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      CommentAuthorTrotsky
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2008 edited
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    "it's the beat from the future, come to blow your mind!"
    -Lx Rudis

    korg

    "The next innovation in the highly acclaimed line of Korg DJ tools has arrived!

    The KAOSSILATOR is a new pocket sized instrument that packs Korg's world renowned synth sound along with innovative performance features into an ultra-compact unit. Anyone can instantly play musical phrases by simply tapping or sliding their finger across the KAOSSILATOR’s touch pad – no previous skills required! The KAOSSILATOR is a portable, travel friendly device that runs on batteries, so you can have fun creating music anywhere your life takes you, with seemingly endless possibilities. "
    http://www.korg.co.uk/products/dance_dj/kaossilator/kaossilator.asp

    amazing
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      CommentAuthorC.c.
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2008
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    I actually saw this for the first time yesterday. Looks great, but I still sort of prefer the old fashion loops-and-wires tin-can homemade oscillators. Color me old-fashioned.

    Blip blop blip.
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      CommentAuthorTrotsky
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2008
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    I think that the Korg Ms-20 is the greatest thing ever, don't get me wrong, but this is nifty!


    I also like the Casio Rapman.

    I'm all inclusive.
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      CommentAuthorAriana
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2008 edited
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    Someday, someone will build one of these dancefloor-sized, and let the crowd's movement make organic tracks. That will rock so hard.
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      CommentAuthorEgon
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2008
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    I've wanted to Frankenstein one of those onto my guitar for a very very long time now. (At one time, I was thinking of building a podium for the larger models)

    $200 at Guitar Center is not a bad asking price from what I can see so far. I'm sure anybody with some bargaining skills could knock that price down even further.
    • CommentAuthoreggzoomin
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2008
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    Mate of mine has had an original Kaos Pad for ages, interesting controller. Personally I have a MIDI controller for my guitar (Roland GK2-A MIDI pickup and GI-20 MIDI controller) so I prefer to use that, but for those who don't play a conventional instrument or want to easily control MIDI parameters in real time with a small surface, I think they're great.
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      CommentAuthorTrotsky
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2008 edited
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    I love the old Kaoss Pad, but it's so big.
    the mini kaos pad is fun beyond belief, and this takes the concept to the next inevitable step.


    (but I do like the red better)

    mini kaos pad
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    Yes! Yes! I have one! I saw it and I couldn't resist!

    So much fun. I'm not actually sold on the practical aspects of it, it's missing some memory and loop editing functions that would make it a lot more useful, but it just one of the most wonderful musical toys I've ever seen. Actually no, that's not fair, there are lots of easily applicable uses for it even as it is. That video doesn't even demonstrate one of the best features, it's insanely easy to layer sound upon sound upon sound into a loop, essentially a quick, fun, effective way to make glitchy, gloopy beats.

    I actually want to get the red one too now. The Kaossilator is just a synth, it just creates sounds, whereas the other Kaoss Pads manipulate sound, they don't create it. So combining the two, and fucking with the signal from the Kaossilator on a Kaoss Pad would seem to be the next logical step.

    God it's wonderful.
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    my favorite pedal is this one:



    so much fun.
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      CommentAuthorGypsy
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2008 edited
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    Someday, someone will build one of these dancefloor-sized, and let the crowd's movement make organic tracks. That will rock so hard.

    Ariana, that sounds so surreal...what an awesome idea!
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      CommentAuthorwilliac
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2008
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    Ooh... I need one of these. I'll even start wearing cargo pants, so I can carry it around with me always.

    Yes, I'm completely serious... well, maybe not about the cargo pants, but I do need one of these.
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      CommentAuthorSarpedon
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2008
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    I would love one of these, I just got a trigger finger (USB/midi control surface) messing with Ableton Live with that has been awesome. I've love to get my hands on some hardware synths.
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      CommentAuthorFractal
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2008
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    "Someday, someone will build one of these dancefloor-sized, and let the crowd's movement make organic tracks. That will rock so hard."


    *ding*

    Well, there's a stupidly good idea. I'll have to think on that.
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      CommentAuthorTrotsky
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2008
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    @ Sarpedon,
    cool cool.

    I love Ableton. Total novice though.

    one of my friends just got a Lemur, and I'd love to mess with that thing.
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      CommentAuthorlx rudis
    • CommentTimeJan 26th 2008
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    wow, i was on my way to post something about newschool malware propogation and ran across this thread. figured i should say something....

    trotsky's lemur mention reminded me of yamaha's new instrument, tenori-on:
    http://www.global.yamaha.com/design/tenori-on/
    ...there's a lot of stir going on about this thing currently, but i think the kaossilator will likely get a lot more attention.

    there _was_ a similar button/litebrite controller being made for max/MSP locally, but they appear to have dropped off the map - i saw a demo unit of a 64x64 button screen at the last Maker's Faire, but nothing since. cool thing about that box was that was very user configurable. one demo unit was rigged with tilt sensors - they had some max code running that allowed the user to sort of move hotspots around on the controller by the angle it was tilted at. neat!
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    A friend in LA has been playing with the tenori-on and raves about it. I think even his kis plays with it.

    I love seeing all these non-keyboard interfaces. Does anyone here remember/has anyone heard of Don Buchla? He's a contemporary of Bob Moog's, but Buchla is more old school in his synth ideas and for most of his career built systems that used anything but piano-style keyboards as triggers. He often uses flat surfaces divided into different areas to trigger differnt synth events. I wonder what he thinks of all the current touch screens and pads?
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      CommentAuthorSarpedon
    • CommentTimeJan 26th 2008
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    I just love the non-keyboard triggers since they at least appear less intimidating to an uninitiated person like myself. It doesn't look so much like another instrument I can't play, it looks like a cool thing I can play with and as a byproduct make something marginally musical. I'm all for the interesting interfaces.
    • CommentAuthortezifon
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2008
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    the thing is the design of new interesting interfaces, running out of the midi standard keyboard
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      CommentAuthorV
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2008
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    @Ariana A nice thought. I was talking to one of the reacTable guys back at NIME 2006 in Paris and he was musing about wearable things that would produce similar effects to the board by reading people dancing in a room.
    Not sure how serious they were about it (I mean we all do some thinking out loud sometimes) nor if they are working on it or not and I don't have time at the moment to search their site.

    Although! As long as we are talking about them, I have heard that they are going to start selling reacTables.
    (And last I looked their site had plenty of free code and stuff available for download for those who like to make their own stuff.)