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  1. questionHow do you select the HiHat Splash sound in the trapKAT?
    When using a HiHat controller pedal, you can also set the "Splash" sound. DEFINING SETTINGS FOR SPLASH: To edit the Splash settings involves a little more. To edit the Splash Note #, simply hit Pad6 repeatedly with the KIT/PAD EDIT footswitch depressed.  The rest is then the same. The Spla ...

  2. questionHow do you send Program Changes in the trapKAT?
    Changing the Program: Selecting different Programs may give you access to different samples or banks of drum or percussion sounds. To select a different Program, first verify that you are sending Program Changes on the same Channel that your sound source is expecting to see them on.  Typica ...

  3. questionHow do you setup the Breath Controller?
    The Breath Control input accepts a signal from the Yamaha BC2 Breath Controller. (The Yamaha BC3 is the newer version, but is very finicky. We recommend the BC2.) A Global setting allows Pitchbend, Expression, or Sustain to be selected for the Breath Controller.  This allows you to bend not ...

  4. questionHow do you switch between Factory and User kits on the trapKAT?
    Hold down the GLOBAL footswitch and hit PAD1 until it says Factory Kits Selected or User Kits Selected, then release the footswitch.

  5. questionHow do you train your HiHat controller pedal in the trapKAT?
    TRAINING YOUR HIHAT PEDAL: When you received your trapKAT it should come preset with the appropriate settings for optimum use of either a hatKAT or a footswitch into your HiHat input (Re-init [how to reinit] should set up these settings properly as well.)  However, if your settings inadvert ...

  6. questionHow do you use GROOVE in the trapKAT?
    Your trapKAT display says something like: ... the “MG” means Melodic Groove, “PG” means Percussive Groove.  The bottom line tells you what Groove is currently selected and what Tempo it is playing at. You can select one of many MELODIC GROOVES by hitting rimPad 15, or a PERCUSSION ...

  7. questionI can't get sounds from the trapKAT - no sounds when I hit the pads, now what?
    Remember, the trapKAT is a MIDI controller - there are no sounds built in at this time. If your trapKAT isn't playing the sounds from your sound source, try these things to help isolate your problem: •  Verify trapKAT and Sound Source are ON and are plugged into working AC sockets!&n ...

  8. questionI don't hear anything when I hit the trapKAT pads, now what?
    Remember, the trapKAT is a MIDI controller - there are no sounds built in at this time. If your trapKAT isn't playing the sounds from your sound source, try these things to help isolate your problem: •  Verify trapKAT and Sound Source are ON and are plugged into working AC sockets!&n ...

  9. questionIs the trapKAT General MIDI Compatible?
    Yes, most of the Factory Kits in the trapKAT are in a General MIDI layout. If you are using  a multi-timbral sound source, you will find that the infectious Melodic and Percussive Grooves are a great practice tool.  These built-in Grooves are fun patterns of bass lines, chords, and per ...

  10. questionIs there a trapKAT kit setup for use with the EMU Procussion?
    Yes, Factory KIT 23 is pre-programmed for use with the EMU Procussion, as long as kit 23 in the Procussion is still in it's factory state.

  11. questionIs there a trapKAT kit setup for use with the RY-30?
    Yes, Factory KIT 24 is pre-programmed for use with the RY-30, as long as kit 24 in the RY-30 is still in it's factory state.

  12. questionIs there a trapKAT Kit template I can print out and write down my settings?
    Yes. http://www.alternatemode.com/manuals/trap_kit_temp.pdf

  13. questionMIDI for Percussion - what you need to know.
    The world of Percussion has some special needs that affect how MIDI is generally used for Percussion and Drum Sounds.  These special differences include how Note Offs (Gate Time) are handled, how Notes and Program Changes are used, and sensitivity to time delay and polyphony. Keyboardists, ...

  14. questionMy HiHat isn't working in the trapKAT, now what?
    Remember, the trapKAT is a MIDI controller - there are no sounds built in at this time. If your trapKAT HiHat isn't playing correctly, try these things to help isolate your problem: •  See Chapter 6 in the trapKAT manual, “HiHat”. •  Verify hatKAT or HiHat foo ...

  15. questionMy trapKAT pads are not playing well, now what?
    If the trapKAT surface doesn't seem to be playing well, try these things... •  Adjust thresholds of your Pads - see p.26-27 in the trapKAT manual. •  Train your Pads to your personal dynamic range - see p.25-26 in the trapKAT manual . •  Call up FactoryKit 1 on ...

