Kaoss KP3 Lets You Touch to the Beat
The touch sensitive screen on the Kaoss KP3 makes it a cool audio gadget, because it’s easy to manipulate and create sweet beats even when you dont have Grammy-level production skills.
While most synthesizer and sampler combo devices require you to be a master piano/keyboard player and a degree in learning to use a complex array of buttons, the Kaoss KP3 allows for the user to manipulate music by simply sliding their fingers over the touch screen. The touch screen is an LED grid which works on a X-Y plane, and it can be used at any time, whether you are using the device’s synthesizer engine or when you are recording from another source.
The KP3 comes equipped with 128 great-sounding effect programs, and yes the traditional essential effects are there – delays, flangers, etc., and they still sound fantastic. But using newly developed algorithms, the KP3 also provides fresh, exciting effects such as a grain shifter and decimato.
As you move your finger across the touchpad and find that “sweet spot”, pressing the Hold button will lock the settings, so you can take your hand away to do other things. 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.
Four Sample Bank buttons on the front panel allow you to create, play and save both looped and one-shot samples on the fly. All samples are recorded using high resolution 24-bit converters, and are stored in16-bit/48 kHz format. 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.
So what are you waiting for Mr.DJ, touch that $hit.