Korg Kaossilator
Korg Kaossilator

Kaossilator, Effetto DJ from Korg in the Kaoss series.

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James... 13/10/2011

Korg Kaossilator : Recensione di James... (content in English)

"Unbelievable price for what you get"

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Programs: 100
Program Categories: "NOTE" Sound = LEAD: 20, ACOUSTIC: 10, BASS: 20, CHORD: 10 "SE" Sound = SE: 20 "DRUM" Sound = DRUM: 10, DRUM PATTERN: 10
Musical Scale Patterns: 31
Key Range: ±12
Types of Gate Arpeggiator: 50
Connectors: LINE OUT jacks (RCA phono jacks), PHONES jack (Stereo mini phone jacks)
Sampling Frequency: 48kHz
DA Conversion: 24-bit Linear
Power Supply: four alkaline AA (LR6) batteries (6 V)
Battery Life: approximately 5 hours (with alkaline batteries)
Included Items: Owner's Manual, parameter sheet, 4 AA "test" batteries
Dimensions (W x H x D): 4.17" x 1.14" x 5.08" (106 x 29 x 129mm)
Weight (without batteries): 5.43 oz. (154 g)
Options: DC4.5V AC adapter (sold separately)


I play sythms/samples/beats for a pop/indie style band from time to time. It's something different from my usual jobs of guitar/producing. I really have a lot of fun doing this and I'm always on the lookout for new toys to use. I already own a few Korg products including the original Kaoss pad. I decided to get this just to see what I could do with it. The best part about these units is that you don't need a computer to make it work, which is a must for times when you don't have a laptop or yours goes down. Sure it doesn't have a keyboard but the patterns and scales make that an unneeded accessory. It's made to work on its own and it doesn't really integrate well with other units.


I've got to admit, this is a really fun thing to play with but in a real musical situation it can quickly become a headache. It's pretty limited out of the gate. Short looping, no sync ability, and the sounds that come stock are all you get. Kinda lame. It is really easy to use, however there isn't much depth to what you can do with it since it can't sync. The sounds are pretty decent on their own. Some are duds, but every unit is going to have that problem. Overall you get what you pay for in sounds.


Here's the bottom line. I can't really use this at a big show because it can't work with other gear. If I have a quick gig and no way to transport my usual synth rig, I can use this thing in a tight minute for most applications and some quick acting to go with it. For emergencies it's kind of a life saver although I've been in that situation before and I'll usually just spring for a Kaoss pad or even a micro korg or something. This is more like a second option, to be truthful. The real shame is how much better this unit could be if it had one or two extra features. But the fact that it doesn't really reduces it to more of a toy than an instrument. Still I have had a lot of fun with it, even though it's never helped me much in the professional sense.