PreSonus ATOM Production & Performance Midi Pad Controller with Studio One Artist and Ableton Live Lite Recording Software

(10 customer reviews)


Brand PreSonus
Connectivity Technology USB 2.0
Special Feature Backlit, Velocity Sensitive Keys
Model Name ATOM
Item Dimensions LxWxH 14 x 11 x 6 inches

  • Tight integration with included Studio One Artist and Ableton Live (live 10 Lite included) music production software gets your mind off the screen and back on the beat.
  • Produce, play virtual instruments, and trigger samples and loops with unsurpassed expressiveness and flexibility.
  • Trigger loops and effects and play virtual instruments with 16 full-size velocity- and pressure-sensitive, RGB LED pads (and 8 assignable pad banks).
  • Comes with over $1000 of computer recording software plug-ins – Studio Magic Plug-In Suite.
  • Selectable pad velocity curves and pressure thresholds customize the pads’ response for maximum expression.
  • Equipped with 20 assignable buttons and 4 endless rotary encoders.
  • MIDI “keyboard” mode, Note Repeat mode, and Full Velocity mode (application dependent).
  • Includes MVP Loops content custom-curated for ATOM.
  • Compatible with most music production and performance software via USB.
  • Set looping points, navigate the timeline, zoom in/out on the timeline or events, and edit/quantize MIDI events.
SKU: B07H6BVHSV Categories: ,


Product Description

Capture the beat whenever and wherever creativity strikes With PreSonus’ ATOM. An intuitive, musical, MIDI pad controller, atom’s 16 dynamic, ultra-sensitive pads will give you all the expression you need, whether you’re making a beat, creating a driving synth bassline, or triggering sound effects and loops on the fly. Use the 4 programmable rotary encoders to automate levels and filter sweeps. Transport controls let you stay in the moment while producing. Tight integration with both studio One and Ableton Live means that you stay inspired without missing a beat. Your focus Will be off the screen and on your performances it matters most.

From the Manufacturer

Tight integration with Studio One and Ableton Live music production software gets your mind off the screen and back on the beat; flexible control of virtual instruments and real-time triggering of samples and loops using 16 full-size, velocity- and pressure-sensitive RGB pads send polyphonic aftertouch, channel pressure, or MIDI CC messages, plus 20 buttons and 8 assignable pad banks; includes Studio One Artist, Ableton Live Lite, Studio Magic Plug-in Suite, and a custom-curated MVP Loops library.

From the manufacturer


ATOM Splash 2

Rhythm nation.

Capture the beat whenever and wherever creativity strikes with PreSonus’ ATOM. An intuitive, musical, MIDI pad controller, ATOM’s dynamic, ultra-sensitive pads will give you all the expression you need, whether you’re making a beat, creating a driving synth line, or triggering sound effects and loops on the fly. Tight integration with both Studio One and Ableton Live mean that you stay inspired without missing a beat. Your focus will be off the screen and on your performance—where it matters most.




Impactful creation.

Fully bus-powered by USB, and compact enough to ride in your backpack with your laptop, ATOM is tightly integrated with Studio One and Impact XT. Impact XT is a powerful pad-style sampler with 16 pads, each with its own pitch, amplifier, and filter controls, all editable via ATOM so you can make adjustments on the fly. More than just a pad controller, ATOM also allows you to quickly add virtual instruments, change presets, create loop points, control the Studio One transport and more, allowing you to build dynamic performances and blazing fast productions.

Live in the moment.

While compatible with most third-party software, ATOM offers deeper integration with Ableton Live (version 10.1.5 and later). Launch clips and scenes, change track volume and panning, and switch between Session and Arranger views all while playing virtual instruments and Live’s Drum Rack device from ATOM’s 16 velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads. Add another ATOM to your setup and use one ATOM to perform and the second to launch and record clips. Two or more ATOM MIDI pad controllers can also be used to extend the performance range for your instruments and Drum Rack. Even better: any ATOM purchased after October 20, 2019 gets a free copy of Ableton Live Lite dropped in your My.PreSonus account.

Drop the beat.

Intuitive and easy-to-use, ATOM is more than just an expressive MIDI pad controller, it’s a production and performance controller as well. Use the velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads to play your virtual instruments live, with incredible expressiveness. Navigate your session without looking at the screen. Automate filter sweeps with four responsive knobs. Wherever inspiration takes you, ATOM lets you focus on the music.


Get in the groove.

Included with ATOM, Studio One Artist music production software enables you to compose, record, and produce without getting distracted by the tools or hemmed in with track limitations. Easy to learn and intuitive to use, Studio One’s unique drag and drop workflow and powerful tools will let you produce faster than ever before. Also included is a carefully curated loop and one-shot library custom-designed for ATOM by the hitmakers at MVP Loops. And if you need more, Studio One lets you shop, audition, and purchase new content right from your production environment.

