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.
Transcript: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 UniqueSquared.com.