Apple Logic and AKAI LPD8

The LPD8 is great for finger drumming, but you really have to hit the pads quite hard to get a velocity of 90-127. Hit it too soft and you will barely hear that note. But hitting it hard all the time can get tiring quickly.

I was about to do what this guy did and open it up to mod it, when the MIDI Thru section in Logic caught my eye and look: perfect and easy solution. Set Velocity to something like +90 and all incoming MIDI signals will be boosted to an acceptable level.

Midi Thru Settings in Logic Express 8

Well, being able to change the velocity curve of the LPD8 itself would have been even better, but it’s a good enough solution… There is one point that would speak for the modding approach: The boosting tempts you to hit lighter and lighter to a degree where your hits won’t register anymore – if you open it up and add some tape to physically boost it by shortening the distance between pad and sensor you won’t have that problem because the signal will arrive stronger in the first place.

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