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Korg Kaosilator Owner's Manual: Selecting A Program; Using The Gate Arpeggiator; Program List

Dynamic phrase syntheizer.
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Thank you for purchasing Korg's KAOSSILATOR dynamic
phrase synthesizer. In order to enjoy your KAOSSILATOR,
please read this owner's manual carefully and retain it for fu-
ture reference.
KAOSSILATOR Controls & Jacks
DC jack
LINE OUT jacks
PROGRAM/VALUE knob
LOOP STATUS indicator
Display
TAP/BPM button
ON/STANDBY switch
LOOP REC/PLAY button
GATE ARP indicator
GATE ARP button
Changing the Batteries
The display will indicate "Lo" when the batteries are running
low. When this occurs, please replace the batteries as soon as
possible.
"Test" batteries are provided so that you can verify that
your KAOSSILATOR operates properly. These batteries may
have a shorter than expected lifespan .
When the batteries become unusable, remove them imme-
diately. You should also remove the batteries if you won't be
using the unit for an extended period of time.
1. Set the ON/STANDBY switch to the STANDBY position.
2. Slide the battery case cover
on the bottom panel in the di-
rection of the arrow to open it.
3. Install four AA batteries (Use
alkaline only).
Note the polarity (+, -) and be
sure the batteries are inserted
with the correct orientation.
4. Close the battery case cover.
Turning the power on/off
Turning the power on
Set the ON/STANDBY switch to the ON position.
Turning the power off
Set the ON/STANDBY switch to the STANDBY position.
If you're using the KAOSSILATOR on battery power, don't
forget to turn the power off when you are through using it.
PROGRAM LIST
No. Program Name
X AXIS
L.00 Ambient Lead
Note
L.01 LR 5th Lead
Note
L.02 Unison Lead
Note
L.03 Tell Min
Note
L.04 Feedback Lead
Note
L.05 Sync Lead
Note
L.06 Square Bell
Note
L.07 Wide Saw Lead
Note
L.08 XMod Lead
Note
L.09 Square Lead
Note
L.10 Unison Sweep
Note
L.11 3Octave Lead
Note
L.12 XY Scale
Note
L.13 Wave Seq
Note, Pan
L.14 Digital Talk
Note
L.15 LFO Lead
Note
L.16 XMod Saw Lead
Note
L.17 Flap Lead
Note
L.18 Tape Bell Lead
Note
L.19 Pitch Mod Lead
Note
a.20 Trumpet
Note
a.21 Piano
Note
a.22 Digerido
Note
a.23 Electric Sitar
Note
a.24 Duo Strings
Note
a.25 VPM Bell
Note
a.26 Jazz Guitar
Note
a.27 Tenor Sax
Note
a.28 Harmonica
Note
a.29 Flute
Note
b.30 Hoover
Note
b.31 Kick Bass
Note
b.32 Reso Bass
Note
b.33 Acid Bass
Note
b.34 Sync LFO Bass
Note
b.35 Unison Bass
Note
b.36 Boost Bass
Note
b.37 XMod Bass
Note
b.38 Fall Bass
Note
b.39 VPM Bass
Note
b.40 Modulation Bass
Note
b.41 Dark Bass
Note
b.42 Ring Bass
Note
b.43 Square Bass
Note
b.44 Dist Saw Bass
Note
b.45 MG Bass
Note
b.46 Bit Bass
Note
b.47 Synth Bass
Note
b.48 Valve Bass
Note
b.49 Organ Bass
Note
Operation
Volume knob
The VOLUME knob affects only the headphone volume.
The VOLUME knob will not affect the LINE OUT volume.

Selecting a program

Turn the PROGRAM/VALUE knob to select one of the 100
programs, from *.00–*.99 (* indicates the category).
Playing the touch pad
Move your finger around on (or tap on) the touchpad to control
the sound. The parameters controlled by the X axis and Y axis
are shown on the PROGRAM LIST.
SCALE button
Touching the extreme outer edges won't control the sound.
Using the gate arpeggiator
Press the GATE ARP button; the GATE ARP indicator will light.
Now when you play the touch pad, the KAOSSILATOR will
"gate" the sound using the currently selected gate arpeggiator
Touch pad
pattern.
VOLUME
PHONES jack
Selecting a gate arpeggiator pattern
1. Press and hold the GATE ARP button; the display will indi-
cate the currently selected pattern number [
2. Turn the PROGRAM/VALUE knob to select a gate
arpeggiator pattern from G.00–G.49.
3. Press and hold the GATE ARP button again and the
KAOSSILATOR will switch back to the program selection
state. The KAOSSILATOR will also return to the program se-
lection state automatically after five seconds, if no additional
setting operations are performed.
The Arp cannot be applied to certain programs—please re-
fer to the PROGRAM LIST.
Turning the power off reverts to the default value [
Selecting the scale
1. Press the SCALE button; the display will indicate the abbre-
viation of the currently selected scale.
