trapKAT 3.0 Guide
trapKAT 3.0 Guide
¥ Kit Names - name your kits
¥ Continuous Controller Curve - improves hi hat response
¥ Expanded KIT Choices - now includes KAT KITs
¥ Cymbal Choking "Exclusive 96" - for Alesis D4/DM5 drum machines
¥ Roll Mode - improves response of certain sound sources
¥ Hi Hat Settings - Splash, Chick, etc. can now be manually adjusted
¥ Pad Pressure Test - makes sure the rubber is seated evenly
¥ MULTI-PAD NOTES - up to 4 sounds can be layered, velocity shifted or alternated
¥ Kit Advance - use the pads to advance your kits
1. Naming Your Kits
You can now assign a name to each of your User Kits, using up to 12 letters.
1. Hit Pad #21 twice while holding down the KIT Edit footswitch and you will
see this screen.
Edit Kit Name
DemoKit #1
2. To change the character of the letter that's flashing, use the following pads...
Pad 1 assigns upper case letters
Pad11 assigns lower case letters
Pad 2 assigns a Space between characters
Pad12 assigns a character
Pad 3 advances the cursor
Pad13 reverses the cursor
Pad 4 advances the characters
Pad14 reverses the characters
2. hatKAT/ Foot Control Curves
There are now 7 different foot control curves to choose from to personalize the
feel of your hi hat controller pedal. Choose the one that best suits your type
of controller pedal.
1. Hold the KIT Edit footswitch down and press down once on your controller
pedal and you will see this screen.
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Kit Number 001
Foot Cntrl Curv 01
(01 - 07)
2. Each press on the pedal after your first one will rotate through the curves.
3. Hi Hat Adjustments
New hi hat adjustments include HAT NOTE Mode and HAT NOTE OVERLAP.
HAT NOTE offers an 8 note hi hat feature to users with a hi hat controller
pedal and a sound module with multiple hi hat sounds. HAT NOTE OVERLAP lets you a set a specified time in which your hi hat notes will overlap
instead of abruptly cutting each other off, i.e. a more realistic hi hat sound.
1. First, assign a pad or pads to be hi hat pads using Pad #5 just like you always
2. Hit Pad #18 with the Kit Edit footswitch held down and you will see this
Hi Hat Continuous
Cntrl =OFF
3. If HAT NOTE does not appear in the display, hit Pad #18 until HAT NOTE is
selected, then release the footswitch.
4. To make it easy for you, we have preassigned note numbers 85 through 92 as
the 8 hi hat note numbers. All you have to do is to reassign up to 8 hi hat
sounds from closed (#85) to open (#92), in your sound source. *You must
assign hi hat sounds to all 8 note numbers in order for HAT NOTE to work.
Example: if you only have 3 hi hat sounds (not including the foot sound),
Closed, 1/2 Open and fully Open, you would assign the sounds to these note
numbers - #85 = Clos, #86 = Clos, #87 = 1/2 Open, #88 = 1/2 Open, #89 1/2
Open, #90 = Open, #91 = Open, #92 = Open.
5. Reassign your hi hat foot closed sound to note number 93 in your sound module (this is already preassigned in the trapKAT).
6. If you are using a Splash sound... In your sound module, assign the Splash
sound to #94. On the trapKAT, assign the Splash note number to #94 using
Pad #6 with the Kit Edit footswitch held down.
7. Retrain your hi hat pedal using Pad #17 with the Global Edit footswitch held
1. Hit Pad #19 while holding down the KIT Edit footswitch and you will see this
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Hat Note Overlap
1.000 sec
(.005 - 6.4 sec.,
Roll Mode, Infinite)
2. Continue to hit Pad #19 until you find the selection that gives you the best
performance for HAT NOTE mode, then release the footswitch.
4. Kit Choices
A third Kit selection is now available in the trapKAT...KAT KITS. For those of
you who own an AKAI S1000, 2000 or 3000 series sampler and own the KAT
KIT CD Rom (from the Alternate Mode sound library), this kit selection
arranges the sounds on the trapKAT pads without the need for additional
1. Hit Pad #1 once while holding down the Global Edit footswitch and you will
see this screen.
Hit Pad Again to
Select -KAT Kits
(KAT Kits, FACTORY Kits,
USER Kits)
2. If you don't see KAT Kits as your selection, continue to hold down the Global
Edit footswitch and hit Pad #1 until KAT Kits is selected. Release the
5. Cymbal Choke - Exclusive 96 Mode
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.
1. In the D4 / DM5, you must first assign any cymbal sound(s) you wish to
choke to the same GROUP # *Don't use the same GROUP # as your hi hat
sounds. **If you assign more than one cymbal sound to the same GROUP #,
playing one of those cymbals after another will cause the first to cut off.
