I have owned Kaoss Pads since they first came on to the market. The first Kaoss Pad was fantastic and was a revelation to both DJ's and Producers including myself. I actually used mine so much that the pad itself started to wear away.
The Kaoss Pad 3 however is a completely different beast in terms of build quality, it is built like a tank and feels very satisfying to use. Its nice and weighty with its metal casing and sits very well on a desk or DJ station. If you are a DJ that does the circuit you can be safe in the knowledge that your Kaoss Pad 3 will stand up to the punishment.
I use my KP3 mainly in the studio and I run my Modular Synth through it before recording in to Ableton Live. This is where the only issue I can find with the KP3 rears its head. The input and output jacks are of the phono kind. This obviously would appeal to a DJ as these jack are found on most mixers and turnables but for a producer we are more used to working with 1/4" Jacks. The phono jacks also diminish the sound quality slightly but not to the point where it would become a problem.
The effects parameters themselves are numerous and on the whole very useable indeed. With everything from Flangers to great Delays and Reverbs there is something for every taste. The built in sampler is also great fun and very useful for on the fly remixing.
I thoroughly recommend the KP3, there are some issues such as the jacks and the fact that it is digital but all in all it is a fantastic bit of kit that will last forever.
Actually the first time I saw this nice little piece of hardware was at a Massive Attack concert. So I did a little research and decided to buy one. It's an effect processor designed for DJs and singers to add that funky twist to your audio sources.
It almost looks and feels like a piece of military hardware. It's heavier than it looks and is definitively an eye-candy on stage or at the DJ set. The rubber, back-lit buttons are giving a good feedback.
The effects sound pretty good (but the reverbs are not my cup of tea...) and you can sample loops to the 4 loops or sample pads at the bottom of the KP3. You can also program the whole thing with the supplied KP3 Editor or use the very good working touch pad as a midi controller. Especially the grain effects are great. The LEDs are bright and you can quickly use this device almost blindly.
What is it ?
This impressive peice of kit gives you the ability to twist and mash up sounds and create your own music using its advanced sampling and looping capabilities.Basically you slide,tap or touch your finger over the pad,It gives you the ability to control and manipulate various effects.You never know what you will come up with as most of the stuff is done on the spur of the moment. It can be used on stage as part of a live production,or in a studio as a sampler/controller.Its basically a complete insrtument,allowing you to use samples on the fly to give your music that extra little something.Ive seen Calvin Harris use this in his live performances.I use this in a studio enviornment for creating noises to bounce back and forth between my comouter and the pad itself.
Features and specifications
Using a simple usb cable you can share info between the kaos pad and your computer.A library programme is included with the pad so you can build your own library of samples.The software also allows wav and aiff files to be imported from your computer into the kaos pad,to give it your own sound and a bit of uniquness away from the presets.It also includes a pitch correction otion to get all your samples at the right speed.It also features a midi controller,mwhich send out up to 3 controller numbers from the keypad.It also has midi input/output and stereo input/outpu jacks ,which give you the ability to use it either as in line, or running from a loop with a mixer. You can also use an sd memory card with it.
Filter (Low-pass / High-pass / Band-pass / 72dB/oct. and Low-pass)
Mid Pitch Shifter
Four-Sample-Bank Cross Fader Roll
Ring Modulator & High-pass Filter
Isolator & Distortion
Delay (Ping-Pong, Multi-tap, Reverse & High-pass Filter)
Looper Forward / Reverse
Pad Drum1 / 2
Unison Saw Bass
Noise Synthesizer & Looper
All of these are added to the sound you wish to warp u simply apply thew effect you want,and move your finger around the pad to get the effect you desire.
Grain Shifter (5 types)
Modulation (12 types)
Filter (16 types)
EQ (2 types)
Vocoder (4 types)
Sample Bank Crossfade (4 types)
Compressor (2 types)
LFO (25 types)
Delay (16 types)
Reverb (6 types)
Looper (13 types)
Sample Effect (7 types)
Drums (6 types)
Synthesizer (10 types)
Thes are the sounds that come with the machine,You select the sound you want the basically asign it and away you go.Drums for example there is a small selection of drum hits which u can use, kind of gives you the ability to have a mini drum kit on your pad.
