Korg Kaoss Pad KP2

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Dynamic Real-time Effect Controller.

Korg Kaoss Pad

The touch of your finger
The concept of the Kaoss Pad is brilliantly simple – as you move your finger around the pad you are controlling many sophisticated aspects of a powerful effects processor. Move your finger left to right and you control certain aspects of the sound. Move it up and down and you control other parameters. Make an arc and you bring in even more changes. All you need to do is glide across or tap on the pad to make evocative changes to your mix, producing a level of complexity that would be impossible to achieve with any other system or controller.

Kaoss Manson, which has an incorporated X-Y MIDI Pad to control a Kaoss Pad

100 killer effect programs
The KP2 is packed with essential effects like filters, delays, reverb, and flanging, along with cutting-edge DJ effects like isolator, slicer, and auto-panning. Select effect programs by turning a knob and assign up to eight in the program memory buttons for instant recall. A Hold switch lets you freeze an effect in its current position, making it easy to capture a perfect setting or to rhythmically change the sound by drumming on the pad.

More groove with synths and vocoders
Not only does the KP2 come with amazing effects, it also is loaded with 15 super-cool synth sounds including analog synth programs and ethereal ambiance-type sounds. Use the pad to play and manipulate the sounds for some truly unique creations. We’ve even included five vocoder programs that are great for MC or vocal processing.

You’re in sync with special BPM effects
Sync delay time or the LFO of modulation effects such as pan, phaser or flanger to the beat with the KP2’s 20 specially programmed BPM effects. You can use the Auto BPM function to detect the speed of an input source, adjust the BPM manually, tap in the tempo yourself, or even sync the KP2 to incoming MIDI Clock messages. Eight new BPM patterns can be triggered from the touch pad, allowing rhythm and bass synth patterns to be played, perfectly synchronized to the BPM.

Sampling with effects
Plug into the KP2’s audio input and sample up to six seconds of sound at 44.1 kHz. The KP2 has two sample keys for a total of twelve seconds of sampling. Run the samples through the KP2’s effects. Or you can process a sound through the effects and then sample it. Use the touch pad to apply time-stretch, reverse-playback, pitch shift, or scratch effects to the samples for unlimited creative possibilities.

M1D1 Manson

Record your pad movements and transform them The KP2 remembers your exact movements. Simply record your moves with the Pad Motion function, and you can play back complex pad movements and instantly reproduce your original effect sounds. The Mute function can be used to cut the input sound, leaving only the reverb or delay “tail,” or you can switch muting rapidly on/off in time with the rhythm (a DJ technique commonly called “transform”).

Easy operation and quick connection of DJ sources and instruments
The KP2 is ready to be used with a variety of sound sources. PHONO IN and LINE IN connectors allow turntables, CD players and musical instruments to be connected easily. A Mic input is perfect for processing vocals or for use as a wild MC toolbox. MIDI IN and OUT connectors allow a computer-based sequencer etc. to record and playback subtle movements of the KP2's pad for flexible production and remixing possibilities. The MIDI OUT connector also lets you use the KP2 to control other synthesizers and MIDI gear opening up a new world of expressive performance gestures.

Add the dimensions of light and style
With its own light show, the KP2 generates an intrinsic sense of groove. The colors on its touch pad change according to the type of effect you’re using and the position of your finger on the pad. The new KAOSS Pad is also built to travel with a heavy-duty, die cast aluminum chassis and a bold, slim-line design.

Kaoss Pad on Bellamy's Manson guitars use

Since the start of the Black Holes and Revelations tour, in summer 2006, Manson has incorporated an X-Y MIDI Pad to control a Kaoss Pad to every new Bellamy's guitar, except to the Ali Top Manson, the Manson Doubleneck and both Manson Keytars'. The first one to include this pad was the Kaoss Manson, then the M1D1 Manson, the Glitterati Manson, the Seattle Manson and finally the Chrome Kaoss Manson.

Since Eden Project (22nd August 2006), Bellamy has used his Kaoss Pad to imitate a DJ scratching sound during the solo part of Supermassive Black Hole

At the San Francisco Bill Graham Civic Auditorium gig (9th April 2007) the Kaoss Pad was for the first time used for a jam. It was called "Kaoss Jam" on the set list and was played in a few gigs after that one but never again since then until some gigs on the The Resistance Tour.

Kaoss Pad on Nicholls' gear

Morgan Nicholls uses a Kaoss Pad KP3. He used it during Nishe on the most recent world tour for The Resistance.

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