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Given that there are 100 unique presets in this one little package, you're liable to get a finger blister before you get bored with the effects.
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The Kaoss Pad has been around since 1999, but never this small and never battery-powered.
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Because the Mini Kaoss Pad was designed for musicians, you won't find a lot of out-of-the-way features tucked on the sides (aside from the power switch). Everything you need is right up front.
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Unlike it's bigger Kaoss Pad cousins, the Mini just gives you stereo RCA in and out, plus a jack for an external power supply. A headphone minijack with independent volume control is on the reverse side.
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Four AA batteries is all you need.
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For a small device, the preset management is relatively big and easy to control. You get two, big, red buttons to store you favorite two presets as well as a large jog wheel to manually scan the 100 effects individually.
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Using your finger to warp and twist music gets addictive after a while.
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For the first time, I went through my iPod looking for music I didn't like--just so I could use the Kaoss Pad to shred it to pieces.
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