Inputs: Mic (1/4") with trim knob
Line In L,R (RCA)
Outputs: Headphone (1/4" Stereo) with volume
Line Out L,R (RCA)
USB: Type B
Data Storage: SD Card
Power Supply: DC 12V; 700mA
Dimensions: 8.27" x 8.9" x 1.93" (W x D x H) inches
Weight: 2.87 lbs
It comes with the cd software,power cable and touch protective screen.
This is the third version of the Kaos pad.As its predeccesors, it primaraly aimed at dj,s and producers,It does sound fun i know but if your not using it for music purposes once the novelty has worn off you will wonder why you brought it,like one of my mates found out.It has many advances over the two previous models such as better effects algorithms and the ability to conect to your computer.The pad itself has been improved,the new system has 64 leds,place in an 8x8 grid,and even gives you the ability to have messeges scroll across the screen.
Right so you have loaded up the sound you want , now is where you get to have fun move your finger around the pad till you are happy with the sound u want,and a simple tap will allow you to hold and loop this sound,giving you the ability to do other thigs such as add more sounds add effects or go and put the kettle on.The pad will also show you the held location so you can go back to it whenever you wish without any jumps.The pad is also able to memorize things so if you have just played a great note pattern,it can reapeat this,it seems to work fine even with the most complex patterns it remembers everything belive me i tried my best to make it fuck up but it just didnt.
The seperate fx knob is fantastic it lets you add as little or as much of the desired effect you want till you are happy with the sound you have.
It has 8 memory buttons so you can store this information and come back to it at anytime.This means that if you have created your beat or whatever you can bring it into your live performance at the touch of a button,making it easier to 'mash things up'.
The fx release is also nwe to this model,this basically gives you the optinon to delay the fx you are using when you remove your finger from the pad.This is a great feature which unlike the previous models mean that if you are using an effect during a recording or live performanc eit wont just cut out, which has helped greatly as on the previuos model i used to wich i had more hands.The fx release will also automatically set itslef to the tempo og the tune,pretty clever eh.
The four sample bank buttons give you the ability to call upon loops or one shots whenever they are needed,ive created some pretty good beats just by brining in a percussion loop etc.All the saples included are of perfect sound quality.You can pretty much sample anything with this,using your sd card or mic.Using the mic is the fun part,if i shout bang into it i can can then sample my voice add echo to it or make myself sound like a robot(great for prank calls).
The sample technology is incredable recording your samples in beats as opposed to seconds which saves such time having to faff around with time stretching etc.Genaerally you would set it to 16 beats giving you enough time to get everything u want into a loop.It will then play back the loop at the samp tempo as the rest of the project.You can adjust it youself aswell if you wish to have a vocal going double time over the beats.
The time slicing feature gives you the ability to chop your loops up and trigger them.Ive used this by recording a voal ant having it stutter over the beats so the vocals sync with the kick drums which makes for some srious fun,espically when you have a few and your mate suddenly thinks he is the new Eminem.All the effects are totally intergrated making it so easy to do what you want with the sample.
Staying in time
The syncronisation process is excellent and what sets this peice of equipment apart from the rest.It is soaccurat measring everythin in bpm (beats per minute).This is perfect for me as it automatically matches the bpm of my project on my computer.It can also recive tempo information from an out board source such as a turntabl.Ive used this to sample old motown records then speed them up to the desired tempo to match my project its fucking great lol.To do this it uses a midi clock,which matches all the bpms from your external sources saving you having to tune each one and save you about half an hour doing that lol.
This is what i primarily use it as, basically it takes sounds from out board equipment a guitar for example and will send it to your computer,and the sequencing software that you use,and puts everything in time for you.Its basically a key member in my team of equipment lol.
This gives you the abilty to import difderent dile types into the kaos pad and edit them using your computer.It also includes pitch correction.The software is great for editing samples.
The sound quality is great for what i use it for,however i cannot comment on this for a live performanc.It does distort a little if you have the volume to high.The built in samples are abit rubbish to be honest and sound like something from a mega drive game.
hmmm basically it does everything computer spftware does,all the effects etc are on pretty much any sequencing software,so it may be an unecessary adtion to your studio.Thats a bout it.its easy to lost aswell,many times i have created something which i like only to lose it and never find it again so i try to record everything then edit it in software its a long process.The built in samples are rubbish
The price and avliabilty
Can be brought from most dj stores for around £300,which is definatly worth it if you were to buy all the samplers etc that make up its sound bank your are looking at a few grand.
