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Korg Kaossilator 2S Handheld Synthesizer Pad

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Kaossilator 2 is the palm-size phrase synthesizer that can be played by anyone, at any place, and at any time...
kaossilator 2




It’s a totally new KAOSSILATOR!
--- the palm-size phrase synthesizer that can be played by anyone, at any place, and at any time.

Introduced in 2007, the KAOSSILATOR has won high acclaim as the original gadget instrument and gave rise to the KAOSSILATOR PRO and iKaossilator for iPhone. Now say hello to the impressive KAOSSILATOR 2.

Boasting a powered-up sound generator, KAOSSILATOR 2 delivers synth and drum sounds spanning a wide range of genres, plus dramatically expanded loop recording. KAOSSILATOR 2 is packed with capabilities that can be enjoyed alone on or together with other people. Use two loops to create DJ-like mixes. Use the internal mic to record guitar, vocals, or other audio sources – just like a looper effect. The Organic Electroluminescent (OEL) display provides superb visibility. Add to that a touch slider for ease of use, microSD card data saving, plus a built-in speaker and mic. All of these features reflect the enhancements incorporated into the sleek and exciting KAOSSILATOR 2.

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  • Simply tap or slide your finger across the X-Y touchpad to generate sounds
  • 150 built-in sounds cover every style of dance music
  • PCM sound engine serves up realistic sounding drums
  • Scale Key and Note Range eliminates "wrong" notes
  • Built-in Gate Arpeggiator with adjustable gate time and swing settings
  • Loop Recording allows for the creation of layered phrases with unlimited overdubs
  • Dual Loop Recording banks allow DJ-Style mutes and cross-fades
  • Record using the built-in mic; or use the mic input input to record an external audio input
  • Onboard microSD/SDHC card slot for saving loops and recorded performances
  • Operation linked with KORG iKaossilator for iPhone
  • Easy-to-read screen uses high-visibility organic EL (OEL) display
  • VALUE slider allows smooth parameter control
  • Battery operation and built-in speaker for on-the-go enjoyment


Korg synthesis at your fingertips

kaossilator 2

The unique interface allows melodies and phrases to be played by simply stroking, tapping, or rubbing the touchpad. Horizontal motions control the pitch; vertical motions control aspects of the tone such as filter cutoff, feedback, or modulation depth. When using a drum kit program, multiple sounds can be played simultaneously, and you can even play the touchpad as if it were a drum pad.
The intuitive design and amazing flexibility of the touchpad allows users who are not keyboard players to perform easily, as well as creating performances rich with tonal changes that could not be produced on a traditional keyboard instrument.

150 built-in sounds covering a full range of musical styles

Korg's acclaimed synthesizer technology has been meticulously packed into this sleek, compact format. The 150 ready-to-play sounds cover a broad range of styles including hip-hop, house, dubstep, new disco, and electro. In addition, the KAOSSILATOR 2 provides a solid set of synth sounds such as synth lead, synth bass, acoustic sounds such as piano or guitar, and even sound effects for DJ use

Accurate PCM drum sounds

PCM sound generation provides drum sounds and drum performances that are more realistic than ever. There are 15 Drum Kits in the KAOSSILATOR 2. Each Drum Kit consists of instruments like the kick, snare, and hi-hat. In addition, there are 25 Rhythm Loop patterns that let you create drum phrases simply by moving your finger. The lineup of sounds covers numerous genres, so you'll be sure to find the drum sounds you need.

Musical Scale, Key, and Note Range help create musical performances

Even if you've never played a musical instrument before, the KAOSSILATOR 2’s Key and Scale features ensure that the notes being played will match the song being performed. Use the Key setting to specify the musical key or “root.” Choose from any of the 35 included scales, ranging from popular scales such as chromatic, major pentatonic, and minor blues, as well as unusual scales such as Spanish, Ryukyu, and Raga. By using both the Key and Scale settings to match the song, you can play perfect solos without a single wrong note.
In addition, the Note Range allows you to specify the range of playable pitches. You can set this to a narrow range to ensure that melodies will be played accurately as you intend, or to an extremely wide range to allow unexpectedly dynamic and unconventional phrases to emerge.

Gate Arpeggiator expands your performance power

The fifty built-in gate arpeggiator patterns can automatically generate phrases and beats by simply moving a finger across the touchpad. As a new capability of the KAOSSILATOR 2, you can now edit the arpeggiator's gate time and swing settings so that musical phrases are created exactly as you intended.

Loop Recording allows intuitive overdubs

The KAOSSILATOR 2’s Loop Recording feature can overdub touchpad performance as many times as you like. By adding layer upon layer to a simple phrase, it's easy for anyone to create amazingly intricate tracks. Thanks to the Scale/Key settings, the results will always sound musically appropriate, each and every time!

