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Best balance of hands-on-"chaos" and MIDI-smart FX
The KP1 was a great proof of concept, but it could not be sync'ed or remote-controlled by MIDI, as it only had a MIDI Out. The KP3 had tons of features, almost too many that it required sub-menus, operations that took several steps of button pressing, and a text display... all of which tended to slow down the "chaos".
Having owned ALL the Kaoss pads, the KP2 is my favorite, since 1) all the interfacing is direct, no submenus or SHIFT button shortcuts. 2) sampling is quick and dirty 3) several FX sync to clock on the MIDI Input 4) the FX programs tend to feel more "general purpose," and not specifically made for electronic dance music/dubstep/etc... 5) the "BPM Looper" program (#60) is so cool they re-created it for the KP3 "plus model"
At one point, I owned three, and I still own two...
Was and still is a superb performance tool
This thing is built like a tank. It sounds great and the effects are perfect for experimentation.
The live looping feature is perfect for short patterns, less for anything longer.
It's super easy to connect and use, the microphone input and headphones out are really practical. If you do live or home experimental stuff, you will be pleased with it. So many great effects.
This is a brilliant bit of gear, I use it with an Electro-Harmonix RTG and it creates incredible bleepbloop sounds which can be endlessly modified and tweaked to make robotic and industrial noises which can be used over pretty much anything.