I am sure you may have noticed the series of buttons on a music keyboard named as “Pads”.
If you are not sure of its purpose, read on…
Table of Contents
What are Multi Pads?
Multi Pads are a series of buttons on a keyboard that can be used to play a number of short pre-recorded rhythmic and melodic sequences.
All the keyboards come with a set of built-in preset Multi Pads that you can use. Entry level keyboards usually have pad phrases that simply play back as programmed.
But in the higher-end keyboards, these pad phrases automatically transpose and follow the chords that you play.
How To Use Multi Pads?
As a beginner, you may not be able to appreciate the importance of Multi Pads. But the fact is that multi-pads can be used to add impact and variety to your keyboard performances, especially if you are performing on-stage.
In addition, they can be useful between performances for introducing the musicians, or to go along with certain announcements
Multi Pads – Important Features
Here are some of the important features associated with multi-pads on Electronic Musical Keyboards.
User-Recordable Multi Pads
In addition to the preset Multi Pad sets, most keyboards have user-recordable sets that you can use to store your own creations. Using the Metronome function can make your recording sessions much more efficient.
These original User Multi Pads can be played and used in the same way as the presets. User Multi Pad data can also be saved to and loaded from floppy disks, USB drives.
Summary – Electronic Musical Keyboards
If you have started performing on-stage recently, it is time that you have a look at the multi-pads feature of your electronic music keyboard. You can use it to add variety to your keyboard performances and also to play short rhythmic sequences between performances, say for introducing the musicians onstage.