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Korg Kaoss Pad Quad - Dynamic Effects Processor

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Product Highlights
  • Fingertip Control up to 4 Effects
  • LED Touchpad
  • Beat-Sync Effects
  • Tap Tempo
  • Freeze Button
  • Vinyl Break Turntable Effects
  • Multi-Mode Looper

The Kaoss Pad Quad from Korg is a multi-effects processor with an LED illuminated touch-pad that allows the user to tap, slide, or move their finger across the X-Y axis to change effect-parameters and produce real-time changes in any sound source. The unit is extremely straightforward and easy to use - just touch the pad to apply effects.

The unit provides access to four effects simultaneously. These effects can be synchronized to the beat of the music, and any audio source can be processed - an MP3 player, a mixing board, an instrument, even vocals via a microphone input. The colorful LED illumination aids in the performance, with the illumination changing based on the state of the effects, the BPM setting, and the performer's movements.

Each of the 4 effect modules contains 5 options (plus a null, or off position), for a total of 1,295 combinations, with the ability to choose effects directly from the front panel. For each of the four effect modules, there's a Freeze button that memorizes the position at which the touchpad is touched, freezing that effect even after the finger is released. Touching the surface while Freeze is enabled allows the non-frozen effects to still be controlled.

In addition to more traditional effects, the Kaoss Pad Quad adds several other types of effects, including a Multi-Mode Looper, Vinyl Break turntable effects, and Ducking Comp that creates the distinctive "ducking compressor" effect. that An Auto BPM engine automatically detects the tempo/BPM of the song that's playing, or the audio source. Tap Tempo is also provided and fine adjustments can be made using the BPM knob.

Brilliant, colorful LED touchpad illuminations move in sync with your performance
Control multiple effects in real-time using the intuitive Kaoss X-Y touchpad
Create custom Kaoss combinations and use up to 4 effects at once
Choose 1 of 5 effects from each of 4 effect groups for a total of 1,295 combinations
Freeze button holds the effect settings after you release your finger, for hands-free use
Versatile and highly playable effects control, delivering a wide expanse of expression
Looper effects - Forward, Reverse and Slice - add audio intensity
DJ emulation Vinyl Break and Ducking Compressor effects
Auto BPM engine detection and Tap Tempo functions keep the processor locked to the beat
Effects Type Looper Module:
Looper
Rev Looper
Loop Slicer
Grain Shifter
Vinyl Break

Mod Module:
Dist
Decimator
Ducking Comp
Flanger
Phaser

Filter Module:
LPF
HPF
BPF+
Jet
Pitch Shifter

Delay/Rev Module:
1Delay
Delay
Tape Echo
Reverb
Delay Reverb
Channels 2
Inputs 2 x RCA phono
1 x 1/4" TS phone Microphone
Output 2 x RCA phono
1 x 1/4" TRS phone Headphone
AD/DA Conversion 24-bit
Sampling Frequency 48kHz
MIDI No
Power Requirements 9VDC, 1700mA via included adapter
Dimensions (WxDxH) 7.3 x 8.4 x 1.7" (185 x 213 x 43mm)
Weight 1.7 lb (0.8kg)
Korg Kaoss Pad Quad - Dynamic Effects Processor
  • External Power Supply
  • Protective Sheet for Touchpad
  • One (1) Year Warranty
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    KorgKaoss Pad Quad - Dynamic Effects Processor
     
    4.5

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    5.0

    effects start here

    By Nissy

    from Miami Gardens

    Comments about Korg Kaoss Pad Quad - Dynamic Effects Processor:

    This unit offers a lot of options for your analog signal. You can turn an ordinary sequence or sound into something more dynamic. If you're seeking effects and getting further into producing, definitely give this one a try!

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    4.0

    Awesome Effects Processor

    By DJ Dirty Harry

    from San Francisco

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    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Excellent Sound Quality
    • Good Selection Of Effects
    • Responsive
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Korg Kaoss Pad Quad - Dynamic Effects Processor:

      I am a DJ and will be using this in my sets, so I will be writing this review from that perspective.

      This product does exactly what it says it will do: it processes the incoming audio signal and adds effects to it, in real time, as you swipe the XY light up panel. It does this very well, on tempo, and has awesome effects to select from, as well as many combinations.

      This, however, is like adding effects to your MASTER track. Without some rerouting, you will be sending the audio signal directly to the speakers, which is perfectly fine if that's what you intend to do. Be aware, however, that mixing with this unit is a bit of a fine art (we'll get to that in just one second)
      FUN FACT: this is pretty fun to play around with when you are just simply listening to itunes! You can add effects and play along with the music, do the mixing trick described below by starting a new track, and pretty much get solid practice in w/o even having DJ equipment plugged in.
      People love playing with this at parties as well! fun to share and intuitive so people understand it!

      There are 2 things that buyers should understand about this product:
      1) From the effects bank, you select up to 4 effects (1 from each bank). This does not mean that 1 effect goes to each corner! This is what I thought at first. BUT, in reality, it's better than that! You actually get different variations on each individual effect depending on which corner you go to. To state it a different way, you have 5x5x5x5 possible combos of effects (625) and each individual effect would have 4 "variations" essentially. This does mean, of course, that you cannot use one part of the panel for "looping" and one part for "reverb" … instead, when you touch the XY, you get loop AND reverb, but in differing variations/quantities depending on your XY coordinate. If you don't want to loop, you have to turn loop "off" with the effect selection buttons.

      2) Mixing: As stated, the effects are basically applied to your "master" track, which can be frustrating if you wanted to add effects to one track but not the other. At first I was disappointed that mixing would not be improved from this machine. HOWEVER, I have discovered a workaround for this that should be MORE ADVERTISED by Korg. With looper on, and the "fx depth" knob at 100%, put your finger on the xy (triggering the looping mechanism). This will loop until you let your finger off. At that point, start playing another track, and slowly turn the "fx depth" down to 50%… this will effectively have the loop at 50% and the now playing track (new incoming signal) at 50% … totally a mix!!! And it sounds new and original!!
      NOTE: if you are using a mixer, you would have to cut over to your new track 100% with the crossfader.

      The above descriptions are informative and definitely stuff you should know, but aren't "bad".

      Here's the bad stuff:
      You do sometimes get a crackle or a pop here and there depending on what's going on. I have not identified a true "pattern" or reason for this.
      There is some kind of added "white noise" from the product that varies by how much the "microphone" knob on the VERY TOP is turned. This is a relatively easy fix but I could see someone overlooking this.
      Depending on your set up, there is a limit to how much "input volume" the machine can take, and it lets you know with a light. You would want to go into a mixer/amp from this machine ANYWAY though, so this is not a deal breaker.

      OVERALL: THIS MACHINE ROCKS THE HOUSE. IT has improved my drops by 500% and frees up my hand space as well as computer processing space. Definitely a good add for a DJ who is relatively new to the game (like myself) and doesn't have all of the absolute best equipment etc.
      Also, fun for parties.
      Honestly, a great starter unit if you want to get your kid into music.

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