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Post by aredj » Sat Jan 26, 2008 1:32 am

IMHO

I snagged a Kaoss Pad(2) awhile back on a whim.
Had some fun with it... but when I get down to business... I don't find myself using it too often. I was underwhelmed due to lack of parameter tweakability, and found nothing I couldn't do more dynamically in Ableton effect-wise. (understanding of course that not everyone wants to use a laptop as their central sequencer and effect processor.)

That said... I personally wonder what the big draw is with the Kaossilator. Especially if you own an MX, or anything that has digital oscillators and multitimberal capabilities (AND customizable drum kits for that matter). The interface is limited, no midi, and 100 sounds - forever. Theres no changing these patches baby.

I mean, if you actually go shopping that often with your girl, then the $200+ dollars is probably worth it. Go sit on that bench and play some simple techno to yourself. Rad.

If all I had on each hand was a single finger, I might consider spending my money here... Until then, I'm not going to limit myself to programs 3,36,85 and 91. (I dont like the other ones.)

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Post by killedaway » Sat Jan 26, 2008 2:16 am

the dreaded double-post!! see below for my (proper) reply.
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Post by killedaway » Sat Jan 26, 2008 2:20 am

aredj wrote: That said... I personally wonder what the big draw is with the Kaossilator. Especially if you own an MX, or anything that has digital oscillators and multitimberal capabilities (AND customizable drum kits for that matter). The interface is limited, no midi, and 100 sounds - forever. Theres no changing these patches baby.
for me, the portability is certainly a factor, as is the prospect of sampling and adding effects in post.

my Nanoloop has precisely 4 sounds, and a horrifically simple sequencer. however, i can throw it in my duffel bag, take it to work and bang out a fun little pattern over lunch. when i get home, i effect the c**p out of that thing, taking what was a blippy, basic handful of notes and turning it into... well, anything, really. in direct comparison, the Kaossilator has a virtual plethora of sounds, a very accessible and immediate form of input, and was designed with live, real time input in mind.

it having only 100 sounds doesn't bother me in the slightest. after all, a piano has only one sound, right? but, ugh, people still use it? :wink:

bottom line: i think a lot of us are buying it on a whim, just like you and your KP2. some of us are likely to tire of it eventually, or just not "click" with it. when that happens, people are probably just going to flick them out on Ebay. (that's what i'll do if i don't want it anymore). i think it's worth losing a few bucks to find out if there's more to this thing than meets the eye.
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Post by aredj » Sat Jan 26, 2008 2:50 am

Fair enough... good reply... the ol' 'its not what you have but how you use it'

I can see how it would be hard to go wrong with a 200 dollar portable synth doodler...

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Post by JSRockit » Sat Jan 26, 2008 12:50 pm

To me, it is just a different way to approaching a synth... using a finger to control a monosynth will no doubt lead to something that sounds different than playing a keyboard. For $200, it is worth it. Plus, I'm a huge fan of battery powered, small gear.
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Post by crystalmsc » Sun Jan 27, 2008 6:31 am

also the layered sequence track will make it a very nice idea generating tool too. specially since it's lite and small, going to be a couch friendly gadget.
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Post by JSRockit » Sun Jan 27, 2008 10:43 pm

Hmmm...according to Korg, these are shipping in the US. However, no site has them available...weird.
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Post by aredj » Mon Jan 28, 2008 1:55 am

Youtube appears to be littered with little demos of this machine.... (sonic state has a pretty good vid review as well)

I wonder where all these people are getting the machines if it hasnt been released yet?

(check out the dude ghostradioshow's video... he does the machine justice.. impressive little performance)
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Post by JSRockit » Mon Jan 28, 2008 1:58 am

aredj wrote:Youtube appears to be littered with little demos of this machine.... (sonic state has a pretty good vid review as well)

I wonder where all these people are getting the machines if it hasnt been released yet?
Japan and Europe? It has been released there for months.
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Post by aredj » Mon Jan 28, 2008 2:03 am

JSRockit wrote: Japan and Europe? It has been released there for months.
ahhh ...

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Post by Hugo76 » Tue Jan 29, 2008 1:09 am

Check out the manual & quick start guides here:
http://www.korg.com/service/support.asp?A_PROD_NO=KO1

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Post by JSRockit » Tue Jan 29, 2008 2:25 pm

I've been told mine is shipping today. :D
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Post by crystalmsc » Tue Jan 29, 2008 4:13 pm

JSRockit wrote:I've been told mine is shipping today. :D
at last :lol:
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Post by JSRockit » Tue Jan 29, 2008 4:25 pm

crystalmsc wrote:
JSRockit wrote:I've been told mine is shipping today. :D
at last :lol:
Yeah, I've wanted it for so long, it is bound to be a let down now...right? :lol:
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Post by crystalmsc » Tue Jan 29, 2008 4:38 pm

JSRockit wrote:Yeah, I've wanted it for so long, it is bound to be a let down now...right? :lol:
not until the blofeld arrived 8) a touch pad is known to help calming/relaxing the nerve on a long and boring waiting period :wink:
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