Additional information

Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 14 × 11 × 6 cm
Item Weight

‎1 Pounds

Product Dimensions

14 x 11 x 6 inches

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Item model number


Date First Available

September 11, 2018

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Connector Type


Hardware Interface

USB 2.0





10 reviews for PreSonus ATOM Production & Performance Midi Pad Controller with Studio One Artist and Ableton Live Lite Recording Software

  1. Bradly Davis

    Nice sounds.I’m still learning the Atom but it’s going to help me build my songs.

  2. Ray C.

    Not the easiest to learn….I’ll keep it short and sweet. I have been creating and playing music for almost 30 years as a hobby, so I’m pretty knowledgeable. All self taught, and above your average folk.This is a great piece of equipment; beats all the other options out there. I’ve done my research as well as tested a few others. The pads on here are by far the best, especially at this price range.Any review complaining about pads or anything else about this machine is pure incompetence and user error. The only thing bad about this machine is the time is takes to learn how to master ALL of its functions. If you have the time and motivation, then this is it.There is nothing wrong with these pads or machine. The pressure sensitive is great. Anyone who has an issue would know to add a “max velocity” midi effect in their DAW and problem solved. I myself do that personally as I want my drums kicking. Any house / EDM stuff you want to create, you should turn that off as for some intros, you want that pressure pad / build up.The biggest issue I have is THE LEARNING CURVE. I still don’t know half of this thing. There is a manual that’s easily accessible, but still, it’s not that straight forward at times.Like I said, I’m above average by far, so some experts might look at me and say user error, and that’s fine. For your average to above average user, it’s a bit complicated to get started. Like I said the user manual lays everything out.I use Ableton, so for that, it’s pretty simple. Plus and play. For a plug in like Get Good Drums, it wasn’t so easy. You need to map everything in GGD / Kontackt before the unit will know what’s going on.I’m assuming if you plan on using Studio One, it’ll be easy easier as this goes hand in hand, and was built for the integration.All in all, I’d like to give this 4 stars, but to get going was really frustrating, so as of now I’m sticking with the mid 3.Like I said, for this money, and what this can do, it is the best choice out there.

  3. Sears Poncho

    Presonus has their act togetherGreat product. Integrated with Studio One, easy to use. I like the simple transport controls. Does one actually need this? It depends. I think it’s going to spark creativity in the right hands. Well built, great job Presonus.

  4. Mr. Smith

    It has flaws – way too many for the price pointI really was hopeful that this would work as well as I had in seen online reviews. I had already had issues with another piece of PreSonus equipment that was full of issues. I was not so lucky, and this was the 2nd time I have had to return a piece of equipment by this company. I had this one less than a week before it started acting up and used in no more than an hour of two. The first big challenge I had with it was just getting it to work as it should…. It was a lot of research on the process and two parts needed to be done that the company does not explain at all – I found the information on forms. But you have to set up the inputs properly – its not plug and play and to get the keyboard to activate you need to make sure that you have monitor on. Once I get that under control – I got to work with it on a couple of beats – on day three it would start triggering pads without me touching them and the only way to shut it down was to turn off the unit or turn off monitoring, but that would only last a few notes before triggering again. I considered getting another one and giving it a shot – but there are a few other options I can try. It’s a really pity because I love their DAW and was thinking that their instruments would be as great.

  5. Eric Livers

    Good Product!! But for the money I spend on it, it should be handled rightI Love the product, but the mailwoman just threw it over my fence. No? Bringing it to the front door. But, over the fence. And I watch them do it!! Like wow!! REALLYLiterally

  6. Lee (LASAXmusic)

    Initial review. Using this with Cubase 10 ArtistI just unboxed my new ATOM today after work, and it is currently downloading all of the optional\recommended content. I did the firmware update immediately, as strongly recommended. After installing the Windows driver, I powered up my Cubase. My primary intention at the time of purchase was simply to use this as a pad controller, primarily for use with drum sounds using Groove Agent 5. I haven’t dived into any advanced features of the ATOM itself, or played much with the included Studio One (though I did install it, and plan to test it more once I’ve downloaded all of the goodies). It does seem to function just fine as a simple MIDI pad controller. The 4×4 pads on the ATOM match perfectly with the 4×4 pads on the Groove Agent’s VST kits, and playing from the pads is much more fun than using the keyboard. I used a lot of old school drum machines in the past (Like the Alesis SR-16 & DR Rhythm DR770). What I wanted was the feel of using an old hardware drum machine when creating my beats. Thus far, it seems to be money well spent.I am curious to see (once the additional content is downloaded) if I can use that sound content within Cubase as VST sounds\instruments. If so, I will consider this the bargain buy of the decade for my music equipment collection.I was initially cautious about purchasing this product because I’ve been able to find virtually NO information online or reviews from customers using anything other than the Studio One software with the device. That worried me, as there is virtually no chance that I’d replace my Cubase with Studio One as my primary DAW. First & foremost, I was interested in using the hardware at a very basic level of functionality, primarily for Groove Agent. That seems to work for me without any problems at all.Stay tuned for a more in-depth review once I’ve gotten under the skin of this machine a bit more.

