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  1. questionWhat is MIDI Delay?
    A term which is mistakenly used, by many, to refer to all kinds of delay ranging from Sound Source Delay, to Sound Travel Delay, to actual delay due to MIDI.  The delay caused by the transmis ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 hat ...

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

  5. questionWhat is a Note Number?
    A “MIDI Note” is the number sent in a “MIDI NOTE ON” or a “MIDI NOTE OFF” command to tell the receiving instrument which Sound to make.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

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

  15. 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.

  16. questionWhat is Velocity?
    A measure of how loud or soft a Note the trapKAT will play on your Sound Source.

  17. 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, ...

  18. questionIs there a trapKAT Kit template I can print out and write down my settings?

  19. questionHow do I install new software in my trapKAT?
    HOW TO PHYSICALLY CHANGE YOUR SOFTWARE CHIP: Tools Needed:  1 medium flat screwdriver, 1 medium phillips head screwdriver. 1)  First, remove the AC adaptor plug from the back of the trap ...

  20. questionHow do I setup the Breath Controller in the trapKAT?
    To actually use a Breath Controller (Yamaha BC-10)  you should first adjust the two trimpots in the headset to match the following diagram [breath control pdf], then train it. Now train your ...

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