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Steinberg CMC PD USB Pad Controller

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Product Description

The Steinberg CMC PD USB Pad Controller lets you lay down deeply dynamic drum grooves, control your favorite DAW functions and play natural percussion patterns. It has 16 highly responsive, backlit rubber pads, a rotary encoder and dedicated working modes, the CMC PD is a multi-purpose pad controller designed to improve your beat creation, recording and live performance workflow. Steinberg has 16 highly responsive rubber pads laid out in an MPC-style 4x4 matrix as its centerpiece. These pads allow you to create incredibly natural drum grooves and complex rhythmic patterns with a simple touch of your fingers.

The LED-based background lights on the CMC pad controller change colors according to the velocity level - from green to orange over to red. You can browse sounds and presets in next to no time with the practical rotary encoder. The 4x4 layout makes this pad controller the ideal hardware partner for MPC-style, virtual drum samplers such as Steinberg's Groove Agent ONE or external hardware sound modules. But the CMC PD also works wonders as an all-in-one DAW control desk. The pad controller lets you easily change the MIDI note assignment for each pad with the included PD Editor software.

The 4Velocity mode for easy step recording, 16 selectable volume response curves and power supply via USB round out the universal feature set of this slim-sized yet extremely versatile controller unit. So basically, the CMC pad controller offers excellent handling alongside extensive customization options to turn it into an all-in-one DAW control solution.

The Steinberg CMC PD USB Pad Controller Features

  • USB powered MIDI pad controller
  • Each pad lights up in green, orange or red depending on tap strength
  • Bank function provides 15 different MIDI note allocation maps (banks 1-8: variable user banks; banks 9-15: fixed factory banks; and bank 16: dedicated Cubase functions) 4 Velocity mode speeds up step recording
  • CMC-PD editor software included

Product Specifications
Steinberg CMC PD USB Pad Controller Specifications

  • Connection: USB A mini port
  • Power: USB powered
  • Power consumption, USB (bus-powered): 5 V 500 mA
  • CMC-CH: 1.17 watts
  • CMC-FD: 1.17 watts
  • CMC-TP: 0.92 watts
  • CMC-PD: 0.8 watts
  • CMC-QC: 0.6 watts
  • CMC-AI: 0.41 watts
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 17 x 92 x 182 millimeters
  • Included accessories: CMC hardware unit, Tools for CMC CD-ROM (Mac/PC hybrid), printed CMC operation manual (EN/DE/FR+JA), USB cable

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Ease of Use
What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could?
Scalable velocity curves
Ease of Use
How easy is this product to use? How easy is the product to use with other products? Did it take long for you to learn to use this product? Was the manual helpful? How playable do you consider this product to be?
Super simple. If using it with Steinberg's Groove Agent, it's ALMOST a plugNplay experience.
Was this item an overall good value?
$99.00 would be a better price. I do find that laying beats with this is far more intuitive than any controller in this price range. I own the NI Maschine... I prefer the pads on the PD.
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MSRP: $199.99