Korg KP3 KAOSS Pad (No Longer Available)
Realtime X-Y Touchpad MIDI Controller with 128 Programs, Sampling, and Effects
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Korg KAOSS Pad KP3 - Realtime Sample and Effects ControllerThe Korg KAOSS Pad has not just found favor with electronica producers and DJs; guitarists and other musicians have hooked into, and have been completely hooked by the KAOSS Pad. Bands the likes of Radiohead and Korn have integrated it into their music, and now, with the introduction of the latest version, the KP3 featuring effects derived from Korg's amazing RADIAS, it's now easier than ever to integrate its effects morphing and sampling capabilities into your performance. If you want to take your live effects to a new level, check out what the Korg KP3 KAOSS Pad can do.
Korg KAOSS Pad KP3 at a Glance:
The KAOSS Pad
The look of the product, the visual feedback you get from it, many new effects (including synthesis derived from RADIAS), seriously enhanced sampling, USB computer connectivity, SD card storage - the KP3 is a serious new tool for your music. By simply touching, tapping or sliding your finger over the touchpad, the all-new KP3 allows you to control multiple effects parameters and manipulate samples in real time. On stage or in the studio, these gestures and moves can become powerful and expressive performance elements. More than a processor, the KP3 is a complete instrument allowing you to manage, recall, and play back samples; sample on the fly; and add dynamic processing to any audio signal or to the samples themselves.
This latest KAOSS incarnation has been completely overhauled to enhance your creativity, with significant advances in every area. New effects algorithms, synth sounds derived from Korg's RADIAS engine, bigger and better sampling plus computer connectivity all point to the fact that the KP3 is an entirely new KAOSS instrument. A new pad lighting system places 64 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!
Killer Effects come to Life
The KP3 comes equipped with 128 great-sounding effect programs Sure, the traditional essential effects are there - delays, flangers, etc., and they sound amazing. But using newly developed algorithms, the KP3 also provides fresh, exciting effects such as a grain shifter, decimator, a vintage analog style filter with a tone-bending drive circuit, and expanded EQs that are controlled directly from the pad. And moving beyond effects, there are also drum grooves and even RADIAS-inspired vocoder and synthesizer sounds that can be played free-form on the X-Y pad.
As you move your finger across the touchpad and find that "sweet spot", pressing the Hold button will lock the settings, so you can take your hand away to do other things. The LED grid on the touchpad will show the held location, so you can pick up where you left off without any "jumps". Better yet, Pad Motion can memorize and repeat a fluid or complex gesture played on the pad. Once again, the new pad lighting system enhancements can actually display the Pad Motion pattern as it plays.
A separate FX Depth knob sets the overall balance between the original signal and the effect, so you can add just the right amount of processing. The eight Program Memory buttons allow you to store all of this information - Program Number, Hold button On/Off status (and coordinates), Pad Motion, and the FX depth setting - to a single button for instant access during performance.
Another new innovation in the KP3 is called FX Release. Basically, FX Release adds an adjustable delay tail when you remove your finger from the pad. In addition to being a creative performance tool, FX Release also prevents the abrupt dropping out of the effect as you transition from one setting to another, providing a smoother and more musical performance. The FX Release delay effect is automatically set to the current tempo - whether manual, MIDI, auto BPM or Tap Tempo - and the amount of the FX Release and can be set and saved individually with each program.
Four Sample Bank buttons on the front panel allow you to create, play and save both looped and one-shot samples on the fly. All samples are recorded using high resolution 24-bit converters, and are stored in 16-bit/48 kHz format. Samples can be saved on a Secure Digital (SD) card or transferred to computer via USB. With both mc and line inputs, the KP3 allows you to sample from a wide variety of sources.
The KP3's sampling system thinks and speaks in the language of music, hiding incredible technology below the surface. When creating loop samples, for example, sample length is set in terms of beats, not seconds. You can generally set the sample length up to 16 beats long (extremely slow tempos capture fewer beats). When sampling is finished, the sample will immediately start playing in sync with the sample source. As the sample plays you can adjust the start time of the sample to "fine-tune" it to the original tempo, or to dial-in time shifted playback.
Time-Slicing chops a sample into separate parts. You can use the Program Memory buttons to turn these individual slices on or off in real time, creating new rhythmic patterns from the original sample as part of your performance. Sampling and effects are totally integrated in the KP3, so you can sample through the effects, and even re-sample the entire output to create powerful, multi element samples.
Stay in Sync
Tempo is an integral element of the KP3. Sampling times are set in terms of tempo, and many effects are also tempo-based. All tempo-related functions are accurate to .1 (one-tenth) of a BPM for more precise matching to external devices. To keep everything synced up, the KP3 features auto-BPM detection from the audio input; Tap-Tempo entry, as well as a manual tempo setting. The KP3 can also send and receive tempo information via MIDI clock. This extra versatility allows the KP3 to detect BPM info from a turntable, and in turn provide MIDI clock to other devices down the line, keeping everything moving together.
The KP3 is also a MIDI controller, sending out three controller numbers from the touchpad, and additional messages from the slider. The Sample Bank buttons send and receive note messages. Program Change commands and clock information can also be sent or received. The inclusion of MIDI IN and OUT allows even the most daring and complex KP3 moves to be recorded and played back by an external sequencer or software sequencing program.
USB and Editor Librarian Software
A single USB connection allows the KP3 to share sample data with a computer. An editor/librarian program is included so you can build libraries of samples, and edit them using your computer. The software also allows WAV and AIFF files to be loaded into the KP3, and includes pitch correction for samples not created at 48 kHz. This graphic software is valuable not only for editing samples, but also for creating, editing and saving programs and global data. The stereo inputs and outputs can be set so the KP3 can run in-line to an amplification system, or hooked to the effect loop jacks of an audio mixer.
Korg KAOSS Pad KP3 Features:
The Korg KP3 KAOSS Pad is a serious new tool for your music.
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great fx unit, only one flaw
by dt from BahamasI absolutely love the KP3. The effects are on point, easy to control and easy to get consistent results for the most part. My only gripe about the unit is that the 'FX Depth' knob is too close to the ... read more [+]'Main Volume' knob, so that sometimes if you do a drastic switch with the FX Depth, you accidently knock the Main Volume up or down. Obviously undesirable in a live setting. If you don't have fat fingers, and are careful.. you can have ALOT of fun with this. close [-]
June 2, 2011
Music Background: Producer
Great Effects Unit
by frank from NY,USAi loved my overall experience with the kaoss pad. i used mine for my bass and ran it through my effects worked great,only reason i got rid of it was because the model i bought the sampler was broken l... read more [+]ooking to purchase another one close [-]
December 27, 2011
Music Background: Recording
by: Evan Gilmore
Being somewhat new to the DJ world, I was pleasantly surprised at how easy the Korg... read more »
by: Mark Brody
The Korg KAOSS Pad v3 (KP3) is the most unique multi-effects processor on the market today.... read more »
I have been a long-time KAOSS pad user. I still use the KP2 in my DJ rig. I was thrilled to see the new features in this KP3!! With four sample banks and more synth sounds right out of the Radias, you can't beat it. Also the new fader gives you the ability to add release time to your FX so that you do not have an abrupt change in sound when your FX are released. You can save all your presets to SD card for later use. A built-in vocoder for that robot sound that all DJs love. This is an FX powerhouse that will keep all your mixes new and exciting!
Kathy, Wilmington, NC
Korg KP3 KAOSS Pad
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