NAMM 2012: Korg Mini Kaoss Pad 2
Everyone knows just how much I love the Korg Kaoss Pad, and now it's gotten even better. The New pocket-sized Korg Mini Kaoss Pad 2 has the same cool effects functions and features with a lot more innovative quarks that will be a big hit with DJ's and other users. The Mini Kaoss Pad 2 still has the fingertip effects, can work on two-AA batteries, and can work with any mixer, instrument, or audio player that can use the 1/8-inch stereo input. The Mini Korg Kaoss Pad 2 also has a built-in MP3 player, mixer, and a cue point that can store and playback as much music as you want on the microSD card slot. We can't wait to get our hands on one for a full video review. There's just so much that can be done here and all on the go! This is a nice breakthrough. Check out the press release below.
Korg Debuts Mini Kaoss Pad 2 Dynamic Effect Processor
19 Jan 2012
— Hand-held effect processor uses Korg’s X-Y touchpad KAOSS technology —
WINTER NAMM SHOW, ANAHEIM, CA, January 19, 2012 — Korg (booth 6440) announces the Mini Kaoss Pad 2 Dynamic Effect Processor. It offers a familiar Kaoss interface and real-time fingertip effects, packaged in a compact body with battery operation for shirt pocket portability. The new Mini Kaoss Pad 2 is ideal for DJ club performances and for use with a variety of musical instruments, home studio applications and portable audio players.
Following in the footsteps of the Kaoss Pad KP3 and Kaoss Pad Quad, the Mini Kaoss Pad 2 is played by sliding or tapping a finger on the X-Y touchpad. These finger motions allow multiple effect parameters to be easily controlled at the same time.
The Mini Kaoss Pad 2 offers a sleek new design with ergonomic styling, a high-visibility organic electroluminescent (OEL) display, a built-in microphone, an 1/8? stereo input to accommodate nearly any audio source, an internal speaker, battery power and a number of advancements over the original MiniKP. These enhancements include an MP3 player, FX Release, and microSD storage capabilities.
The Mini Kaoss Pad 2 contains 100 diverse, ready-to-use effects. These include standard effects such as Flanger, Filter, Delay, and Reverb; multiple effect programs; cutting edge effects; as well as three new DJ-style effects borrowed from the Kaoss Pad Quad: the powerful Looper, Vinyl Break, and Ducking Compressor.
For live performance, the Mini Kaoss Pad 2 provides three Program Memories for instant recall of any favorite effects. The Hold function freezes the effect parameters at their current location on the touchpad for hands-free operation. Auto BPM detection syncs tempo-based effects to the tempo of the song, so that everything continues to move in sync for a professional performance. The FX Release automatically adds a delay effect when all fingers leave the touchpad, so that the effect blends smoothly into the song or performance, avoiding abrupt effect dropouts.
The Mini Kaoss Pad 2 also provides an MP3 player that can play back audio data from a microSD card. Songs can be saved on the card, and real time effects can be applied to the song as it plays. The playback speed of the internal MP3 player can be varied using the Value slider. The Mini Kaoss Pad 2 also allows the setting of a cue point specifying where in the song playback will start. In addition, the Value slider can be used as a fader to adjust the volume balance between the external audio input and the MP3 player, allowing the Mini Kaoss Pad 2 to be used as a DJ player or a simple mixer. Also for DJ use, the Mini Kaoss Pad 2’s built-in mic can be used as a “shout” mic during a DJ performance to further energize the crowd; effects can be applied to this mic sound.
The audio output (1/8” stereo) can double as a headphone output. The energy-efficient design allows the Mini Kaoss Pad 2 to operate everywhere on just two AA batteries. Six audio examples are stored in memory for demo use.
Model U.S. MSRP Available
Mini Kaoss Pad 2 Dynamic Effect Processor and MP3 Player $220.00 May 2012
Kareem Julien (AKA DJ Blaze) has been a hip-hop, R&B, Reggae, and Club DJ since 1993. DJ Blaze has reviewed over 100 pieces of DJ Equipment and continues to provide the DJ community with high quality DJ gear reviews and updates related to DJ equipment and DJ culture.
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