The Akai Professional Tom Cat Analogue Drum Machine follows on from their Rhythm Wolf Drum and Bass Synth, delivering a true analogue drum machine that is designed to make give you greater tactile control over your performances.
The layout of the Tom Cat is pretty much the same as the Rhythm Wolf at first glance. Running along the bottom is the 16-button 32-step sequencer. Each button has an interchangeable control - accessible using the Shift button -, and divided into parameter specific groups (i.e. Synth Octave Select, Quantization, Recording/Sync, Pattern (Copy/Clear/Save)).
Along the left-hand side is the Tempo pot with an additional Tap Tempo button, as well as Pattern Select (Last Step), Tie and Mute (Solo) controls. Along the right-hand panel are the Main Volume pot, Fill, (Sequence Variation (A and B), a Velocity button, the Sequencer Play/Stop button, and an all-new Maul setting that allows you to dial in a raucous amount of energy into your kit to give it a snarling character.
The bright yellow central section commands your attention, and this is where you can bend and shape your sound. Each piece of the drum kit - Kick Snare, Clap, Hi-Hat (Open and Closed) is given it's own channel strip-style section, complete with MPC-style pads, and individual parameter controls. However, where you may have seen the "Bass Synth" section on the Rhythm Wolf, a new chromatically-tuneable "Disco Toms" section takes its place - complete with switchable Tom/Conga setting (or Pew and Whoop). Each piece of the kit can be manipulated and altered to your exacting demands, giving you unparalleled control.
The Tom Cat can easily hold its own during performances or in the studio, but most of all, it enjoys playing with others. Akai has equipped it with Gate Triggers (IN and OUT), as well as MIDI (IN and OUT/THRU) ports for triggering and syncing the Tom Cat with other sequencers (both vintage and modern), synths, whatever you like! If you already have a Rhythm Wolf, then pair it with one of these beauties and you have 9 drums and a bass synth at your fingertips, readily accessible, easy to manipulate, and a whole lot of fun to perform with.
The Akai Professional Tom Cat Analogue Drum Machine is finished to a very high standard, with a solid chassis to house the components and stylish panelling along each side. This is an undeniably cool piece of kit, that is perfect for taking on the road or taking pride of place in your studio set up.
Manufacturer Akai Professional Model Tom Cat Analogue Drum Machine Weight 2kg Controls
- 6 MPC Pads
- 32-Step Sequencer
Polyphony 5 Voice Effects "Maul" Circuitry Sequencer 32-Step
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