Korg Kaossiltor History
Korg Kaossilator KP1This was the year the Korg Kaossilator was born, it revolutionised the way we played with sounds.
This little box contained a effects bank of 50 effects and 10 sampling programs on which you would touch the pad and flex or change the effect.
This little box came with a hefty price of £249.
The pad was called an XY pad.
The KP1 had 1 Midi output and various Phono outputs.
Korg Kaossilator KP2With the KP1 stepping onto the market with such technology, this was much an improvement with now 60 effects in the bank and its BPM button on which you could beat match.
The KP2 included new features compared to the KP1 with its sample and hold buttons, which meant you could use more sounds in time you played with it, BPM button, which was mentioned above, and microphone port for vocoding
This was priced at £285 which was more than the KP1 but was worth it with the new developments added to it.
Korg KPE1 Kaoss Pad EntrancerThe KPE1 was one of a kind, not only did it have the effects bank built it Korg went one step ahead and infused a Visual effects bank. It had 300 effects inside with was massively more than the KP2, the effects would be from audio to visual to audio-visual.
The audio effect though were the same as the KP2.
the only difference between the KP2 and KPE1 was the design and Visual element. It still retained its functions as the KP2 had.
This beautiful product can now fetch up to £700 today! (2013)
Korg Kaossilator Effect Processor KP3It's been under 6 year in the development for the KP3. With its entry, there was many differences to the product, the larger XY pad, more buttons to play with and a SD card slot.
This became an essential product for a producer or DJ to have on tour or in the studio, with its new and more improved MIDI inputs and phono ports. This also included a new USB cable which could be used with any computer and was easy to use.
the price was and still is £230.
Korg Kaossilator Dynamic Phrase SynthesizerThis is a easy and comfotable hand sized Kaoss pad and is designed for, i quote, the 'untrained musical enthusiasts' i.e DJ and performers.
this had very little improvement other than the convienient size. It still contained 100 synth programs with a new loop button.
Costing £117. Quote: www.SoundonSound.com
Korg Kaossilator ProWith the little Kaossilator hitting in 2007, in 2010 the Kassilator Pro hit with a much larger bank or Synths giving the user a wider range to pick from, it also included the loop feature, with this you could loop 4 different sounds, hold and still be able to effect the sound.
You can hook up a microphone as a vocoder the same as the feature they used in the KP2
This product is still on the market today for £240.
Korg Mini Kaosspad 2 & Kaossiltor 2This was the latest release form the Korg Kaossilator range, they are both mini versions of the Kaoss Pad and Kaossilator. This has become a very handy product for live performers. Korg have completely stripped down the products to now only have 6 buttons and a new slider on top of the XY pad, this is not so great for a performer because of the limit on the usage.
This retails at £129.