  16. questionMy trapKAT playing surface is not responding well, now what?
    If the trapKAT surface doesn't seem to be playing well, try these things... •  Adjust thresholds of your Pads - see p.26-27 in the trapKAT manual. •  Train your Pads to your personal dynamic range - see p.25-26 in the trapKAT manual . •  Call up FactoryKit 1 on ...

  17. questionThere is Interaction between the trapKAT pads, now what?
    When I hit one pad on the trapKAT, another plays also (Pad Interaction). •  Raise the threshold of the Pad that was not supposed to play (p.26.) •  Use the allen wrench (5/64”) supplied with your trapKAT to adjust the tension on the rubber around the perimeter of the ...

  18. questionWhat are Factory Kits/User Kits in the trapKAT?
    FactoryKits / UserKits: The advantage of FactoryKits is that all of the Kits should always work with any GENERAL MIDI sound module - since the FactoryKits can’t be permanently changed.  If these FactoryKits keep you happy then that is wonderful. However, eventually you will probably want ...

  19. questionWhat are General MIDI Note Names in the trapKAT?
    GENERAL MIDI Note Names ON/OFF: As well as displaying the Note # for the Notes assigned to your pads, you can choose between additionally displaying the GENERAL MIDI Name for that # or displaying an Octave and Note letter. Generally you will want to display the GENERAL MIDI Note Names. However, ...

  20. questionWhat are Global Settings in the trapKAT?
    Making changes to the GLOBAL settings in your trapKAT is just as easy as the changes to your KIT/PAD settings.  The GLOBAL changes you can make range from adjustments to the response of your pads, to Preferences like FactoryKits/UserKits and turning the beeper off. An illustration of the la ...

  21. questionWhat are MIDI Basics?
    What is MIDI anyway?  First, MIDI is an acronym for Musical Instrument Digital Interface.   It is a standard or an agreement among the various musical instrument manufacturers that we will all use the same kind of connections and electrical signals so that any two musical instrume ...

  22. questionWhat are Pad Pressure Adjustments in the trapKAT (2.0 feature)?
    Pad Pressure Adjustments: Important... these adjustments should only be made if you are having pad problems and have already tried the software adjustments, i.e.. Pad Threshold. If your rubber playing surface is not laying suitably flat (causing triggering problems), you may need to adjust your ...

  23. questionWhat are the features in the trapKAT 2.0 upgrade?
    The trapKAT 2.0 upgrade features are: • Kit Names - name your kits • Continuous Controller Curve - improves HiHat response • HiHat Adjustments - improves HiHat performance • Expanded KIT Choices - now includes KAT KITs (no longer used) • Cymbal Choking "Exclusive 9 ...

  24. questionWhat are the features in the trapKAT 3.1?
    The trapKAT 3.0 upgrade features are:  HiHat Settings - Splash, Chick, etc. can now be manually adjusted •  MULTI-MODE - up to 4 sounds can be layered, velocity shifted or alternated •  Kit Advance - use the pads to advance your kits •  LATCH MODE - use to ...

  25. questionWhat are the KIT/PAD Settings in the trapKAT?
    Making changes to the KIT/PAD settings in your trapKAT is just as easy as the changes to your GLOBAL settings.  The KIT/PAD changes you can make range from Kit Name to Pad Gate Time and are specific per kit.    An illustration of the layout [kit/pad pdf] of the KIT/PAD Functi ...

  26. questionWhat are the specs of the trapKAT power supply?
    The trapKAT power supply uses a locking, 9 volt, 500mA, positive tip power supply. These can be purchased directly through Alternate Mode.

  27. questionWhat do I do if I have a problem with my trapKAT?
    If you experience a problem with your electronic system, try to isolate specifically where the problem is.  Could it be a problem with your Sound Source?  Amp?  How about your footswitches or MIDI cables or AC Adaptor?  Is there some sequence of actions that will repeatedly c ...

  28. questionWhat do I need to know about MIDI to use the trapKAT?
    What do I need to know about MIDI to use the trapKAT? ALL YOU REALLY NEED TO KNOW TO GET GOING WITH MIDI: 1. Match the Channel your trapKAT is sending on with the Channel your sound source is set to receive on. 2. Match the Note numbers on your trapKAT Pads to the sounds you want your sound ...

