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Korg Kaossilator Pro+ Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer/Loop Recorder

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KORG's professional dynamic phase synthesizer gets a refreshing update.

The Kaossilator Pro+ takes everything that was great about the Kaossilator Pro and improves upon it. The Kaossilator series makes it easy for anyone to play musical melodies and phrases. Featuring additional new sound programs and drum sounds Kaossilator Pro+ has been supercharged to offer even more variety and exploration. The unique interface allows musical melodies and phrases to be played with ease by simply stroking, tapping, or rubbing the touchpad. Horizontal motions control the pitch; vertical motions control aspects of the tone, such as filter cutoff, feedback, or modulation depth.

The intuitive design and flexibility of the touchpad allows users who are not keyboard players to perform easily. Users can create performances that are rich with tonal changes that could not be produced on a conventional keyboard instrument.

A total of 250 sound programs
The Kaossilator Pro+ is packed with the cutting-edge synth sounds that you have come to expect from Korg. There are 50 additional programs in the Kaossilator Pro+, bringing the total program count to 250!

62 of these sounds are drawn directly from current musical genres, including familiar and extremely useful leads, and synth basses, along with sound effects for DJ use. Of particular note are the 26 drum sounds that have been especially enhanced. Updated drum PCM includes sounds from the acclaimed Wavedrum percussion synth for even greater performance variety.

With just a single Kaossilator Pro+ you can perform hip-hop, chiptune, house, dubstep, new disco, electro, reggaeton, and drum 'n' bass...or create your own genre!

Loop Recording function
Loop Recording can be set for up to four measures (16 beats.) Performances on the Kaossilator Pro+ can be recorded into any of the four onboard internal Loop Recorder Banks. By adding (overdubbing) additional sounds one at a time, you can create amazing looped phrases that range from minimal to fully orchestrated.. The four banks can be combined for virtually infinite performance possibilities. Each of the four loop banks can be muted or un-muted, its volume adjusted, and its loop length changed, making live performance easy for anyone.
The Kaossilator Pro+ provides line inputs and a mic input to allow for the recording of external audio sources as well. This makes it easy to add a vocal, or audio from any external device to any loop phrase created on the Kaossilator Pro+.

Musical Scale, Key, and Note Range help create musical performances
Even if you've never played a musical instrument, the Kaossilator Pro+'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.

The Gate Arpeggiator function lets you control phrases with complete freedom.
The built-in gate arpeggiator patterns can automatically generate phrases and beats by simply moving a finger across the touchpad. Use the slider to change the gate time and gate speed in real time for cool performances.

Pad LEDs ensure excellent visibility even in the dark.
The pad LEDs light up along the path of your finger, letting you play without difficulty even on a dimly lit stage. The four loop recording LEDs have been changed to a more intuitively obvious illumination pattern than on the Kaossilator Pro, and now light red during recording and green during playback.

FEATURES
Freely playable synthesizer; simply touch the touchpad to play notes and manipulate sounds in real time
A total of 250 sound programs (including drum program) cover a wide range of styles, including 62 new programs
Loop Recording function allows intuitive performance and recording, and 4 infinitely stackable loop banks are available
Numerous functions for unlimited performance possibilities
Scale/Key settings make it easy for anyone to perform with no wrong notes
Note Range function lets you specify the horizontal pitch range of the touchpad
Gate Arpeggiator function allows you to easily control phrases with the slider
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