2. Turn the PROGRAM/VALUE knob to select the scale.
3. Press the SCALE button again and the KAOSSILATOR will
switch from the scale setting back to the program selection
state. The KAOSSILATOR will also return to the program se-
lection state automatically after five seconds, if no additional
setting operations are performed.
The Scale cannot be applied to certain programs—please
refer to the PROGRAM LIST.
Turning the power off reverts to the default value [
(Ionian).
Selecting the key (root note/octave)
1. While holding down the SCALE button, press the TAP but-
ton; the display will indicate the current key.
C4=[
], C#4=[
], C3=[
2. Turn the PROGRAM/VALUE knob to select the key.
3. While the display is still showing the Key Select function,
press the TAP button again with the SCALE button de-
Y AXIS
Ambient Depth, Vibrato
Pan, Delay Cutoff
Cutoff
Level
Feedback Mod
OSC Sync Pitch
Decay Time
Delay&AutoPan Depth
Mod Depth
Cutoff
Cutoff
Octave
Bass Note
Sequence Speed
Formant
LFO Speed
Cutoff
LFO Speed
Echo Time, Feedback
Pitch Mod Depth
Breath Pressure
Velocity
LFO Speed
Sound Character
2nd Strings Level
Sound Character
Velocity
Breath Pressure
2nd Reed Level
Breath Pressure
Cutoff, Pitch EG
Decay Time
Cutoff
Distortion
LFO Speed
Cutoff
Cutoff
Cutoff
Cutoff
Decay Time
Mod Depth
Mod Depth
Cutoff
Cutoff
Cutoff
Cutoff
Cutoff
Cutoff
Decay Time
3rd Percussion
pressed, the KAOSSILATOR will switch from the key setting
back to the program selection state. The KAOSSILATOR will
also return to the program selection state automatically af-
ter five seconds, if no additional setting operations are per-
formed.
When applying a Key to certain Programs, noise may oc-
cur or no sound may be produced.
Turning the power off reverts to the default value [
Setting the BPM
1. Press the TAP button; the current BPM setting will be dis-
played.
2. Manual: Turn the PROGRAM/VALUE knob while the BPM
setting is displayed to change the BPM setting.
3. Tap Tempo: Hit the TAP button several times in tempo with
your song, the detected BPM will be used as the current set-
ting.
4. Press and hold the TAP button and the KAOSSILATOR will
switch from the BPM setting back to the program selection
state. The KAOSSILATOR will also return to the program se-
lection state automatically after five seconds, if no additional
setting operations are performed.
Turning the power off reverts to the default value [120].
Loop (Phrase) recording
].
The KAOSSILATOR can record and playback phrases and
patterns that you play on the touch pad - loop style. During
playback, you can play along. You can even add another layer
to the loop recording. This process can be repeated, adding
new layers. Phrases Can be up to 8 beats (2 bars of 4/4) in
length.
1. Press and hold the LOOP REC/PLAY button. The LOOP
STATUS indicator will light red and you can record by play-
ing the touchpad.
2. When you release the LOOP REC/PLAY button, the LOOP
].
STATUS indicator will light green. Playback will continue, but
recording will stop.
3. If you press the LOOP REC/PLAY button during loop play-
back, the LOOP STATUS indicator will go out and playback
will stop.
4. If you press the LOOP REC/PLAY button while playback is
stopped, the LOOP STATUS indicator will light green, and
the recorded phrase will start.
Overdubbing (layering) recorded phrases
Once you have recorded a phrase, you can play along, or you
can add another layer on top (overdub) of the recorded phrase.
Once you get a layered phrase that you like, you can save it.
]
That way, if you add additional layers that you don't like, you
can go back and start again from this last saved version.
1. If you hold down the LOOP REC/PLAY button for an ex-
tended period of time after the phrases are recorded, [
(Stopped) or [
the beat position) will be displayed.
], C5=[
]
2. Continue to hold down the LOOP REC/PLAY button and turn
the PROGRAM/VALUE knob so that [
the display. When you release the LOOP REC/PLAY button,
the recorded phrase/layers are saved.
SCALE
GATE ARP
No. Program Name
c.50 Trance Chord
c.51 Sine Chord
c.52 Organ Chord
c.53 Sweep Chord
c.54 Choir Chord
c.55 Power Chord
c.56 BPF Chord
c.57 E.Piano Chord
c.58 Rave Chord
c.59 Chord Hit
S.60 Kaoss Drone
S.61 Rise & Fall
S.62 Feedback Loop
S.63 L->R
S.64 Noise Filter
S.65 8bit Game
S.66 Metal
S.67 Siren
S.68 Missile
S.69 Random
S.70 Beam Saber
S.71 Synth Looper
S.72 Ring Mod SFX
S.73 Square LFO
S.74 Dot Eat
S.75 Voice Looper
S.76 Sweep
S.77 Jet
S.78 Reflection SFX
S.79 Drop
d.80 BD/SD1
d.81 Zap/HH
d.82 Conga
d.83 BD/SD2
d.84 Breakdown
d.85 XMod Perc
d.86 BD/SD3
d.87 Timpani
d.88 Filter Snare
d.89 BD/SD4
P.90 Grain Beat1
P.91 Bass&Drum
P.92 HPF Drum
P.93 Grain Beat2
P.94 Beat Box
P.95 Dirty Drum
P.96 Grain Beat3
P.97 House
P.98 Auto Techno
P.99 Electro
3. Press and hold the LOOP REC/PLAY button to start record-
ing as you make new layers.
