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  • Simply tap or slide your finger across the X-Y touchpad
  • 150 built-in sounds cover every style of dance music
  • PCM sound engine serves up realistic drums
  • Scale Key and Note Range eliminates "wrong" notes
  • Built-in Gate Arpeggiator with adjustable gate time and swing settings
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Product Details

Color Name: Yellow
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 6 inches ; 9.1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B0072619I2
  • Item model number: KO2
  • Batteries 2 AA batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,843 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 26, 2012

Product Description

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Kaossilator 2 Palm-Sized Phrase Synthesizer

Boasting a supercharged sound generator, Kaossilator 2 delivers excellent synth and drum sounds spanning a wide range of genres, plus dramatically expanded loop recording. Use the internal mic to record guitar, vocal, or other audio sources--and layer them infinitely. The Organic Electroluminescent (OEL) display provides superb visibility. Add to that a touch slider for ease of use, microSD card data saving, plus a built-in speaker and battery power. All of these features reflect the enhancements incorporated into the sleek and exciting Kaossilator 2.

Korg Synthesis at Your Fingertips

The unique interface allows melodies and phrases to be played by simply tapping or sliding a finger across the Kaoss touchpad. Horizontal motions control the pitch; vertical motions control aspects of the tone such as filter cutoff, feedback, or modulation depth. When using a drum kit program, multiple sounds can be played simultaneously, and you can even play the touchpad as if it were a drum pad. The intuitive design and amazing flexibility of the touchpad allows users who are not keyboard players to perform easily, as well as creating performances rich with tonal changes.

KORG Kaossilator 2 Phase Synthesizer
The Organic Electroluminescent display provides superb visibility. View larger

KORG Kaossilator 2 Phase Synthesizer
Create performances rich with tonal changes--no keyboard required
150 Built-In Sounds Covering a Full Range of Musical Styles

Korg's acclaimed synthesizer technology has been meticulously packed into this sleek, compact format. The 150 ready-to-play sounds cover a broad range of styles including hip-hop, house, dubstep, new disco, and electro. In addition, the Kaossilator 2 provides a solid set of synth sounds such as synth lead, synth bass, acoustic sounds such as piano or guitar, and even sound effects for DJ use.

KORG Kaossilator 2 Phase Synthesizer
Play melodies and phrases simply tapping or sliding a finger across the Kaoss touchpad

KORG Kaossilator 2 Phase Synthesizer
Featuring an intuitive design with amazing flexibility

KORG Kaossilator 2 Phase Synthesizer
Play back performances created using the master recorder
Accurate PCM Drum Sounds

PCM sound generation provides drum sounds and drum performances that are more realistic than ever. There are 15 Drum Kits in the Kaossilator 2. Each Drum Kit consists of instruments such as kick, snare, and hi-hat. In addition, there are 25 Rhythm Loop patterns that let you create drum phrases simply by moving your finger. The lineup of sounds covers numerous genres, so you'll be sure to find the drum sounds you need.

Musical Scale, Key, and Note Range

Even if you've never played a musical instrument, the Kaossilator 2's Key and Scale features ensure that the notes being played will match the song being performed. Use the Key setting to specify the musical key or "root". Choose any of 35 scales, ranging from popular scales such as chromatic, major pentatonic, and minor blues, as well as unusual scales such as Spanish, Ryukyu, and Raga. By using both the Key and Scale settings to match the song, you can play perfect solos without a single wrong note. In addition, the Note Range allows you to specify the range of playable pitches. You can set this to a narrow range to ensure that melodies will be played accurately as you intend, or to an extremely wide range to allow unexpectedly dynamic and unconventional phrases to emerge.

Gate Arpeggiator Expands Your Performance Power

The fifty built-in gate arpeggiator patterns can automatically generate phrases and beats by simply moving a finger across the touchpad. As a new capability of the Kaossilator 2, you can now edit the arpeggiator's gate time and swing settings so that musical phrases are created exactly as you intended.

Loop Recording Allows Intuitive Overdubs

The Kaossilator 2's Loop Recording feature can overdub touchpad performance as many times as you like. By adding layer upon layer to a simple phrase, it's easy for anyone to create amazingly intricate tracks. Thanks to the Scale/Key settings, the results will always sound musically appropriate, each and every time.

Dual Loop Recording Banks

The two Loop Recording banks can be used alone, or used together for truly dramatic results. By combining the two loop recording banks, you can create new performances that were not possible on earlier Kaossilator units. Different sounds and phrases can be recorded onto each of the two loops. These loops can then be cross-faded or muted, or the loop length can be changed in real time to create dynamic live performances. Unwanted loops can be erased and rerecorded while playback continues, so you'll be able to create DJ-like performances on the Kaossilator 2 without the sound ever stopping.

Record and Loop Nearly Any Source

The Kaossilator 2 offers both an internal mic as well as an auxiliary mic input. This combination allows the loop-recording of nearly any audio source. Plus, you can easily mix different audio sources, so that as a loop phrase created using the Kaossilator 2's internal sounds plays in the background, you can overdub your own rap, vocal, or other external sound, or enjoy a loop recording session with a musical collaborator--such as a guitarist.

microSD Card Slot for Data Storage

A microSD card can be used to save loop recorder data. In addition, performances played on the Kaossilator 2 can be recorded using the master recorder, and stored on the card. Whenever an important musical idea begins to take shape, it can easily be saved, and can even be used later as part of a studio production. This is also a convenient way to share Kaossilator 2 performances on the Internet. The Kaossilator 2 also acts as an audio player, and can play back performances created using the master recorder. Listen to your best performances for comparison, or share them with your friends.

