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midi looping, synths, and kaossilators
Today I stumbled across the Korg Kaosilator PRO. I have always been a bit interested in the Kaosilator, however never even looked at one due to it not having midi sync. But then there's the Kaosilator PRO.. full midi in clock /out.. and its says.. Performs double-duty as a MIDI controller for external equipment.
I have always expounded on this list that I am dreaming of a "Midi Looper". With all the functions of an EDP, but.. not audio based. Reasons? Cos the thing about a synth loop (pre-programmed) is that it can still be tweaked, either by hand, or by LFO sweep /modulation routings.
I do routinely "audio loop" my synths. (a doepfer modular system, a Korg MS2000 and the trusty GR30 guitar synth) but for "synth lines" Ive always pre-programmed them, either via the onboard modulation sequencer of the Korg, or a variety of analog sequencers I have for the modular (the best being called, weirdly "Mobius")
The Korg is VERY tweakable, so a relatively standard patch can easily be quickly manipulated to "fit in" with the current improvisation.
But theres my problem / wish.
TO HAVE ALL AVAILABLE; WHERE ALL FACTORS BOTH NOTES AND TIMBRE CAN BE FREELY IMPROVISED, LIVE, AND LOOPED.
So to be able to improvise the synth loop notes.
So, to the questions:
The Kaosilator PRO.
How is it to play..?
Is it a proper "Instrument"
Can I play it, and get what I imagine.. or is it basicaly random (within a key and scale)???
Supposing I have some guitar loops going .. and I imagine a growly distorted acid bass to pop in for 3 notes, then silent for 4 bars.. then loop...
Can I quickly loop a little string section,
OR, can I hear a Xylophone in my head, and within a few seconds, select a patch, and add some twinkles?
And Tech questions..
How is it at following midi clock?
When used as a controller for another synth, is all information sent on 2 axis?
Can I map X to pitch on an external synth (Im thinking my Korg) and the Y to filter cutoff on the external synth? (If my external synth allows this.. which I dont know.. have to find the manual.)
Is the midi loop on the Kaosilator SENT out the midi out, making it a midi sequncer/looper for an external synth..
Whats the on-board audio loopers like?
IF ALL GOOD...
Red Sound Federation synched Multi effects
Insanly good loop mangler, delay, filter, chopper and very psychedelic multi band panner, all syncable...
Boss Dr Groove 202 (with built in 2 track sequencer)
Previously used to automate 2 EDP´s
(or swap for a Kaosilator Pro of course...)