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Korg KAOSSILATOR PRO Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer/Loop Recorder

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Product Highlights
  • KAOSS X-Y Touchpad
  • Records to SD Media
  • PCM Sound Samples
  • Vocoder
  • 4 Loop Recording Banks
  • Gate Arpeggiator
  • USB and MIDI Connectors
  • Dedicated Software

The KAOSSILATOR PRO from Korg is a supercharged version of the popular KAOSSILATOR, offering all of the features of the original while adding a variety of new features as well. The primary tool of the KAOSSILATOR PRO is the touch-sensitive X-Y touchpad, which provides intuitive control of pitch, tone, and other parameters to quickly create original sounds and musical phrases. The unit has over 200 pro-level sounds, including synths, drums, and effects, as well as acoustic instruments. An enhanced PCM sound generator offers realistic drum sounds.

The KAOSSILATOR PRO features a mic input jack and 15 different vocoder programs, making it easy to create unique vocal effects. Assignable program memory buttons let you access up to 8 of your favorite sounds instantly. Loop recording allows layering of internal program sounds and external overdubs. The are 4 loop record banks, each of which allows up to 4 measures of loop recording with easy muting for expressive realtime layering and re-mixing. A gate arpeggiator will repeatedly trigger sounds in sync with the tempo. Convenient slider controls let you adjust the gate time and speed.

You can also choose a key and select one of 32 musical scales to create musical phrases. The X-Y pad can be given a limited note range for even more control. Your loop data, user settings, and program memories can be stored on a SD flash memory card for convenient saving. The unit will even perform double-duty as a MIDI controller for external equipment or MIDI software. Dedicated included software lets you manage loop data, MIDI assignments, and user settings from your computer.

Note! This unit is not compatible with SDHC or SDXC cards.

Intuitive X-Y Touchpad
The intuitive touchpad lets you create complex phrases with a single finger. It responds instantly to gestures to create 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 Programs
The versatile array of included pro-level sounds features 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 electro. There are also numerous acoustic instruments such as piano, trumpet, and guitar, providing a further boost to your expressive resources. You can assign your favorite programs to the 8 program memory buttons for instant recall, ensuring that your live performances will be smooth
Enhanced Drum Sounds
In addition to the modeling synthesis borrowed from the original KAOSSILATOR, the KAOSSILATOR PRO provides a new PCM sound generator as well, offering even more realistic drum sounds arranged in kits across the X-Y pad. There are 20 different one-shot sounds for kick, snare, and hi-hat, as well as 25 rhythm loop patterns to spark your creativity
Vocoder Programs
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
The 31 types of scales 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. There are also 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 new 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
Inspired by the EMX-1 and ESX-1 Electribes, the integrated 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 on the fly using the Tap Tempo function
Loop Recording
Loop recording can be set for up to 4 measures/16 beats. Your KAOSSILATOR PRO musical performances can be recorded into one of the Loop Recorder Banks. By adding (overdubbing) additional sounds one at a time, 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. The line inputs and mic input allow 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
Recording Banks
The unit provides 4 Loop Recording Banks. These banks can be combined for virtually infinite performance possibilities. Each of the 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
USB and MIDI
Standard MIDI in/out connectors and a USB connector let 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 KAOSSILATOR PRO can send or receive MIDI clock as well
SD Card Storage
An SD card slot is provided 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
Dedicated Editor/Librarian Software
The KAOSSILATOR PRO Editor is a dedicated Mac/Windows software program for managing your recorded loop data, as well as MIDI assignment editor functionality 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
Program Memory 200 (Included 15 Effect Programs)
Recording 4 x Loop Recording Banks, Up to 4 Measures or 16 Beats Per Bank
Controllers 1 x X-Y Touchpad
4 x Loop Record Buttons
1 x Gate Arpeggiator Slider
1 x Tap Tempo Button
Display 4-Digit LED
Connectors 1 x Stereo RCA Line Input (2 Jacks, L/R)
1 x 1/4" Mic Input
1 x 1/4" Stereo Headphone Jack
2 x MIDI Connectors (In/Out)
1 x USB Type B Port
Dimensions (WxDxH) 8.27 x 8.9 x 1.93" (210 x 226 x 49mm)
Weight 2.87 lbs (1.3kg)
System Requirements Computer with MIDI and/or USB Connectors
Windows XP (SP3 or Later), Vista (SP2 or Later), or 7
Mac OS X 10.4. or Later
Korg KAOSSILATOR PRO Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer/Loop Recorder
  • AC Adapter
  • Protective Pad Sheet
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    KorgKAOSSILATOR PRO Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer/Loop Recorder
     