Operation Linked with Korg iKaossilator for iPhone

You can use the Kaossilator 2 together with Korg's iKaossilator app for the iPhone/iPad. This allows audio data to be transferred between the Kaossilator 2 and iKaossilator, and lets you use the two devices in a BPM-synchronized performance.

Although iKaossilator and the Kaossilator 2 share Kaossilator name, their sound generator and recording style are completely different. While iKaossilator uses a PCM sound source, the Kaossilator 2 uses a modeling synth. And while iKaossilator provides a five part sequencer that lets you freely insert or remove notes as you perform, the Kaossilator 2 allows unlimited overdubbing as well as recording of external audio input. By combining these two with audio data that utilizes the advantages of each, you can vastly expand your performance possibilities.

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Customer Reviews

The KO1 sounded "okay" - the KO2 sounds GREAT.
Jimmy Lin
And so in short, if you're the type who likes to doodle around with music and make cool loops, sound effects, and other musical oddities, you will *LOVE* this thing.
Five stars because this took the K01 and makes it twice as better, as it should, being version 2.
Tyler Runyon

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy Lin on July 10, 2012
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I owned the original Kaossilator. While it was fun to play with, I ultimately sold it to partially finance purchasing the Kaossilator Pro. When I saw that Korg was releasing a Gen 2 Kaossilator, I just had to have one, what with all the upgrades and such.

Where to start? I guess with a recap of the original Korg Kaossilator Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer. The original Gen 1 was a fun toy but hardly a professional tool. It was larger, felt bulky, and didn't sound "big." It was awkward to play unless you had a flat surface to put it on. Plus, only one sound bank to record to and no way to get your new composition off the machine except to record it to something else (I used to carry a Zoom H4n Handy Portable Digital Recorder to capture my Kaossilator sounds). Ultimately, I didn't find it good-sounding or useful enough to keep.

The Kaossilator 2 addresses all those weaknesses. Most importantly - richer, fuller sound. Seriously, this thing sounds amazing. The KO1 sounded "okay" - the KO2 sounds GREAT.

What else? Smaller, more portable (fits nicely into a DS Mini Backpack - Light Blue with plenty of room for the Mini KP 2). Two sound banks to record to. MicroSD card storage, up to 16GB. Ability to hook up another sound source to allow jamming. Built-in speaker for when someone else wants to hear what you're working on and you don't have headphone splitters or a mixing board handy. OLED display is much more flexible and readable.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By jhick on July 17, 2012
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I was looking for an affordable synth and this definitely is! When i got it i loved it, i was always playing with. but after a week or 2, i was bored. its very limited. theres only so many sounds, and you get bored with them kinda fast. you can only loop 8beats(2-4/4measures)and after more than 2 or 3 sounds stacked on each other the sound gets gross. i tried just running into garageband to be able to mix the sounds and all, but there are still few sounds, and theyre somewhat similiar. it is affordable and very fun for awhile, but it does get boring, kind of just an expensive toy. but if you dj are somehting, may be a good cheap little tool, just for trying to write music, not the best choice. I love korg so i dont want to bash too much, just not the greatest thing ever.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By DJ Exquiz on April 4, 2013
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Yeah I broke down and got one of these funky little gizmos, I had to get the pearl white though because the yellow on this scheme didn't do it for me, nothing against yellow, a yellow Lamborghini, yes, yellow handheld synth, not so much. That aside, I am really impressed by the sound quality and available options this sub $200 handheld synth offers.

1) Did you know that it can be used as a basic phrase sampler and it has a very basic time stretch for sampled phrases? Neither did I till I sampled some songs off my phone through the line input and a stereo mini jack cable.

2) Did you know that many of the drum kits on this actually sound better than some slightly older drum machines (from the past 5 years) selling for much more money, even on Amazon, and other sites? There again just took me by surprise.

Don't get me wrong this device does have its limitations (and some are pretty serious) so I'll basically just break it down into the really good, the bad, and the ugly of this diamond in the rough.....

Really Good:

1) Synth sounds, drums (PCM wave sampled kits)
2) Built in Speaker, and Microphone (you can record your voice or any other audio source from the built in mic)
3) Line/ Microphone Input - you can phrase sample using the built in mic or a line using a stereo mini-jack adapter
4) Pattern Recorder crossfader - you can basically crossfade between two versions of 1 beat using this feature
5) Micro SD card and Wave recorder - I was blown away by the quality of the wave recorder when I downloaded the beats I recorded to my SD card
6) Wav file playback - yes it also plays back wav files, I'm not sure about MP3s I know the Kaoss Pad 2 does.......
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jim on August 25, 2012
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This thing is just as cool as I hoped it would be. I've never had a gadget like this before, but it is sooooo much fun. I make a new song every time I use the thing, and usually several new songs before I put it down again. Are they all "good" songs? Not necessarily. But they're fun to make, and that's what really counts.

Could it use some improvements? Definitely. It really needs to have an undo button when making loops. I don't know how many times I've been in the middle of creating an awesome loop when I do one dumb swipe and ruin the whole thing. It doesn't have to be complicated. Just a button combination that makes it so it undoes your previous move, or put it on the fnc menu. That would be a HUGE help, so if you're listening Korg, get on that.

And I'm sure I can think of a few issues here and there that bug me. Like I wish the built-in mic was a better feature, or just not included at all. It's not a very good mic so it's not very useful, particularly as it also has a mic plug-in, so you can use your own mic anyway. And I wish the fnc menu screens would let you go backwards, instead of making you scroll through all the options again. But overall, that's just nitpicking because this thing does so many other things well that it more than makes up for the few problems.

And so in short, if you're the type who likes to doodle around with music and make cool loops, sound effects, and other musical oddities, you will *LOVE* this thing. The built-in speaker is far better than I would have hoped, but hearing it with headphones really brings out the quality of what you're doing.
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