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Akai Professional Tom Cat Analog Drum Machine  

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Akais Tom Cat is a true analog drum machine with five percussion voices that can claw their way to ferociously feral beats. Designed to compliment Akais existing Rhythm Wolf drum machine, Tom Cat take... Click To Read More About This Product

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Akais Tom Cat is a true analog drum machine with five percussion voices that can claw their way to ferociously feral beats. Designed to compliment Akais existing Rhythm Wolf drum machine, Tom Cat takes beat creation a bit further with five built-in percussion voices including Kick, Snare, Clap, and chromatically tunable Disco Toms. Theres also an onboard 32-step sequencer, gate trigger I/O, six ultra-responsive MPC-style pads, classic drum machine layout, swing function, and a unique œMaul circuitry that will dirty up your beats and give them an added crunch. The Tom Cat makes analog drum programming an affordable option for most musicians budgets.

Features
  • True analog drum machine with 5 percussion voices
  • Kick, Snare, and Clap sounds with chromatically tunable Disco Toms
  • Onboard 32-step sequencer with classic drum machine workflow
  • Gate trigger In/Out, for triggering your sequences via modular synths, vintage sequencers or external sound sources
  • œMaul circuitry to dirty up your drum beats
  • 6 custom-calibrated MPC-style pads for sequencing and finger drumming
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Akai ProfessionalTom Cat Analog Drum Machine
 
4.0

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (6)
  • Good quality (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (5), Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Modernized old school, for a great price

I love this unit because I knew what I was getting into and wanted.
This is an analog drum machine more reminiscent of some older pieces of gear, kick, snare, clap,...Read complete review

I love this unit because I knew what I was getting into and wanted.
This is an analog drum machine more reminiscent of some older pieces of gear, kick, snare, clap, hihats, and basically a tom-tom synth with chromatic intonation. Classic and simple, then you are given 16 step sequencer with 16 patterns that have a Part A and B, so 32 patterns, plus fills, which can give you up to 64 patterns, though there is some button holding required for those fills. A swing feature lets you create very nice rhythms for those who like to give some more of a human quality to the beats. "Maul" creates a nice distortion that can become quite aggressive, but can be used to give a nice boost and warmth to the drums. Then you have MIDI in and out on the back, CV trigger in/out, plus USB hook up. This makes it very easy to connect however you want, whether its in studio, band practice, analog jam session, or live, you can make it sync to whatever source you need.
The sounds are pure. They have a bit of control, nothing like you get in a DAW like Ableton or Reason, but I can get that boomy 808 sound and a nice thumpy kick with no long decay. I like the snare a good bit, it's a classic sound but only a little different from it's ancestors from the 80's. Clap is very usable and can create this more subdued sound with little decay and higher spread. Hihats are interesting in that they use the same oscillator, but have a difference which is more noticable with higher decay rates. Finally the "Tunable Disco Toms," a tom tom sound that gets you that classic pew pew we know from classic drum machines. But can create a simple plucked sound for writing melodies (though it has intonation problems when you go up/down an octave).
All in all for a little more than the Volca beats, you can get a sturdier more flexible analog drum machine that can be modded if you're handy with electronics.
Don't believe the hate, this is one of the best pieces of analog gear for the money.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A Limited Machine

I own a Rythmn Wolf drum machine, and found it to be better in sound quality than this much awaited unit. The output signal stage is diminished on this production model. I felt...Read complete review

I own a Rythmn Wolf drum machine, and found it to be better in sound quality than this much awaited unit. The output signal stage is diminished on this production model. I felt that Akai would have greatly enhanced this second in their series, and improved the raising of the bar, but they came up very short. I cannot strongly recommend a purchase of this unit to anyone. It has some sounds that are friendly to an industrial base collection of music. but that's about it.

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5.0

Easy-to-use fun time

By Beerman

from The O..C.

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Akai Professional Tom Cat Analog Drum Machine:

    I'm not a synth/keyboard player primarily. The initial impetus for purchase was essentially a guitar training tool that could do more than a metronome. This Tomcat has been SO much fun - it's intuitively easy - I play it all of the time. Make your own synthesizer loops & back tracks.

     
    5.0

    Highly recommend

    By Tim

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Akai Professional Tom Cat Analog Drum Machine:

    I love this. Works goods and easy to use.

     
    4.0

    Fun little analog techno cat

    By Alex

    from Atlanta, GA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Akai Professional Tom Cat Analog Drum Machine:

      Great little analog drum machine for the price. It's definitely lacking in functionality, but you can get some interesting sounds out of it nonetheless. Perfect intro into analog drum machines and sequencing.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      This is Literally the Worst Drum Machine Ever Made.

      By TCM

      from Philly

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Cheap

      Cons

      • Useless

      Best Uses

        Comments about Akai Professional Tom Cat Analog Drum Machine:

        Seriously, this is the worst drum machine ever made. The tune knobs don't really do anything on the snare or hihats, the kick has an annoying click that can't be adjusted, and the "maul" is just, I don't know, a volume boost with an elevated noise floor? The Disco Toms instrument is useful because its knobs actually function, but not enough to save this thing overall. I guess that's why it was only a hundred doll hairs, but it's not worth any amount of money, as there's literally nothing I would use this thing for.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I love it!

