The panKAT is the latest MIDI Controller created by Alternate Mode. Taking it's heart and soul directly from the malletKAT PRO v6, the panKAT offers all of the incredibly rich features of the malletKAT, and presents this power on an exciting new playing surface platform.
So, what is the panKAT? The panKAT is the latest MIDI Controller created by Alternate Mode. Taking it's heart and soul directly from the malletKAT PRO v6, the panKAT offers all of the incredibly rich features of the malletKAT, and presents this power on an exciting new playing surface platform.
The panKAT has the same FSR sensing technology as the malletKAT as well as the refined sensitively and dynamics. It even feels and plays similar because it uses the same special neoprene on its surface. This means that you can play the panKAT with drumsticks, mallets and even steelpan mallets.
The panKAT is different things for different folks.
PERCUSSION TOY CHEST Broadway Shows are starting to use the panKAT as a fantastic 30 pad toy center. On each pad of the panKAT, you can assign any sound via MIDI note numbers on any MIDI channel. This is perfect for setting up your percussion map for any type of show. Percussionists are using it for congas, bongos, as well as bass drum and cymbals. Because it is so light, drummers are also setting it up with their acoustic drum kit. The pads are large enough to strike comfortably, and the cool high tech arrangement and look of the pads are perfect for gigging. It is even possible to play notes on two footswitches.
LOOPING CONTROL CENTER Just like the malletKAT, the panKAT can start and stop loops and even collection of loops with a single stroke. The panKAT can also send out control data so that you can control the knobs on your synth via MIDI just by striking the pads. It is the ultimate DJ controller because besides being a powerful control surface, it can also play sounds on the same pads at the same time via a footwsitch.
MELODIC CONTROLLER Yes, the panKAT can be set up with the same pitch configuration as a standard steelpan. But it doesn't stop there. With just a touch of a footswitch, the panKAT can instantly change its pitch configuration to many, many different note arrangements. C pan, D pan, Double Seconds, Cello, etc. are just the beginning. Now you can explore a steelpan layout set up in a chromatic scale, pentatonic scale, blues scale, minor scales, whole tone scales or even GM drum layouts. You can even create your own layouts and change the octave with a touch of a pad. You can use the sustain pedal, pitch wheel pedals, virtual modulation wheel, etc.
POWERFUL MIDI CONTROLLER The panKAT offers the same dynamic training as the malletKAT so that you can tailor its response to your own playing style. You can control its velocity range, gate time settings and more. It's also possible to layer sounds as well, with its own performance settings. Of course you can send out multiple bank and program change commands on each of its 128 USER Kits.
MalletKAT players will appreciate the User Interface on the panKAT. All of the features that you have come to expect on the malletKAT are there, organized in groups, making programming easier than ever! You can even set up CHAINs on the panKAT.
Specifications (short list): One piece, 30 pad flat design, in a layout similar to the standard steelpan 2 virtual controller wheels Programmable and PreSet Tunings designed for the percussionist, mallet player and steelpan player Same responsive, pressure sensitive FSR sensors use on all KAT controllers 128 Factory Kits designed for TurnKey Performance on any GM sound module 128 User Kits for Programming your own kit configurations 16 User CHAINS for arrangement of User Kits in any order Size: 29X29X2.5
Performance Features: Velocity and Gat Control Multiple Bank and Program Changes per Kit Independent Layering of up to 3 sounds per pad Mono/Poly Modes Alternating notes per pad, velocity shifting Real Time Controller for sending out multiple control data Pitch Bend, Modulation on the Fly Warp Arpeggiator Loop control functions Two Programmable Foot Controllers
Bonus Extras: Free steelpan library in Kontact Format included. (a soft sampler for PC and MAC)
Here is a great example of the panKAT being used along side a traditional soprano pan.
This is two members of PanGanG, Jonas Ploeger (Soprano Pan) and Lovis Suchmann (panKAT) working on Liam Teague's / Robert Chappell's "For Lack Of Better Words".
The band is CalypsonicSteelOrchestra aka "PanGanG", the solo is played by Lovis Bero Suchmann, the recording date is 2011/04/01. Check out calypsonic.de for more information or here for more videos of this group.