Can I connect Sample Pad Pro via USB to play Superior Drummer 2 or other drums software?

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  • Hi Corrado,

    Thanks for posting. 

    Yes.  The SamplePad Pro comes with a USB port that allows for it to send and receive MIDI data so that you can trigger your favorite drum software program. Check out this helpful video that will walk you through how to map the Superior Drummer software to your SamplePad Pro. This video aims specifically at MIDI controllers, but this will be applicable to the SamplePad Pro, as well.

    Additionally, please see below to see which pads correspond with what notes:

    Pad 1: C#2
    Pad 2: D#2
    Pad 3: C2 
    Pad 4: A1
    Pad 5: A#1
    Pad 6: C1
    Pad 7: D1
    Pad 8: F#1

    I hope this helps!
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  • Hi Bill, I don't see the video mentioned above. I assume that this mapping should work with ex drummer as well? I use Studio One 3 Professional so any tips on proper integration is appreciated.
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    • I had wantrd to be able to use ezdrummer and control it woth the sample.pad pro vs a keyboard. I did sort of get it connected last night, however i cant format an sd card nor figure oit how to create or copy a kit to the sd card. Keep getting write protected error. Even pirchased a new sd card same problem.

      Via usb computer doesn't seem to see the samplepad pro.
    • Thank you. 

      Formatting your card will need to be done on a computer. This cannot be done on the SamplePad Pro. If you're being told the card can't be formatted, double-check that, if your SD card has a lock switch and that the switch is not engaged. If it is, you may not be able to modify the contents of the card. Try using another computer, as well. You will need to be using a FAT32 file system. Additionally, the samples will need to be loaded onto the SD card from your computer.

      Are you using Windows or Mac? 

      Follow these steps below to copy a kit:

      1. Press and hold the Cursor Down and Cursor Right buttons for 2 seconds to enter the Save menu.
      2. Move the cursor to the COPY KIT option by pressing the Cursor Up or Cursor Down buttons.
      3. Press Cursor Right to enter the COPY KIT submenu.
      4. Press Cursor Left or Cursor Right to select the kit that you would like to copy.
      5. Press Cursor Down and then press Cursor Left or Cursor Right to select the location that you would like to copy the kit to.
      6. Press Cursor Down to highlight Confirm and then Cursor Right to copy the kit.
      7. To exit the COPY KIT submenu, press the Cursor Down button until Exit is highlighted, and then press the Cursor Right button. Alternatively, press and hold the Cursor Down and Cursor Right buttons to exit this menu.
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  • New Problem I have is that I can't seem to figure out how to change the notes assigned to each pad. For example as per your previous reply the pads are assigned to the following notes:

    Pad 1: C#2
    Pad 2: D#2
    Pad 3: C2
    Pad 4: A1
    Pad 5: A#1
    Pad 6: C1
    Pad 7: D1
    Pad 8: F#1

    I need to have Pad 6 be the snare drum vs base drum since I'll be adding a base foot pedal.

    Now I figured out how to change up the drum sounds and customize the pads for a drum kit, however the main reason I purchased the alesis sample pad pro was to control EzDrummer 2 via Studio One 3 Pro.

    The setup or layout Id like to have when in midi mode controlling the ezdrummer vst is as follows

    Bottom row of pads closest to the front (left to right)
    Snare Drum D1 layered sound if posible Rimshot E1
    Hihat closed A#-1 layered or harder hit Hihat open D0
    Ride Cymbal D#2 layered harder hit Bell F2

    Upper 3 pads left to right
    Tom 1 C2
    Tom 2 A1
    Tom 3 G1

    Top Left Bar pad
    Crash cymbal C#2 layered sound Mute hit D2

    Top Right bar pad
    Cowbell C#-2

    Hopefully I can get a quick reply as I've been sick and lost several days of work. The sales person who told me that all of this was possible before I made the purchase has apparently moved and even though guitar center said they would forward my contact information I haven't heard from this guy. He seemed to be the only person at the store that knew anything about recording and alesis products.

    Thanks in advance.
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  • How do I change the midi note numbers on individual pads of my Strike Multipad?

    I utilize EZDrummer2 exploded to multiple outputs on the SSL mixer in Reason 10.

    I previously triggered my drums utilizing a Panorama 6 controller keyboard.

    I want to play the EZDrum samples with my new Multipad.

    It appears that poster Dean Kaus never got a clear answer to a similar question from 2 years ago.
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  • Make sure the Multipad is selected as the MIDI device and the MIDI Channels in the Multipad and Ezdrummer2 match.Drums are normally CH 10

    STRIKE Multipad
    Utility > F1-MIDI
    Global Chan=10
    Local Control=OFF (ON is for playing internal sounds)
    5-pin MIDI to USB=ON (OFF uses the 5 pin MDI ports)

    Then assign the midi note for each pad to match the Ezdrummer keymap you are using.
    Pad Menu > F3–Output > Midi Note
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