Korg Kaossilator Pro+ Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer/Loop Recorder

Korg Kaossilator Pro+ Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer/Loop Recorder

Korg Kaossilator Pro+ Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer/Loop Recorder

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Product Highlights

  • Freely Playable Synthesizer
  • XY Touchpad
  • Play Notes/Manipulate Sound in Real-Time
  • 4 Infinitely Stackable Loop Banks
  • 250 Sounds
  • Choice of 35 Scales
  • Gate Arpeggiator
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows XP/Vista/7/8
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Korg Kaossilator Pro+ overview

  • 1Description

The Kaossilator Pro+ from Korg is a performance interface that features an XY touch pad and four loop record buttons that can be set up for loop recording of four measures (16 beats) each. The controller allows the user to play musical melodies and phrases by simply stroking, tapping, or rubbing the touchpad. Horizontal motions on the touchpad control the pitch, while vertical motions control the tone, including filter cutoff, feedback, or modulation depth. Each of the four loop banks can be muted or un-muted, its volume adjusted, and its loop length changed, and the four banks can be combined for virtually infinite performance possibilities.

The intuitive design of the touchpad is particularly appealing to non-keyboard players, although performances can be created on the controller that could not be produced on a conventional keyboard instrument. Key and Scale features ensure that notes being played will match the song being performed. The Key setting specifies the root along with a choice of thirty-five scales encompassing chromatic, major pentatonic, and minor blues, as well as others such as Spanish, Ryukyu, and Raga. By using both the Key and Scale settings perfect solos can be played without a single wrong note. The Note Range allows for specifying the range of playable pitches.

A total of 250 sound programs (including drum programs) cover a wide range of styles including hip-hop, chiptune, house, dubstep, new disco, electro, reggaeton, and drum 'n' bass. Built-in gate arpeggiator patterns can automatically generate phrases and beats by simply moving a finger across the touchpad, while using the slider changes the gate time and gate speed in real time. The pad LEDs light up along the path of the finger, useful when playing on a dimly lit stage. MIDI In/Out jacks and a USB port make it easy to control external MIDI devices.

Loop data and user settings such as programs can be stored on an optional SD/SDHC card. A downloadable Kaossilator Pro+ Editor provides librarian functionality for any loop data as well as functioning as a MIDI assignment editor. Finally, data is interchangeable between the Kaossilator Pro+ and the Kaossilator 2, sharing BPM and other settings.

Freely playable synthesizer
Simply touch the touchpad to play notes and manipulate sounds in real-time
250 sound programs (including drum programs) cover a wide range of styles
Loop Recording function allows intuitive performance and recording, with four infinitely stackable loop banks available
Scale/Key settings make it easy for anyone to perform with no wrong notes
Note Range function allows for specifying the horizontal pitch range of the touchpad
Gate Arpeggiator function provides easy control of phrases with the slider
Line inputs and a microphone input allow for recording external audio sources to add audio from any external device, or a vocal to any loop phrase
Pad LEDs ensure excellent visibility even in the dark
USB MIDI allows use as a powerful MIDI controller
Store recorded loop data and even externally made WAV files on an SD/SDHC card
Dedicated editor software for centralized management of sample data and settings
In the Box
Korg Kaossilator Pro+ Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer/Loop Recorder
  • External Power Supply
  • Protective Sheet for Touch Pad
  • One (1) Year Warranty
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    Korg Kaossilator Pro+ specs

    Converters 24-bit/48 kHz
    Program Memory 250 (included 15 effect programs)
    Sounds 40 x Lead
    15 x Acoustic
    40 x Bass
    40 x Chord
    30 x SE
    30 x Drum
    40 x Drum Pattern
    15 x Vocoder
    Scales 35
    Tuning +/-12 Key Setting
    Controllers 1 x Touch Pad
    Gate Arp Time/Speed Slider
    Audio Input 2 x RCA phono
    1 x 1/4" TS phone Microphone
    Audio Output 2 x RCA phono
    1 x 1/4" TRS phone Headphone
    Other Connectors 1 x USB Type B
    2 x 5-pin DIN MIDI I/O
    Display 4-digit LED
    Storage SD Card: 16 MB to 2 GB
    SDHC Card: 32 GB
    Power Requirements 9V DC via included power adapter
    System Requirements Mac
    Intel Mac with USB ports
    OS X 10.5 or later
    Computer with USB port
    Windows XP SP3 or later, Vista SP2 or later (32-/64-bit), Windows 7 SP1 or later (32-/64-bit), Windows 8 (32-/64-bit)
    Dimensions (WxDxH) 8.3 x 8.9 x 1.9" (210 x 226 x 49* mm) *includes knobs height
    Weight 2.9 lb (1.3 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.25 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 14.1 x 9.4 x 3.0"

    Korg Kaossilator Pro+ reviews

    Kaossilator Pro+ Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer/Loop Recorder is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 9.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from It does what is expected of it I can see why this has been so popular for so long. The manual is slim, to say the leas (which is what it does). But it gets you started and it's easy to figure out if you just bang around and pay attention to what you're doing so you know when you've hit on something. It's basically a groove box and you fall naturally into making fun beats. I am more interested in spacier ambient uses and it takes just a little bit of wrangling to find those modes. There are things I wish it did, but what it does it does very well.
    Date published: 2015-06-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from B&H Photo employees KNOW....! great pricing and knowledgable employees make this an incredible place to shop online ! i REALLY get ALL my gear for my home recording studio and my live show at B&H Photo.... i know they've made their name in photo gear, but the selection of computers/software and music gear should have ALL musicians taking note.... Thank You B&H Photo !!!!! Respectfully, Paul C Torbert
    Date published: 2016-06-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A unique synth for your collection Was a huge fan of the first Kaossilator so I had to buy the big boy. It's been out for a while so the price has come down and now it's literally the biggest bargains you can find -- used ones are going for more$!In short, the touch surface is unlike any other synth on the market. You can do things you could never do with a standard keyboard synth and the interactive hardware is more intuitive and fun than a software synth.The real fun comes with playing with the four looping buttons at the bottom. With drums loops, bass loops, and plenty of lead instruments, you can instantly build full music loops on the fly.I use it in my live rig as a go to instrument if I ever have any trouble with my gear (laptops will always fail you at some point!) or if I just need a quick transition as I cue up some other things. Pair it with its brother device, the Korg Kaoss Pad (KP3) which has the exact same body but instead of a synth, it's an effects processor. Those 2 together can make some really mean beats.
    Date published: 2015-04-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super happy with the purchase of this product. I use this in my D.J home production setup. Very happy with the quality and build. Extremely happy in dealing with B@H as they were very helpful with all of my questions. Product arrived ahead of schedule even though it was a holiday. Will definitely be doing business with them again.
    Date published: 2016-12-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A must have for DJ's I use the Kaoss to mix music and transition during live performances. Casing and knobs are sturdy and the unit is easy to learn and use. Not all sounds are useful and voice modifiers are limited. Overall great performance.
    Date published: 2014-05-10
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice addition to my keyboard rig!!! I love this thing for looping myself and adding quick little musical fills when I'm jamming. I only wish that it didn't just have RCA inputs/outputs, but other than that it's a great little piece of hardware.
    Date published: 2016-02-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome addition to the studio! I've been putting off this purchase for a while, and now I have no idea why - Solid build, excellent response on the pad itself, and in general a great tool for building beats.
    Date published: 2017-01-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing item and customer service b and h customer service was amazing. I would suggest doing business with them to anybody.
    Date published: 2015-11-04
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