Same great KAOSS as before, now in a limited edition white color design. Grab yourself a limited edition Pearl White KO2 sound generator and tap into unlimited creative possibilities. Boasting a super... Read More
Same great KAOSS as before, now in a limited edition white color design. Grab yourself a limited edition Pearl White KO2 sound generator and tap into unlimited creative possibilities. Boasting a supercharged sound generator, Kaossilator 2 delivers excellent synth and drum sounds spanning a wide range of genres, plus dramatically expanded loop recording. Use the internal mic to record guitar, vocal, or other audio source “ just like you would with a looper effect. Its Organic Electroluminescent (OEL) display provides superb visibility. Other enhancements incorporated into the sleek and exciting Kaossilator 2 are a touch slider for ease of use, microSD card data saving, plus a built-in speaker and battery power.
Korg synthesis at your fingertips
The unique interface of the Kaossilator 2 allows melodies and phrases to be played by simply tapping or sliding a finger across the Kaoss touchpad. Horizontal motions control the pitch; vertical motions control aspects of the tone such as filter cutoff, feedback, or modulation depth. When using a drum kit program, multiple sounds can be played simultaneously, and you can even play the touchpad as if it were a drum pad. The intuitive design and amazing flexibility of the touchpad allows you to perform easily, even if you're not an experienced keyboard player, as well as creating performances rich with tonal changes that could not be produced on a keyboard instrument.
150 built-in sounds covering a full range of musical styles
Korg's acclaimed synthesizer technology has been meticulously packed into this palm-sized format. The 150 ready-to-play sounds cover a broad range of styles including hip-hop, house, dubstep, new disco, and electro. In addition, the Kaossilator 2 provides a solid set of synth sounds such as synth lead, synth bass, acoustic sounds such as piano or guitar, and even sound effects for DJ use.
Accurate PCM drum sounds
PCM sound generation provides drum sounds and drum performances that are more realistic than ever. There are 15 Drum Kits in the Kaossilator 2. Each Drum Kit consists of instruments such as kick, snare, and hi-hat. In addition, there are 25 Rhythm Loop patterns that let you create drum phrases simply by moving your finger. The lineup of sounds covers numerous genres, so you're sure to find the drum sounds you need.
Musical Scale, Key, and Note Range help create musical performances
Even if you've never played a musical instrument, the Kaossilator 2' Key and Scale features ensure that the notes being played will match the song being performed. Use the Key setting to specify the musical key or "root." Choose from one of 35 scales, ranging from the more popular chromatic, major pentatonic, and minor blues, to the more unusual, such as Spanish, Ryukyu, and Raga. By using both the Key and Scale settings to match the song, you can play perfect solos without a single wrong note. In addition, the Note Range allows you to specify the range of playable pitches. You can set this to a narrow range to ensure that melodies will be played accurately as you intend, or to an extremely wide range to allow unexpectedly dynamic and unconventional phrases to emerge.
Gate Arpeggiator expands your performance power
The 50 built-in gate arpeggiator patterns can automatically generate phrases and beats by simply moving a finger across the touchpad. As a new capability of the Kaossilator 2, you can now edit the arpeggiator's gate time and swing settings so that musical phrases are created exactly as you intended.
Loop Recording allows intuitive overdubs
The Kaossilator 2's Loop Recording feature can overdub touchpad performance as many times as you like. By adding layer upon layer to a simple phrase, it's easy for anyone to create amazingly intricate tracks. Thanks to the Scale/Key settings, the results will always sound musically appropriate, each and every time.
Dual Loop Recording banks provide DJ-Style performances
The two Loop Recording banks can be used alone or used together for truly dramatic results. By combining the two loop recording banks, you can create new performances that were not possible on earlier Kaossilator units. Different sounds and phrases can be recorded onto each of the two loops. These loops can then be crossfaded or muted, or the loop length can be changed in realtime to create dynamic live performances. Unwanted loops can be erased and rerecorded while playback continues, so you'll be able to create DJ-like performances on the Kaossilator 2 without the sound ever stopping.
