Does anyone have experience with Octapads?

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Does anyone have experience with Octapads?

Post by tyrannosaurus mark » Mon May 05, 2008 9:17 am

There's next to no info anywhere on octapads. I'm really keen on hearing people's experience with them, in particular the Octapad II Pad 80


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Post by madtheory » Mon May 05, 2008 9:34 am

Why are you looking at such an old controller? This is one piece of vintage gear that's been bettered by now. I use a Roland SPD-11, it's fantastic. It's good to hit things once in a while, and the onboard sounds are great.

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Post by tyrannosaurus mark » Mon May 05, 2008 9:42 am

At the moment I'm using an Alesis Pad Control but it's been doing strange things. I didn't expect much from it, it cost USD$200 brand new. But if it worked, it would be perfect because it's so light

The newer Roland octapads are a bit pricey for me brand new, and because I live in New Zealand there are very few second hand (read: no) spd's around
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Post by tyrannosaurus mark » Mon May 05, 2008 9:53 am

after a whole lot of googleing I found the

Octopad II Pad-80 Operation Manual: http://62.166.25.10/Gear/Manuals/PAD-80_OM.pdf


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Post by heilei » Mon May 05, 2008 11:07 am

I've had a PAD-80 for 10-15 years (can't remember the exact year anymore). It worked flawlessly until suddenly (a few years ago), one of the pads just died (third from left in bottom row). The pad isn't completely dead though, you just have to hit this particular pad real hard to get any signal. Other than that, I've been happy with this thing.

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Post by Z » Mon May 05, 2008 2:20 pm

Back in the early 90's, I traded a Prophet 5, rev 1 for a PAD-80 with stand and 2 Simmons pads (what was I thinking!). I added a FatKAT kick pedal trigger to "complete" the "drum kit." I always wanted an electronic set and this was as close as I could get. I mainly used it in the studio, triggering my R-8M. I used it a few band practices, but never played live with it. It was rock solid, easy to program - even without the manual. THere was no interent back then to just go online and DL a freebie. And specing $25 with Roland on a manual was a lot of money to me back then.

I ended up selling the whole kit, piece by piece in the mid 90's when I found out about the Internet's Usenet/Newsgroups.

I picked up another PAD-80 last year (no stand mount, though) off Craigslist. One of the pads doesn't work too well - you've got to hit it pretty hard. Right now, it's just sitting in my closet. Now that I finally fount a MalletKAT, I might make an electronic percussion corner in my studio.

Good luck to you!

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Post by audible » Mon May 05, 2008 4:19 pm

I have the first model of Octapad, can't remember the model number right now.

It's been working fine for three years, but the internal battery has detached from its base a couple of times, and I lost my presets just before a gig... Apparently the battery needs to be physically soldered to the terminals.

I don't know if that's a common problem. Anyway I bet there are better percussion controllers out there in terms of programability and patch sensitivity, but if you can get one in good condition for cheap, it's good fun.
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Post by Phollop Willing PA » Mon May 05, 2008 9:01 pm

I have one. I haven't used it in years, but just in case a drummer wants to play my sounds, then I set it up. I also have a WX7 Wind controller.
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Post by Tyler2000 » Tue May 06, 2008 6:57 am

The secondary percussionist in my old band used one. I thought the onboard sounds were pretty corny, but as a midi controller I'm sure it would be fine.
so what do I put down here now?

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Post by Tyler2000 » Tue May 06, 2008 6:58 am

Z wrote:Back in the early 90's, I traded a Prophet 5, rev 1 for a PAD-80 with stand and 2 Simmons pads
that's the saddest thing I've ever heard... :(
so what do I put down here now?

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Post by madtheory » Tue May 06, 2008 10:06 am

tyrannosaurus mark wrote:At the moment I'm using an Alesis Pad Control but it's been doing strange things.
I assume you've pursued the warranty thing?

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Post by Z » Tue May 06, 2008 2:32 pm

Tyler2000 wrote:The secondary percussionist in my old band used one. I thought the onboard sounds were pretty corny, but as a midi controller I'm sure it would be fine.
The Octapads (PAD-8 & PAD-80) are percussion controllers only, with no onboard sounds.

In the early 90's, Roland introduced the SPD-8, which DID have built in sounds.

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Post by Tyler2000 » Tue May 06, 2008 10:47 pm

Z wrote:
Tyler2000 wrote:The secondary percussionist in my old band used one. I thought the onboard sounds were pretty corny, but as a midi controller I'm sure it would be fine.
The Octapads (PAD-8 & PAD-80) are percussion controllers only, with no onboard sounds.

In the early 90's, Roland introduced the SPD-8, which DID have built in sounds.

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Oh. Must have been the spd-8. My bad. :oops:
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Post by tyrannosaurus mark » Wed May 07, 2008 12:14 am

madtheory wrote:
tyrannosaurus mark wrote:At the moment I'm using an Alesis Pad Control but it's been doing strange things.
I assume you've pursued the warranty thing?
I live in NZ where you can't get them, do I bought mine through www.wwbw.com

So I think chasing up the warranty would be more trouble than it's worth
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Post by eskimo » Fri May 09, 2008 1:08 am

I have a pad-80 and I've beat the h**l out of it for YEARS.. still a great little machine.

They're fun- for what they are.
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