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Korg KO2 Kaossilator 2 Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer and Looper

Put 150 synths, 15 drum kits, two Loop Recording banks, and an easy-to-use X/Y touchpad in the palm of your hand -- with the battery-powered Korg KO2. (2) Rate and review this product
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A Keyless Sampling Synthesizer That Fits In Your Pocket

If you're in the market for a truly portable sampling synthesizer and loop recorder that's intuitive and fun to use, look no further than the Korg KO2 Kaossilator 2 Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer and Looper. It's a highly affordable, pocket-sized, battery-powered sample-based synthesizer that you control via the X/Y touchpad -- no keyboard skills required. It comes loaded with 150 ready-to-use sounds with leads, basses, acoustic instruments, drum kits, and more. Plus it's equipped with a two-bank loop recorder and an SD card slot for saving your favorite loops and patterns and transferring to and from other devices.

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Music At Your Fingertips

On the Kaossilator 2, samples and loops are controlled simply by tapping or swiping your finger across the X/Y touchpad. For a given program, horizontal motions control the pitch, while vertical motions affect other parameters such as filter cutoff, feedback, or modulation depth. Drums are controlled with the touchpad as well. Just tap around on the touchpad to play all parts of the drum kit, or trigger different sections of a drum pattern to develop dynamic drum loops.

Integrates With iKaossilator For iPhone or iPad

The Kaossilator 2 integrates seamlessly with Korg's iKaossilator app for iPhone and iPad. Once linked, the Kaossilator 2 and iKaossilator will beat sync, and you can share audio between the two devices. The addition of iKaossilator provides a PCM-based sound engine with a five-part sequencer that lets you add or remove notes and samples on-the-fly via your favorite iOS device.

Features:

- Ultra-portable phrase synthesizer and looper with touchpad
- 150 built-in sounds for playing all styles of dance music
- Built-in sounds: 25 leads, 10 acoustics, 30 basses, 25 chords, 20 sound effects, 15 drums, and 25 drum patterns
- 35 scale types
- +/- 12 octave key range
- 50 gate arpeggiator patterns
- PCM sound engine provides realistic drum sounds
- Scale key and note range functions control the melody on-the-fly and eliminate the possibility of wrong notes
- Built-in gate arpeggiator with adjustable gate time and swing settings
- Loop recording function with dual loop banks allows for dynamic overdubs and DJ-style crossfades
- Record external audio with the built-in microphone or plug an external microphone into the mic in port
- MicroSD/SDHC card slot for saving loops and recording performances
- Supported file format: WAV (16-bit, 44.1 kHz/48 kHz, stereo)
- 48 kHz sampling frequency
- 24-bit AD/DA conversion
- Stereo mini jack microphone input
- Stereo mini jack headphone output
- Powered via two AA batteries (optional power supply sold separately)
- Battery life of approximately 5 hours with fully charged nickel-metal hydride batteries
- Approximately 5x3x1 inches, weighs less than 4 ounces

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- Programs: 150
- Program Categories:
-- Lead (25)
-- Acoustic (10)
-- Bass (30)
-- Chord (25)
-- SE (20)
-- Drum (15)
-- Drum Patterns (25)
- Scales: 35
- Key Range: +/-12
- Gate Arpeggiator: 50 patterns
- Sampling Frequency: 48 kHz
- AD/DA Conversion: 24-bit linear
- Input connectors: Mic Input (stereo mini jack type)
- Output connectors: Headphone Output (stereo mini jack type)
- Data Storage:
-- microSD card (512MB - 2GB)
-- microSDHC card (2GB - 16GB)
- Power Supply:
-- AA batteries (alkaline battery or Nickel-Metal Hydride battery) x 2
-- Optional AC adapter-ready (DC4.5V - available from Korg)
- Battery Life: Approximately 5 hours (Power Saving : On, with Nickel-Metal Hydride battery)
- Dimensions (W x D x H) : 76 x 128 x 25 mm / 2.99 x 5.04 x 0.98 in.
- Weight: 105 g / 3.75 oz. (without batteries)
- Accessories: Owner's Manual, AA batteries x2 (for verifying operation)
Weight, Dimensions, and Manufacturer Part Numbers
Shipping Weight: 1 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 8 x 6 x 1 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): KOR KO2
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 631-390-6800

Product Description

The Korg KO2 Kaossilator 2 is the palm-size phrase synthesizer that can be played by anyone, at any place, and at any time. 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 source - just as with a looper effect. 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 that could not be produced on a keyboard instrument.

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, 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.

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 help create musical performances

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 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. A capability of the Kaossilator 2 allows you to 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 provide DJ-Style performances

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 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 realtime 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 be recorded using the master recorder, and stored on a 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.

* SDXC cards cannot be used.

* Supported file formats: WAV files (16-bit, 44.1 kHz/48 kHz, stereo)

Operation linked with KORG iKaossilator for iPhone

You can use the kaossilator 2 together with Korg's iKaossilator 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 the Kaossilator name, their sound generator and recording style are completely different. While the iKaossilator uses a PCM sound source, the kaossilator 2 uses a modeling synth. And while the 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.

* Linked operation will be enabled by an update for KORG iKaossilator for iPhone.

Ergonomic design

The Kaossilator 2 features a comfortably curved body that makes it both stylish and extremely easy to play. The high-contrast OEL (Organic Electroluminescent) display clearly shows the names of the sounds, features, and parameters, and ensures excellent visibility, even in a dimly lit DJ booth or stage. As with the touchpad, the VALUE slider is also touch-sensitive. By sliding or tapping your finger (as appropriate for each function), parameters and functions may be controlled smoothly. Lightweight and compact, the Kaossilator 2 is slim enough to fit easily in your hand or pocket. The energy-efficient design allows it to operate everywhere on just two AA batteries. Equipped with a built-in speaker, the Kaossilator 2 is ready to share your exciting sonic creations wherever your music takes you. The headphone output provides privacy for playing and experimenting alone, and can also be used to connect the Kaossilator 2 to another audio device.

Features:

- 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
- Loop Recording allows the creation of layered phrases with unlimited overdubs
- Dual Loop Recording banks allow DJ-Style mutes and cross-fades
- Record using the built-in mic; or use the mic input for recording of external input
- microSD/SDHC card slot for saving loops and recorded performances
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