    4.3

    (based on 12 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    91%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (8)
    • Easy to use (7)
    • Good power output (6)
    • Professional functions (5)
    • Versatile (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home studio (7)
      • Amateur recording (5)
      • Performances (3)
      • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (3)
      • Professional recording (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (4), Novice (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      KoPro's Awesome! What's next?

      I got this KoPro after feeling I had maxed out my creativity on the original Kaossilator. I've been using it every day for the last 3 weeks. I love it. I didn't like...Read complete review

      I got this KoPro after feeling I had maxed out my creativity on the original Kaossilator. I've been using it every day for the last 3 weeks. I love it. I didn't like how the x/y pad felt at first but quickly got used to it. It has a slightly different feel than the O.K. (original Kaossilator). I have my debut gig at a music festival the first of June and the KoPro is going to be the foundation of sound I create. I am starting to feel really confident in it. Several things I wish were better. If I'm only allowed 200 synth settings, you would think Korg would have the ability to put banks of sound as a testable and downloadable feature on their website to let me choose what sounds I have on my KoPro. I would think most people would have several favorite synth settings, then some that are functional, and then some they will never use. Give me a list of 2,000 sounds to choose from and let me load the 200 settings. I would also like to be able to save and load my saved songs faster. Doesn't seem that the memory is very fast. As a midi-controller, I was disappointed to figure out that controlling the sound module I wanted to control from the xy pad was too cumbersome to make it worth while. I'm sure it may work for some sound modules you are interested in controlling but if you think you're gonna plug it into a drum machine and Gate/Arp the drum sounds... you got another thing coming.

      Overall, I still love it. I can not imagine life without the KoPro now that it's mine. I saved up and could not wait to get it and now that it's here I can't stop playing with it. Although there is some functionality I'd love to see added, I am very happy with the functionality already there. If you focus on that, the music you make is not restrained by genre. My imagination is really being tapped for the first time musically.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      not so hot

      I picked this up after a night of playing with its little brother (the Kaossilator) with out doing much research. I was very disappointed. I was unimpressed with the sounds also. It...Read complete review

      I picked this up after a night of playing with its little brother (the Kaossilator) with out doing much research. I was very disappointed. I was unimpressed with the sounds also. It seems they used the same unit as their effects processor so some features like the arp switch were located in the back, which seemed odd for something you might want to change often. If you check the Korg forum you will see all the feature requests that are being asked for. With future firmware upgrades this could be a great unit but untill I hear these features added I chose to return the unit.

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      5.0

      Newbie

      By Hot2Warm

      from Philadelphia, PA

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Powerful
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Korg KAOSSILATOR PRO Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer/Loop Recorder:

        I'm new to the Kaossilator Pro after deciding to step up in functionality from the original Kaossilator. From what I have seen so far, it's about what I expected: very much like the Kaossilator, but with vastly greater versatility and functionality. Being able to segregate individual beats, leads and other patterns by storing them in separate loop banks is a big plus in composing. I haven't used it yet, but the MIDI interface promises (I hope) to let me trigger my AKAI synth, using the touch pad as a two dimensional ribbon controller.

        It comes with a clear touch pad protector that should keep finger oils off the pad and make cleaning and maintenance easier.

        The biggest "con" is the placement of the gate arpeggiator speed control, which is on the back of the unit along with the majority of the wire connector ports. Why such a small slide switch isn't located where a performer can see it and reach it more easily (without going through a forest of wires if all the ports are connected) is beyond me. Also "con" is the 2 GB limit on the SD Card size. While I do not know exactly how many loops, etc. can be stored on 2 GB, it's my preference not to be limited.

