NAMM 2015: Meet the Tom Cat, from Akai Professional

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Continuing a new tradition started with the Rhythm Wolf, Akai has just announced a second analog drum machine, the TOM CAT. 

The drum machine features five tunable percussion voices: Kick, Snare, Clap, and chromatically tunable Disco Toms.  It also includes an onboard 32-step sequencer with a classic drum-machine workflow, a gate trigger in/out for triggering sequences via modular synths, vintage sequencers, or other external sound sources. Beats can be developed and refined using the unit’s swing function, pattern select, and tempo control knob. An array of six custom-calibrated MPC-style pads allows for sequencing and finger drumming. 

The drum machine gets its name from the “Maul” circuit that is designed to add distortion and grit to your beats.    

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