  29. questionWhat does Toggle mean?
    To switch back and forth from one selection to another; e.g. GLOBAL EDIT footswitch and Pad1 toggles you between FactoryKits and UserKits.

  30. questionWhat is a Channel in the trapKAT?
    In MIDI there are 16 Channels.  A MIDI Channel is like a phone number.  For two instruments to communicate, they must talk over the same Channel.  This is very much like communicating with a friend on the phone.  You must dial the correct phone number first.

  31. questionWhat is a Factory Kit?
    Kits that are always present in your instrument.  These are Kits that we at Alternate Mode generated for you to use with the various Sound Sources available.

  32. questionWhat is a GROOVE in the trapKAT?
    If your best friend is a Bass player and likes to practice any time you want, then these Grooves won’t be of much interest to you.  If instead, you have a hard time finding someone to practice with, when you want, Grooves are the next best thing.  These preset patterns were recorded ...

  33. questionWhat is a Kit in the trapKAT?
    A collection of MIDI Note and Channel settings for all of your Pads, HiHat, and Bass drum.  Basically, a Kit defines what Sounds your Pads make.

  34. questionWhat is a Program Change?
    A MIDI command which instructs the receiving instrument to change to a new group of settings.  For Sound Sources this generally means selecting a new group of sounds.

  35. questionWhat is a Sound Source?
    A device that accepts MIDI input and then plays a sound based on the information it received.  Drum machines, samplers and synthesizers are all examples of Sound Sources.

  36. questionWhat is a Trigger?
    Any of various external impact sensors that can be plugged into the trapKAT bass input. Normally these are foot triggers like the kicKAT, miniKICK, and fatKAT.

  37. questionWhat is a User Kit?
    Kits that are changeable in your trapKAT.  These are Kits that you alter to meet your needs.

  38. questionWhat is Beeper On/Off in the trapKAT?
    Beeper ON/OFF: Normally, the beeper gives you auditory feedback as you do editing on your trapKAT.  If you find that annoying, you can shut it OFF. To change the Beeper On/Off setting, simply depress the GLOBAL EDITING footswitch and hit rimPad19 twice.See p.29-30 in the trapKAT manual.

  39. questionWhat is Cymbal Choke / Exclusive 96 Mode in the trapKAT (2.0 feature)?
    If you own an Alesis D4 or DM5 sound module, you can now get a more realistic cymbal performance with the ability to choke cymbals.  This feature was previously only available to owners of Roland TD7/TD5's and EMU Procussion sound modules. HOW TO SETUP: 1. In the D4 / DM5, you must first as ...

  40. questionWhat is Cymbal Choke in the trapKAT?
    Cymbal Choke Enable: Cymbals may be “choked” by simply grabbing the cymbal pad or rim in the same manner you would grab an acoustic cymbal to choke it. This feature presently works with the Roland TD7®, and TD5®, and our malletKAT PRO With Sounds,when used as a sound source. ...

  41. questionWhat is Display Viewing Angle in the trapKAT?
    Display Viewing Angle: The normal viewing angle for your display is “Edge View”. If, however, you play standing up leaning over the trapKAT you may wish to change the viewing angle to “Above View”. To change the display viewing angle setting, simply depress the GLOBAL ED ...

  42. questionWhat is Groove Auto Off in the trapKAT?
    Groove Auto Off: Grooves in the trapKAT will play for 2 minutes if the trapKAT is not re-hit and then shut off.  By selecting DISABLE, this will allow the grooves to continue to play until you strike the Groove Start/Stop pad a second time.  To change the Groove Auto Off setting, simpl ...

  43. questionWhat is Groove Volume in the trapKAT?
    Groove Volume: You may wish to change the Volume of your Melodic and Percussive Grooves relative to the Volume of your playing on your Kits. To access the Volume of your Grooves, simply depress the GLOBAL EDIT footswitch and hit Pad9.  Successive hits of Pad9 will raise the Groove Volume.&n ...

  44. questionWhat is Groove?
    A Groove is a pattern or “riff” that you can select to play for you to practice against.

