Korg Kaoss Pad Review

Hello World,

This is a review of the Korg Kaoss Pad.

The Good

The Kaoss Pad can provide a new dimension and texture to existing instruments.  Any sound can be feed in through the RCA input.

The Kaoss Pad is extremely intuitive.  The XY pad feels good, and the light indicators follow your touch very well.  The XY controls that are programmed by default are very natural, and they modify the sound in an ear pleasing manner.

The Korg effects that are applied to the sound are excellent.

The Bad

The RCA connections are different than the typical 1/4″ connections found on other music gear.  Although, to their credit, they do feel fairly solid.

It is difficult to be precise with the Kaoss Pad.  (Ironically, this is also a feature).  It would be hard to play a song exactly the same way twice in a row.  If you are a perfectionist, this probably isn’t the instrument for you.  If you like to experiment, then it is perfect for you.

The End

The Kaoss Pad is an experimentalist’s instrument.  It is intuitive and makes fantastic noise.

Korg padKONTROL Review

Hello World,

This is a review of the Korg padKONTROL.

What it is

The padKONTROL is a MIDI studio controller.  It has 16 assignable pads arranged in a 4×4 grid.  It also has a X-Y pad for controlling effects such as Roll and Flam.

The Good

The padKONTROL is intuitive, stylish and the touch pads have a nice solid feel.  The KORG USB-MIDI driver and padKONTROL Editor Librarian is available from Korg.  Both were easy to setup on a Mac (haven’t tried Windows).

The unit started working immediately after connecting the padKONTROL to the computer via the USB cable.  I started Garage Band to test the padKONTROL, and it worked successful to play any of the software instruments.

The Bad

My biggest complaint is the lightweight “plastic” feel to the padKONTROL.  The pads themselves seem fairly solid.  However, the knobs, and the unit as a whole feel a little flimsy.

The End