Luckily, these features look like they are appearing in modules. Our guess is that Korg will bringing even more battery powered portable DJ and live performance tools.
Looking at the here an now, we have what looks like a nicely rounded performance synth that can be tampered with at any given opportunity. As long as you have a juice in your batteries, a pair of headphones or some speakers to blast out of, you'll be able to take advantage of over 100 sounds.
The Kaossilator's sounds are controlled purely through the touch pad. Note and sliding pitch is spanned from left to right, and depending on what patch is selected, vertical movements adjust volume, modulation, feedback, etc.
Check out the press release below.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
KAOSSILATOR DYNAMIC PHRASE SYNTHESIZER
The next innovation in the highly acclaimed line of Korg DJ tools has arrived! The KAOSSILATOR is a new pocket sized instrument that packs Korg's world-renowned synth sounds along with innovative performance features into an ultra-compact unit. Anyone can instantly play musical phrases by simply tapping or sliding their finger across the KAOSSILATOR's touch pad – no previous skills required! The KAOSSILATOR is a portable, travel friendly device that runs on batteries, so you can have fun creating music anywhere your life takes you, with seemingly endless possibilities.
Don't think this little wonder is just for beginners. While the KAOSSILATOR has been designed to offer untrained musical enthusiasts a new level of musical involvement and fun, it is also aimed at keyboardists, guitarists and DJs looking for a convenient way to add fresh new elements to a band performance or DJ set. This is a portable Korg synthesizer delivering maximum flexibility in an ultra-compact body, with battery operation that allows you to jam anywhere.
Powerful sounds & features
KAOSSILATOR comes packed with 100 sound programs that combine Korg's modelling synthesizer engine with effects from the KAOSS Pad series. Its horizontal axis is assigned to note/pitch, while the vertical axis is assigned to parameters such as: cut-off, feedback, or modulation depth, giving you a wide range of performance possibilities. In addition to classic synthesizer sounds, there are faithfully simulated piano, guitar and trumpet sounds as well as looped and one-shot drum sounds. making the KAOSSILATOR a never-ending source of inspiration to stimulate your creativity.
The KAOSSILATOR offers you a choice of 31 different scales, including chromatic and diminished, as well as major and minor blues and pentatonic scales – by using the key setting function, you can play them in any key. In addition to the standard western scales, Korg has included a few more exotic varieties such as Spanish, Ryukyu, and Raga.
The Gate Arpeggiator
Gate Arpeggiator enables you to produce specific patterns of notes in sync with user specified tempos. Then, to get your creative juices flowing, Loop Recording allows you to record a phrase with a specified number of beats to a maximum of two bars (or measures) and add layers to it. For example you can record a phrase using a synth-lead sound, and then overdub bass or drum sounds. You can build up layers of cool phrases by simply repeating this cycle of selecting, playing, and recording sounds.
RRP £117.00 inc VAT
For full information log onto korg.com
Musical Scale Patterns: 31
Key Range: +/- 12
Types Of Gate Arpeggiator: 50
Connectors: Line Out: Phono (RCA)
Headphone: Stereo mini jack
Sampling Frequency: 48kHz
D-A Conversion: 24-bit Linear
Power Supply: 4 alkaline AA (LR6) batteries (6V)
Battery Life: approximately five hours (with alkaline batteries)
Dimensions: 106 mm (W) x 129mm (D) x 29 mm (H)
Weight: 154 g / 5.43 oz. (without batteries)
Options: AC adapter ( DC 4.5V )
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