  45. questionWhat is HAT NOTE Mode in the trapKAT (2.0 feature)?
    Version 2.0 HiHat adjustments include HAT NOTE Mode and HAT NOTE OVERLAP. HAT NOTE offers an 8 note HiHat feature to users with a hihat controller pedal and a sound module with multiple hihat sounds.  HAT NOTE OVERLAP lets you a set a specified time in which your hihat notes will overla ...

  46. questionWhat is HAT NOTE OVERLAP in the trapKAT (2.0 feature)?
    Version 2.0 HiHat adjustments include HAT NOTE Mode and HAT NOTE OVERLAP. HAT NOTE offers an 8 note HiHat feature to users with a hihat controller pedal and a sound module with multiple hihat sounds.  HAT NOTE OVERLAP lets you a set a specified time in which your hihat notes will overlap in ...

  47. questionWhat is Memory Protect in the trapKAT?
    Memory Protect: Once you have created your own UserKits and start practicing using them, you may want to have a little protection from accidentally changing them.  If Memory is Protected, the trapKAT will not allow any permanent changes to be made to your UserKits. To return to Memory Not P ...

  48. questionWhat is Merge On/Off in the trapKAT?
    Merge ON/OFF: MIDI information coming into the MIDI IN of your trapKAT may be passed (or merged) through to the MIDI OUTs if Merge is ON.  If you have another controller besides your trapKAT, you may want to use both that and your trapKAT into the same sound source.  The Merge setting ...

  49. questionWhat is MIDI In?
    A 5 pin DIN jack by which an instrument receives MIDI information from another musical instrument.  Through its MIDI In, the trapKAT can receive DATA DUMPs, Kit changes, and Note # AutoTrain information.

  50. questionWhat is MIDI Out?
    A 5 pin DIN jack by which an instrument sends MIDI information to another instrument. The trapKAT sends out Channel, Note, and Velocity information, Continuous Controller messages 01 and 04 if hatKAT is plugged in and SYS EX Data Dumps.

  51. questionWhat is MIDI?
    MIDI stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface.  It is an agreed upon standard for communications between electronic musical instruments.  It is simply the means by which your trapKAT communicates with the Sound Sources you connect it to.

  52. questionWhat is Response?
    What Velocity the trapKAT sends out related to your playing Dynamics.  A natural response is that the Velocity (hence the loudness) gets bigger as your dynamics increase.

  53. questionWhat is ROLL Mode in the trapKAT (2.0 feature)?
    ROLL MODE was designed to be used with sound modules and samplers that helps to eliminate the "machine gun" drum roll effect by delaying a note off command until after 6 seconds has elapsed from the time the pad was last hit.  ROLL MODE is a selection in the Gate Time settings. HOW TO SETUP ...

  54. questionWhat is Sound Source Delay?
    The time it takes for a Sound Source to play a sound after it has received all the MIDI information it needs.  Usually this is about 1/2 to 15mS.

  55. questionWhat is Sound Travel Delay?
    The time it takes for a sound to travel through the air from the source (speakers, drum head, etc.) to our ears.  Usually this is about 1 to 20mS.

  56. questionWhat is the Screen?
    A display “window” on the trapKAT, usually with information about current settings.

  57. questionWhat is the trapKAT a Controller?
    A MIDI Controller is a device whose purpose is to control other MIDI devices (as opposed to a Sound Source whose job is to be controlled).  Generally, a Controller is the Interface device which you play on, such as a Guitar Controller, Keyboard Controller, Violin Controller, Wind Controller ...

  58. questionWhat is the trapKAT's pad layout?
    Feel free to "poke around" looking at the various editing screens using the Editing footswitch inputs. As long as you don't hit a pad twice in a row, you will only be looking at settings - not changing them. The second hit on a pad (with the Edit footswitch down) starts causing changes to ...

  59. questionWhat is the warranty on the trapKAT?
    The trapKAT has a limited warranty.  The trapKAT is warrantied against defects due to materials or workmanship for 90 days on labor, 6 months on FSR and rubber, and 1 year on all other parts. Save your sales receipt, it is required for proof of warranty. Call 413-594-5190 for a Return Autho ...

  60. questionWhat is User Kits Groove Enable in the trapKAT?
    UserKits Groove Enable: Once you are in UserKits you can choose to have rimPads 15, 16, 23, and 24 all be playing pads or be control pads for the Grooves like they are in FactoryKits. To change the selection of how these 4 rimPad sections are used in UserKits simply depress the GLOBAL EDIT foots ...

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