Dual Loop Recording banks provide DJ-Style performances

The two Loop Recording banks can be used alone, or used together for truly dramatic results. By combining the two loop recording banks, you can create new performances that were not possible on earlier KAOSSILATOR units.
Different sounds and phrases can be recorded onto each of the two loops. These loops can then be cross-faded or muted, or the loop length can be changed in real-time to create dynamic live performances. Unwanted loops can be erased and rerecorded while playback continues, so you'll be able to create DJ-like performances on the KAOSSILATOR 2 without the sound ever stopping!

Record and loop nearly any source!

The KAOSSILATOR 2 offers both an internal mic as well as an auxiliary mic input. This combination allows the loop –recording of nearly any audio source. Plus, you can easily mix different audio sources, so that as a loop phrase created using the KAOSSILATOR 2’s internal sounds plays in the background, you can overdub your own rap, vocal, or other external sound, or enjoy a loop recording session with a musical collaborator – such as a guitarist.

microSD card slot for data storage

A microSD card can be used to save loop recorder data. In addition, performances played on the KAOSSILATOR 2 can be recorded using the master recorder, and stored on a card. Whenever an important musical idea begins to take shape, it can easily be saved, and can even be used later as part of a studio production. This is also a convenient way to share KAOSSILATOR 2 performances on the Internet. The KAOSSILATOR 2 also acts as an audio player, and can play back performances created using the master recorder. Listen to your best performances for comparison, or share them with your friends.

* SDXC cards cannot be used.
* Supported file formats: WAV files (16-bit, 44.1 kHz/48 kHz, stereo) 

Operation linked with KORG iKaossilator for iPhone

You can use the kaossilator 2 together with Korg's iKaossilator for the iPhone/iPad. This allows audio data to be transferred between the kaossilator 2 and iKaossilator, and lets you use the two devices in a BPM-synchronized performance.
Although iKaossilator and the kaossilator 2 share the KAOSSILATOR name, their sound generator and recording style are completely different. While the iKaossilator uses a PCM sound source, the kaossilator 2 uses a modeling synth. And while the iKaossilator provides a five part sequencer that lets you freely insert or remove notes as you perform, the kaossilator 2 allows unlimited overdubbing as well as recording of external audio input. By combining these two with audio data that utilizes the advantages of each, you can vastly expand your performance possibilities. 

Plays nicely together with Kaossilator PRO+, Ver.1.10 later

Data you that’s been recorded on the KAOSSILATOR PRO+ can be exported for use with the Kaossilator 2, and data recorded on the Kaossilator 2 can be loaded by the KAOSSILATOR PRO+, sharing the BPM and other settings. The possibilities are endless; sophisticated performance data from the KAOSSILATOR PRO+ can be loaded into the Kaossilator 2 and taken with you, or Kaossilator 2 performance data you recorded elsewhere can be brought back for use on the KAOSSILATOR PRO+.

Ergonomic design

The KAOSSILATOR 2 features a comfortably curved body that makes it both stylish and extremely easy to play. The high-contrast OEL (Organic Electroluminescent) display clearly shows the names of the sounds, features, and parameters, and also ensures excellent visibility, even in a dimly lit DJ booth or stage.

As with the touchpad, the VALUE slider is also touch-sensitive. By sliding or tapping your finger (as appropriate for each function), parameters and functions may be controlled smoothly.

Energy-efficient design and built-in speaker allow it to operate everywhere

Lightweight and compact, the KAOSSILATOR 2 is slim enough to fit easily in your hand or pocket. The energy-efficient design allows it to operate everywhere on just two AA batteries. Equipped with a built-in speaker, the KAOSSILATOR 2 is ready to share your exciting sonic creations wherever your music takes you. The headphone output provides privacy for playing and experimenting alone, and can also be used to connect the KAOSSILATOR 2 to another audio device.



Program Categories
Lead (25), Acoustic (10), Bass (30), Chord (25), SE (20), Drum (15), Drum Patterns (25)
Key Range
Gate Arpeggiator
50 patterns
Sampling Frequency
48 kHz
AD/DA Conversion
24-bit linear
Input Connectors
Mic Input (stereo mini jack type)
Output Connectors
Headphone Output (stereo mini jack type)
Data Storage
microSD card (512MB - 2GB)
microSDHC card (2GB - 16GB)
*SDXC card cannot be used.
Power Supply
AA batteries (alkaline battery or Nickel-Metal Hydride battery) x 2
Optional AC adapter-ready (DC4.5V – available from Korg)
Battery Life
Approx. 5 hours (POWER SAVING: ON, with Nickel-Metal Hydride battery)
(W x D x H)
76 mm x 128 mm x 25 mm / 2.99” x 5.04” x 0.98”
105 g / 3.75 oz. (without batteries)
Owner’s Manual, AA batteries x 2 (for verifying operation)
AC adapter-ready (KA191, DC4.5V – available from Korg)

Compatibility chart of microSD/SDHC (2012, April 5th)

* Cards of the same make and model may behave differently depending on their date of manufacture. We cannot guarantee the successful operation of all cards.
* When many files are saved on the microSD/SDHC card, or when the card has been used for a prolonged period of time, the following problems may occur: slow read/write speeds, skipping/dropping frames on the display.
* MicroSD/SDHC cards which were formatted on another device, such as a personal computer may not work properly in the kaossilator 2. Please format your memory card in your product before usage.
* Regarding the read/write speed, there is no difference between microSD or microSDHC cards.

