It surprises me how many people I talk to that make beats on a computer without using any external hardware at all, especially with how inexpensive it is. There’s not much reason to click in your drums when you can get a usb controller.
Here are some reasons why you should step your drum pad game up.
This is the number one reason to control your drums with pads. Give your drums some feeling. Clicked in drums sound like they’ve been clicked in, unless you’ve been intricately messing with the velocity on each drum you hit. Which brings me the second reason
No need to use your mouse to change the velocity on everything you want to trigger. Just hit it with the amount you want. With some practice you can record all your drums at once with the velocity you want them to have, and you can also control your samples.
Put some spice into your tracks by using the faders. Fade volume in and out and use effects. More places to add variation to the beats.
You don’t need to buy an MPC to play out your beats live, just a laptop and a controller. Makes for some better shows.
In conclusion, if you can’t afford real hardware controllers like an SP1200 or an MPC then get yourself a usb controller.
Do you have a controller? Leave opinions in the comments.