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MultiPad Hi-hat control shortcomings

Why doesn't the Multipad hi-hat group work just the like the SamplePad Pro!? I have been using the SamplePad Pro for a couple years now as small kit. I just add a kick trigger and hi-hat controller and I'm ready to go.
I coughed up the money for the new flagship model...so pumped...only to find out that hi-hat groups didn't even exist until 1.1, and they don't work anything like the Samplepad Pro.

You should be able to set one pad to hi-hat mode, and then set your sounds for closed strike, open strike, and the sound of closing the pedal with no hit. Why does this much more expensive product not have the features of it's predesessor? This unit is not going to work for me without this functionality.
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  • Hello, David

    Thanks for posting! We apologize for the delayed response. 

    The new Hi-Hat group feature gives you the option of adding more samples for a more realistic Hi-Hat response. Keep in mind you can assign sounds to your foot controller and put them in the same Hi -Hat group so you can save pad space on the Strike Multipad.

    Hope this helps!
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  • Explain how to do this.
    But.... as you will see in many other threads, Even with the 1.1 update the Hi-hat implementation is terrible. No way to get a sound from a normal HH control pedal such as a ROland FD-8 or Alesis HH control pedal down press (with your foot) and you have to tie up at least 3 pads just to get closed, half open, open. Come on Alesis, you build edrums. How hard can this be?
    Otherwise the multipad is pretty good. But Roland had full hi-hat functionality in the 2010 Octapad SPD-30. What's the problem? This is a killer issue.
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  • What we are seeing is that many people cannot fathom how Alesis would put out a product which is superior in every way except for one of the most important... the implementation of an easy to use, realistic hi hat sound dedicated to one pad with a foot controller of some sort.

    Jumping through hoops to get a substandard sound is a major fail.

    I may have to return my multipad because of this serious deficiency.
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  • Hello, Gary

    Thanks for posting! 

    This is not a deficiency, please see my setup guide on this Forum thread on how to only use 1 pad on the Strike Multipad for HH implementation and how to add a "Chick" sound on the HH pedal. Hope you kept your Strike Multipad because this is not a problem :)

    https://getsatisfaction.com/alesis/topics/alesis-strike-multipad-how-to-get-open-close-hi-hat-response-with-a-single-pad

    Hope this helps!
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    Criss, thanks for the reply. I kept my Strike Multipad. There are so many strengths and I’m very happy with it. I just hop that Alesis releases an update, making the hihat more user friendly.
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  • Criss, Thanks! I will try this later on when I get home.

    You have to admit though, that this 'solution' is a work-around, and not a real fix. What's the point of having the option of control footswitches if they have to have sounds on them? Please tell me that you guys are working on a true software fix for this. I know you can do it, because the SamplePad Pro works exactly like you would expect a HH group to...Tap the pad with the HH pedal up - Set your open sound - Tap the pad with the pedal closed - Set your closed sound - Close the pedal without tapping the pad, and set your pedal sound.

    I REALLY want this to work - I have kept my SP Pro, because, like Gary, I really don't know that I like the SMP $400 more without this working properly.

    I have to say - The pads are WAY better on the SMP over the SPP, I love the ability to sample directly into the unit, and edit on board. I love the knobs to be able to control master affects in real time. This unit deserves to be the standard for samplers and mini kits - Give it wings and let it fly!
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  • Hello, David 

    Yes, you can use this as a workaround however this is not a defect with the Hi-Hat groupings this is just how the HH function works on the Strike Multipad :) If you only want Open-Closed sounds you would only need to take up one Foot Controller switch. We have submitted your feedback to our team. 

    Thank You! 
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