Note: this post is from 2007, outbound links may be broken.
Korg Kaossilator Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer
Korg has announced/leaked the Kaossilator Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer, a new battery-powered pocket-sized instrument featuring Korg synth sounds alongside innovative performance features.
The Kaossilator comes packed with 100 sound programs that combine Korg’s modelling synthesizer engine with effects from the KAOSS Pad series. Its horizontal axis is assigned to note/pitch, while the vertical axis is assigned to parameters such as: cut-off, feedback, or modulation depth, giving you a wide range of performance possibilities. In addition to classic synthesizer sounds, there are faithfully simulated piano, guitar and trumpet sounds as well as looped and one-shot drum sounds.
The Kaossilator offers a choice of 31 different scales.
Gate Arpeggiator enables you to produce specific patterns of notes in sync with user specified tempos. Then, to get your creative juices flowing, Loop Recording allows you to record a phrase with a specified number of beats to a maximum of two bars (or measures) and add layers to it. For example you can record a phrase using a synth-lead sound, and then overdub bass or drum sounds. You can build up layers of cool phrases by simply repeating this cycle of selecting, playing, and recording sounds.
Visit the German Korg site for more information.