Gear Alert: Korg Kaoss Pad 3
Korg’s third edition of the Kaoss Pad effects processor is no joke. Not unlike its preceding incarnations, the KP3 hosts a platform of effects, including several delays, flangers, and reverbs, and it also comes equipped with new algorithms, like an analog synth filter, a grain shifter, and expanded EQs. In addition to new parameters, the touchpad device also acts as an instrument unto itself, with actual vocoder and drum samples, plus the ability to trigger playback samples and sample on the fly. The KP3 is also a MIDI controller, which allows users to connect directly to their machines, rather than bothering with a mess of excessive cables. This bad boy has already been available a few months, and any DJ, producer, or musician could benefit from the bounty of this $399 electronic monolith.