Korg Debuts Kaoss DJ Controller at 2015 NAMM Show

3264571421773664210At the 2015 NAMM Show, Korg has introduced the Kaoss DJ, a USB and standalone DJ controller.

The Kaoss DJ features a built-in Kaoss Pad, Korg’s touch pad-based effects control surface. Compatible with any MIDI-compatible DJ software, Kaoss DJ also integrates with Serato DJ Intro software (available as a free download).

LED level meters on both sides of the body provide the user visual feedback. The Korg Kaoss DJ boasts cueing, hot cues, looping, A/B sync, touch platters, pitch controls, EQ, FX on/off control, powerful Kaoss effects and more. Kaoss DJ also includes 2 stereo inputs and a mic input which can be used with the on-board USB audio interface. Away from the computer, KAOSS DJ can also function as a traditional stand-alone multi-channel DJ mixer.

Overview and Specifications

  • Multi-function DJ controller/mixer in a slim, compact body
  • Built-in KAOSS pad *Serato DJ Intro (Free Download) *2 ch Mixer
  • Connections: CD/LINE x 2 stereo (RCA), MIC x 1 (1/4 inch Phone)
  • Output: MASTER OUT x 1 stereo (RCA), Headphone Monitor OUT x 1 (1/4 inch Phone)
  • Other terminals: USB x 1(Type B), Audio I/O, Input 1, Output 2,*Sampling Rate: 24 bit, 44.1kHz / 48 kHz *Frequency: 20 Hz ~ 20 kHz
  • Total harmonic distortion: less than 0.002% (USB) *S/N Rate: More than 100 dB (USB)
  • Power Supply: 5V USB Buss Power
  • Dimensions & Weight: 307(W) x 158(H) x 42(D) mm, 730g
  • Accessories: USB cable

Pricing and availability for the Korg Kaoss DJ are to be announced.

7 thoughts on “Korg Debuts Kaoss DJ Controller at 2015 NAMM Show

  1. Understated design! I love it. Has the features I would want. I hope it’s priced right because I would like to support KORG over other DJ controller brands.

  2. I would like to know what “touch platters” means, are they velocity sensitive as well as rotatable? That would be pretty dope.

    1. Good question. From the picture, my guess is that the platters don’t rotate. The platter area looks the same as the square kaoss pad in the middle, just different shape. I’m guessing the platter probably sends touch on / off and relative forward backward motion. I actually did some work turning a kaoss pad into a scratch pad years ago, and it worked fairly well – won’t be winning any DMC championships of course, but provided a decent way of getting scratching into my space-limited setup. One problem I foresee, if the platters don’t rotate, is the friction from rubbing on that touch surface. After a few minutes of rubbing vigorously on my KP2 – heh – my fingers definitely felt the burn. Hopefully this has been considered in the design of the touch surface here. And hopefully the platters are outputting something other than standard MIDI resolutions, because that too would be a burn. In any case, looks like an interesting design, hope it’s actually a good product.

  3. I do however think the “LED level meters on both sides of the body” is an odd way to display metering information if I’m reading this correctly. The picture seems to support this. Also the three led switches on each side, hidden under the same type of material as the platters and kp in the middle, also seems like a strange design choice.

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