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Best MIDI Pad Controllers For Making Music 2019

Best MIDI Pad Controllers For Making Music 2019

Find out the best MIDI Pad controllers for making & producing music for beginners up to experts, we handpick the best desktop beat-makers for 2019 featuring Ableton, Maschine & More.

MIDI Controllers have come a long way in the last years of beat-making & music producing, along with the enabling of live intergration this is a perfect time to pick up a MIDI Pad Controller. 

They are now part of most musician's studio or live set-up that they cannot do you without, whether your laying down a beat or controlling your track via a DAW. Most Pad controllers these days consist of 8-16 trigger pads, value encoders, sequencing & arpeggiating, along with standard DAW control functionality.

Here at Music Matter we'll list, what we think are, the best MIDI Pad Controllers in the world today from such established brands such as Ableton, Native Instruments, Akai & more.

Native Instruments Maschine MK3 With Komplete 12 Select

1. Native Instruments Maschine MK3

All-In-One Music Making Production Controller

Pads: 4x4
Encoders: 9
Screens: LCD Backlight
Inputs: Mic, Line, MIDI, Phones, USB
Outputs: Line, MIDI, USB

Not your typical Pad controller, the Native Instuments Maschine MK3 comes with it's Maschine software & therefore can be independent from a typical DAW. The big talking point is the 5D encoder that allows you to push, rotate, touch & click sideways like a joystick making browsing specifically a lot easier. The 2 high resolution screens mean there is almost no need to even look at a computer or laptop.

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    Native Instruments

    Maschine MK3

    16-Pad Production & Performance System

    Native Instruments Maschine MK3 is a 16-Pad Production & Performance System that includes sampler, arranger, mixer, FX, and more

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    Excl. Tax: €452.83 Incl. Tax: €543.40
             
    2 years warranty
Ableton Push 2 With Live 10 Intro

2. Ableton Push 2

Perfect Pad Controller For Ableton Live DAW Software

Pads: 8x8
Encoders: 11
Screens: LCD Backlight
Inputs: USB
Outputs: Line, USB

With Ableton Live being one of the fastest growing DAW programs being used for studio & stage it would be amiss to be without an all-encompassing Pad Controller to control every aspect of Ableton Live. With Ableton Push 2 you can make your music making workflow completely effortless, a huge array of pads & encoders along with giant LCD screens make this a must for Ableton users.

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    Ableton

    Push 2 + Live 10 Intro

    DAW Controller

    Ableton Push 2 is the Next Generation DAW Controller that features seamless integration with Live 10

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    Excl. Tax: €498.37 Incl. Tax: €598.05
    RRP €599.99 Save €1.94 (0%)
    2 years warranty
Novation Launchpad Pro

3. Novation Launchpad Pro

Amazingly Affordable Controller For Ableton Live DAW Software

Pads: 8x8
Encoders: 0
Screens: 0
Inputs: MIDI, USB
Outputs: MIDI, USB

The Novation Launchpad Pro makes the most out of being an affordable route into controlling Ableton Live, coming with backlit Pads this particular Pad controller works best when messing round with ideas on the fly or within a live environment. Arguable one of the best Pad Controllers you can get for the price.

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    Novation

    LaunchPad Pro

    Ableton Live USB MIDI Controller

    Create dynamic, expressive performances in Ableton Live, 8x8 grid of RGB, velocity-sensitive pads to trigger and combine clips, create dynamic beats, bash out melodic lines and control your external hardware.

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    Excl. Tax: €249.17 Incl. Tax: €299.00
             
    2 years warranty
Presonus Atom

4. Presonus Atom

Highly Versatile Performance Controller For Any Situation

Pads: 4x4
Encoders: 4
Screens: 0
Inputs: USB
Outputs: USB

This truly budget Pad Controller lets you make beats, play virtual instruments & & trigger effects / loops with great versatilty. The included StudioOne DAW software means you can get creative straight out of the box.

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    Presonus

    Atom

    16-Pad MIDI Pad Controller

    Presonus Atom is a 16-Pad MIDI Pad Controller that allows you to Produce & Perform on the fly.

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    Excl. Tax: €116.52 Incl. Tax: €139.82
             
    2 years warranty
Akai MPD226

5. Akai MPD226

An MPC Style Controller On A Budget

Pads: 4x4
Encoders: 4
Screens: LCD Backlit
Inputs: MIDI, USB
Outputs: MIDI, USB

Built to last, the Akai MPD 232 is an exceptionally rugged controller that includes 16 RGB Pads, encoders but sets it apart are the adjustable faders giving complete velocity & volume control. It also can be hooked up to various external instruments to give you workflow improvements to your set-up.