2. In the D4 / DM5, assign Note Number 96 to the EFX #80 = SILENCE sound.
Also, assign this to the same GROUP # as your cymbal sound.
3. On the trapKAT, hit pad #8 with the Global Edit footswitch held down and
you will see the cymbal choke screen.
ExclusiveChoke96 (ENABLED, DISABLED or
Exclusive Choke 96 ENABLED)
2. If Exclusive Choke 96 ENABLED is not shown in the display, continue to hit
Pad #8 until Exclusive Choke 96 ENABLED is selected and release the
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footswitch. You can now choke a cymbal pad by simply grabbing it.
6. Roll Mode
ROLL MODE was designed to be used with sound modules and samplers that
respond to note off commands. This feature 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.
1. To set the entire Kit to ROLL MODE, hit Pad #10 once while holding down
the Kit Edit footswitch and you will see this screen. If ROLL MODE is not
shown as the selection, continue to hit the pad until ROLL MODE is in
the display and release the footswitch.
Kit Number 001
.005 - 6.4 sec.)
1. If you want to set just one or a few pads to ROLL MODE, hit Pad #24 once
while holding down the Kit Edit footswitch and you will see this screen.
Hit Pad Again
for Pad Gate
1. Hit the pad again and you will see...
Change Gate on
Which Pad?
2. Hit whichever pad you want to adjust and set it to ROLL MODE.
Pad 01
.005 - 6.4 sec.)
7. 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 rubber surface. Please read this
entire information sheet before performing any adjustments.
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Before you adjust the allen-head tension screws on the frame to adjust the
tension on your trapKAT rubber, there are several things you should try
first. Adjusting the allen-screws is the last thing you should try and is
rarely necessary.
First, a little explanation of how an FSR sensor system works will be helpful.
Over such a large expanse on a surface whose first and foremost goal is to feel
and respond great, the rubber (and to some extent the FSR sensor) needs
to ÒbreatheÓ and be able to shift and adjust to changes in temperature,
humidity, and pressure. The rubber canÕt be tightly clamped down or
adhered in one place. The rubber must be a bit free to move and adjust to be able to stay flat and in close contact with the FSR sensor system un
derneath it even with the repeated intense impacts that a drum controller
experiences. The rubber is designed to self-adjust and be able to shift and
move a bit.
Rubber not laying flat? After transporting your trapKAT from one place to
another, your rubber may not lay as flat as it normally does. If your
frame is properly adjusted so that the rubber isnÕt compressed by the
frame, the rubber will generally self-adjust after a half-hour or so on its
own if you place it in playing position. To speed up the process, use your
drumstick as a rolling pin to coax the edge of the rubber back under the
frame. In addition, you may try grabbing one or more rimPads and
pulling it outward toward the outside edge (in the area where your
rubber isnÕt laying flat). DonÕt pull up, pull horizontally - parallel to the
main pad surface. This should push the rubber back under the frame so
that the pads will be pulled flat again.
If this isnÕt providing satisfactory results, you should loosen the allen screws in
the area and repeat the above steps to position the rubber back under the
frame. After you have repositioned the rubber to your liking, you need
to retighten the allen-screws.
When tightening the allen-screws it is important to avoid two problems:
1) Overtightening the screws will damage the sensor plate underneath
the rubber if they are tightened too far. This will void your
warranty. You can tell when you have gone too far, the rubber will
start to bulge as you clamp down on the rubber. The rubber must
be free to move a bit under the frame, so you donÕt want the frame
to actually compress the rubber. Call us if you are in doubt (413594-5190).
2) Overtightening the screws may cause extra pressure on the FSR sensor
system, cause a pad to false trigger and play by itself and could
also damage the sensor plate. (False triggering can also be caused
by your thresholds being too low - see manual p.26). In the unlikely event that you will actually need to adjust your rubber with the
allen wrench, we have provided a new screen to help you see
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what your actions are doing to your FSR idle levels. YouÕll
probably find this interesting as well as fun!
