Korg is well known for their musical instruments, tuners, guitar pedals and synths. At TestFreaks we have reviewed a few devices from this company and today we will look at their latest palm-sized synthesizer for making music on the go – the Kaossilator 2.

This is the latest version of their Kaossilator line that has been decreasing in size with each iteration. The Kaossilator 2 is a portable sound generator that uses a touchpad for sound creation. Sliding horizontally over the touchpad will change the pitch over a range of octaves while vertical movement affects aspects of the tone such as filter cutoff, feedback, or modulation depth.

The Kaossilator 2 has 150 built in sounds with two loop recording and unlimited overdubs. It features a built in mic. External devices can be used through an additional Line In input. Loops and recordings can be saved using a microSD/SDHC card. A built in Arpeggiator allows adjustment of gate time and swing settings of the built in sounds.

 

 

Unboxing

 

The Kaossilator 2 arrives in a yellow cardboard package. In the center of the box the Kaossilator 2 is visualized through a plastic enclosure. On the back is a description of the device’s features in five languages.

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Inside the package we find the Kaossilator 2 along with two AA batteries and an owners manual.

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The Kaossilator 2 is composed of black and yellow plastic making it look like a musical bubblebee. It measures 7.6 cm x 12.8 cm x 2.5 cm, is slightly larger than a deck of cards and weighs 105 g without batteries. Two AA batteries provide approximately 5 hours of power. An optional AC adapter is also available from Korg.

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The front of the Kaossilator 2 is black with the bottom half comprised of the trackpad. A value slider rests in the middle.

The upper third is comprised of two loop buttons adjacent to a Korg logo. On the upper section four buttons surround a display screen, which include the Sound, Arpeggiator, Function and Delete buttons. Two LEDs are found on the sides between these buttons with an internal mic just above the display screen.

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On the lower left-hand side of the device is the internal speaker with the microphone on/off button for capturing audio through the internal mic or from an external one connected to the MIC IN jack. On the right-hand side of the unit are the power and volume buttons while on the top are 3.5 mm jacks for headphones and microphone along with a DC 4.5 V input.

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Pressing the button located beneath the trackpad detaches the back cover. Here we see the battery compartment that fits two AA batteries along with a micro-SD/SDHC slot that can accommodate up to 16 GB. Any memory card used with the Kaossilator 2 will need to be formatted through the device.

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