Korg Kaossilator Pro
Korg's invention of the Kaoss line of products over a decade ago changed the effects game for musicians and producers both in the studio and on stage. Through the years, Korg continued to innovate such institutions as the DJ mixer and video/audio samplers; now Korg introduces its first touchpad-based synthesizer, Kaossilator Pro (MSRP: $460). The synths soundbank contains sounds suitable for genres ranging from electro to hip-hop to reggae and house, with plenty of acoustic instruments available as well. Using the high-quality samples along with a built-in arpeggiator, octave and key control, Kaoss' trusty touchpad proves to be as simple and innovative as Korg has ever been.