DJ Scott Mad Flip

DJ Scott Mad Flip
March 23, 2011

Korg Kaoss Pad Quad. Yes, Please!

I love dance music. I am just as much a fan of watching it performed live as I am doing it myself. If you have ever watched a DJ or Live PA act perform it to a huge crowd, you know that every breakdown, build and beat drop invokes mass hysteria, hands in the air, bodies moving, etc. You all know what I mean. We had the opportunity to create these amazing effects using the Korg Kaoss Pad Quad.

Korg introduced the first Kaoss Pad in 1999 and has since put out the KP2, KPE1 Entrancer, KP3, Kaossilator, mini-KP, and now the KP Quad. Like it’s predecessors it utilizes an X/Y axis on a touch-pad to modulate the selected effect. The Quad uses 20 modern effects between laid out quite nicely between 4 banks, giving you the ability to use 4 at once. The buttons responded well and the 2 knobs, input and fx depth, allow for dynamic sweeps during play. The Quad includes your standard 1/4 inch mic input and headphone output, each with dedicated volume control. It does lack the midi capability of some earlier models but it certainly packs a punch in terms of delivering some of the newer, glitchy, wobbly effects in today’s modern dance music. We got wicked with it just recently and we are in love. Check out the video.


Hi, this is Scott Magno DJ MadFlip. I’m here with UniqueSquared and today we are going to check out the Korg Kaoss Pad Quad. Korg has been making the Kaoss Pad for about the past twelve years, they’ve always been really cool. Now they’re going to hit us with the Kaoss Pad Quad.
Alright, so let’s check out the Kaoss Pad Quad. Right out of the box, you’ve got nice compact design, you’re going to have RCA inputs and outputs, so you’re master is going to be out RCA.
You’ve got your standard microphone input and headphone output both with their own separate volume controls.
Alright let’s take a look at the XY pad, when you pass audio through it you’ve got these really good looking LED’s. It stays white when there’s no effects on it. Once you apply an effect, that’s when you start to generate the different color LED’s.
Really nice, looks really good live. You’ve got your effects depth, and you’ve got your BPM adjust right here, tap tempo. Now, when you hold down tap tempo, that auto detects your BPM. So that’s also really cool. But let’s talk about the effects.
You’ve got four different effect engines in here separated on four different banks. So you’ve got five different effects per bank, twenty effects in all.
So you can select different effects on the banks here, manipulate them using the effects depth, which is what I like to do, and if you like a certain effect, like this one hit delay, I can actually freeze that effect and then go through and manipulate the other ones on the XY pad without affecting the depth or the modulation of the one that I’ve frozen. So that’s pretty cool.
Alright, so I’m going to show you some of my favorite effects, do a quick demo and we’re going to get wicked with this thing.
Alright, the Korg Kaoss Pad Quad, very sick. This is the latest in the long line of the Kaoss Pad family, and it definitely does not disappoint.
I think what I like the most about it is that it has some modern effects. You can get really glitchy and you can get really wobbly as well, for those of you who know what I mean out there.
So if you have any other questions about the Korg Kaoss Pad, feel free to leave it here on the channel, I’ll answer it personally. And as always follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and the UniqueSquared blog. This is Scott Magno, DJ MadFlip. Be you, be unique, at


  1. Benny MCDaniel says:

    That is the bomb dot com for sure!

  2. Mike says:

    Pretty cool technology.

  3. Christian Griffin says:

    Watch those finger cramps!

  4. Boozi says:

    wow, had no idea a new kaoss pad s coming out!!! O___O

  5. James says:

    The square root of good audio equipment is Unique.

  6. Wow, not really my style, but totally cool.

  7. Bryan Bowman says:

    This is the only piece of Kaoss gear missing from my setup and I know I’ll be ordering one from Unique2 really soon. I love to produce elctronica live so this is leaps and bounds beyond any other live effects controller. How sensitive is the touch pad? Is it similar to the other Kaoss products? It looks different, and certainly sounds better, so I am really looking forward to trying it out!

    p.s…I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Unique Squared has the best customer service in the biz!

  8. Bryan Bowman says:

    also, why would you want to compress your ducks?

  9. Christian Griffin says:

    Remember the ole’ days of making beats on you school desk using your knuckles, and hand!

  10. Paul Licke says:

    Wow, these have come a long way since the simple turn table

  11. julie cooley says:


  12. Marko Segura says:

    Cool techie toy. The LED pads looks nice

  13. David Rodas says:

    i trust Unique Squared in every aspect of my purchases.. why? because they’re that great of a competition compared to others

  14. Max Gardner says:

    OMG this thing is soo cool. I would love to have one of these and really define my own effects. Help define my sound. Cool video! Thanks for sharing.

  15. Dave Kennedy says:

    Will this make me rich, famous and a total chick magnet?

  16. This pad sounds awesome! I’m loving all the review/first look videos by you and the Unique Squared crew. You guys helped me out on buying my Reloop Digital Jockey controller and got it to me at an awesome price. Again, keep up all the videos! Thanks, Alex.

  17. robert waites says:

    Would be a fun toy

  18. Marshal says:


  19. Nay says:

    DJ MadFlip is right about that damn Kaoss – we are in love with it! I stayed at my local Guitar Center 2 months ago until it closed playing on an older Kaoss model. Would be cool to see Korg license the Kaoss technology to DJ controller manufacturers to embed it.

  20. Jimmy says:

    That’s a pretty interesting device. It makes me wonder what I could do if I toyed around with it after recording a guitar track….


  21. Jason J. says:

    Why does he say “put” so weird?

  22. Mackenzie says:

    That is the most times I’ve heard “effect” in 1:00 flat. 12 times to be exact. 0:45 to 1:45. Maybe he was just trying to make sure you got the whole effect.

    1. ariff says:

      Haha, including “effecting” we counted 13. You win this weeks FAN-tastic Friday, congratulations.

      1. Mackenzie says:

        I wasn’t sure if it was affect or effect so I didn’t count it lol. Thanks :)

  23. Anwarri Abdullah says:

    “I’m not like it..but I’m loving it!!!”

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