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Based on 2 Reviews and 12 Ratings
The touchpad that started the revolution
...technically, this was NOT the first instance we could see of an XY touch-pad to control effects programs... not even by Korg. Korg had two synths with multi-dimensional controllers for FX/etc... The Korg Prophecy 1995 had a ribbon strip mounted on a rocker-log version of a pitch-bender, allowing for some primitive XY control with a single finger. The Korg Z1  polyphonic/multi-timbral synth had a proper XY field above classic Mod and Pitch wheels.
So the KP1  is just a bigger touch pad fill of presets (no programming), mounted with DJ-style RCA jacks. ...and the one-finger musical gestures were born.
I still own at least one KP1. At a certain point I definitely had two. The filters, reverb and delay have a definite lower-fidelity smoothness to them, and the device overloads less harshly than some other FX boxes I have. Plus, the pitch-shifting programs and time-stretching sample-players sound SO primitive they are FANTASTIC for sound-design.
Great when they are working!
My favorite FX unit to play with.
They are old now and most used units wont last long even if kept in clean environment. I have owned 4 so far.
They do have tendency to great a hum in the mix if recording into an external sound card. ways to cancel it out just something to be aware of.