PreSonus’s Atom MIDI pad controller is here, and can be used for production and performance

PreSonus is getting into the creative controller market with the launch of Atom, a USB pad controller that’s designed to be used for both production and performance.

The central section of the device features 16 full-size, velocity- and pressure-sensitive RGB pads. There are eight assignable pad banks, and operating modes include MIDI Keyboard (for playing melodically), Note Repeat and Full Velocity. On top of this, you get four programmable rotary encoders and 20 assignable buttons.

Predictably, Atom is designed to integrate tightly with PreSonus’s Studio One DAW, giving you navigation, editing and loop-point creation features, as well as transport controls.

Atom ships with a copy of PreSonus’s Studio One Artist DAW for PC and Mac, and also a library of carefully-curated loops and one-shots from MVP Loops. It’s available now priced at $149.

Find out more on the PreSonus website.

Ben Rogerson
Deputy Editor

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.