I was fine with only 8, however I moved house recently and it was the only piece of all my gear that broke during the move as the USB port broke off the circuit board. On that basis I wouldn't buy another one for live use as I'd have to bring it around with me!
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