KAT Percussion KTMP1 Review

KAT Percussion KTMP1 Review

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The KTMP1, made by Kat Percussion, is a 4-zone electronic drum pad. It has 50 built-in sounds such as kicks, snares, cymbals, percussion instruments, and more. 

Its sound can be modified by pitch, volume, sensibility, pan & reverb. The KTMP1 can be played with both sticks and hands and has the capability to incorporate a hi-hat & bass drum trigger. 

KAT Percussion KTMP1 Review

KAT Percussion KTMP1

Affordable Electronic Drum Pad

The KAT Percussion KTMP1 is an affordable drum pad allowing drummers easily add extra percussion to a performance without breaking the bank.

  • MIDI Capability
  • Very affordable
  • Small and portable
  • Somewhat outdated

Pros

Right out of the box the KAD Multipad includes 50 built-in sounds: 

  • 3 Bass Drums
  • 5 Snares (2 cross stick)
  • 4 Cymbals
  • 4 Bongo
  • 3 Congas
  • 3 Timbales
  • Percussion & Effects 

Each sound can be independently modified by pitch, volume, sensibility, pan & reverb. 

Having such an array of options gives the flexibility to modify the sounds allow creativity to flow and also helps not to carry percussion accessories such as cowbells, maracas, tambourines & jingles. 

One of the most powerful features of the KTMP1 is its MIDI capability. The Kat Pad can be use a MIDI controller via USB to play drum & percussion sounds using any VST. 

It does work both for PC and Mac and most impressively on iPad/iPhone which is the way I have been using it. 

Priced at $129.99 (sometimes under $100) makes the KTMP1 the cheapest option to add electronic sounds to your drumset or an alternative to an electronic drumset. 

The small size makes it appealing to working drummers who need handclaps, tambourine or basic sounds needed for gigs. 

Cons

It is very easy going point out all the features missing in the KTMP1 when compared to a Roland SPD-SX or Yamaha DTX-Multi12, it is also hard to remember that the KTMP1 is a small fraction of any of them. 

Just for context the Rolands SPD-SX retails at $699.99 and the Yamaha DTX-Multi12 is $599.99 in comparison to the Kat KTMP1 which costs $119.99. 

In my experience, the KTMP1 has 3 major flaws. 

Dated sounds & lack of internal/external memory

Without a doubt, the sounds are dated, in comparison to free VST and even GarageBand (macOS & iOS) there should not be a reason why internal sounds dated. 

It does not mean that they are not useful but they leave a lot to wish for. To overcome this shortcoming the KTMP1 can be used as a controller via USB to play any VST. 

The lack of internal or external memory via USB flash drive or memory card is the biggest one for me. 

Limited Play Zones

Acknowledging it is only a 4 zone pad, being able to have multiple scenes allows drummers to be more efficient at the time of a gig. 

A Bit One-Dimensional

Currently, the KTMP1 feels very unidimensional and, to a point, limits creativity since every time you change any of the pads sounds, it is like starting a new scene again. 

The only way to get the sounds back is by keeping very accurate notes of your setting and program them each time… and who’s got time for that?

Add Ons

The Kat Percussion KTMP1 can also be the smallest electronic drumset. Kat Percussion offers 2 external trigger/controllers for the KTMP1. 

KTKP1 Bass Trigger

The first one is the KTKP1 bass drum trigger. Following the KTMP1 small design, the KAT bass drum trigger is the smallest bass drum trigger I have ever seen. 

It’s design change the trigger position downward which can be played with an inverted tennis ball beater included in the box. The feel of the tennis ball hitting the rubber pad is different (you decide if good or bad) but certainly cuts down on the volume. 

KTMP1 can also use other brands of bass drum trigger, such as the Yamaha KP65 Kick Drum Tower. But for space and portability, the Kat Kick Pad1is a wonderful option. 

KTCH1 Hi-Hat Controller

The second pedal Kat Percussion offers is the KTHC1 hi-hat controller. Just like the Kick Pad the hi-hat controller integrates seamlessly with the KTMP1 giving you the option of programming open, close and chick hi-hat sounds. 

Function wise is not as reliable as all other Kat Percussion instruments since occasionally false triggers open or close sounds. 

It can reduce the amount of false triggering by reducing the sensibility on the Kat Multipad setting but I would also have preferred to have some sort of control tightening or loosening the spring tension. 

Overall

Using the Kat Multipad in combination with a Kick Pad and hi-hat controller brings value and functionality to the KTMP1. 

Will we ever see a KTMP2? It is fair to say that the KTMP1 needs a refresh, it looks, feels and sounds dated. KAT Percussion released new products during NAMM 2020 such as a new electronic drum set KT-200, a new line of MalletKat and the KTM1 drum module. 

All new line up of Kat products include most if not all of the upgrades I would like to see in a KTMP2 which hopefully is on the works. 

Here are some features I would like to see: 

  • New Rubber Pads
  • Updated Sound Library
  • USB input
  • Metronome 

About the Author: Harold Agosto is a drummer & music educator based in New York City. Harold is the host of the podcast Drums: En Español (available on all major podcast platforms), the only drumming podcast in Spanish. Also, his YouTube channel offers gear reviews, tips & best practices for drummers and drum lessons.

KAT Percussion KTMP1 — Our Verdict
  • Value
  • Features
  • Functionality
  • Affordability
4.3

Summary

The KTMP1 is an affordable electronic drum pad for drummers looking for an affordable option to add samples to a performance.

Pros

Affordable

Cons

A bit outdated

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