Perform and create multi-layered music in any style - with just the touch of a finger. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS
Number of programs:
250 (including 15 effect programs)
Sound Categories:
Lead=40 (8), Acoustic=15, Bass=40 (12), Chord=40 (11), SE=30 (5), Drum=30 (10),
Drum Pattern = 40 (16), Vocoder = 15
( ): New or improved functionality is enclosed in parentheses.
Number of Scales:
35
Key setting:
±12
Main controllers:
Touch pad, GATE ARP TIME/SPEED slider
Audio Input:
Line Input (Stereo RCA pin jack)
Mic Input (Mono unbalanced 6.3 mm phone Jack)
Audio Output:
Line Output (Stereo RCA pin jack)
Headphone (6.3 mm Stereo phone jack)
Sampling Frequency:
48 kHz
AD/DA:
24 bit / Linear
External storage device:
SD Card (16MB - 2GB), SDHC Card (- 32GB)
MIDI:
In / Out
USB:
Type B
Power supply:
DC9V
Display:
4-digit LED display
Dimensions:
210 (W) x 226 (D) x 49 (H*) mm / 8.27" x 8.90" x 1.93"
*including knob height
Weight:
1.3 kg / 2.87 lbs.
Accessories:
AC adapter, protective sheet for touch pad
Operating requirements for "Kaossilator Pro+ Editor"
Windows
Computers:
With USB ports support "Microsoft Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8"
OS:
Microsoft Windows XP (SP3 or later) / Vista (SP2 or later, 32bit/64bit) / 7 (SP1 or later, 32bit/64bit) / 8 (32bit/64bit)
Macintosh
Computers:
Apple Macintosh computer with USB ports support Mac OS X
CPU:
Intel Mac supports
OS:
Later Mac OS X 10.5 or later
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KorgKaossilator Pro+ Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer/Loop Recorder
 
4.6

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (8)
  • Good quality (5)
  • Improves sound (4)
  • Functional (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
  • Back-up (3)
  • Concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The only Korg products I own!

I purchased this after the day I received my KP3+ for use live. That is until I discovered just how powerful and amazing they are in the studio as well! I keep them...Read complete review

I purchased this after the day I received my KP3+ for use live. That is until I discovered just how powerful and amazing they are in the studio as well! I keep them in my KAOSS case for the road, but I use them on almost every new project in some form. Amazing!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Interesting gadget

I wouldn't call it a musical instrument as there is no way to accurately input notes. You can set up a scale and key and sort of randomly input notes. It is interesting to...Read complete review

I wouldn't call it a musical instrument as there is no way to accurately input notes. You can set up a scale and key and sort of randomly input notes. It is interesting to set up a loop, or 2, and jam along with on a real instrument. I plan on keeping it, but is not part of my main synth setup. Could be better.

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4.0

Cool toy - but lousy MIDI Sync

By moparzack

from CFO, OH

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Sketchpad

Cons

  • Limited built-in sounds

Best Uses

  • Idea Sketchpad
  • Looping

Comments about Korg Kaossilator Pro+ Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer/Loop Recorder:

The Good: Really clean sound out of this - no obvious hisssss or weird digital buzzes. Pitch/key quantization on the touchpad keeps me from hitting bum notes. Nice little toy for putting ideas down.
The Bad - why oh why are there only 9 memory locations in which to store setups?!? In this day of cheap memory cards, there is NO EXCUSE for this! Also, the MIDI clock sync is LOUSY! If you send a MIDI clock into this thing (thru the 5-pin connector), it starts to drift after about 3 minutes. Maybe Korg saw this only being used as a stand-alone device, and not to be integrated into MIDI synced setup? It sure appears that way. Also, the built-in sound choices are somewhat limited, and I can see any user getting sick of them in a short time.
Ultimately - would I recommend this TOY? maybe, but with the above mentioned caveats. Just don't expect to sync to MIDI.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I have purchase the Kaossiliator pro it is a great item

By Amgeldelrock

from Los angeles CA

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Korg Kaossilator Pro+ Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer/Loop Recorder:

    It is a great item to impove new sounds, Im very satisfy and I remcommend it

     
    5.0

    sounds great, useful tool and very good for creation

    By rsm

    from Savannah, GA

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    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Composing, creating and performance

        Comments about Korg Kaossilator Pro+ Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer/Loop Recorder:

        I'm using this as part of a live electronic rig for techno, house, acid, trance, psy-trance

         
        4.0

        Cool. Very Cool.

        By Synth Nut

        from Waterford, MI

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Quality

        Cons

        • MIDI Functions Could Have Better Presets

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Korg Kaossilator Pro+ Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer/Loop Recorder:

        Had to trade first unit in. It would record blips of sound while in jam mode and recording was not engaged.

