pKing is a MPC/groovebox style interface to Renoise for the Korg padKontrol.
Now, I am aware that (unfortunately) the padKontrol is discontinued, but since this tool was originally written for personal use, and it is the controller I own, it's padKontrol specific. Sorry about that. Note that because it is discontinued, they are fairly inexpensive second hand
The version 2 rewrite has enabled a much more consistent interface and the addition of many more features.
With pKing you can perform many actions directly from the padKontrol hardware, including:
- Selecting / inserting / cloning / deleting and clearing of tracks / note columns / patterns / instruments / samples
- Note editing of note and volume / panning / delay columns
- Inserting / deleting rows
- Assigning and modifying sample maps
- Modifying sample parameters (e.g. volume, panning, nna, transpose, fine tune)
- Tap tempo functionality
- Basic mixer functionality
- Pattern track matrix slot mutes
- Automatic mapping of pads to sample slices
- Sample slicing
- Sample autochop
Since words cannot easily explain the workflow with this tool I have created some quick demo videos of version 2 during the alpha and beta testing stages. Apologies for the jerky editing, I had to hold the camera with one hand while using the padKontrol with the other.
Version 2.x alpha quick demo:
Version 2.x Jackson beat demo:
Recreating the "Catacombs" beat:
Download the tool and the extensive manual and quick reference from the pKing tools page.
This would not have been possible without the following people:
- The Renoise development team for making this great piece of software.
- Korg for making the padKONTROL for which this tool is designed.
- Peter Kirn at CreateDigitalMusic for highlighting version 1 of pKing and bringing more beta users.
- Jenoki and Dread from #renoise who tested the alpha versions of pKing 2.
- Bantai for writing the Tempo Tap tool from which I added tap tempo functionality.