  7. William H Weber

    YOO THIS IS DOPESo I’ve used the novation launch pad (never liked the smaller pads) and the quneo (CONFUSING AF to even get basic functionality out of, and the tiny 4 corner type pads really never did it for me…. I did a bunch of research, watching youtube reviews and combing through reviews. Originally I was stuck between the Maschine and the Ableton Push— but really all I need is some nice playable pads to trigger drum racks with and perhaps program the occassional midi pattern. Well I’ve only had this one day but I LOVE the feeling of playing on the pads, and I love how simple this is to integrate into my ableton workflow. Will I use the mappings for controlling volume and stuff? For sure not. Will I use the knobs to control instrument rack macro knobs? YOU BET. The knobs feel GREAT. They remind me of the Microkorg knobs, like there is the right amount of resistance so turning the knob feels very physical, without actually being difficult. Much prefer these to the Akai-MPK 49 knobs as well. TBH I’ve always bought midi gear in the past and just never end up using it because it doesn’t “feel right” but everything about this product feels right on a physical level, and integrates with ableton just how I need it to on a mental level. So ummmm yea if your needs are kinda similar to mine I wouldn’t think twice about buying this over the maschine or push.

  8. MR

    Poor design overallFirst off, if you don’t use Studio One (presonus’ DAW) don’t even bother looking at this unit. While it claims to be “programmable’, it will give you extremely limited mapping to anything other than S1. Quality is poor, very poor. I’ve been through 3 of these in 3 months. The first had a hardware knob that didn’t work, the second wouldn’t connect due to a fault USB port, the third was OK for awhile and now has multiple pads getting stuck.While the concept is good, as it has a lot of possibilities to be used as a KB a controller a mixer and other things, the execution is pathetically poor, much like Presonus’ other products. Documentation is atrocious, and intuitive function is simply non-existent. This thing is hard to learn, hard to customize and even once you’ve done (or think) you’ve done all that, it’s just a cumbersome and quirky thing to try and be precise with. Nothing ever works quite as it’s supposed to. Perhaps the biggest drawback is that the “velocity sensitive” pads are absolutely good for nothing. Whether it’s drums, or keys, or any instrument, you always have to set the pads to full velocity to accomplish anything.There’s plenty of other MIDI controllers on the market, do yourself a favor and shop around – most are better than this one.

  9. federico

    Great Hardware , bad software versionThe product has a supreme quality , it is very well finished and doesnt feel cheap at all, it is very sturdy. It includes Ableton live lite 10 , although at fist it can be very intimidating the way the Atom is used in Ableton , it pairs really well with it when playing live, not so much when arranging music. The volume control nobs I found the most usefull for controlling the volume of each channel , extremely usefull feature. The reason I dident give a 5 star review its because of the Studio One 4 version. It has no support for third party plugins , the DAW itself its magnificient , but I havent used it once , the fact that I cant use my plugin library with it makes it completely useless in my opinion. The Studio One version comes with 3 or 4 instruments and thats it , you are stuck with those unless you pay to upgrade the version. It is worth noting the Ableton version the Atom comes with , does support third party vsts. Allow third party plugins in Studio One 4 version and you get 5 stars

  10. Tyrone Williams

    I Like The ATOM!The PreSonus ATOM is the first MIDI pad controller I’ve ever used and it took me a few YouTube tutorials and 3 days to get through the learning curve but once I did, I found the ATOM to be relatively EASY to use! With it, I can turn an idea to a full song QUICKLY and arrange and edit on the fly. I like that it’s fully integrated with Studio One 4. Just download the software and link up with the Universal Controller (found at the PreSonus website) and you’re done. The pads are multi-functional and assignable – I can create my own template. The touch response is great and the colors are bright. I find the functions quite user-friendly. From the unit I can open a track, assign an instrument, record it, loop it, set the tempo, duplicate or delete it, quantize it and more – all without touching the mouse! I really like that I can use my M-Audio Oxygen 25 keyboard with it too. It’s compatible! Once I learned the ATOM, it quickly became my new sidekick in the studio.This also comes with Studio One 4 Artist (which I use) and LOTS of high-quality kits and samples by MVP Loops.I highly recommend getting the ATOM/Studio One 4/Interface/Mic bundle.

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