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digitalDrummer Readers Choice
Mario DeCiutiis nominated to the digitalDrummer Hall of Fame

As a result of digital Drummer Magazine's 2015 Readers Poll, percussionist and innovator Mario DeCiutiis, owner of Alternate Mode and the driving force behind the KAT products line, joins the digitalDrummer Hall of Fame in recognition of his contributions to electronic percussion.


DeCiutiis joins industry luminaries Roland corporation and Simmons founder Dave Simmons.


NAMM 2015
Highlights from NAMM 2015
As always, the NAMM Show was a spectacular time!

The greatest response for Alternate Mode this year was the demonstration of the DITI - Alternate Mode's Drum Intelligent Trigger Interface - and how effectively it integrates Alternate Mode products like the Aquarian onHEAD, as well as drum triggers from other companies into a unified platform for use with virtually any external drum sound module!.

The 2015 NAMM Show also introduced the KAT KT4 Digital Drumset, newest and most advanced from the KT Series Drumset line.

Check out these short videos from 2015 NAMM:

Radio City Christmas Show Percussion Tour
Percussion On Brodaway
A tour of the all-digital percussion section at the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular.

Working professionals know that Alternate Mode's instruments are appearing more and more frequently, in theatre pits worldwide - but few compare to the setup used for the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular each holiday season.

This short video clip is a quick "tour" of the percussion section setup for the 2014 Christmas Spectacular.

Mario DeCiutiis Cover Picture
Digital Drummer Magazine Interview with Mario DeCiutiis

Digital Drummer Magazine's Allan Leibowitz sits down with Mario DeCiutiis to talk electronic percussion - past, present, and future.

James P. and Shirley J. O'Brien Endowment Composition Competition

University of Arizona: A music composition competition aimed at combining elements of the University Steel Pan Ensemble, and Crosstalk - an electronic music ensemble.

Alternate Mode Announces the malletKAT 7.5 Software Upgrade

Alternate Mode, Inc. has announced the release of the malletKAT 7.5 system software. This software chip upgrade addresses several usability and stability issues from the current release, and therefore is highly recommended for all malletKAT 7.0 KS owners.

Aquarian Announces the onHEAD P.E.D

Anaheim, CA (January 22, 2013) Aquarian Drumheads has just announced the release of the onHEAD P.E.D (Portable Electronic Drumsurface) at Winter NAMM 2013. The onHEAD P.E.D developed by Aquarian drumheads turns any acoustic drum or flat surface into an amazingly quiet, yet expressive electronic drum pad. The power of Aquarian's advanced inHEAD FSR triggering technology, combined with the proprietary "New-Bounce" playing surface, produces an E-drum pad that feels natural to play.

Alternate Mode Partners with KMCMusicorp to release KAT eDrumset line.

It was only a matter of time. KMCMusicorp, the U.S.'s leading music products distributor whose marquee percussion brands include Gretsch, Latin Percussion, Sabian, Toca, and Gibraltar, has entered the electronic drumming arena.

What's New for 2010

Are you ready for 2010? We know we are! Here is a quick glimpse of some newer products coming in 2010 from Alternate Mode.

Marimbists on the malletKAT

The malletKAT's rich feature set allows the percussionist to do way more than acoustic marimba emulation, but there are many musicians that use the malletKAT to replace their marimba.  Here are the reasons why the malletKAT is  so popular among many marimbists.