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Kaossilator 2

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Where To Find It

Call number: Music Tools

Available Copies: Downtown 1st Floor Stuff Shelf

Contents

  • One Kaossilator 2
  • Two AA batteries (installed)
  • One power supply cord (optional)

How To Use

To power on the Kaossilator press and hold the small power button on the upper right side of the instrument until the display illuminates. Touch your finger to the square touchpad to sound a note. Use the + and - buttons to cycle through the 150 audio programs. If the batteries run out you can use the included power adapter to continue playing. For more infomation on the Kaossilator's other functions check out the video tutorials below and the full instruction manual under Documentation.

Overview

Kaossilator 2 is the palm-size phrase synthesizer that can be played by anyone, at any place, and at any time.

Product Features

  • Simply tap or slide your finger across the X-Y touchpad
  • 150 built-in sounds cover every style of dance music
  • PCM sound engine serves up realistic drums
  • Scale Key and Note Range eliminates "wrong" notes
  • Built-in Gate Arpeggiator with adjustable gate time and swing settings
  • Loop Recording allows the creation of layered phrases with unlimited overdubs
  • Dual Loop Recording banks allow DJ-Style mutes and cross-fades
  • Record using the built-in mic; or use the mic input for recording of external input
  • microSD/SDHC card slot for saving loops and recorded performances

Korg synthesis at your fingertips
The unique interface allows melodies and phrases to be played by simply tapping or sliding a finger across the Kaoss touchpad. Horizontal motions control the pitch; vertical motions control aspects of the tone such as filter cutoff, feedback, or modulation depth. When using a drum kit program, multiple sounds can be played simultaneously, and you can even play the touchpad as if it were a drum pad. The intuitive design and amazing flexibility of the touchpad allows users who are not keyboard players to perform easily, as well as creating performances rich with tonal changes that could not be produced on a keyboard instrument.

150 built-in sounds covering a full range of musical styles
Korg's acclaimed synthesizer technology has been meticulously packed into this sleek, compact format. The 150 ready-to-play sounds cover a broad range of styles including hip-hop, house, dubstep, new disco, and electro. In addition, the Kaossilator 2 provides a solid set of synth sounds such as synth lead, synth bass, acoustic sounds such as piano or guitar, and even sound effects for DJ use.

Accurate PCM drum sounds
PCM sound generation provides drum sounds and drum performances that are more realistic than ever. There are 15 Drum Kits in the Kaossilator 2. Each Drum Kit consists of instruments such as kick, snare, and hi-hat. In addition, there are 25 Rhythm Loop patterns that let you create drum phrases simply by moving your finger. The lineup of sounds covers numerous genres, so you'll be sure to find the drum sounds you need.

Musical Scale, Key, and Note Range help create musical performances
Even if you've never played a musical instrument, the Kaossilator 2’s Key and Scale features ensure that the notes being played will match the song being performed. Use the Key setting to specify the musical key or “root.” Choose any of 35 scales, ranging from popular scales such as chromatic, major pentatonic, and minor blues, as well as unusual scales such as Spanish, Ryukyu, and Raga. By using both the Key and Scale settings to match the song, you can play perfect solos without a single wrong note. In addition, the Note Range allows you to specify the range of playable pitches. You can set this to a narrow range to ensure that melodies will be played accurately as you intend, or to an extremely wide range to allow unexpectedly dynamic and unconventional phrases to emerge.

Gate Arpeggiator expands your performance power
The fifty built-in gate arpeggiator patterns can automatically generate phrases and beats by simply moving a finger across the touchpad. As a new capability of the Kaossilator 2, you can now edit the arpeggiator's gate time and swing settings so that musical phrases are created exactly as you intended.

Loop Recording allows intuitive overdubs
The Kaossilator 2’s Loop Recording feature can overdub touchpad performance as many times as you like. By adding layer upon layer to a simple phrase, it's easy for anyone to create amazingly intricate tracks. Thanks to the Scale/Key settings, the results will always sound musically appropriate, each and every time!