        Overall, it appears to be well constructed, handsome and well-laid out instrument. The vast array of flashing lights, while clearly functional, do add a look to it that techno geeks like me appreciate. Hopefully, B&H allows reviewers the chance to update reviews after reviewers have had more time and experience with the product for more pros and cons to show themselves.

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        5.0

        This is not a toy, its a musical tool.

        By The owner of two pitbulls and boxer.

        from CA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use
        • Powerful
        • Professional Functions
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Korg KAOSSILATOR PRO Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer/Loop Recorder:

          The Kp is now my source for my creativity and my musical expession, I also own an Mpc 1000, although the Kp takes me to the next level.

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          5.0

          Absolutely fantastic . . .

          By oteimages

          from Washington State / Inland Northwest

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use
          • Powerful
          • Professional Functions
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Mobile DJ
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Korg KAOSSILATOR PRO Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer/Loop Recorder:

            This piece of equipment, added a whole new dimension to our music and sound effects. Truly a unique and easy to use effects machine. Easy to install and built rock solid. It should also be noted that this piece of equipment is 'HIGHLY ADDICTIVE". When anyone touches this and begins to adjust the various levels and knobs, it is difficult to pull them away. I would HIGHLY recommend this to anyone who wants to expand their sound in any direction. AAA+++

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            4.0

            fun fun

            By cannonball

            from Chicago Il

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Use
            • Professional Functions
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Mobile DJ
              • Performances

              Comments about Korg KAOSSILATOR PRO Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer/Loop Recorder:

              Great for developing beats and loops! You could practically do a whole show with just the Kaossilator pro. Great addition to any studio and works well with keyboard controllers, synthesizers, and other instruments. Very easy to use and is hours of fun by itself or added to the rest of your gear. You can also save your loops with a simple sd memory card or with the included software. Also looks great and flashy. A real eye catching piece.

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              4.0

              Costly fun !

              By LiLMuNZtA

              from Nowra, Australia

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio

                Comments about Korg KAOSSILATOR PRO Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer/Loop Recorder:

                The Kaoss pad is great fun and i havent stopped playing on it since it arrived! But at the same time im kind of disappointed as i expected more from it. I use my Kaoss pad for vocoder effects which include: delay, beatgrid and actual vocoders. If you are like me and usually compose on an instrument then do not expect every single note you play to harmonise and sound great, because most of the time they dont. It was mainly made for experimental electronic musicians. You can add the arpegiattor to the drums which can make interesting drum lines and it has a few other things like arcade sounds. The BPM work excellent and i can play well in time with the music from my dj set. If you are after buying a synth BUY A SYNTH! This isnt some magical new invention that'll make awesum music in a few clicks! If you're a producer you'd probably be better off buying a heap of VST's instead. The Kaoss pad has no faults in it and is a great product, and i have seen youtubes videos of people using it to its true potential but in the end it all depends on how you're going to use it, but for me it is a little to pricey for fun!

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                4.0

                Enjoyable

                By Groomhead

                from Sydney

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Easy To Use
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about Korg KAOSSILATOR PRO Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer/Loop Recorder:

                  Great sounds and great fun. Easy to use and excellent for making sounds on your flash pages.

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                  4.0

                  overall very good but...

                  By gamad

                  from israel

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Powerful
                  • Professional Functions

                  Cons

                  • Limited sound
                  • No way to process sounds

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Mobile DJ
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Korg KAOSSILATOR PRO Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer/Loop Recorder:

                  its very easy to use, very user friendly.
                  only thing is as a stand alone its a toy,
                  if you use it with more synths or effects then all its features comes very much in use,
                  and that is becouse there is no way to process the sounds.the toch pad is the thing that makes it
                  great and easy to make phrases and to play solos or pads in live or recorded music.i do recommend it as i find it very much in use.

