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Korg KP-3 KAOSS PAD - Touch Sensitive, Realtime Effects Generator / Controller with Sampler and Editing Software for Mac OS X and Windows XP

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The KP-3 KAOSS Pad from Korg is an effects processor/controller with a unique X-Y touch pad interface, that allows for controlling multiple effect parameters in real-time. The user simply touches, taps and/or rubs a finger across the surface of the touch pad to create enumerable effects. USB connectivity and SD Card storage, along with editing software makes the unit a perfect performance tool for DJs, as well as a unique processor for studio applications.

The unit provides 128 effect programs, ranging from delays and filters to vocoders and synthesizers. All can be modified and saved to program memory. Pad Motion records all finger motion for the ultimate in repeatability, while Hold and Mute features add even more versatility. An FX Release function automatically provides a delay effect when removing the hand from the touch pad, making it easier to perform smooth transitions during a performance.

In addition, the KP3 also functions as a sophisticated sampler. Both microphone and line inputs are provided, allowing for sampling from a variety of audio sources. Resampling allows for recording the output of the KP3 itself, as well as to sample incoming signals through the onboard effects. Both loop and one -shot samples can be recorded and played from the Sample Bank buttons. Sample editing tools provide automatic sample slicing, and the start point of the loop can be manually adjusted to keep samples in sync.

128 Effect Programs

Includes essential effects like filters, delays, reverb and flanging, along with specialty effects that include grain shifter, decimator, a vintage analog style filter with a tone-bending drive circuit, and expanded EQ
Programs are selected by turning a knob and assigning them to up to eight program memory locations, each with a recall button
A HOLD switch allows for freezing an effect in its current position, making it easy to capture a perfect setting or to rhythmically change the sound by drumming on the pad
FX Release adds an adjustable delay tail when removing a finger from the pad. In addition to being a creative performance tool, the feature also prevents the abrupt dropping out of the effect while transitioning from one setting to another

Synthesizers and Vocoders

Loaded with synthesizer sounds including analog synthesizer programs and ethereal ambiance-type sounds
Also included are vocoder programs that are great for MC or vocal processing, or adding vocoder effects to program material

BPM Effects

The delay time or the LFO rates of modulation effects such as pan, phaser or flanger can be synchronized to the beat with the unit's programmed BPM effects
An auto BPM function detect the speed of an input source, or alternatively the BPM can be adjusted manually or by tap-tempo
The KP3 can also send and receive tempo information via MIDI clock. This allows the unit to detect BPM information from a turntable for example, and in turn provide MIDI clock to other devices down the line

Sampling with Effects

The KP3 can record both looped phrases and one shot samples from an external source
Four sample keys
Loop samples can be up to four measures (sixteen beats) long, at 73 BPM or above. Eight beats is the maximum number that can be sampled for tempo values lower that 73. If the tempo is 39 BPM or lower, the maximum number is four
Resampling allows sampling external audio sources through the internal effects, or capturing the entire output of the unit as a new sample
Time-Slicing chops a sample into separate parts

Pad Movements

Pad movements are remembered exactly and any complex pad movements can be played back, instantly reproducing the original effect sounds
A MUTE function can be used to cut the input sound, leaving only the reverb or delay "tail," or muting can be rapidly switched on/off in time with the rhythm

Operation and Connection

Turntables, CD players and musical instruments can be easily connected
A microphone input is perfect for processing vocals or for use as a wild MC toolbox
MIDI IN and OUT connectors allow a computer-based or stand-alone sequencer to record and playback subtle movements traced on the pad for flexible production and remixing possibilities. The MIDI OUT connector also allows for controlling other synthesizers and MIDI gear

Light and Style

The pad lighting system places sixty-four 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
The unit is also built to travel with a heavy-duty, die cast aluminum chassis and a bold, slim-line design
Effects Type Multi
Channels 2 (stereo)
Effect Variations 14 categories
Presets 128
User Memory 8
Inputs 2 x RCA phono Line
1 x 1/4" TS phone Microphone
Output 2 x RCA phono
1 x 1/4" TRS phone Headphone
AD/DA Conversion 24-bit linear, 48kHz
MIDI In and Out
External Storage SD Card

Via USB to a computer
Sys-Ex
Display 3 digit LED
Frequency Response Not specified by manufacturer
Dynamic Range Not specified by manufacturer
Noise Not specified by manufacturer
Dimensions (WxDxH) 8.3 x 8.9 x 1.9" (211 x 226 x 48mm)
Weight 2.87 lbs (1.3 kg)
Specialties Patterns on the touch pad change according to the type of effect being used and the position of the user's finger on the pad
Korg KP-3 KAOSS PAD - Touch Sensitive, Realtime Effects Generator / Controller with Sampler and Editing Software for Mac OS X and Windows XP
  • External Power Supply
  • Touch Pad Protection Sheet
  • Software CD-ROM
  • One (1) Year Warranty
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