Dual Loop Recording banks provide DJ-Style performances
The two Loop Recording banks can be used alone, or used together for truly dramatic results. By combining the two loop recording banks, you can create new performances that were not possible on earlier Kaossilator units. Different sounds and phrases can be recorded onto each of the two loops. These loops can then be cross-faded or muted, or the loop length can be changed in realtime to create dynamic live performances. Unwanted loops can be erased and rerecorded while playback continues, so you'll be able to create DJ-like performances on the Kaossilator 2 without the sound ever stopping!

Record and loop nearly any source!
The Kaossilator 2 offers both an internal mic as well as an auxiliary mic input. This combination allows the loop –recording of nearly any audio source. Plus, you can easily mix different audio sources, so that as a loop phrase created using the Kaossilator 2’s internal sounds plays in the background, you can overdub your own rap, vocal, or other external sound, or enjoy a loop recording session with a musical collaborator – such as a guitarist.

microSD card slot for data storage
A microSD card can be used to save loop recorder data. In addition, performances played on the Kaossilator 2 be recorded using the master recorder, and stored on a card. Whenever an important musical idea begins to take shape, it can easily be saved, and can even be used later as part of a studio production. This is also a convenient way to share Kaossilator 2 performances on the Internet. The Kaossilator 2 also acts as an audio player, and can play back performances created using the master recorder. Listen to your best performances for comparison, or share them with your friends.
* SDXC cards cannot be used.
* Supported file formats: WAV files (16-bit, 44.1 kHz/48 kHz, stereo)

Operation linked with KORG iKaossilator for iPhone
You can use the kaossilator 2 together with Korg's iKaossilator for the iPhone/iPad. This allows audio data to be transferred between the kaossilator 2 and iKaossilator, and lets you use the two devices in a BPM-synchronized performance. Although iKaossilator and the kaossilator 2 share the Kaossilator name, their sound generator and recording style are completely different. While the iKaossilator uses a PCM sound source, the kaossilator 2 uses a modeling synth. And while the iKaossilator provides a five part sequencer that lets you freely insert or remove notes as you perform, the kaossilator 2 allows unlimited overdubbing as well as recording of external audio input. By combining these two with audio data that utilizes the advantages of each, you can vastly expand your performance possibilities.

Product description from Korg USA

Specifications

  • Programs: 150
  • Program Categories: Lead (25), Acoustic (10), Bass (30), Chord (25), SE (20), Drum (15), Drum Patterns (25)
  • Scales: 35
  • Key Range: ±12
  • Gate Arpeggiator: 50 patterns
  • Sampling Frequency: 48 kHz
  • AD/DA Conversion: 24-bit linear
  • Input connectors: Mic Input (stereo mini jack type)
  • Output connectors: Headphone Output (stereo mini jack type)
  • Data Storage: microSD card (512MB - 2GB) microSDHC card (2GB - 16GB) *SDXC card cannot be used.
  • Power Supply: AA batteries (alkaline battery or Nickel-Metal Hydride battery) x 2 Optional AC adapter-ready (DC4.5V –)
  • Battery Life: Approx. 5 hours (Power Saving : On, with Nickel-Metal Hydride battery)

Documentation

View Instructions (PDF)

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Community Reviews

Odd limitations, can be addictive

It's narrowly focused on making short 4/4 drum loops--making loops of more than a few bars is hard, complicated melodies are tricky given the resolution of the screen (it's small and by default it jams a couple octaves across it). And the individual sounds try to do a lot for you--they have their own hard-wired effects, in some cases they play complete drum patterns for you, etc.

But you can get started experimenting with piling different sounds on top of each other very quickly, and before you know you'll realize you've been at it for an hour.

In the end I haven't come up with anything I thought was that interesting, but clearly it's possible.

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