Korg announces the availability of its Kaossilator 2 Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer and Mini Kaoss Pad 2 Dynamic Effect Processor. Each offers a sleek new design with ergonomic styling, a high-visibility organic electroluminescent (OEL) display, and Korg's well-known X-Y touchpad, all in a compact body with battery operation for shirt pocket portability.
Introduced in 2007, the original Kaossilator brought fun and easy music-making to musicians and non-musicians alike. The Kaossilator 2 offers a number of advancements over the original Kaossilator. These enhancements include an advanced sound generator, dramatically expanded loop recording capabilities plus cross-fading between loops, and the ability to save loops and the users' complete performances via an optional micro SD card.
The Mini Kaoss Pad 2 offers a familiar Kaoss interface and real-time fingertip effects, and can accommodate nearly any audio source via a 1/8" stereo input. It features a number of advancements over the original Mini Kaoss Pad including an on-board MP3/media player, an expanded library of effects, and optional microSD storage. The Mini Kaoss Pad 2 offers unique, real-time effects that are ideal for enhancing DJ and live musical performances, instruments/vocals, and home studio applications.
Like all Korg Kaoss products, both new offerings are played by sliding or tapping a finger on the X-Y Kaoss touchpad. For the Kaossilator 2, moving the finger in one direction controls the pitch and note information; the other direction controls the synthesizer sounds themselves. On the Mini Kaoss Pad 2, finger motions allow multiple effect parameters to be easily controlled at the same time.
Korg Kaossilator 2 and Mini Kaoss Pad 2 are now in stores for a U.S. street price of US$159.99