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DrumPads Version 2

DrumPads Screenshot

DrumPads is a set of virtual drum pads that can be played with the keyboard, mouse, or touchscreen. It features 12 pads and 100 high-quality drum samples.

It can be controlled with the keyboard and is designed to let you play the drums two-handed, with the QWER and TYUI keys controlling pads 1-4, ASDF and GHJK keys controlling pads 5-8, and ZXCV and BNM, keys controlling pads 9-12.

DrumPads also works well with touchscreens, allowing you to play using multi-touch to sound multiple drums at the same time.

The samples included in this virtual drum kit are:

  • 22 Kick Drum
  • 14 Snare Drum
  • 2 Floor Tom
  • 4 Low Tom
  • 6 Mid Tom
  • 4 Hi Tom
  • 6 Closed Hi-Hat
  • 6 Open Hi-Hat
  • 5 Ride Cymbal
  • 6 Crash Cymbal
  • 1 Hand Drum
  • 2 Bongo
  • 2 Clap
  • 3 Cowbell
  • 1 Doumbek
  • 3 Timpani and Kettle Drum
  • 2 Woodblock
  • 1 Gong
  • 10 Other percussion sounds

You can use the left and right arrows on each pad to cycle through the different samples available. If you find a set of pads you like, you can save the drum kit to be loaded later. You can also lock the pads to prevent accidentally switching drum sounds during a performance.

MIDI Support

DrumPads MIDI Settings

DrumPads 2 has MIDI support, and can be played with an external MIDI controller, drum machine, or keyboard. It works well with controllers such as the Korg nanoPAD 2 and responds to MIDI notes 36-47, usually the lower octave on a 5-octave keyboard and typically transmitted by drum machines.

It also has MIDI output support. Transmitting notes is off by default because on many computers the default MIDI device is the MIDI mapper and it's weird to hear a piano note sound when you play a drum sound. It's a simple checkbox in the MIDI settings box, and when turned on, you can use DrumPads to play external MIDI devices. This means you could play an external MIDI-enabled drum machine using your computer keyboard, mouse, or touchscreen.

DrumPads 1

DrumPads 1 Screenshot

Version 1.01 of DrumPads is freeware and may be distributed freely. It only has 40 drum samples and lacks MIDI support and the ability to save and load drum kits. It's a pretty good demo of some of the basic features of DrumPads 2.

The samples included in DrumPads 1.01 are:

  • 6 Kick Drum
  • 6 Snare Drum
  • 2 Floor Tom
  • 2 Low Tom
  • 3 Mid Tom
  • 1 Hi Tom
  • 3 Closed Hi-Hat
  • 3 Open Hi-Hat
  • 3 Ride Cymbal
  • 3 Crash Cymbal
  • 1 Hand Drum
  • 2 Bongo
  • 2 Clap
  • 2 Cowbell
  • 1 Doumbek

DrumPads 1 is also available for Ubuntu Linux via the Ubuntu Software Center.

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DrumPads has had more than 275000 downloads.