Korg KAOSSILATOR PRO - Dynamic Phrase Synth/Loop Recorder
As a trailblazer among instrumental gadgets that allow anyone to easily create melodies and phrases, KORG's KAOSSILATOR gained a strong and dedicated user base, even among those without any performing experience and today, the KORG KAOSSILATOR touchpad synthesizer continues to be enormously popular. Retaining these revolutionary features, while adding a wide variety of new ones as well, is the KAOSSILATOR PRO. With 200 sound programs, an Electribe-inspired gate arpeggiator, and 4 loop recording banks that can record external audio sources, the KORG KAOSSILATOR PRO is packed with features that make it ideal for both live performances and premium productions. In addition, USB connectivity to your computer and SD card memory storage allow the KORG KAOSSILATOR PRO to be used not just for improvised performances, but also as a superbly intuitive, track-making, music-production tool.
Intuitive X-Y touchpad
Using the KORG synth's touchpad is highly intuitive: simply rub, stroke, or tap it to instantly create complex phrases with a single finger. Responding instantly to these gestures, the KORG KAOSSILATOR PRO synthesizer creates spontaneous changes that were difficult to produce on synthesizers of the past. Horizontal motions control the pitch, while the vertical axis can control tone parameters such as cutoff, feedback, or modulation depth. This makes it easy for anyone to create entirely original sounds and musical phrases.
200 exciting programs
KORG's synthesizer technology, which is acclaimed by top musicians around the world, has been carefully distilled into the KAOSSILATOR PRO. The touchpad synth's versatile array of pro-level sounds includes synths, drums, FX, and other instruments. These sounds complement all styles of electronic and dance music including: techno, house, breaks, hip-hop, R&B, reggae, and electronic. The KORG synthesizer also has numerous acoustic instruments such as piano, trumpet, and guitar that provide a further boost to your expressive resources. You can assign your favorite programs to 8 Program Memory buttons for instant recall, ensuring that your live performances will sound smooth.
Extensively enhanced drum sounds
Rhythm can be the most important element when creating a phrase. In addition to the modeling synthesis borrowed from the original KAOSSILATOR, the KAOSSILATOR PRO synth provides a PCM sound generator as well, offering even more realistic drum sounds arranged in kits across the X/Y pad. There are 20 one-shot sounds for kick, snare, hi-hat, and more, as well as 25 rhythm loop patterns to spark your creativity.
Vocoder programs for creative audio effects
The KAOSSILATOR PRO features a mic input jack and 15 types of vocoder programs, making it easy to achieve unique sound effects, create robot voices, and more.
31 scales for musical expressiveness
The 31e scale types cover a range from chromatic scales to major, minor, blues, and beyond. By specifying a scale and key, you can use a single finger to play perfect melodies and phrases that would be difficult to play even on a keyboard. The synth also gives you special scales such as Spanish, Ryukyu, and Raga, letting you play phrases that have a distinctive flavor. Another boost in expressive power is provided by the KORG synth's Note Range function, which lets you specify the range of pitches available on the touchpad from a single octave up to 8 octaves.
Gate arpeggiator provides tightly sync'ed grooves
Inspired by KORG's EMX-1 and ESX-1 Electribes, the KORG KAOSSILATOR PRO's gate arpeggiator allows you to play a pattern of sounds that are always in sync with the tempo, generating phrases that defy imagination. The KAOSSILATOR PRO's slider can control the gate time or gate speed, allowing even more complex phrases to be produced. Tempos can be set manually or set on the fly using the Tap Tempo function.
Loop recording with unlimited overdubbing
Loop Recording can be set for up to 4 measures/16 beats. Your KORG KAOSSILATOR PRO musical performances can be recorded into one of the Loop Recorder Banks. By adding additional sounds one at a time (overdubbing), you can create amazing loop phrases by repeating the cycle of selecting a sound, playing a phrase, and recording the sound over and over again.
4 loop recording banks allow DJ-style performances
The KORG KAOSSILATOR PRO provides 4 Loop Recording Banks. These banks can be combined for virtually infinite performance possibilities. Each of the four loop banks can host infinite overdubs. In addition, each bank can be muted or unmuted, its volume adjusted, and its loop length changed, making dynamic live performances easy for anyone. An unneeded loop can be erased during playback and a new one recorded so there's no need to stop the performance.
Loop recording using an external source
The KORG KAOSSILATOR PRO provides line inputs and a mic input, allowing for loop recording using an external audio source. This makes it easy to add a rap, vocal, or audio from an external device to any loop phrase created on the KAOSSILATOR PRO synthesizer.
USB + MIDI provides versatility and compatibility
The KAOSSILATOR PRO touchpad synth offers standard MIDI IN/OUT connectors. In addition, the USB connector lets you use your computer to back up the loop recording data, or even drop loops into your favorite DAW. The KAOSSILATOR PRO can also control your software applications or an external MIDI device. The KORG KAOSSILATOR PRO can send or receive MIDI clock.
Convenient SD card data storage
The KORG KAOSSILATOR PRO synthesizer provides an SD card slot for storing loop data and user settings such as program memories. Favorite phrases can be saved to build up a collection of loop data that will inspire your musical arrangements. SD card storage also allows you to create the same show with the same loops, night after night. You can also swap loops with other KAOSSILATOR PRO users, or use your data in multiple units. (Note: Not compatible with SDHC cards and SDXC cards.)
Dedicated editor/librarian software
KORG KAOSSILATOR PRO Editor is a dedicated software program for managing your recorded loop data, as well as a MIDI assignment editor function that lets you transform the KAOSSILATOR PRO into a powerful MIDI controller that's set up just the way you want. KAOSSILATOR PRO Editor can be downloaded free of charge from the KORG website. (Note: Runs on Microsoft Windows XP (SP3 or later)/Vista (SP2 or later)/7 and on MAC OS X 10.4 or later.)
Korg Kaossilator Pro Features:
- KAOSS X-Y touchpad synth offers intuitive, realtime control
- 200 sounds covering modern synth sounds such as lead and bass, and diverse acoustic sounds from piano to trumpet
- PCM samples provide dramatic drum kits and ready-to-rock percussion patterns
- Vocoder programs deliver scintillating vocal effects
- Access up to 8 of your favorite sounds instantly using the assignable Program Memory buttons
- Loop Recording can layer both internal Program sounds and external audio overdubs
- 4 Loop Record Banks each allow up to 4 measures of loop recording, with easy muting that allows expressive realtime layering and DJ-Style re-mixing that's ideal for live performances
- Gate Arpeggiator repeatedly triggers sounds in sync with the tempo; the slider controls either the gate time or gate speed
- Choose a key and select one of 31 musical scales to easily create musical phrases; limit the X/Y pad's note range for even more control
- Loop data, user settings, and Program Memories can be stored on an SD card (sold separately)
- Dedicated editor software lets you manage loop data, MIDI assignments, and user settings from your computer
- Performs double-duty as a MIDI controller for external equipment or software applications
- Dimensions: 1.93" H x 8.27" W x 8.90" D
- Weight: 2.87 lb.