The Best Drum Machines For Finger Drumming





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Published on Jun 19, 2015

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In this video I discuss the basics of finger drumming hardware: pad controllers and groove production studios. I provide a general overview of the drum machines currently available and talk about my experience with them.

A significant focus is on topics like pad sensitivity, placement of knobs and faders, as well as pricing and "value".

The following are the drum machines covered in the video:

- Korg “PadKONTROL”
- Keith McMillen “QuNeo”
- IK Multimedia “iRigPads”
- M-Audio “Trigger Finger” (Pro & legacy version)
- AKAI “MPD” (18, 24, 32)
- Native Instruments „Maschine“ (Studio & Mikro)
- AKAI “MPC” (Element, Studio & Renaissance)
- Novation “Launchpad” (legacy version, Mini & Pro)
- Ableton “Push”
- Steinberg “CMC PD”
- AKAI “LPD 8”, Korg “NanoPad”, ICON “iStage”

If you want to share your own views and experiences with drum machines, please use the YouTube comments section below. Please also use the comments section for any questions regarding this video.

Access the link below for the full-length, in-depth guide on “the best drum machines for finger drumming,” which goes beyond what’s covered in this video:


Also interested in virtual drum kits and need some help getting started? Then check out this comprehensive blog post:



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Comments • 138

Alvin Yap
Alvin Yap3 years agoHighlighted comment
Hey man, thanks for taking the time for this great review! I've also bought Xpresspads a few days ago, it's a great way to not only play the drums, and learn drum patterns. Cheers!
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The only pad controller that comes close to a well broken in vintage mpc is Korg's PadKontrol. Best there is in the controller world. Soft pads but very sensitive and responsive. Maschine pads are terrible, but maybe a bit better than modern Akai gear. Just forget about pads on Akai's midi controller keyboards, they're useless. Seriously. But I've seen everyone going Maschine, but those pads are going to cause damage to finger joints. It won't show for years, but everyone seriously playing those pads is going to have issues further down the line. Haven't tried Maschine 3 pads. I heard they're a bit more squishy, I can't say for certain. I'm quite serious, and I have years of experience going back to the MPC 60. I'm writing this for your benefit if you're just starting out, or are trying to conserve your cash.
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Jeong-Hyeon Bae
Hi. Bought ur courses earlier this year n love it. Im just usually tired at night when im in front of push2. As an alternative, would u recommend Roli lightpad block M for finger drumming on the go? If u had a chance to try the device.
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Brian Bernstein
Although I love mpc, I'm too worried it will damage my hands/wrists... how can we know for sure this won't happen? I am a classical pianist...
Victor Medrano
Hello there, what about the Presonus Atom?
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Adel de Jaramillo
- Native Instruments „Maschine“ Mikro 17:00
awesome collection man!!!
Nate Richkind
Which one would you recommend for fingerdrumming metal drums?
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Wolf Unplugged
thanks for this informative overview!
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What is the most sensitive pad you have tried lately (2019)? What are you using these days?
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