         
        3.0

        Interesting gadget

        By Dhub

        from NM

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • One trick pony

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Practicing

        Comments about Korg Kaossilator Pro+ Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer/Loop Recorder:

        I wouldn't call it a musical instrument as there is no way to accurately input notes. You can set up a scale and key and sort of randomly input notes. It is interesting to set up a loop, or 2, and jam along with on a real instrument. I plan on keeping it, but is not part of my main synth setup. Could be better.

         
        5.0

        Inspires creativity within minutes

        By Graemond

        from Marysville, OH

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Creating songs
          • Practicing

          Comments about Korg Kaossilator Pro+ Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer/Loop Recorder:

          Super fun and easy to use for it's price. This thing will get the creative juices flowing in anybody. Eveytime I mess around with it within 5 minutes I'll have a fun little jam. If you're thinking about getting, get it!

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          The only Korg products I own!

          By Chris C.

          from Charlotte, NC

          About Me Professional Musician

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts

            Comments about Korg Kaossilator Pro+ Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer/Loop Recorder:

            I purchased this after the day I received my KP3+ for use live. That is until I discovered just how powerful and amazing they are in the studio as well! I keep them in my KAOSS case for the road, but I use them on almost every new project in some form. Amazing!

             
            5.0

            Great for improvisation and breaking new ground

            By Dennisio

            from Summerhill, PA

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fun to play
            • Great improvisational instrument

            Cons

            • Touch screen could be bigger

            Best Uses

            • Breaking new ground
            • Improvisation
            • Losing track of time

            Comments about Korg Kaossilator Pro+ Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer/Loop Recorder:

            I took the open box/blemished offer and got a great deal.

            The Kaossilator is a timely addition to my studio and is a great creative tool.

            Be sure to check the clock occasionally so you're not late for work or wife or whatever.

            Rock on.

             
            5.0

            Great Synth sounds. Fun device

            By 7stringperson

            from Woodbury, MN

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fun
            • Good Quality

            Cons

            • only 4 loo; pads
            • Short loops

            Best Uses

            • Composing
            • Sci fi sounds
            • Sound effects

            Comments about Korg Kaossilator Pro+ Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer/Loop Recorder:

            I mainly play guitars, but started out with basic keyboards. This is a super fun machine. Relatively easy to use; vocoder sounds, synth sounds, analog drum sounds, 256 sound banks. The touch pad controls various parameters from sound to sound. Drum loops, the pad is divided into zones for variation in hits and intensity, or reverb or delays. For synth sounds the various envelope parameters are controlled on the vertical axis. Horizontally, notes range is triggered. It is not hard to start making loops. Just have to get used to some workflows of not over doing it because I don't think there is an undo button. you can erase the entire loop though. From what I see, if you mess up a loop the good layers cannot be saved, you have to redo the whole thing so one has to be careful. Loops successfully created can be saved to an SD card upto 32GB. It accepts MIDI in. It should accept an external keyboard controlled I believe.

            There are over twenty scales, and you can change the key. Once in a specific scale, you can't hit a wrong note and the whole experience is musical in one way or another. Excellent for experimenting with sounds, creating loops, dance loops, trance, rock and create your rhythms. Here however, I did find that you can't trigger two sound at the same time so your finger better not be on the pad when the other is triggering another drum sound. So it has limitations but with layers upon layers still the experience is musical. I do wish they had at least 8 trigger pads for storing loops and 32 to 48 or even longer measures. Right now loops are only 16 measures and at slower tempos this becomes 8 or if even slower it drops to 4. So the internal memory is not big at all. Still it loops really well if you sync yourself well. There is not autosync to beat like Boss RC pedals for guitars. Overall I do recommend this as a DJ, performance, composition, experimentation device. May be more and more devices will be like that in the future.

             
            5.0

            I would buy this product again

            By Dov

            from Tulsa. Oklahoma

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional
            • Good Quality
            • Improves Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about Korg Kaossilator Pro+ Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer/Loop Recorder:

              My go to for creative inspiration. Easy to master right out of the box.

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