Program List:

Lead (25)
LD.001 Wide Dist Lead, LD.002 Pulse Verb, LD.003 Unison Saw, LD.004 Reverse Sine, LD.005 Bleep Lead, LD.006 Air Spectrum, LD.007 Paz Square, LD.008 Acid Rez Lead, LD.009 Ring Flutter, LD.010 Synth Lead, LD.011 PWM Lead, LD.012 8bit Square, LD.013 Syn Decay, LD.014 5th Lead, LD.015 Square Lead, LD.016 Unison Lead, LD.017 SinePortamento, LD.018 Square Bell, LD.019 Soft Lead, LD.020 Orange Lead, LD.021 Ambient Lead, LD.022 Mini Lead, LD.023 Tell Min, LD.024 Sync Lead, LD.025 Unison Sweep
Acoustic (10)
AC.026 Ray EP, AC.027 Trumpet, 0AC.028 Kalimba, AC.029 Duo Strings, AC.030 Piano, AC.031 Tape Flute, AC.032 Digerido, AC.033 Dist Guitar, AC.034 Harmonica, AC.035 Phase Clav
BS.036 House Bass, BS.037 Duck Bass, BS.038 Hoover Bass, BS.039 Dist Bass, BS.040 Wobble Bass, BS.041 Slow Bass, BS.042 Squ Rez Bass, BS.043 Pure Saw, BS.044 Motion Bass, BS.045 Auto Oct Bass, BS.046 Elec Bass, BS.047 XMod Bass, BS.048 Synth Bass, BS.049 Valve Bass, BS.050 Talkin Bass, BS.051 Feed Y Bass, BS.052 Organ Bass, BS.053 Simple Bass, BS.054 MG Bass, BS.055 Square Bass, BS.056 Fat Bass, BS.057 Slap Bass, BS.058 Chorus Bass, BS.059 Bad Bass, BS.060 Big Bass, BS.061 Kick Bass, BS.062 Acid Bass, BS.063 Boost Bass, BS.064 Ring Bass, BS.065 Fall Bass
CH.066 Pulse Code, CH.067 Tech Kode, CH.068 Pump Chord, CH.069 Guitar Strum, CH.070 Scale Chord, CH.071 kasCode, CH.072 Dream Sine, CH.073 OSCode, CH.074 Piano Chord, CH.075 HPF Code Seq, CH.076 EP Chord, CH.077 PWM Chord, CH.078 Electro Stab, CH.079 Pad Chord, CH.080 Arpeggio Down, CH.081 Arpeggio Alt, CH.082 Power Chord, CH.083 Side Chain, CH.084 Filter Chord, CH.085 Wurly Chord, CH.086 Guitar Chord, CH.087 2039, CH.088 BPF Chord, CH.089 Sine Chord, CH.090 Phaser Chord
SE.091 Pump Noise, SE.092 Disco Siren, SE.093 Guitar Elements, SE.094 Itch Noiz, SE.095 Resonate, SE.096 Helicopter, SE.097 Orch Hit, SE.098 Rise/Fall, SE.099 HPF Square, SE.100 Kaoss Drone, SE.101 Sync Random, SE.102 Noise Filter, SE.103 Metal, SE.104 Siren, SE.105 Random, SE.106 Beam Saber, SE.107 Synth Looper, SE.108 Ring Mod SFX, SE.109 Sweep, SE.110 Drop
DR.111 House Kit, DR.112 Disco Kit, DR.113 Techno Kit, DR.114 Minimal Kit, DR.115 HipHop Kit,DR.116 Breakbeat Kit, DR.117 Dubstep Kit, DR.118 Rock Kit, DR.119 Doncamatic Kit, DR.120 Electric Kit, DR.121 Tom Kit, DR.122 Clap Kit, DR.123 Conga Kit, DR.124 Cymbal Kit, DR.125 Reverse Kit
Drum Pattern (25)
PT.126 House 1, PT.127 House 2, PT.128 Deep House, PT.129 Electro House, PT.130 Techno, PT.131 Minimal 1, PT.132 Minimal 2, PT.133 HipHop 1, PT.134 HipHop 2, PT.135 Breaks 1, PT.136 Breaks 2, PT.137 Dubstep 1, PT.138 Dubstep 2, PT.139 Drum'n'Bass, PT.140 Rock 1, PT.141 Rock 2, PT.142 Disco, PT.143 Bossa, PT.144 Doncamatic, PT.145 Lofi Beatz, PT.146 Elec Perc, PT.147 Backbeat, PT.148 NoKick, PT.149 HiHat, PT.150 Conga
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