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KP3 KAOSS Pad Dynamic Effect/Sampler

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The Korg KP3 lets you use and abuse realtime effects and sampling by touching, tapping, and sliding your fingers on the revolutionary KAOSS pad. The combination screen/touchpad interface and KAOSS tec... Read More

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Overview

The Korg KP3 lets you use and abuse realtime effects and sampling by touching, tapping, and sliding your fingers on the revolutionary KAOSS pad. The combination screen/touchpad interface and KAOSS technology make it intuitive, immediate, and just plain fun to use. It's a complete instrument and processor allowing you to manage, recall, and play back samples; sample on the fly; and add dynamic processing to any audio signal or to the samples themselves.

Korg has given the KP3 exclusive effects algorithms, synth sounds derived from Korg's RADIAS engine, better sampling, and computer connectivity. It comes with 128 programs in filter (16), EQ (2), modulation (12), compressor (2), LFO (25), delay (16), reverb (6), grain shifter (5), looper (13), sample effect (7), sample bank crossfade (4), drums (6), synthesizer (10), and vocoder (4) categories. A new pad lighting system places 64 individual LEDs in an eight by eight grid under the pad, providing visual cues as to the current program, held position, etc.—it can even scroll a custom message across the pad!

Killer Effects come to Life
The KP3 comes equipped with 128 great-sounding effect programs. Sure, the traditional essential effects are there—delays, flangers, etc.—and they sound amazing. But using newly developed algorithms, the KP3 also provides fresh, exciting effects such as a grain shifter, decimator, a vintage analog style filter with a tone-bending drive circuit, and expanded EQs that are controlled directly from the pad. And moving beyond effects, there are also drum grooves and even RADIAS-inspired vocoder and synthesizer sounds that can be played free-form on the X/Y pad.

As you move your finger across the touchpad and find that "sweet spot," pressing the Hold button will lock the settings, so you can take your hand away to do other things. The LED grid on the touchpad will show the held location, so you can pick up where you left off without any "jumps". Better yet, Pad Motion can memorize and repeat a fluid or complex gesture played on the pad. Once again, the new pad lighting system enhancements can actually display the Pad Motion pattern as it plays.

A separate FX Depth knob sets the overall balance between the original signal and the effect, so you can add just the right amount of processing. The eight Program Memory buttons allow you to store all of this information—Program Number, Hold button On/Off status (and coordinates), Pad Motion, and the FX depth setting—to a single button for instant access during performance.

Another new innovation in the KP3 is called FX Release. Basically, FX Release adds an adjustable delay tail when you remove your finger from the pad. In addition to being a creative performance tool, FX Release also prevents the abrupt dropping out of the effect as you transition from one setting to another, providing a smoother and more musical performance. The FX Release delay effect is automatically set to the current tempo—whether manual, MIDI, auto BPM or Tap Tempo—and the amount of the FX Release and can be set and saved individually with each program.

Superior Sampling
Four Sample Bank buttons on the front panel allow you to create, play and save both looped and one-shot samples on the fly. All samples are recorded using high resolution 24-bit converters, and are stored in 16-bit/48 kHz format. Samples can be saved on a Secure Digital (SD) card or transferred to computer via USB. With both mic and line inputs, the KP3 allows you to sample from a wide variety of sources.

The KP3's sampling system thinks and speaks in the language of music, hiding incredible technology below the surface. When creating loop samples, for example, sample length is set in terms of beats, not seconds. You can generally set the sample length up to 16 beats long (extremely slow tempos capture fewer beats). When sampling is finished, the sample will immediately start playing in sync with the sample source. As the sample plays you can adjust the start time of the sample to "fine-tune" it to the original tempo, or to dial-in time shifted playback.

Time-Slicing chops a sample into separate parts. You can use the Program Memory buttons to turn these individual slices on or off in real time, creating new rhythmic patterns from the original sample as part of your performance. Sampling and effects are totally integrated in the KP3, so you can sample through the effects, and even resample the entire output to create powerful, multi element samples.

Stay in Sync
Tempo is an integral element of the KP3. Sampling times are set in terms of tempo, and many effects are also tempo-based. All tempo-related functions are accurate to .1 (one-tenth) of a BPM for more precise matching to external devices. To keep everything sync'd up, the KP3 features auto-BPM detection from the audio input; Tap-Tempo entry, as well as a manual tempo setting. The KP3 can also send and receive tempo information via MIDI clock. This extra versatility allows the KP3 to detect BPM info from a turntable, and in turn provide MIDI clock to other devices down the line, keeping everything moving together.