Record and loop nearly any source
The Kaossilator 2 offers both an internal mic as well as an auxiliary mic input. This combination allows the loop“recording of nearly any audio source. Plus, you can easily mix different audio sources, so that as a loop phrase created using the Kaossilator 2' internal sounds plays in the background, you can overdub your own rap, vocal, or other external sound, or enjoy a loop recording session with a musical collaborator - such as a guitarist.
microSD card slot for data storage
A microSD card can be used to save loop recorder data. In addition, performances played on the Kaossilator 2 be recorded using the master recorder, and stored on a card. Whenever an important musical idea begins to take shape, it can easily be saved, and can even be used later as part of a studio production. This is also a convenient way to share Kaossilator 2 performances on the internet. The Kaossilator 2 also acts as an audio player and can play back performances created using the master recorder. Listen to your best performances for comparison, or share them with your friends.
NOTE: SDXC cards cannot be used. Supported file formats: WAV files (16-bit, 44.1 kHz/48 kHz, stereo).
Operation linked with KORG iKaossilator for iPhone
You can use the Kaossilator 2 together with Korg's iKaossilator for the iPhone/iPad. This allows audio data to be transferred between the Kaossilator 2 and iKaossilator, and lets you use the two devices in a BPM-synchronized performance. Although iKaossilator and the Kaossilator 2 share the Kaossilator name, their sound generator and recording style are completely different. While the iKaossilator uses a PCM sound source, the Kaossilator 2 uses a modeling synth. And while the iKaossilator provides a five-part sequencer that lets you freely insert or remove notes as you perform, the Kaossilator 2 allows unlimited overdubbing as well as recording of external audio input. By combining these two with audio data that utilizes the advantages of each, you can vastly expand your performance possibilities.
NOTE: Linked operation will be enabled by an update for KORG iKaossilator for iPhone.
The Kaossilator 2 features a comfortably curved body that makes it both stylish and extremely easy to play. The high-contrast OEL (Organic Electroluminescent) display clearly shows the names of the sounds, features, and parameters, and ensures excellent visibility, even in a dimly lit DJ booth or stage. As with the touchpad, the VALUE slider is also touch-sensitive. By sliding or tapping your finger (as appropriate for each function), parameters and functions may be controlled smoothly. Lightweight and compact, the Kaossilator 2 is slim enough to fit easily in your hand or pocket. The energy-efficient design allows it to operate everywhere on just two AA batteries (included). Equipped with a built-in speaker, the Kaossilator 2 is ready to share your exciting sonic creations wherever your music takes you. The headphone output provides privacy for playing and experimenting alone, and can also be used to connect the Kaossilator 2 to another audio device.
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PROS: Highly portable Huge sounds Touch pad allows expression not possible with keyboards Built-in microphone allows incorporation of virtually any sound in loops Unlimited overdubs 2 loop banks Loop and performance recorders with micro-SD card CONS: 8-beat limit on loops No editing capability Some volume balance issues between sounds Effects associated with sounds cut off at end of loop No chromatic scale available I strongly recommend buying an AC adaptor. Battery life is about 5 hours of continuous use. I recommend even more strongly, buying a micro SD card. With an SD card installed, you can record both individual loops, and performances using those loops. I was very impressed with the quality and expressiveness of the available sounds, especially at this price. Korg did NOT cut corners. One thing that really impressed me: the NASTY. With the keyboards I have experience with (Yamaha, Alesis, Korg,) all the sounds were very clean and bright. With the KO2, there is an impressive amount of "dirt" incorporated into the sounds. Distortion, feedback, extreme filter sweeps, are all possible with this instrument. The only drawback is that all the modulation patterns are preset, and not able to be edited. Initially, I was somewhat disappointed with the 8-beat limit on loop length. But the ability to record two loops, crossfade between them, and record a performance using both loops and live playing mitigated this limitation greatly. For me, some of the sounds lacked "punch" and were lost in the loops. With no option to adjust individual sounds' levels, this could make some sounds get "lost" in the loop. This was especially a concern with some of the drum sounds. One final gripe: Many of the preset sounds rely heavily on effects (reverb, echo, etc.) but the effects do not carry over after the end of the loop. This can cause a jarring disconnect between the end of a loop and the beginning of the next, when carrying a note to the end of a loop. Overall, I would recommend this instrument to musicians who travel a lot, as it is a great sketchpad; DJ's who want to inject a personal note into their sets; and synth players, because it offers performance options that are not possible with a conventional keyboard.
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