2012 NAMM Show: Yesterday, Korg officially introduced the Kaossilator 2 – a palm-sized synthesizer that is played via a Kaoss x/y touchpad.
Today, they released this intro video for the Kaossilator 2.
The Kaoss X-Y touchpad provides control using a single finger. Inside are 150 sounds, divided into categories for easy-access: Synth Leads, Basses, Acoustic Instruments, Chorded Sounds, SE, Drum Kits and Rhythm Patterns.
The Kaossilator 2 combines PCM drums, modeling synthesis and two crossfade-able Loop Recorder banks. The Kaossilator 2′s Dual Loop Recording Banks can overdub your touchpad performances as many times as you like. By adding layer upon layer to a simple phrase, you can create complex loops and then save them using the microSD data slot.
Details on the Kaossilator 2 are available at the Korg site.
discoDSP has updated Corona, its virtual synthesizer instrument for Mac & WIndows, to version 3.
Here’s what’s new in Corona 3:
CHANGES IN CORONA R3
Added 32 steps arpeggiator with MIDI out, 10 modes, 3 trigger types, 4 octaves range, velocity mix, bipolar swing, 13 clock sync types, editing and preset management. MIDI out is supported on VST plugins only.
Added MIDI Solo icon below MASTER label to send MIDI only.
Added EDIT > Settings > Tooltips.
Corona is a 32 and 64-bit, virtual analog and wave synthesizer for Audio Units, VST hosts featuring 3 VA + WAVE oscillators, 16 oscillator combine modes, 32 steps arpeggiator with MIDI out, 8 destination matrix modulations, 3 LFOs, 3 ADSR envelopes, unison, chorus, delay and limiter effects, high-quality sound and analog modeled filters.
Corona costs 95 € or 139 USD (VAT included where applicable) for single platform and 114 € or 166 USD for Mac + PC. See the discoDSP site for details and demo.
While the Korg microKorg has been out for a couple of years, it still offers a good compromise between power, price and portability. If you don’t mind the mini synthesizer keyboard, it’s a lot of synth.
If you’ve used the microKorg, leave a comment with your thoughts!
Homegrown Sounds has introduced ARP, an advanced polyphonic arpeggiator and note sequencer with scale remapping for powerful sequencing possibilities.
Here’s what they have to say about it:
With ARP, sequences can be re-mapped based on the played note – so, for example, a sequence can be forced to fit to the major scale. The idea behind this is to break away from the typical note sequencer where every key simply transposes the sequence, the ability to remap each note results in a much more creative sequence.
The Muter Section is a gate sequencer which decides which notes will play. ARP is also polyphonic and so can be used as a typical Gate Sequencer, or even more interesting as a polyphonic sequencer that syncopates. There is also the ability to offset the start note of each sequence so that when 2 notes are pressed together they automatically play syncopated. Finally there is OmniChorder which allows triggering up to another 2 notes when one note is pressed to create a chord, this becomes interesting when used with the Scale Remapper which can leave you with a selection of interesting one finger chords.
The demo version is fully featured, but times out after 10 minutes, it can downloaded here.