Take Control
The KP3 is also a MIDI controller, sending out three controller numbers from the touchpad, and additional messages from the slider. The Sample Bank buttons send and receive note messages. Program Change commands and clock information can also be sent or received. The inclusion of MIDI IN and OUT allows even the most daring and complex KP3 moves to be recorded and played back by an external sequencer or software sequencing program.

Part of the Team
A single USB connection allows the KP3 to share sample data with a computer. An editor/ librarian program is included so you can build libraries of samples, and edit them using your computer. The software also allows WAV and AIFF files to be loaded into the KP3, and includes pitch correction for samples not created at 48 kHz. This graphic software is valuable not only for editing samples, but also for creating, editing and saving programs and global data. The stereo inputs and outputs can be set so the KP3 can run in-line to an amplification system, or hooked to the effect loop jacks of an audio mixer.

Features
  • Realtime effects processing and sampling
  • Exclusive effects algorithms
  • RADIAS synth engine sounds
  • Improved sampling
  • Touchpad KAOSS interface
  • Pad lighting system
  • USB computer connectivity
Effects:
  • Filter (Low-pass/High-pass/Band-pass/72dB/octave
  • and Low-pass)
  • Isolator and Distortion
  • Talk-Filter
  • Flanger
  • 8-band EQ
  • Mid Pitch Shifter
  • Broken Modulation
  • Phaser
  • Ring Modulator & High-pass Filter
  • Decimator
  • Low Compressor
  • Auto-Pan
  • Slicer
  • Delay (Ping-Pong, Multi-tap, Reverse & High-pass Filter)
  • Tape Echo
  • Reverb
  • Gate Reverb
  • Grain Shifter
  • Vinyl Looper
  • Looper Forward/Reverse
  • Four-Sample-Bank Cross Fader Roll
  • Pad Drum 1/2
  • Unison Saw Bass
  • Noise Synthesizer & Looper
  • Vocoder
Specifications
  • Sample Memory: 100 samples (maximum)
  • Sampling: 16-bit/48kHz
  • Convertors: 24-bit A/D/A
  • Mic (1/4") input with trim knob
  • Line In L,R (RCA)
  • Headphone (1/4" Stereo) out with volume
  • Line Out L,R (RCA)
  • USB: Type B
  • MIDI: IN/OUT
  • Data Storage: SD Card
  • Power Supply: DC 12V; 700mA
  • Dimensions: 8.27" x 8.9" x 1.93" (W x D x H)
  • Weight: 2.87 lbs
  • Accessories: CD-ROM (Editor/Librarian), power supply, touchpad protective sheet
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4.5

(based on 11 reviews)

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this has lots of preset ...

this has lots of preset effect processors, it will keep you busy trying to get familiar with whatever they are, my favourites are the looping, and delay ones. the main draw for me...Read complete review

this has lots of preset effect processors, it will keep you busy trying to get familiar with whatever they are, my favourites are the looping, and delay ones. the main draw for me to get this was the sampler, especially since its the same price as the Roland sp-404 although there are only 4 samples available at any one time. main grip would be that when you are using the effects it sort of robs the original sound of some of the tone. i give it a 4.5 because its sturdy build and i've only touched the surface as far as what can be done with it.

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Chaos from the Kaoss

This machine has a lot of problems staying in sync. Not only with itself but also with a host sequencer. It's really weird to try to record it in Midi because the loops are...Read complete review

This machine has a lot of problems staying in sync. Not only with itself but also with a host sequencer. It's really weird to try to record it in Midi because the loops are cycling all the time and not triggering from the beginning making the outcome very unpredictable and impossible to record repeatable phrases. After building up to four loop samples playing at once the Kaoss pad often gets out of sync, while it stays in sync if just playing three of those samples at once. Also if you have four samples playing at once getting into the effects can really throw the music out of sync. All of this considered, I still think it is a lot of fun to mess around with especially when it is working correctly. I think it will probably work much better as a device in the effects loop using its effects on sequenced material.

