the "feel" of the pads are always going to be subjective.
Sure but I was speaking more about empirical analysis
of the hardware in front of me. The shop was quite quiet that day and the staff member (purveyor of Maschine) had a lot of time for me and altered the sensitivity settings, like you described .
My drumming test
was to get my nose right down to the pads and lightly use two fingers (index & middle) to see how much pressure was actually needed to trigger. I was actually pretty shocked/surprised at how responsive the MPC Ren pads were considering I'm used to MPD32 & Fat pads. I would liken your night & day analogy to the comparison between MPC Ren & MPD pads but definitely not between Ren & Maschine. I also tried the usual paradiddles, flams, weighted fills etc on both and they were both excellent. I couldn't fault either.
My next test was with Synth
settings and I experienced no accidental double hits like you described with the Ren. It just didn't happen. I preferred slightly the Ren pads as they wouldn't trigger instantly upon contact. Think about how a pianist would play keys, or even how you touch type on a computer keyboard. You rest your fingers on the home keys and only when you press down do you get a sound. The Ren felt more natural in that respect, whereas the Maschine did not.
These are the less 'subjective' things I can mention about 'feel' of the pads.
This kind of discussion is always going to be partially subjective as the spectrum of playing style between each user can be pretty broad. I wonder if you were experiencing difficulties with the Ren pads because you own and are used to using a Maschine ( I presume you own one:)
Anyway this is all a bit off topic and only tenuously linked to the topic.Did you watch that Amit playing on Push vid I posted?
It bodes well for the performance aspect to the Push I think.
Pencilrocket: I don't have the same problems as that guy in the vid you posted. I come from a traditional drumming background and tend to lift my fingers right off the pads and use a bit of wrist action when drumming, but I feel his frustration.