ATOM and ATOM SQ have been taking the beatmaking and EDM production worlds by storm lately, and for no small reason. (Even though they don’t take up a lot of valuable desktop real estate.) The ATOMs are bus-powered and suitable for use with many DAWs, including Studio One and Ableton Live. And just like the atoms you remember from physics class: they’re little, but they pack a punch.
Not sure which one to get? Consider your workflow.
ATOM boasts a familiar 4×4 layout of 16 pads that will be familiar to hip-hop producers and beatmakers. With larger pads, it’s more well-suited to live finger drumming and clip launching, and its tight integration with Studio One’s ImpactXT drum instrument gives you an intuitive 1:1 relationship between the tactile instrument at your fingertips and the virtual instrument on your screen. It also costs less than ATOM SQ.
The ATOM SQ’s 2×16 set of 32 pads can be used as a TR-style step sequencer with Studio One’s Pattern feature, and their half-step offset from the first to second rows allows it to double as a MIDI keyboard interface for melodic applications—flats and sharps included! It also features an Arpeggiator, a user-configurable touch-strip, and an easy-to-read LCD screen.
Both ATOM and ATOM SQ feature pressure-sensitive pads, rotary controllers, and session navigation and transport controls for your DAW, meaning you’ll spend more time hands-on with your creation tools (and your groove) than with your mouse and keyboard.
Of course, both include Studio One Artist and Ableton Live Lite, so if you’re thinking of getting started in music production… well, there’s probably never been a better time. And you also get the Studio Magic Suite, which includes over $1,000 US-freakin’-D worth of production software: plug-ins, loops… even lessons!
So… of course we think these controllers are great. What about everyone else?
SoundBytes had this to say about the ATOM:
“A pure joy to use… if you own Studio One, just grab one of these and run.”
Alex Arsov, SoundBytes, May 2019
MusicTech thought highly of the ATOM SQ, and noted:
“The ATOM SQ’s integration with Studio One and Ableton Live is so tight that it makes us wish every company could model itself after PreSonus in this regard.”
Matthew Mann, MusicTech, September 2020
USA and Canadian customers can get their 10% off instantly at participating dealers.
European customers in the following countries will need to use the rebate form linked below. Qualifying territories include: Germany, UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Austria, Ireland, Hungary, France, Spain, Portugal, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia.
|Global Audio Store|
|Music World Brilon|
|Six + Four|
|Terre de Sons|
|The Disc DJ Store|