What are the best beatpads?

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    #1Novation LaunchPad S

    Novation LaunchPad S

    The Novation LaunchPad S is a 64 three-color launch pad for creating music and mixing tracks. It has an Ableton Live Lite 9 and can support the FL Studio and Novation's Launchpad app on the iPad. 

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    Bertha Córdova
    Written on June 2, 2018
    "This LaunchPad doesn't run on MainStage and is only useful for making quick beats. Not a great product for pros because its not equipped to do so. "
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    #2Akai Professional LPD8

    Akai Professional LPD8

    The Akai Professional LPD8 is an is an 8-pad launch pad for creating music. It includes a USB Pad Controller, an 8-backlit velocity-sensitive drum pads that send MIDI data. It is USB-powered and includes 4 programmable memory banks. 

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    Muhammad Tata
    Written on May 27, 2018
    "USB Pad Controller for laptops gives you percussive performance with digital audio workstations, sequencers, DJ software and more 8 backlit, velocity-sensitive drum pads send MIDI data such as notes and program changes Eight Q-Link knobs for controlling virtually any parameters in software Plug-and-play USB connection for Mac and PC; no driver installation required. Perfect for Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Studio One, Reaper, Digital Performer, Ableton, etc USB-powered; no additional power cable needed 4 programmable memory banks Includes editing software for Mac and PC; easily customize the controllers' MIDI commands to fit your workflow"
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    #3Novation Launchkey 25

    Novation Launchkey  25

    Novation Launchkey 25 is a 25-key ultra portable instrument and USB MIDI controller keyboard which can be connected to an iPad, Mac, or PC. This comes with Ableton Live Lite and Loopmasters sample pack.

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    Pamela Rivera
    Written on May 24, 2018
    "I recently purchased Novation Launchkey 25 for my iPad. It has 25 keys and a USB MIDI controller keyboard. I use it as a piano keyboard and since it is lightweight, I often just keep it on my lap when using it. It has worked great for me as it's not too complicated to use."
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    #4Akai Professional MPD218

    Akai Professional MPD218

    The Akai Professional MPD218 is a 16-pad launch pad for creating music and mixing tracks. It includes a feature-packed controller for finger drumming and music production. It has 6 control knobs, 18 of them assignable via 3 banks.

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    Larry Elliott
    Written on May 29, 2018
    "The MPD218 hardware has worked flawlessly. The pads are very responsive. The free drum software from Big Bang is another story. It is quite simply flakey and not in a good way. While the drum sounds are ok, the configuration of the drum software and the assignment to individual pads is awkard at best and just when you think you have the pads assigned, you discover that a couple pads have dropped their assignment and/or have been assigned to the wrong sound. Long story short, hardware very good, Akai software somewhat confusing, Big Bang Drum and Percussion software unacceptable."
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    #5Novation LaunchPad MK2

    Novation LaunchPad MK2

    The Novation LaunchPad MK2 is a 64 three-color launch pad for creating music and mixing tracks. It includes the Ableton Live Controller and allows users to play drums and samples with pads pre-mapped to the Ableton Live's drum track.

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    Divya Rangarajan
    Written on May 23, 2018
    "This is a pretty decent beatpad, it isn't really the most high-tech one I've seen, nor is it incredibly budget-friendly. It is very cool-looking, though."

Summary

Best What are the best beatpads
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Novation LaunchPad SElectronics 12 Paid
2Akai Professional LPD8Electronics 9 Paid
3Novation Launchkey 25Electronics 6 Paid
4Akai Professional MPD218Electronics 4 Paid
5Novation LaunchPad MK2Electronics 1 Paid
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