Oh boy, my fantastic girldfriend gave me a Korg power-supply for valentines day yesterday.. I didn't know what to say, as I had no idea that she'd actually bought me a Kaossilator
Now, the kaossilator is definately fun and bang for the buck, but it just oozes that it's more a testing product to see if there may be a market for a bigger, more improved one. I'm gonna keep mine for sure, I can imagine it as a brilliant source for samples, I'll just play with the drum loops etc and record to audacity, then cut/paste and ship to the MC808
Also, It could be THE thing to kill those little time-outs during a live set where I'd have to change cable-routing, midi-settings, volumje adjustions etc... I'll just get a friend on stage to fool around with the kaossilator and some effects while I ready for the next song
The kaossilator brings 100 presets, which are all very well made as far as presets go, but they can't be changed. the effects are also non-editable, but that's fine, as they've done a good job making just the right settings. I'm probbably gonna send it to my DD-6 and whatnot anyway..
The lack of MIDI is also a big drawback, but again, it was probably korgs intention to make it as cheap as possible.
I do hope, and truly believe, that if the kaossilator is a big hit (and it seems from youtube that it is), Korg should really make a more "proffesional" version, with MIDI, storage banks, editability, maybe even a sample option, and longer loop times.
I know it's a bit early to start wishing as I've barely used the kaossilator for 2 hours, but an EMX/ESX/Kaossilator hybrid could, and should, sell by the thousands...
overall, the kaossilator is easily the best way to get instant musical fun, but due to it's limitations, it's not the best synth for making music other than very repetative looping stuff..
But for $199 it's just worth getting.. I mean, it's way more fun than any gameboy/DS/Ipod could ever be