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  1. questionHow do you edit the malletKAT?
    You will notice that there are no buttons on the malletKAT for editing. We have created an interface that allows for total programming without having to put down your mallets. Notice the words und ...

  2. questionHow many setups/kits are in the malletKAT?
    The malletKAT has 128 Factory Setups, 128 User Setups and 16 Chain Setups. Each Setup is a complete assignment of the sounds and functions. You can name your own User Kits, store bank and program ...

  3. questionHow do you change the setups/kits in the malletKAT?
    There are 2 ways to change setups on the malletKAT: 1. After hitting the Right Function Pad twice, each consecutive hit will advance through the setups. To go backwards, hit the Left Function Pad. ...

  4. questionWhat is the difference between the malletKAT and the malletKAT Express?
    The malletKAT EXPRESS has the same software and hardware features as the malletKAT PRO. It is however much lighter, as the frame is made from aluminum instead of steel. The malletKAT Express is a ...

  5. questionWhat are the inputs/outputs on the malletKAT?
    The malletKAT has two Foot Controller Inputs, three momentary inputs, one MIDI In, two MIDI Outs and a breath controller input. All of these inputs are user programmable, offering tremendous pow ...

  6. questionAre there Factory setups in the malletKAT?
    The Factory Setups are pre-programmed for General MIDI. That means that if you have a sound source that responds to General MIDI (it should have a GM MIDI logo displayed on it), the malletKAT is r ...

  7. questionWhat are the Factory setups in the malletKAT?
    The Factory Setups are pre-programmed for General MIDI. That means that if you have a sound source that responds to General MIDI (it should have a GM MIDI logo displayed on it), the malletKAT is r ...

  8. questionWhat is the latest software version/upgrade for the malletKAT?
    The malletKAT operating system is currently at version 6.1. If you have a earlier version, you can order an upgrade chip online or by calling Alternate Mode at 413-594-5190.NOTE: There are current ...

  9. questionWhat is Pad Training in the malletKAT?
    Everyone plays differently. To help the performer get the full dynamic range of their playing, the malletKAT learns the players style. Every player has their own idea of what a soft hit is and how ...

  10. questionHow do you Train Pads in the malletKAT?
    Everyone plays differently. To help the performer get the full dynamic range of their playing, the malletKAT learns the players style. Every player has their own idea of what a soft hit is and how ...

  11. questionWhat is the difference between Global/Group/individual Pad Training in the malletKAT?
    Everyone plays differently. To help the performer get the full dynamic range of their playing, the malletKAT learns the players style. Every player has their own idea of what a soft hit is and how ...

  12. questionWhat is Individual Pad Training in the malletKAT?
    INDIVIDUAL PAD TRAINING It is also possible to train up to sixteen individual pads. These pad training values are stored in “INDIV Pad Train A, B, C.........H”. Go to Global Screen #79 ...

  13. questionWhat is Dynamic Articulation in the malletKAT?
    Every Kit stores a set of minimum and maximum velocity ranges along with velocity curves to get the instrument dynamics tailored to personal taste. Dynamics can be used to change a sound at a part ...

  14. questionWhat is Acoustic Emulation in the malletKAT?
    The malletKAT can recognize “dampen” strokes, a common vibraphone technique and now “dead” strokes, a common marimba style of articulation. Like Individual Pad Training, da ...

  15. questionWhat are Mono Modes in the malletKAT?
    Special Mono Modes have been developed to allow the performer to play solo instruments such as flutes or lead lines without the “bleeding” of sounds heard when using a sustain pedal on ...

  16. questionWhat is Mono Note Overlap in the malletKAT?
    When using a monophonic sound, sometimes the monophonic effect doesn't sound as smooth as you like. To get more of a legato effect, this setting allows the old note to play for a short time after ...

  17. questionWhat is the Auto Gate function in the malletKAT?
    Auto Gate functions also help control the “bleeding” of sounds when playing fast passages. The length of a sound can vary depending on how fast you are playing. This can be extremely e ...

  18. questionHow can I tell what version software I have installed in the malletKAT?
    When you first turn on the malletKAT, the display tells you on the second line what version number of the software that’s inside your malletKAT. Each new version of software adds new feature ...

  19. questionHow can I tell what setup/kit I'm in, in the malletKAT?
    There are four lines of text on the display. The display changes it’s look as different features are called up. KIT NUMBERS The very first character on Line one will either be: F followed by ...

  20. questionWhat is Chain Mode in the malletKAT?
    If you see a number looking like C01-01, then you are in CHAIN MODE. CHAIN MODE allows you to increment your KITS in a non-contiguous fashion. You can store 16 Chains, each having the ability to a ...

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