The Korg KP3+ Dynamic Effects/Sampler In Depth

At the 2013 NAMM ShowKorg introduced the latest member of its Kaoss Pad family, the Korg KP3+ Kaoss Pad effects processor.

The KP3+ is a dynamic effects processor and sampler. It offers a total of 150 programs – 22 more than the KP3. In addition to the 108 effects carried over from the KP3, which include filters, spatial-type effects such as delay and reverb, a grain shifter that freezes tiny pieces of sound and repeats them, and a vocoder, there are 42 new or improved effects, including effects that were developed for the Kaoss Pad Quad, such as the Looper, Vinyl Break, and Ducking Compressor.

The video above offers a looping performance demo of the new KP3+. 

The video below features several examples of the new delays and reverbs available on the KP3+:

The next video features several examples of the new grain shift and looping effects available on the KP3+:

The final video features several examples of the new filter and modulation effects available on the KP3+:

The Korg KP3+ is expected to be available in April 2013 for US $349.99.


11 thoughts on “The Korg KP3+ Dynamic Effects/Sampler In Depth

  1. I still do not understand why this couldn’t be a firmware update…. I’d even pay like $25 for it. Oh we’ll I guess my KP3 will continue living in the box in the closet

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    • An update might make me pull it out and use it again, it’s audio processing latency is really the only reason I don’t use it and if it were fixed, I’m sure I could find a place back in my rig for it….

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  2. In other words, I don’t understand your logic here. $25 for more effects on something you’re not using isn’t going to change things, unless you really, *really* need the above, for *this* device, period. Will it make you want to use it again? If so, plenty of grain shifters and such out there: just route it. Connecting foo to bar, part of the process.

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  3. korg made a big mistake by making the original kp3 too perfect. its telling that the design and functionality have hardly changed at all in any of the new versions since it was introduced

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  4. I wish the big synth/keyboard makers would design/market for too perfect more often; seeing the same thing sold repeatedly (sometimes to bombastic effect; cue 2012 dubstep anything) is getting old. It’s like they’re selling mass-market, instead of on the basis of loyalty. They make less short-term profits, but their rep would grow very quickly. All that said, at least in Korg’s case, they appear to be listening more. I could get into a rant about Roland here, but I won’t. :p

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  5. I’m not seeing many effects that are really new. The looper is no better than the pre-existing loopers on my kp3. Grain filter? Got that, use it, love it. LFO. Intact as well. The only thing I wish that they would change in the ability to layer on top of loops, or add an effect selection where you could pick some tracks to come through clean and others to be effected, or leave all tracks clean and only affect the input signal. That would be dope.

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  6. The best part of this video is the wall of speakers behind him. I see no new features to this vintage gear.

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