Re: Alesis SamplePad?
Unless you can find something used, the SamplePad is the least expensive way to trigger your own sounds. It's certainly the simplest, most flexible, and most compact setup you'll find in its range.
The only possible drawback is its 14mb of ram, but that's almost 3 minutes of CD quality (mono) sounds, which can be budgeted further by reducing sample rates on sounds that don't need full-range fidelity (such as kicks, toms, congas, sirens...)
If you need more ram, you're also looking at a lot more money from the likes of Roland.