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                  5.0

                  Awesome

                  By B Fire 4 Sheezy

                  from Palm Springs

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Flippin Amazing
                  • Powerful
                  • Professional Functions
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Life

                    Comments about Korg KAOSSILATOR PRO Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer/Loop Recorder:

                    amazing. needs an A to B looping setting, so it can figure out a bpm of whatever you want to loop.

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                    5.0

                    A lot of sound for a little price

                    By Vigilante Joe

                    from Minneapolis, MN

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy-to-use Interface

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Dj Sets
                      • Live Performances
                      • Rap Beats

                      Comments about Korg KAOSSILATOR PRO Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer/Loop Recorder:

                      I use this for live performances. It's a great drum machine, an excellent noise box, and a brilliant vocoder. You can do half of the things needed for a great set with this tiny device. KORG makes great products. I use this alongside a microKORG, and it brings the house down. This item is a MUST-HAVE for anyone making beats. Hip-Hop to Deep House, this machine does it all!

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                      (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      not so hot

                      By mtr

                      from NYC

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Kaoss is always fun

                      Cons

                      • Kaossilator more fun

                      Best Uses

                      • Knock out ideas

                      Comments about Korg KAOSSILATOR PRO Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer/Loop Recorder:

                      I picked this up after a night of playing with its little brother (the Kaossilator) with out doing much research. I was very disappointed. I was unimpressed with the sounds also. It seems they used the same unit as their effects processor so some features like the arp switch were located in the back, which seemed odd for something you might want to change often. If you check the Korg forum you will see all the feature requests that are being asked for. With future firmware upgrades this could be a great unit but untill I hear these features added I chose to return the unit.

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      KoPro's Awesome! What's next?

                      By nohuiam

                      from Statesville, NC

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Diversity
                      • fun
                      • Intuitive
                      • Quality
                      • Sturdy

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Live performance
                        • Tapping creativity

                        Comments about Korg KAOSSILATOR PRO Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer/Loop Recorder:

                        I got this KoPro after feeling I had maxed out my creativity on the original Kaossilator. I've been using it every day for the last 3 weeks. I love it. I didn't like how the x/y pad felt at first but quickly got used to it. It has a slightly different feel than the O.K. (original Kaossilator). I have my debut gig at a music festival the first of June and the KoPro is going to be the foundation of sound I create. I am starting to feel really confident in it. Several things I wish were better. If I'm only allowed 200 synth settings, you would think Korg would have the ability to put banks of sound as a testable and downloadable feature on their website to let me choose what sounds I have on my KoPro. I would think most people would have several favorite synth settings, then some that are functional, and then some they will never use. Give me a list of 2,000 sounds to choose from and let me load the 200 settings. I would also like to be able to save and load my saved songs faster. Doesn't seem that the memory is very fast. As a midi-controller, I was disappointed to figure out that controlling the sound module I wanted to control from the xy pad was too cumbersome to make it worth while. I'm sure it may work for some sound modules you are interested in controlling but if you think you're gonna plug it into a drum machine and Gate/Arp the drum sounds... you got another thing coming.

                        Overall, I still love it. I can not imagine life without the KoPro now that it's mine. I saved up and could not wait to get it and now that it's here I can't stop playing with it. Although there is some functionality I'd love to see added, I am very happy with the functionality already there. If you focus on that, the music you make is not restrained by genre. My imagination is really being tapped for the first time musically.

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                        5.0

                        [*] Lets Begin The Kaoss!

                        By Sir Smoke-Alot

                        from Your Front Door, Brooklyn, NY

                        Pros

                        • 15 effect programs
                        • 200 Amazing Sounds
                        • 31 Scales
                        • Dedicated software
                        • Gate Arpeggiator
                        • Loop Recording
                        • SD Memory Storage
                        • USB MIDI
                        • Vocodor
                        • X-Y Realtime Control

                        Cons

                        • none

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Korg KAOSSILATOR PRO Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer/Loop Recorder:

                          When Korg came out with the first kaossilator I was blown away. But now they took all the feedback we gave them and created ultimate kaoss! Even if your not a musician or producer you will love this piece of hardware!

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