4. If you do not like the new phrases, continue to hold down the
LOOP REC/PLAY button and turn the PROGRAM/VALUE
knob so that [
you release the LOOP REC/PLAY button, only the newly re-
corded phrases will be deleted.
].
5. If you want to merge the newly recorded phrases with the
saved phrases, continue to hold down the LOOP REC/PLAY
button and turn the PROGRAM/VALUE knob so that [
appears on the display. When you release the LOOP REC/
PLAY button, the newly recorded phrases will be mixed with
the saved phrases.
6. To delete all recorded phrases and layers, continue to hold
down the LOOP REC/PLAY button and turn the PROGRAM/
VALUE knob so that [
When you release the LOOP REC/PLAY button, all phrases
including the saved phrases will be completely deleted.
orange while each process is being performed.
ing the saved phrases will be deleted.
Deleting elements of recorded phrases
During playback, if you hold down the LOOP REC/PLAY but-
ton and press the SCALE button, the phrase elements played
when the SCALE button is depressed will be deleted. During
this operation, [
beat position) will appear in the display.
In addition, if you press the SCALE button while you are record-
ing sounds with the LOOP REC/PLAY button depressed dur-
ing playback of the recorded phrase, the reproduced phrases
previously recorded will be replaced with new ones. [
appear on the display.
Setting the length of each phrase
1. While holding down the LOOP REC/PLAY button, press the
TAP button. The display will indicate the current phrase
length for recording and playback.
2. Turn the PROGRAM/VALUE knob to set the phrase length
for recording and playback.
3. If you press the TAP button again with the LOOP REC/PLAY
button depressed, the KAOSSILATOR will switch from the
length setting back to the program selection state. The
KAOSSILATOR will also return to the program selection
state automatically after fifteen seconds, if no additional set-
ting operations are performed.
length for recording and playback will be 1/4 of the indicated
]
length. When the BPM setting is between 37.5 and 75.0, the
] (Playback: the numerical figure shows
actual length for recording and playback will be 1/2 of the indi-
cated length.
] (Fix) appears in
X AXIS
Note
Note
Note
Note
Note
Note
Note
Note
Note
Note
Cutoff
Note
Feedback Filter
Note
Cutoff
Note
Note, Cutoff
LFO Speed, Cutoff
Missile, Hit
Note
Modulator Note
Cutoff, Looper Speed
Note
Note, LFO Speed
Loop Pitch
Note, Looper Speed, Pan
Note, Pan
Comb Freq
Note
Cutoff
BD, SD
Zap, HH, Pan
Conga Hi/Low
BD, SD
Decay Time
Pitch
BD, SD
Note
Noise Cutoff
BD, SD
Pattern
Bass Note
Pattern
Pattern
Pattern
Pattern
Pattern
Pattern
Bass Note
Noise Cutoff
] (Cancel) appears in the display. When
] (Clear) appears in the display.
The display blinks and the LOOP STATUS indicator lights
When the power is turned off, all recorded phrases includ-
] (Deleting: the numerical figure shows the
The operations above don't delete the saved phrases.
[
] =1/16, [
] =1/8, [
] =1/4, [
] =1/2
[
] =1, [
] =2, [
] =4, [
] =8
When the BPM setting is between 20 and 37.5, the actual
Turning the power off reverts to the default value [
Y AXIS
SCALE
GATE ARP
Cutoff
Octave
Drawbar Level
LFO Speed
Formant
Sound Character
Cutoff
Chord (Maj7, min7)
Cutoff
Chord (Maj7, min7)
Feedback
Rise, Fall
Delay Time
LFO Speed
Resonance
Pitch Mod Depth
LFO Speed
Pitch Mod Depth
Decay Time
LFO Speed
Mod Depth
Looper, Noise Level
LFO Depth
Cutoff
Dot Eat
Looper, Formant
LFO Speed
Feedback
Decay Time
Impulse Speed
Sound Character
Decay Time
Mute
SD Decay Time
Ambient Depth
Mod Depth, Mod Pitch
BD Pitch, SD Level
Velocity
SD Body Level
Reverse
Grain Depth
Pattern, Flanger Depth
Cutoff, Delay Depth
Grain Speed
Delay Depth
Decimator Depth
Grain Depth
Delay Depth
Pattern, Cutoff
Noise Decay, Delay Depth
]
] will
].

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