IK Multimedia iRig Pads MIDI Pad Groove Controller

83 out of 100. Incorporating 50+ ratings and reviews.
IK Multimedia

Gearank Recommendation

The iRig Pads appeared on our recommended list for MIDI Pad Controllers from August 2017 until April 2019 when it was out-ranked by other models.

Rating Source Highlights

Website Source *Rating Value
Sound On Sound Simon Sherbourne 90/100
iLounge Jesse Hollington 90/100
YouTube SoundsAndGear 80/100
*Displayed values are prior to the Gearank Algorithm’s adjustments it makes when evaluating the source.


IK Multimedia’s iRig Pads is a portable 16-pad MIDI controller designed for iOS devices, as well as Mac and PC.

It allows you to easily set up and connect with an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with its included Lightning cable.

Its small and lightweight build makes it easy to slip in your bag and carry around. Despite it being small, it has the essential controls for sequencing – two knobs, two push buttons, one slider and one pushbutton rotary encoder.

Its 16 distinct MIDI maps or “scenes” can be customized, saved and recalled instantly with the iRig Pads Editor software.

This controller is a an option for those who not only work with desktop devices, but also work with mobile iOS devices.


  • Pads: 16 velocity-sensitive pads
  • Buttons: 2 x pushbuttons
  • Knobs: 2 x MIDI knobs,1 x Pushbutton rotary encoder knob
  • Other Controls: 1 x MIDI Programmable slider
  • Standalone Mode: No
  • Power: USB
  • Connectivity: USB port, Expression/Sustain pedal input
  • Compatibility: Windows XP (SP3), Vista (SP1) , 7, 8, 10; Mac OS X 10.6 or later.
  • Software Bundle: SampleTank 3 SE
  • Dimensions: 7.5″ x 8.1″ x 0.9″
  • Weight: 1.8 lbs
Although this was previously on our recommended list, there aren now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best MIDI Pad Controllers.

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