At the end of last year, they unleashed the Kaossilator.
As of NAMM 2008, it’s shipping.
At first, before I heard it, I thought “Oh, that’s a cool toy, but it’s not really an instrument.”
Then I played with it.
While the Kaossilator invokes the same sense of playfulness as a toy, it is most definitely a musical instrument.
Pick a scale, then run your finger across the X-Y pad and you can play sick little riffs that would be nearly impossible to recreate using a keyboard.
And the X-Y pad controls more than just pitch and volume, it also manipulates synth parameters and built-in effects.
You can record and overdub your performances.
It runs on batteries.
Admit it. You want one.
For less than $200 US, it sure looks like Korg has another hit on their hands.