Korg KP3 Kaoss Pad 3 (ex-display)
Korg's KAOSS technology allows you to control multiple effects parameters in real time by simply touching, tapping or sliding your finger over the touchpad. No other interface is as intuitive, immediate or just plain fun to use. This latest KAOSS incarnation features a new pad lighting system that provides visual cues as to the current program, held position, and more – it can even scroll a custom message across the pad!
- Third-generation KAOSS Pad
- 128 effect programs on-board
- Dynamic touchpad control of effect parameters
- USB and SD card interfaces for sample storage
- Editor software for mac and PC included
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The KP3 comes equipped with 128 newly developed effect programs designed to appeal to musicians, producers and DJs alike. Sure, the traditional effects are there – delays, flangers and more. But using up-to-the-minute algorithms, the KP3 also provides exciting new effects, such as a grain shifter, decimator, a vintage analogue style filter with a tone-bending drive circuit and expanded EQs that are controlled directly from the pad. And moving beyond effects, there are also drum grooves and even RADIAS-inspired vocoder and synthesizer sounds that can be played free-form on the X/Y pad.
As you move your finger across the touchpad and find that 'sweet spot,' pressing the Hold button will freeze the settings, so you can take your hand away to do other things. The LED grid on the touchpad will show the held location, so you can pick up where you left off without any 'jumps.' Better yet, Pad Motion can memorise and repeat a fluid or complex gesture played on the pad. A separate FX Depth knob sets the overall balance between the original signal and the effect, so you can add just the right amount of processing. The eight Program Memory buttons allow you to store all of this information – Program Number, Hold button On/Off status (and coordinates), Pad Motion, and the FX depth setting – to a single button for instant access during performance. Another new innovation in the KP3 is called FX Release. Basically, FX Release adds an adjustable delay tail (at the current tempo) when you remove your finger from the pad, providing an additional creative tool for the performer. This also prevents the abrupt dropping out of the effect as you transition from one setting to another. The FX Release amount can be set and saved individually with each program.
Four Sample Bank buttons on the front panel allow you to create, play and save both looped and one-shot samples at high-resolution 16-bit/48 kHz using 24-bit converters for the best fidelity. Samples can be saved on a Secure Digital (SD) card or transferred to computer via USB. With both mic and line inputs, the KP3 allows you to sample from a wide variety of sources.
The KP3's sampling system thinks and speaks in the language of music, hiding incredible technology below the surface. When creating loop samples, for example, sample length is set in terms of beats, not seconds. You can generally set the sample length up to 16 beats long. When sampling is finished, the sample will immediately start playing in sync with the sample source. As the sample plays you can adjust the start time of the sample to 'fine-tune' it to the original tempo. Time-Slicing chops a sample into separate parts. You can use the Program Memory buttons to turn these individual slices on or off in real time, creating new rhythmic patterns from the original sample as part of your performance. Sampling and effects are totally integrated in the KP3, so you can sample through the effects, and even resample the entire output to create powerful, multi-element samples.
Tempo is an important part of the KP3. Sampling times are set in terms of tempo, and many effects are also tempo-based. To keep everything sync'd up, the KP3 features auto-BPM detection from the audio input, tap-tempo entry, as well as a manual tempo setting. The KP3 can also send and receive tempo information via MIDI clock. This extra versatility allows the KP3 to detect BPM info from a turntable, and in turn provide MIDI clock to other devices down the line, keeping everything moving together.
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A single USB connection allows the KP3 to share sample data with a computer. An editor/librarian program is included so you can build libraries of samples and edit them using your computer. The software also allows WAV and AIFF files to be loaded into the KP3 and includes pitch correction for samples not created at 48 kHz. This valuable software is not only for editing samples, but also for creating, editing and saving programs and global data. The KP3 is also a MIDI controller, sending out three controller numbers from the touchpad and additional messages from the slider. The Sample Bank buttons send and receive note messages. Program Change commands and clock information can also be sent or received. MIDI In and Out jacks are provided. The stereo inputs and outputs can be set so the KP3 can run in-line, or in a loop from a mixer.
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