        By moparzack

        from CFO, OH

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to program sequences
        • Easy To Use
        • Good sound quality
        • Seems durable

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Akai Professional Tom Cat Analog Drum Machine:

            This thing is the perfect sonic complement to my other more "normal" sounding drum machines. It has a very tweakable quirky character, and the sequencer could not be easier to use. The interface is so intuitive that I've only had to open the manual a couple of times. Locks perfectly to incoming MIDI clock. Warning - this DOES NOT sound like real drums in any way. So if you're looking for "realistic" drums to back your one person band, this might not be the best.

             
            5.0

            Great Analog Drum Machine!

            By probablyjoel

            from Atlanta, GA

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Akai Professional Tom Cat Analog Drum Machine:

                I know this drum machine is much maligned, but I think it's great! Super simple to use. Apparently, it's very mod-friendly, so for me, that's a big plus.

                The one thing I would say was a disappointment with this is the switch on the Toms. It makes the toms unusable.

                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Uninspiring

                By RRSS

                from Midwest

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Solid Build

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Play

                  Comments about Akai Professional Tom Cat Analog Drum Machine:

                  This thing is a huge disappointment with very limited uses.

                  First and foremost, the maul feature is borderline useless. It doesn't push the signal in a fuzzy, saturated kind of way... it decimates the low end and takes all of the high end on a trip through a hellish dimension of blinding, frozen, broken glass and crystalized noise. That alone might sound like a selling point for some as I do love my distortion (using this through DI's on a Thermionic Culture Vulture) but it just sounds terrible in a very bad way. Just one knob, though, so not that big of a deal.

                  The sounds, while analog, are pretty lame out of the box and limp toward you with an "old school" crutch. The kick has some weight underneath it but features an entirely unavoidable pop at the beginning that, for me, ruins it. The snare has a nice snap and you can get some punchy dirt when combining it with the clap but the toms are hilarious. Not sure how else to describe them but I wouldn't use them in a track unless I was trying to be cheesy.

                  It's all a bummer because it's otherwise really well built. Solid, with a real metal chassis and wooden side panels that give it some serious heft. It's also easy to program, just a shame that it sounds so lame while you do it. It doesn't sound how it looks, if you know what I mean?

                  This isn't worth the full asking price, IMO. It's fun to play with at first but at $100+ the novelty soon wears off.

                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Modernized old school, for a great price

                  By Trinin Zach

                  from New York

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Functional
                  • Good Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Practicing
                    • Studio work

                    Comments about Akai Professional Tom Cat Analog Drum Machine:

                    I love this unit because I knew what I was getting into and wanted.
                    This is an analog drum machine more reminiscent of some older pieces of gear, kick, snare, clap, hihats, and basically a tom-tom synth with chromatic intonation. Classic and simple, then you are given 16 step sequencer with 16 patterns that have a Part A and B, so 32 patterns, plus fills, which can give you up to 64 patterns, though there is some button holding required for those fills. A swing feature lets you create very nice rhythms for those who like to give some more of a human quality to the beats. "Maul" creates a nice distortion that can become quite aggressive, but can be used to give a nice boost and warmth to the drums. Then you have MIDI in and out on the back, CV trigger in/out, plus USB hook up. This makes it very easy to connect however you want, whether its in studio, band practice, analog jam session, or live, you can make it sync to whatever source you need.
                    The sounds are pure. They have a bit of control, nothing like you get in a DAW like Ableton or Reason, but I can get that boomy 808 sound and a nice thumpy kick with no long decay. I like the snare a good bit, it's a classic sound but only a little different from it's ancestors from the 80's. Clap is very usable and can create this more subdued sound with little decay and higher spread. Hihats are interesting in that they use the same oscillator, but have a difference which is more noticable with higher decay rates. Finally the "Tunable Disco Toms," a tom tom sound that gets you that classic pew pew we know from classic drum machines. But can create a simple plucked sound for writing melodies (though it has intonation problems when you go up/down an octave).
                    All in all for a little more than the Volca beats, you can get a sturdier more flexible analog drum machine that can be modded if you're handy with electronics.
                    Don't believe the hate, this is one of the best pieces of analog gear for the money.

                    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    All analog sound quality - kills digital!

                    By EpicStudiosInc

                    from San Jose, CA

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Pros

                    • Improves Sound

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Studio

                      Comments about Akai Professional Tom Cat Analog Drum Machine:

                      This drum machine has pure, clean punchy sound you can only get from real analog. Forget samplers or digital drums - if you want hi-fi quality that is both sweet to the ears and gutteral to the chest, this is the choice. Loving it!

                      (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      A Limited Machine

                      By Chief

                      from Fort Polk, LA

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Pros

                      • Functional

                      Cons

                      • Lack of Unique Sound Quality
                      • Weak Output

                      Best Uses

                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Akai Professional Tom Cat Analog Drum Machine:

                      I own a Rythmn Wolf drum machine, and found it to be better in sound quality than this much awaited unit. The output signal stage is diminished on this production model. I felt that Akai would have greatly enhanced this second in their series, and improved the raising of the bar, but they came up very short. I cannot strongly recommend a purchase of this unit to anyone. It has some sounds that are friendly to an industrial base collection of music. but that's about it.

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