Ease of Use
Software Features - Version 4.0
Expanded Hi-Hat pedal capability
Can now be played with Pintech, Yamaha, Hart, and Drumtech and Roland FD 8
LINK. It is possible to link any pad to any pad. This means that when a pad is linked, striking that one pad will play the notes from two pads.
ALTERNATE 16. Up to 16 notes can be played on one pad in an alternate fashion. It is possible to use “silence” as a note value so that rhythms can sound by simply playing even 16ths on a pad.
ALTERNATE PAD FUNCTIONS. Pads can be set to FREEZE an alternate pattern or RESET an alternate pattern. These functions can operate globally to all the pads, or just function on the pad assigned.
CONTINUOUS DATA. Any pad can be assigned to send out continuous control data on a pad. The MIDI note number assignment becomes the CC# number and the velocity of the hit becomes the CC value. Minimum and Maximum CC ranges are assigned by velocity minimum and maximum settings.
The same pad can also simultaneously send out up to MIDI notes per pad.
MSB/LSB BANK and PROGRAM CHANGES. Up to four bank and program changes can now be sent out per kit.
MIDI CLOCK. The trapKAT can send a MIDI Clock Start/Stop Command. When this function is enabled, pad 23 becomes a tap tempo pad and pad 24 functions as a Clock Start,Stop pad.
HEAR SOUND. While editing, it is now possible to toggle Hear Sound on and off. This feature enables the user to turn on or off the ability to hear the note number that is being assigned to a pad.
MEMORY PROTECT. The trapKAT will store your preference of Memory Protect ON or OFF and will power back on to your selection.
GLOBAL TUNNEL PAD. Several pad functions have been consolidated to be listed on pad 18. Pad 19 will change the value associated with that function. This feature allows more Global Functions to be added to the trapKAT.
TRAPKAT EDITOR FOR PC. The editor will be able to read and write SYS EX Files for the trapKAT. Once the data has been read into the editor, the user will be able to modify any of the kit or global parameters using a user friendly interface.
IMPROVED HIHAT INPUT. The new trapKAT now works with most popular hihat controllers like the Roland FD-8, Pintech, Hart AM, etc.
Software Features - Version 5.0[KS]
INDIVIDUAL PAD CONTROLS. Separate volume and internal effect controls for bass drums, toms, snare, cymbals, and percussion patches
A Note to Owners of Older KAT instruments...
KAT instruments containing the KS Series Chips (malletKAT 7KS, trapKAT 5KS, drumKAT Turbo 4.5KS) still retain all of the software functionality for controlling external MIDI modules and sound sources. However, the additional software features included in the KS Series Chips are only accessible when using Alternate Mode's Kurzweil Sound Engine.Standing by our long tradition of upgradability, owners of older instruments have several potential choices for upgrading their equipment to take advantage of our latest features including:
- Installation of the Kurzweil Sound Engine: including installation of audio ports and pre-amp, providing an "all-in-one" solution. This option requires the owner to ship the unit to an authorized Alternate Mode Service Center - see our upgrade pages for details.
- Purchase of a GIGKAT: Alternate Mode's standalone Kurzweil Sound Engine comes with the necessary software chip for your instrument, providing seamless integration.
The trapKAT comes with one footswitch pedal, a manual,
a CD-ROM video help desk, and an AC Adapter.
The trapKAT - now with its own internal sound card powered by Kurzweil music systems!!