iPod mutilator

Korg's new Kaoss Pad portable music effects box.

Mini Korg Kaoss Pad
A touch of evil. Korg

When pro-audio manufacturer Korg announced that they'd be making a palm-sized, battery-powered version of their long-beloved Kaoss Pad effects processor the first thing I thought of was using it as a portable iPod effects box or just having one permanently integrated into my home stereo system.

The Kaoss Pad has been a mainstay of DJs and electronic musicians for years. It's a touch pad that lets you use your fingers to apply sound effects to an incoming audio signal. If the idea of mutilating your music collection with pitch-shifting and dub delay effects sounds like a fun way to spend an evening, then the $200 price tag is more than worth it. It comes with stereo input and output, a headphone jack, and a tap-tempo feature that lets you tap in a song's tempo so that effects sync up with your music. Those with a thirst for total music annihilation may want to consider upgrading to the Kaoss Pad 3. At twice the price, the KP3 gives you a USB connection, MIDI in/out, a microphone input, a Darth Vader-worthy enclosure, and crazy, blinky disco lights.

About the author

Donald Bell has spent more than five years as a CNET senior editor, reviewing everything from MP3 players to the first three generations of the Apple iPad. He currently devotes his time to producing How To content for CNET, as well as weekly episodes of CNET's Top 5 video series.


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