Vestax PAD-One In Action
We first saw the Vestax PAD-One at the Winter NAMM show in Anaheim earlier this year. We marveled at it’s sturdy construction, compact size, x-y touch pad, and most of all it’s 12 dual led lit highly responsive drum pads. We couldn’t wait to try it out ourselves here in our studio. It finally arrived and we were eager to get our drum-on, but what are we going to use it with? The obvious was with any drum software, but that was too easy. We wanted to use it with DJ software. Luckily our resident marketing manager, Ariff Glick, was up to the task yet again of mapping a cool .tsi file for us to use the PAD-One with Traktor Pro 2. The results were magnificent.
The first thing you notice about the PAD-One is the size and construction. It has a die-cast aluminum body which gives the controller some good weight and gives you confidence when really beating on the pads. Next is the groovy X-Y touch pad used for performance style play. You have corresponding roll, chromatic, and xy hold buttons above the touch pad, a tap button for real time tempo adjustments, a bank button to select from 4 banks, a hold button for the drum pads, and a set button to execute changes in midi channel, note, velocity, and cc on each pad. Finally, there is a rotary dial and an edit button on the upper right of the controller.
By far the drum pads themselves is what really sets this controller apart from the rest. The rubber feels good and the pads respond accurately to even the most intricate drum rhythms and rolls. They are also dual lit in green and red to distinguish whatever feature or function you have assigned. Having 12 pads on the controller also allows for some versatility in your layout without occupying too much space. With 4 banks 12 pads per bank there are a total of 48 different functions you can apply from the pads alone, and then some if you change the values on the pads. Brilliant, especially for such a compact controller.
The Pad-One is USB bus powered but can also be used via midi (adapter included) with an external keyboard or drum machine as long as you use an optional DC adapter. Overall it is definitely a useful and versatile pad controller for any application. I personally would like to see a few more rotary knobs on a controller, but using the X-Y pad in performance makes up for it’s lack of knobs. The pads feel great and the construction and size of the Pad-One truly make it on of the best in the market.
The Mapping (by Ariff)
So to start off all the values for each pad had to be set to a unique value. Since there are 4 Banks with 12 pads on each Bank, that gives us 48 individual values. I set the PAD-One as followed going left to right, first row then second:
Bank A: Pad values 1-12
Bank B: Pad values 13-24
Bank C: Pad values 25-36
Bank D: Pad values 37-48
Here’s how the mapping is set up:
- The first pad on each Bank has been assigned as the “shift” button. This allows the remaining 11 pads to have a secondary function.
- Pads 2-6 on each Bank are your cues: When shift is held down then each cue can be deleted.
- Pads 7-9 on each Bank is your Transport section: Sync, Cue, Play. I will go into second function soon!
- Pads 10-12 are your loop functions: Loop On/Off, Decrease Loop Size, Increase Loop Size.
- Pads 7-12 are your effects buttons, when Shift is held.
Here’s how you can use the effects:
- Activate your “Hold” button, a light will indicate it is ON.
- Press the “Shift” button, it will remain lit orange.
- When “Shift” is ON, you are able to turn your effects on and off by pressing the pads. Pads 7-9 are your 1st set of effects, and Pads 10-12 are your 2nd set of effects.
- While the “Shift” button is ON, and an effect is ON, you are able to change the parameter of the effect by using the XY Pad.
- Move your finger Left and Right to control effects 1-3
- Move your finger Up and Down to control effects 4-6
- While the “Shift” button is OFF, and an effect is ON, you are able to change the wet/dry of the effect by using the XY Pad.
- Move your finger Up and Down to control effects 1-3
- Move your finger Left and Right to control effects 4-6
That’s pretty much it, you can get real silky with this mapping and I hope you like it. The download for it can be found below.
What is going on yall? This is Scott Magno, DJ MadFlip here with UniqueSquared.com to check out a brilliant controller from Vestax, the Vestax PAD-One.
Alright, so there are a lot of drum controllers out there, but very few on the market are as cool as the Vestax PAD-One.
Now, first off you’ve got his die cast aluminum chassis. It’s very rugged, a little bit heavier than some of the other controllers out there.
You’ve got this XY axis touchpad that allows you to control different things, whether it’s effects, or sweeps, or filters. You can assign almost anything to that XY axis.
Alright, you also have twelve velocity sensitive pads. Now these are very accurate, they feel really good when you’re playing through some of your drum kits, or even cueing some of your loops, turning on and off effects, really nice.
Since it is a drum pad controller, you’ve got three buttons on here which are associated more with, if you’re using it for drumming.
You’ve got a roll pad, a chromatic pad, and also for an XY hold. That way if you apply one of these rolls, you can hit the hold button, so you can continue to apply that roll.
You can also use the chromatic button to go up and down your scale, 16th, 32nd, 8th, 4th, what have you. That’s really nice to have.
Conveniently you also have a tap tempo button, this can be used for many different things, but of course the tap tempo button allows you to speed up or slow down the track in real time.
You have four different banks to select from, select that there.
You also have a hold button, so if you have some of these effects or some of these functions where you want to hold that down, you don’t have to sit there and keep pressing the button, you can use the hold button for that.
You also have your note set, your velocity set, and also your CC set. Those are all MIDI functions, if you’re familiar with MIDI, you can select those right there as well as changing from your XY effects on the axis.
You’ve got this nice little scrolling jog so that you can go assign any of your channels, any values you might have. And you also have an edit button, hitting that button allows you to go in, you can assign that to some of the edit features within any of your functions.
You hit that and you can go ahead and turn mutes on, mutes off. Whatever you assign that, you can assign it to the edit button.
So overall, a very useful controller. You can use it with a number of DAWs, production software, or even DJ softwares, with great success. Really good, sensitive, very responsive, the Vestax PAD-One, it’s really awesome.
So Ariff, the renegade master with the mappings lately, put together a pretty cool mapping for the Vestax PAD-One and Traktor Pro 2.
So I have got the first row mapped to; a shift button, and then all of my cues. But I’ve got five different cue points there, If I want to get rid of something I just hit the shift button, and then I can get rid of the second cue.
So if I want to put another cue on that rock, all I have to do is hit 2, and I’m in there. So for the bottom row, this is going to be my transport section with my shift disabled.
I have got my sync button, I’ve got my cue, and then I’ve got my play right here. So, the next buttons are going to be my loop on and off, and then my loop select.
Now here’s where we get a little bit crazy with the mapping. So if I want to get into my effects, as you can see I like to do chained effects on 1 and 2.
If I want to start manipulating those effects, I hit the shift button here, and then my hold button.
Now, what that’s going to do is it’s going to make this my effects section. I can turn on my effects on effect one there, one, two, three, and then the next set is going to be effect 2 on and off.
So if I have this effect selected, I can actually use the XY axis.
Now if I want to turn the dry wet up and down, what I’m going to do is I’m going to deactivate the shift and then I can go and control the amount of that effect right there.
Let’s check out how it all sounds put together.
Pretty cool, nifty. PAD-One, Traktor Pro 2, pretty nice. You guys can check out the mapping we’re going to have it within the comments, go to the blog and download it.
This is Scott Magno, DJ MadFlip. Be you, be unique, at UniqueSquared.com.