Apart from a horrible pop noiswe when you turn it on i have had no issues with it.Some times the sample pad can be a tad sensitive.
I have never had to contact them all the i may ask if they can put an undo button on the next model lol.They are a tad difficult to get hold of you have to go to korguksupport.com and email a technician.Having never done this i cant comment on response time etc.
I love this thing , it brings the fun back into making music.My mates love it coz they can do sill stuff with their voices lol.It saves me so much time by syncing everything together it also gives me the ability to bring uniqueness to my songs because i can sample what the hell i like.I would reccommend this as a definate purchase if you want to bring the fun back to your productions.Its quite addictive though , i spent nearly five hours making drum patterns and screwing them up but that is what makes it so fun.Looks wise its great it looks like something from star trek and everyone is always fascinated by it , largely due to the touchscreen and the hands on feel that it gives you.Id defiantly reccommend that you buy this if you have the money. Im pretty sure Kanye west could have made his whole album using just this peice of kit.
The third in the series from audio megastars 'Korg'. Primarily known for creating effects units and keyboards, korg have created a very powerful audio sampling processing unit here!
Despite looking quite daunting at first....the unit is actually designed very well and is very simple to use, the main feature being the XY touch screen pad allowing users to adjust hundreds of different parameters in real time with ease!
Great for producers Djs and general music makers! As stated before the unit is not just an effects unit, it also allows the user to create, save and recall samples for playback and modulation.
The unit offers 128 completely different effects for use including the ones listed below:
-Filter (Low-pass / High-pass / Band-pass / 72dB/oct. and Low-pass)
-Isolator & Distortion
-Mid Pitch Shifter
-Ring Modulator & High-pass Filter
-Delay (Ping-Pong, Multi-tap, Reverse & High-pass Filter)
-Looper Forward / Reverse
-Four-Sample-Bank Cross Fader Roll
-Pad Drum1 / 2
-Unison Saw Bass
-Noise Synthesizer & Looper
Each parameter of the effects can be set saved and adjusted using the buttons, knobs and of course the touch screen of the unit.
The screen is back-lit allowing the user to see where they last touched the screen (hold function), program a repeating modulation pattern and if your feeling really inventive it can also display a scrolling custom message across the screen as well!
This unit is perfect for live use for a number of different reasons but my favourite is its ability to synchronise its beat to other devices. In the scenario of a live dj using the kaoss pad 3 along side their current turntables, the kaoss pad is capable of synchronising its time based effects (such as delay for example) to nearby units and then from that can create a midi clock to control the timings of future devices in the chain.
The unit is capable of sampling at 16 bit, 48 kHz with an inbuilt 24bit Analogue to digital and vice versa converter.
The inputs available include a standard phono (L/R) input as well as a 1/4' jack lead and offers the same type ports as outputs as well.
The package includes the Kaoss pad 3, Power supply, sampling editor software and a protective screen cover for the screen.
Overall i would rate this device highly but i would recommend you to ask your self as to why your buying one before hand.....is it because you love the wacky effects it produces? or because its a great production tool whether in or out of the studio? Its a lot of money to buy one to just play with it a few times and get bored if not!
Overall a great piece of production kit!
The KP3 is the third installment from Korg in the Kaoss Pad series and it proves to combine many features into one.
First and foremost it is a dynamic effects processor which can effect any audio processed through it whether it be through the RCA stereo phono input or through the quarter inch jack input where a mic can be placed.
These effects include grain shifters, delays, vocoders as well as loopers and the parameters of these effects are all controlled by the LED touchpad in the centre of the unit.
The KP3's second function is that of a sampler. This is where you can really get creative as you can sample anything from the audio inputs or through pre-peared samples via an SD card and place them on to one of four banks A B C and D. After finding that you have reached your bank limit you can multisample the whole stereo output on to one of these banks giving an infinite resource of resampling capability.
The final of the KP3s uses is that of a midi controller whereby it can be hooked up to anything capable of receiving midi control messages and then send control using the x-y axis and the touch of the LED touchpad as well as one fader, one rotary knob and four buttons on the surface of the Kaoss Pad.
The KP3 really allows for some excellent use of creativity and more importantly, is so much fun to use!!
Four Sample Bank buttons on the front panel allow you to create, play and save both looped and one-shot samples at high-resolution 16-bit/48 kHz using 24-bit converters for the best fidelity.