To get to this new screen:
1) Hold down the Kit Edit footswitch
2) While the Kit Edit footswitch is depressed, hit rimPad 20 (the rimPad
to the immediate right of the display) three times. On the first hit it says
ÒNo FunctionÓ - ignore that and keep going. With the second hit you see
the actual settings for your hi hat pedal. On the third hit you see the idle
level of Pad1 (if you keep hitting the rimPad 20 you will walk through the
idle levels for all the pads). If you release the Kit Edit footswitch when
on this idle level screen the display will change to something like:
Rim Thresholds 0010300012
Pad Thresholds
Front Rim
This screen shows you the Òidle levelÓ of all 24 of your pads. This Òidle levelÓ is
a measure of what the internal computer sees from your pads when you
are not playing - when they are ÒidleÓ. As you know, FSR is sensitive to
very light playing or pressure. Therefore, even the pressure of the rubber
itself can show up. That is OK - the software is designed to take care of
small constant pressures. This is what we call the Òidle levelsÓ of your
The top row has all 14 rimPads. The first 10 are rimPads 15 to 24. These are the
rims that start on the left corner and curve around the back to the right
corner. The last four on the top line are the four front rimPads 11 to 14.
The bottom line has pads 1 through 10. To identify which pad is which,
pick a pad and press on it and watch which number on the screen rises
when you press it. (It is normal for there to be some jitter or fluctuation
in the numbers around some specific value - from 1 to 0 to 1 to 2 to 1 etc.)
As you adjust the tension on the rubber with the allen-screws, make sure you
are not raising the idle level of your pads too far. Any idle level of 5 or
lower can generally be handled by the internal trapKAT software without
false-triggering. If you have a 6 or higher you should loosen the allenscrews by that pad.
To exit this screen and return to Play Mode, press the Kit Edit footswitch and release
When adjusting the tension of your rubber with the allen-screws you need a
balance between making the rubber lay flat and keeping the Òidle levelÓ
of the pads low. If you would like help from us when you feel a need to
make this kind of adjustment to your trapKAT, feel free to call us at 413594-5190. We will be glad to help you get the most from your investment.
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8. Multi-Mode on the trapKAT
USES: The power of the drumKAT finally comes to the trapKAT. Now you can layer,
velocity shift, or alternate up to 4 sounds per pad!
1. To select a multi-pad, choose a curve ( Kit/Pad Edit footswitch and hit Rim
pad 14) to determine how many notes you want the pad to play. Choose from
one of the NEW additional 8 curves...
2ND NOTE @ HARDEST Ñ Sound 2 comes only for hardest hits
2ND NOTE @ HARD Ñ Sound 2 comes only for hard hits
2ND NOTE @ MEDIUM Ñ Sound 2 comes in at medium hits
2ND NOTE @ SOFT Ñ Sound 2 comes in a soft hits
2 NOTE LAYER Ñ Simultaneous sounds 1 and 2
XFADE @ MIDDLE Ñ Crossfades of sounds 1 and 2 where they mix in
the middle
XSWITCH @ MIDDLE Ñ Crossfades of sounds 1 and 2 where there is
an exclusive switching from one to the other in the middle.
[email protected];[email protected] Ñ Sound 3 comes in for only the hardest
hits. Sounds 2 comes in for medium hits.
[email protected];[email protected] Ñ Sound 3 comes in for hard hits, Sound 2
comes in for medium hits.
2DOUBLE 1; [email protected] Ñ Sound 3 comes in for medium hits, Sound 2
doubles Sound 1 all the time.
3 NOTE LAYER Ñ Simultaneously play sounds 1, 2, and 3
4 NOTE SHIFT Ñ Sound 4 comes in for the hardest hits, Sound 3 for
medium, Sound 2 on soft.
4 NOTE LAYER Ñ Simultaneously plays 1, 2, 3 and 4
ALT 1&2 Ñ Alternate sounds 1 and 2
ALT 1&2&3 Ñ Alternate sounds 1, 2 and 3
ALT 1&2&3&4 Ñ Alternate sounds 1, 2, 3 and 4
2. To edit the various notes per pad, hold down the NOTE Edit footswitch and
the KIT Edit footswitch simultaneously then hit the pad you wish to edit.
Each hit now, will rotate through the layers on the pad. If you release the
KIT Edit footswitch you can now edit the layer you are looking at. If you
release the NOTE Edit footswitch, you will return to PLAY Mode.
NOTE: If all of the pads are on the same multi curve and the user presses both
footswitches but does not release the pedals but goes from pad to pad, then
all programming for each of the pads will be on the same layer.
9. Sequence Start/Stop/Continue
USES: You can now control external sequencers right from the trapKAT.
1. To control an external sequencer, you must first have the sequence ready to
play on your sequencer.
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2. Assign your choice of pads on the trapKAT to one of the following Note
Note # 130 = SEQUENCE STOP
10. Alternate Pad Reset
USES: You can reset Alternate Pads to the first sound by hitting a ÒresetÓ pad.
1. To reset your Alternate Pads, assign a pad on the trapKAT to Note # 132.
Each time this is hit, all the Alternate Pads will play from the first note in the
Alternate pattern.
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