The padKONTROL joins Korg’s expanding line-up of MIDI studio controllers. Adding another dimension beyond traditional keyboard control, the padKONTROL is the most expressive and versatile drum pad controller ever!

In addition to accessing drum sounds and samples, the padKONTROL MIDI studio controller from Korg can also control softsynths and effects, trigger loops and video clips, and even act as transport controls for DAW software programs. Combining an assignable X-Y touchpad that also provides for natural-sounding flams and rolls, sixteen great-feeling illuminated trigger pads, assignable knobs and a footpedal input, the padKONTROL provides unsurpassed evocative control.


The padKONTROL MIDI studio controller is ideal for creating natural, organic sounding drumbeats. Each of the sixteen pads can be individually assigned a note number and MIDI channel so you can control a single drumkit or map it to control different devices in your setup at the same time. Eight different dynamic curves are available for each pad, or you can set each pad to its own fixed level. This allows you to set up certain instruments to feel as you like, and others to always play the perfect velocity, no matter how you strike the pad. You can also set up multiple pads to play the same drum but at different fixed velocities, giving you varied but predictable performance every time.

No matter how you set them up, you’ll appreciate the great feel of the drum pads on this MIDI studio controller. They respond well no matter where you strike them, not just in the center like many other systems. So you can freely play the pads with both hands, hit the edges or the center and get responsive, musical results – every time!

The X-Y pad adds real-time control of both flam and roll timing and dynamics. Moving from left to right increases the speed of the roll, or the distance between the flammed notes; moving up increases the volume of the roll, or the second note in the flam. This is a highly expressive and intuitive way to produce these natural drum techniques. With an optional footswitch, you can even add real kick drum parts, or close an open hi-hat.


In this MIDI studio controller, drums are just the beginning. A MIDI message can be assigned to each pad, and they can be set for momentary or toggle operation. In addition to sending a value as the drum pad is touched, a specific value can be sent as the pad is released, so they can be used like buttons or switches to control any function on your soft synths and DAWs.

Based on Korg’s renowned KAOSS technology, the X-Y pad can be assigned to control any two continuous controllers in real-time. You might set the X Axis to control pitch bend on a synth while the Y Axis controls reverb depth. Or set them to control filter cutoff and resonance, or multiple delay parameters for evocative and expressive performance and mixing possibilities.

Two assignable knobs provide continuous control of two other MIDI parameters. You can easily invert the values sent from any of these controllers so you can quickly adjust them to your needs. Even the footswitch input can be set as a momentary or toggle switch for any parameter. Like the X-Y and trigger pads, the pedal also can send a specific release value.


Whenever you strike a drum pad or move a controller, the built-in display shows what message or value is being sent, giving you accurate confirmation of what you’re doing. The pads have a striking visual behavior, which will move you to visually groove along with your playing. Pads assigned to notes light up when struck and then shut off. Pads assigned to CC messages stay lit to show their status. Three variations of the Illumination mode cause the trigger pads to light up in unique patterns. Two begin when a trigger pad is struck, and a third starts automatically when the Korg padKONTROL sits idle for a few minutes. The great feel of the trigger pads and the Illumination mode work together synergistically to catapult your performance to a higher intensity level than ever before.


Thankfully, once you have all the controllers set the way you like, you can save the entire set of assignments as a “User Scene.” Sixteen User Scenes are available in the Korg padKONTROL itself, and they can be quickly selected using the pads. In addition, thirty preset scenes are included, designed to instantly match the padKONTROL to some of the most popular music software programs.

The Korg padKONTROL also comes with free Editor/Librarian software for Windows XP and Mac OSX. Using the computer’s graphic capabilities, the Editor/Librarian software makes it easy to create, store and organize vast libraries of scenes and “scene sets.”

Controllers: Display:
16 velocity-sensitive Trigger pads with LED illumination, X-Y pad, Two assignable knobs, Assignable pedal jack (requires a separately sold DS-1H or PS-1) 7-segment, 3-digit LED
Memory: Connectors:
16 user scene memories, 30 preloaded scene templates Pedal, MIDI In/Out , USB (type B), Power supply jack (DC9V)
Power Supply: Power Consumption:
DC9V, AC adapter (optional), USB bus power (when using the USB connector) When using USB bus power: approximately 150 mA (maximum 180 mA), when using an AC adapter: approximately 150 mA (maximum 180 mA)
Dimensions: Included Accessories:
12.36″ (W) x 9.21″ (D) x 2.17″ (H), 2.12 lbs USB cable, CD-ROM containing padKONTROL Editor/Librarian software etc, Software license agreement

* Specifications and appearance are subject to change without prior notice.



• Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition / Professional / x64 Edition / Vista
• Computer with a USB port, satisfying the operating requirements of Windows XP / Vista (USB chipset made by Intel Corporation is recommended)
*Driver software for Windows XP x64 Edition is beta-version.
* Note for Editor Librarian: During the installation process, some Alert Dialogs may appear, as the installer is not fully compatible with Vista. They can be ignored.

• Mac OS X 10.2 or later
• Apple Macintosh computer with a USB port (USB C11), satisfying the operating requirements of Mac OS X, including Intel based Macs.
* Note: Editor Librarian and dfh Korg Edition currently run fine under Rosetta

Korg – USB Midi Driver

Mac version 1.0.8

Windows version 1.12

This is the latest USB MIDI driver. This Windows driver is compatible with Windows 7, Vista & XP, in both 32 and 64 bit configurations. This Mac driver is compatible with Intel/Mac. We always recommend that you use the latest driver.
padKONTROL – Editor Librarian

Mac version

Windows version

This is the Editor Librarian program for the padKONTROL, allowing you to store and edit controller “scenes”.This software was included on the CD – ROM that originally came with the padKONTROL. Also contains installation instructions and the software licence agreement.
padKONTROL – Owner’s Manual


Original owner’s manual for the KORG padKONTROL (KPC-1) in .pdf form. This is the complete manual, including the Preload Scene List and MIDI Control Change Message list.


Next time you find yourself setting up for a gig or utilizing a number of different soft-synths in your favorite host, you might find that you need to create a scene set with your Editor/Librarian. Scene sets are great for giving yourself quick access to up to 16 different customized mappings of your padKONTROL. This FAQ takes you through the process of creating a scene set with the bundled Editor/Librarian software and transferring it over to your padKONTROL.
padKONTROL – Easy Start Guide


A quick step-by-step tutorial that gets you up and running fast! Once you’ve gone through this EasyStart, you can move on to the Owner’s Manual for more in-depth information.
For more product support and downloads, please visit www.korg.com for more details.

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