What do pad controllers do?
A MIDI pad controller replaces a piano-style keyboard with velocity and pressure-sensitive pads to give you a more suitable approach to making beats and grooves with MIDI gear and software instruments.
What does MIDI stand for?
Music Instrument Digital Interface. But all you need to know is that it allows you to send performance information from a controller keyboard/pad into your computer or other MIDI gear to trigger or play sounds and control the parameters of that instrument. MIDI information can be recorded, edited, and played back by a DAW or sequencer.
What is the best drum pad controller?
The Akai MPD232 is the best drum pad controller with not only pads but sliders, knobs, and a sequencer, too, giving an overall fantastic MIDI controlling experience. And if you just want the pads, then try the MPD226 or MPD218 for a more focused feature set.