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    Akai MPD226

    USB MIDI Controller

    Choose Your Weapon: Building on the success of the original, the feature-packed MPD2 Series gives you amazing creative musical ammo with Thick Fat backlit MPC pads, improved controls and new bundled software.

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    Excl. Tax: €136.10 Incl. Tax: €163.32
    RRP €199.00 Save €35.68 (17%)
    1 year warranty
Arturia Beatstep Pro

6. Arturia Beatstep Pro

Pad Controller For The Analogue Purist

Pads: 2x8
Encoders: 16
Screens: LCD Number
Inputs: CV, Clock, MIDI, USB
Outputs: MIDI, USB

The Beatstep Pro is your one-stop shop for interconnectivity with your analogue gear, featuring CV/Gate inputs for Modular, Drum Machines & more. The 3 separate step-sequencers gives you a limitless array of production ideas along with it's velocity-sensitive trigger pads.

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    Arturia

    BeatStep Pro

    Analogue-style Step Sequencer

    BeatStep Pro is unique: a world-class controller, performance sequencer and composing tool all in one very connectible package.

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    Excl. Tax: €185.06 Incl. Tax: €222.07
    RRP €245.00 Save €22.93 (9%)
    1 year warranty

MIDI Pad Controller Comparison Table:

Maschine MK3 Push 2 Launchpad Pro Atom MPD232 Beatstep Pro
Pads 4x4 8x8 8x8 4x4 4x4 2x8

Encoders

9 11 0
4
4
16
Faders 1 0
0
0
4
0
Inputs Mic, Line, MIDI, Phones, USB USB, Pedal MIDI, USB USB MIDI, USB CV, Clock, MIDI, USB
Outputs Line, MIDI, USB Line, USB MIDI, USB USB MIDI, USB MIDI, USB
Software NI Komplete Select / Maschine Ableton Live Lite Ableton Live Lite, Loopmasters Presonus StudioOne Artist Ableton Live Lite, Sonivox, MPC None

Other Recommended MIDI Pad Controllers:

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    Novation

    Launchpad Mk2

    Ableton Live MIDI Controller

    USB MIDI Controller for Ableton Live with 64 RGB-backlit Pads, 8 Scene-launching Buttons, Bi-directional Ableton Live Communication, and Ableton Live Lite Edition

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    Excl. Tax: €114.90 Incl. Tax: €137.88
    RRP €199.00 Save €61.12 (30%)
    2 years warranty
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    AKAI Professional

    Akai MPD218

    USB MIDI Controller

    Choose Your Weapon: Building on the success of the original, the feature-packed MPD2 Series gives you amazing creative musical ammo with Thick Fat backlit MPC pads, improved controls and new bundled software.

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    Excl. Tax: €67.56 Incl. Tax: €81.07
    RRP €99.99 Save €18.92 (19%)
    1 year warranty
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    Native Instruments

    Maschine Mikro MK3

    MIDI Pad Controller Includes Maschine Essentials, Monark, Reaktor & More

    Compact, music production instrument Quickly make beats, loops, and ideas Compact and portable, powered through USB Includes Massive, Monark, and Reaktor Prism

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    Excl. Tax: €185.06 Incl. Tax: €222.07
             
    2 years warranty
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    AKAI Professional

    Akai Fire

    Performance Controller For FL Studio

    Akai Fire is a Performance Controller For FL Studio that includes FL Studio Fruity Fire Edition DAW software

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    Excl. Tax: €151.92 Incl. Tax: €182.31
             
    1 year warranty
  1. Korg

    nanoPAD 2 White - USB MIDI Controller

    Drum Pad Controller With Korg Editor Software

    Sporting a brand new and improved design, the Korg nanoPAD 2 (White) 16 percussion pads are more responsive and expressive than ever before.

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    Excl. Tax: €36.73 Incl. Tax: €44.08
    RRP €45.00 Save €0.92 (2%)
    1 year warranty
  1. IK Multimedia

    iRig Pads

    MIDI Groove Controller

    IK Multimedia iRig Pads is a MIDI Groove Controller that features 16 Back-lit Rubber pads that light up in multiple colours.

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    Excl. Tax: €112.83 Incl. Tax: €135.40
             
    1 year warranty