Beardyman used KP-3s extensively before developing the Beardytron 5000. "You could do accurate subdivisions of a tempo, or multipliers of a tempo. (...) But whilst they were the best thing out there at the time as an effect/pseuso-looping solution, and they can resample into themselves, they do all of that very clunkily and slowly."more
" ...And the Kaoss pad. I am not very technical and I do not like to study manuals, push buttons or watch displays during sessions, so if something is easy to use with your eyes closed yet producing surprising new sounds, then I love to have it. I think the Kaoss pad is very user-friendly. "more
This is a tool that is popular with electronic artists and DJ's but I have found this just as versatile for use with my guitar music. There are many styles of effects on offer here which can be utilised to your taste using the X and Y pad. The only naff thing I have to say about the KP3 is the vocoder, it's the cheapest part of the unit. Other than that, worth checking out! For an example of guitar based music using the KP3, click here - http://slownews.bandcamp.com/track/4
Other's have spoken fairly of the power of this unit's FX, sampling, and looping. However, the KP3 feels just a bit clunky in that it has a shift key, and can switch context. The KP1 and KP2 did not.... with the exception of downtime-modes like setting up MIDI channels, the previous KPs were touch-and-go... and the operations of sampling, saving presets, etc NEVER disrupted the flow of playing in a "hands on" way (even without looking).
The buttons/lights/screen on the KP3 switch between at least modes: - main mode, where touch-pad controls FX and buttons ABCD start/stop/mute the Sample/Loop tracks, and keys 1-8 select Programs - Track Edit mode, where the ABCD keys select a track, the keys 1-8 will (dis)engage slices of the loop, and the touch-pad adjusts (relative) level of that Track.
Couple this with the fact that that the Shift key can dive into various menus, and Saving presets is a two-button, two-step, "confirm?" process... I feel like I spend more time looking at this thing, and less time "hands on/eyes off" FEEL-ing it out. Starts to feel too structured and organize to be "fun Chaos".
This is why I own two KP3s, but still kept my two KP2s, and one KP1.
Looper, delays, grain shifter, this thing has it all. There's even a vocoder and enough banks to store a multitude of patterns and settings. Although known for it's place in electronic production setups, it's equally at home processing guitar effects. Lots of fun to use.
This is a very interesting sonic tool. I run my it throught the effects loop of my amp and have had the most success with it there. This is a DJ tool, but on guitar it opens up a ton of sonic possibilities. Love how Matt Bellamy used one, so I would a Kaoss Guitar, and this thing is like nothing else. Great delays and filters. Great if your looking to sound like no one else. Not for the purist.
But I did have trouble with noise no matter what cords I used to connect it to my rig. It was a lot of fun to play around with and has very cool effects and the touch screen is great to input with but couldn't get a good enough output to use. Now I bought this second hand over Kijiji so I do not know if it was damaged in any way. I can see great potential though if I could get a clean output!
Last in line : The Kaoss Pad. It is perfect for live control of my music. Breaks, filters , reverbs, delays until destruction. I also like the sampling and looping features. Very intuitive.
Great for DJs, which want to spice up their sets with some live effects and samples. There is a lot of different things you can do with it, and it also can be used as a MIDI controller. It shines with variety and simplicity, but lacks depth in some parts. There are quite some limitations within the different features.
Korg Kaoss PAD KP3 I never really use this but for some reason the touch panel is not working anymore, so i use it only for tapping BPM when I have an idea! High price tap tempo monitor!
This thing has it all, from live 4 track looper (quantized to max 16 steps) to 120+ effects. The best thing is that you use a pad to modify the settings, not knobs like on most regular effects. The quality of those effects is not excellent, but they process the signal very well.
This is a cool board I use it with my SP 404 SX and Boss DR-3 as a EFX Board on the fly to effect & alter sounds and samples then run it in the SP before Export its great for live sets also. a must have for any one working with sounds or live sets
I love running my Kaossilator Pro Plus through this Kaoss Pad 3 Plus. It greatly enhances an already astonishing touch pad synthesizer and loop recorder. The grain shifting effects in particular are really wild.