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Korg KP3 KAOSS Pad Reviews

4.5 stars based on 2 customer reviews

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  • Carson McClain

    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!

  • from Bahamas June 2, 2011Music Background:
    Producer

    great fx unit, only one flaw

    I 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 '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.

  • from NY,USA December 27, 2011Music Background:
    Recording

    Great Effects Unit

    i 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 looking to purchase another one

Reviews

  • Evan Gilmore
    1-30-2008

    Being somewhat new to the DJ world, I was pleasantly surprised at how easy the Korg KAOSS Pad (KP3) was to learn to use. Within minutes of taking it out of the box, I had my iPod plugged in to it, and was experimenting with some amazing sounding effects. The center of this unit is the lighted touch pad which controls the parameters of the 128+ effects and programs. As you move your finger around, the lights track the motion on the pad. This feature is part of what makes the KP3 an excellent choice for use in dimly lit clubs or as an excellent performance tool on the stage.

    Since the KP3 has MIDI I/O, you can use the X/Y axis on the pad as well as the single fader to send MIDI control to your outboard effects unit, computer, synth, workstation, or many other MIDI devices. This is a great way not only to control the built-in synth, effects, vocoder, drum machine, and other programs, but also a number of things "outside the box" as well. The included software allows you to connect the KP3 to your computer via USB in order to save effects settings, samples, and performances (tracked motion on the touchpad). These things can also be saved on a SD card through a slot on the KP3.

    Among the vast array of effects are a drum machine and synthesizer, which can function independently of a line input or mic signal, and be used to create some powerful sounds that you may not expect from this comparatively small device. All in all, I would sum up the KP3 in two words: fun and easy!

  • Mark Brody
    5-03-2007

    The Korg KAOSS Pad v3 (KP3) is the most unique multi-effects processor on the market today. Korg has created a whole new way to approach live effects processing with the KAOSS Pad series, and their third version is better than ever. With over 25 kinds of effects, the ability to sample and resample on the fly, and now featuring synth sounds from Korg's RADIAS synth engine, I could not keep my hands off the KP3.

    I was immediately impressed with the bright and sometimes hypnotic LED screen and touchpad. But looks actually take a back seat to functionality in this respect: finding the right program was easy as cake, with the name of the program scrolling in big characters across the touchpad. This was useful in my home studio; this would be priceless in a dark club during showtime, especially during a DJ set where every second counts. As soon as I came across the synth patches I knew I had struck gold. Not only did the killer RADIAS synth programs become extremely addictive by being able to control the sound by sliding my finger around, I suddenly realized that I was creating sound directly from a multi-effects processor! The ability to run signals through all sorts of filters, LFOs, decimators and more, and then instantaneously switch to a synth to change the whole feeling of the set is something I simply cannot do with any other piece of gear.

    If I was impressed by all of the effects and synths, I was blown away to find that I could use an inexpensive SD card to save up to 99 samples that can be played back at the touch of a button from the KP3. It was very intuitive using the included sample librarian (CD-ROM, Mac and PC) to sort files and transfer them to the KP3 via USB. You can resample right in the KP3 and save them as new samples, and you can even trigger looped samples and chop up the loop on the fly!

    Although I consider the KP3 to be a must have for DJs and electronic musicians, bands such as Radiohead and Korn have incorporated the KP3 into their sounds as well. The best thing about the KP3 isn't the effects, or the sampling, or the synths, or the hands-on control, it's the fact that ALL of these features are incorporated flawlessly into one sturdy piece of gear. Korg, my hat is off to you.

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