Korg MPS-10 Drum & Percussion Sample Pad
The world of multi-pad drum and percussion units has been dominated for many years by Roland.
Alesis also have their fingers in this pie! Until now, KORG’s efforts in the world of stick-playable electronic drums have been more esoteric with things like the Wave Drum.
Drummers can attach this to their acoustic kits for variety. Percussionists can do much the same. Many people use as MIDI trigger inputs and others simply as a standalone drum/percussion pad.
As its name suggests, the MPS-10 has ten velocity-sensitive pads. Six are of the square variety and occupy the main playing area. There are four smaller pads across the top edge that KORG call CC Pads allowing, they say, control over other parameters such as filter cutoff. This allows the user to manipulate sounds without dropping their sticks. Front and centre of the MPS-10 is the user interface. As soon as I saw this I had nightmarish visions of over-enthusiastic drummers smacking that centre console and causing some irreparable damage mid-gig. It does seem odd to have these controls surrounded by pads.
The rear of the MPS-10 sports a range of I/O options that includes stereo audio out, headphones, a pair of sub-outs, Line and Mic in for sampling, two dual-zone trigger inputs, a pair of footswitch sockets and one for an expression pedal. There is a solitary 5-pin MIDI Out port, a USB to-host port and a USB socket for a USB drive containing your own samples. The omission of a regular MIDI In port is odd. One assumes MIDI In and Out can be accessed via the USB port. Whilst this is a performance device, I’d still like to be able to trigger sounds via MIDI.
All of this is packed into a sturdy case with a backlit LCD which is ideal for live use. Each of the pads has a colour-coded LED bar.
The Specs :
200 (including user KITs)
Headphones (6.3mm TRS)
MAIN OUT L, MAIN OUT R, SUB OUT 1, SUB OUT 2
LINE IN L/R, MIC IN (6.3 mm TRS phone jacks)
CH A/B, C/D (6.3 mm stereo phone jacks)
Foot pedals: 1, 2 6.3 mm TRS phone jacks)
Expression pedal (6.3 mm TRS phone jack)
USB-A (Type-A) USB standard ver. 2.0, Hi-Speed compliant (480 Mbps)
USB-B (Type-B) USB standard ver. 2.0, Hi-Speed compliant (480 Mbps)
32gb (inc. preset data)
WAV, 44.1 kHz/48 kHz, 16-bit (up to 60 minutes long)
AIFF, 44.1 kHz/48 kHz, 16-bit (up to 60 minutes long)
320 x 240 backlit colour LCD
0 to +40oC
AC adapter (DC 9V)
424 x 264 x 75mm