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How do you change the pad response in the trapKAT (Minimum/Maximum Velocity, Velocity Curve, Volume)?
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There are four main settings that affect the response of each pad.  They are Minimum and Maximum Velocity, Velocity Curve, and Volume. The Min and Max Velocity affect the range of how loud or soft an indiviual sound can be.  The Velocity Curve affects the feel or how fast the sound gets louder as you smoothly play harder and harder. The Volume affects the overall loudness of every sound on that particular channel. Changing the Minimum and Maximum Velocity: A Velocity is sent with each Note or sound that is sent by your trapKAT to your sound source.  The Velocity is a measure of how loud, relatively, this sound will play.  On your trapKAT the Minimum Velocity sets the minimum loudness that the selected Note will play.  Maximum Velocity sets the maximum loudness that the sound will play. Typical settings are Minimum Velocity  from 16 to 48 and Maximum Velocity from 100 to 127.  If your softest hits play too soft, then raise your Minimum Velocity.  If your hardest hits are too loud, then reduce your Maximum Velocity. You have the choice of changing the Minimum or Maximum Velocity for the entire KIT (using Pads 2 & 3) or of changing Minimum and Maximum Velocity independently per pad (using rimPADs 12 &13). Some examples will make this clear. First, let’s suppose that you want to bring up the bottom end of all your pads - maybe your soft hits are just too soft to cut through.  Raise the KIT Minimum Velocity by depressing the KIT/PAD EDIT footswitch and hitting Pad2 until the value is 40: UserKit: 01 Min Velocity = 040 Release the KIT/PAD EDIT footswitch and play on your pads to see what effect a higher Mimimum Velocity has. Now, suppose you like this higher Minimum Velocity on most of the pads but not on Pad3.  You can change the Minimum Velocity for Pad3 only by using rimPad12. Hit rimPad12 while the KIT/PAD EDIT footswitch is depressed.  The display says: <<>> So, hit rimPad12 again.  Now the display says: <<>> So, hit Pad3 so we can change its Minimum Velocity setting. Pad03 MinVelocity = 040 Pad3 has a Minimum Velocity of 40 like all the other Pads in this KIT. Now, continue to hit Pad3 until its Minimum Velocity is 64. Pad03 MinVelocity = 064 Without releasing the KIT/PAD EDIT footswitch, hit Pad4.  The display will say:  <<>> Now you may change the individual setting for Pad4.  Hit Pad4 five more times until:  <<>> Now release the KIT/PAD EDIT footswitch and play.  Notice that all your soft hits are fairly loud - especially Pad03. Now lets see what your KIT Minimum Velocity looks like.  Depress KIT/PAD EDIT and hit Pad2.  The display will say: <<>> The reason it says “VARIOUS” is because there are individual differences in the Minimum Velocity setting from one Pad to the next.  If you now hit Pad2 again, the display says: <<>> If there are various values for Minimum Velocity from pad to pad, the first change hit will cause all the values to be made to be the same as the value for Pad1.  Succeeding hits will start to increment all of the Kit’s Minimum Velocity values as normal. Now, if you go look at individual Pad Minimum Velocities again, you will find they are all back at 40. Now, depress the KIT/PAD EDIT footswitch and hit Pad3. <<>> Instead of changing the Maximum Velocity for the whole Kit, lets just change the Maximum Velocity for Pad3.  We are going to decrease the Maximum Velocity for Pad3; so you will “quick-click” the KIT/PAD EDIT footswitch.  Here is the process again: Depress KIT/PAD EDIT footswitch and hit rimPad13. Now the display says: <<>> So, hit rimPad13 again.  Now the display says: <<>> So, hit Pad3 so we can change its Maximum Velocity setting.  <<>> Now, release the KIT/PAD EDIT footswitch and quickly redepress it (“quick-click”!).  The beeping changes to notify you that you are now decrementing. Hit Pad3 repeatedly until the value decreases to 90. <<>> Now, release the KIT/PAD EDIT footswitch and play on the pads. Note that Pad3 doesn’t get as loud as the rest. Use the KIT/PAD EDIT footswitch and Pad3 to make all the pads, in this Kit, have a Maximum Velocity of 127 again. See p.17-20 in the trapKAT manual. Changing the Velocity Curve: The Velocity Curve controls how quickly the Velocity gets louder as you play from soft to hard.  The easiest way to understand what that means is to try some of the different Velocity Curves. So, with KIT/PAD EDIT depressed, hit Pad4.  The screen says: <<>> Hit Pad4 a second time to get: <<>> Release the KIT/PAD EDIT footswitch and try it out.  Velocity Curve 1 is a “linear” curve - the loudness increases in a smooth way from soft to loud.  Velocity Curve 2 is different.  It stays soft longer as you play harder - until finally it gets louder in a hurry at the top of your dynamic range.  Try all of the Velocity Curves.  A brief description of each is given below. As with the other Velocity settings, you can change the settings for all of the pads at the same time (Pad4=KIT Velocity Curve) or for each pad individually (rimPad14=Pad Velocity Curve).   Velocity Curve 1 - Linear - Smooth from bottom to top. Velocity Curve 2 - Stays low longer than Linear. Velocity Curve 3 - Stays low even longer than 2. Velocity Curve 4 - Slow linear with accent at the end. 19 Velocity Curve 5 - High minimum, stays low, then accent. Velocity Curve 6 - Gets up sooner than Linear. See p.19-20 in the trapKAT manual. Changing the Volume: The Volume setting affects the overall loudness of the entire Program of sounds on your sound source.  As in other Kit settings, use KIT/PAD EDIT and Pad9 to see: <<>> The range for this setting is 0-127 and “Don’tSend”.  The reason for Don’t Send is that you may not want your Kits to change the Volume settings built into the patches on your sound source and simply play them as they are.  See p.19-20 in the trapKAT manual.
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