Korg Intros MPS-10 Drum, Percussion & Sampler Pad

Korg has introduced the MPS-10 Drum, Percussion & Sampler pad.

The MPS-10 features 10 pads, a versatile sampler, 4 CC pads, and a 4-track looper. Performance options include an external trigger IN jack, footswitch compatibility, and an expression jack.


  • 10 performance pads
  • 4 CC-capable pads for managing program changes, playback, the onboard looper, one-shots, and more
  • 3,000 samples span 2,358 instruments
  • Sample library featuring one-shots, SFX, world percussion, marching band, acoustic-style drums and more
  • 100 user preset slots
  • 48-voice polyphony
  • 77 onboard effects
  • 32GB memory to store loops, samples, presets, and more
  • Connectivity includes headphone, stereo audio, and dual sub outputs; dedicated mic and line inputs; paired trigger inputs; two footswitch inputs, and an expression pedal jack
  • Dedicated USB-B port and 5-pin DIN MIDI output
  • 4-track looper

Korg MPS-10 Video OverviewDemo

Pricing and Availability:

The Korg MPS-10 is available to pre-order now, priced at $999 USD.

15 thoughts on “Korg Intros MPS-10 Drum, Percussion & Sampler Pad

    1. As a drummer I like to point out this set up is much better than the 3×3 pads, this more closely resembles a drumkit. I don’t know any drummers missing the whole drum either, most if not all could play their kit with their eyes closed.

  1. Roland’s SPD line and the Alesis Multipad have the same issue, but they have to be somewhere in the main body or become a full-sized kit w/module. I had an older OctaPad and you learn to play around the controls. The I/O and 32 gb of user storage here are big wins. 48 voices feels more real-world, too.

    Most players seem to have these above a standard kit, but if you get serious, you can turn a pair of them into a madhouse. $1000 may feel like a lot, but under the hood, this is as juicy as any synth at the price.

  2. It was kind of wild to see the rig dancing around at the end. Makes you appreciate having a good solid mount and a good stand. Who knows why it wasn’t stable.

  3. Welllllllll, good price point, sounds great and Korg has a very dependable and crafty product line overall. If you already have a knack for playing a little percussion with sticks and have nimble dexterity, the screen shouldn’t be too much of a work around. I’d opt for the extended warranty from your favorite retailer regardless. They’ll likely be that one night you’re playing like Animal from the Muppets and have an OH-$hit moment. Other than that, I’m interested!

    1. They are neither overpriced or terribly designed and streetprices will of course be lower. Buildquality and ease of use seems to be far superior to the SP404..

  4. Over time, my Korg gear has sounded great and held up well. We all have tales of rotten eggs, even within one company. I had 3 Ensoniq Mirages because the first rack version kept crapping out; the other two held up well for years. Loved ’em. E-music tools ain’t cheap. After a while, I came to understand why! Its hella complex, even with simpler pieces. Give new things a chance in the field before assuming the worst. Drumming is partly about learning how to hit the right spots, after all….

  5. This might the worst designed drum pad I have ever seen. They should have had some drummers test the product before production. Ugly to look at and overpriced for sure. I’ll stick with
    my roland SPD-SX all day.

    1. I think it actually looks better than the SPX and this Korg pad is on par with or even better than Rolands SPX Pro which costs about the same! Overpriced it is not..

  6. I’ve seen and played some actual stinkers, and this one doesn’t (from these appearances) seem ugly or that problematic.

    Drummers with skill know how to hit surfaces, not hit mics, etc. They’re not all over the place. The controls are central so you can access then with either hand. They are recessed enough that you’d have to try to hit them.

    There’s no MIDI in, which is understandable, but a sad omission.

    As for the price, we can bicker about the price, but these companies have to design, source parts, manufacture molded and custom components, assemble, develop software, develop soundware, provide support, pay workers, distribution, warranties, etc. etc. What I want to know is when they went with $999 did they round up? Or round down?

  7. What stub said. Percussion pad doo-dads are a separate little world of their own. I think one would have to suck mightily to really fail, because they offer synth sounds, world percussion, FX and orchestral things a base kit doesn’t have. I don’t quite get peoples’ carping about it. I’ve seen several drummers who embraced them and made them sing.

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