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome

By MICHAEL SMITH

from la puente Ca

I have one word for this product AWESOME I first saw a kaoss pad in guitar center didnt know how to use it but i then learned its is simple you just have to hav a sense of music and the love of music i love the kaoss pad!!!!

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(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice for looping

By Nick

from WI

I used to loop my beatboxing with a boss RC-20, and I wanted to step up the overall feel to my beats/songs/whatever, so I got this. It works out great for adding any type of effect I want. There are tons of filters, delays, etc. The only thing that I didn't like about this is the fact that when you add an effect, it adds it to everything. I'm going to have to buy the mini kaoss pad so I can add effect just to my voice. Any who, this is a great product and worth the buy. Don't forget to buy some RCA cables so you get an added feel with the effects.

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(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

hands on

By Stephennn

from Ca, Lv, Az

you can't beat effect parameter control using this x-y pad, loaded up with effects, &visually responsive. iv used it as a controller for traktor scratch pro, and seen it used for one in ableton live, so you've got a midi controller, sampler, & effects unit, all in one. feels nice & looks so tech everyone will be asking you about it.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

it really really good

By martin

from chicago, ill

This is a very effective and useful machine. The touch screen is pretty neat and sampling sources are easy to work with and give you some good variety and leverage. This is great for any type of musician, whether it needs to be used for another instrument or by itself. Its pretty satisfying to play around with once you get familar with

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(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice!

By Brock

from Florida

Although pricey, this is a really great piece of equipment. Having this many analog effects is really empowering, and there's a ton you can do with it. Synths (such as the Kaossilator) sound great going in, and so do guitars. Using it as a MIDI controller can be really confusing, though. And if you're expecting a high quality sampler, you will be very disappointed. Looping things around in real time can be very difficult and often frustrating. The X-Y pad is great though, and the EQ is simply stunning. When used for recording, the KP3 really shines.

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Korg KP3 Dynamic Effects Pedal

By Andrew Rodengod

from evansville indiana

Easy to use and fun to play with, the Korg KP3 makes a good sampler and an even better effects pedal. When used with a computer/keyboard/guitar the KP3 becomes an extremely powerfull tool from adding depth to your sounds or just giving your instruments a little extra kick. LOTS of effects to choose from, and the X/Y pad gives more control than a pedal. Love the beat slicer and the ability to use the machine a midi controller. 2 RCA in/out and 2 1/4" in/out make for a wide variety of configurations, would recommend one to anyone with the money!

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Chaos from the Kaoss

By Peter Van der Zee

from Torrance, CA

This machine has a lot of problems staying in sync. Not only with itself but also with a host sequencer. It's really weird to try to record it in Midi because the loops are cycling all the time and not triggering from the beginning making the outcome very unpredictable and impossible to record repeatable phrases. After building up to four loop samples playing at once the Kaoss pad often gets out of sync, while it stays in sync if just playing three of those samples at once. Also if you have four samples playing at once getting into the effects can really throw the music out of sync. All of this considered, I still think it is a lot of fun to mess around with especially when it is working correctly. I think it will probably work much better as a device in the effects loop using its effects on sequenced material.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Product

By Sam

from Bethesda, MD

one word: amazing the KP3 is out of this world the interface is easy to learn and the huge library of effects is amazing to work with. a great addition to any electronic musician's rig. i highly reccommend it to anyone who wants to give their music an extra edge. Keep up the good work, Korg!

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5.0

Great Device!

By Evil Evan

from Palmdale,CA

It is amazing what this little thing can do, from fx to sampling it does it all, korg really put some thought into this one, I had the first Kaoss pad it was great at that time of release, the great thing about the kp3 is the fx release level it act like a crossfader. buy it!

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Pure Kaoss

By Nate

from San Diego

If your looking for a drum machine/sampler, look elseware. The onboard drum machine/synthesizers are of poor quality. If you want a midi controller for programs like Ableton Live/Fruity Loops look elseware. It's a poor midi controller at best and a nightmare to setup for such use. If your looking for an effect processor to enhance your turntable setup, this is ur guy. Great for adding trippy effects to House/Techno/Acid styles of music. Tons of effects (170 or so) but you'll prolly find you only use 10-20 of them as most are very similar. The loop sampler is great as well for doing mashups, but 4 loops at a time kinda sucks.

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