The Korg Kaoss Pad series. Simple stereo audio effectors/samplers/loopers that allow you to control (preset) effects with medium XY touch field.
Made for DJs to control filters, delays, whatever with one finger ( as these are not multi-touch controllers…yet).
I absolutely LOVE these things, and it’s because I’m NOT a DJ. I’m a DRUMMER.
If I want to control sound at the drumset, I have a problem with knobs, because I’m keeping my sticks in my hand.
Like some kind of GAS Pokemon, I feel like I had to collect them all.
For quick comparison, I have
one orignal KP1, which has no MIDI clocking, so I use it for filters, reverbs, and it’s distinctively chunky time-stretch.
two KP2, which has the most solid construction, MIDI clock sync for some effects, and very quick sampling.
one KP3, which has more abundant MIDI sync effects, but has a flimsy-er feeling construction. I do appreciate the 8×8 pixels on the touchpad acting as a crude screen for more UI.
one KP4 (“quad”)
one Kaossilator Pro (synth and looper), which I sold for more programmable synths (like the QuasiMidi Sirius and Novation circuit).
…none of the battery-powered “mini” KPs, as my drummer-hands need big palm-sided controls.
The earlier KPs were surprisingly rugged. My newest unit, the KP3, is certainly more full-featured with more knobs, and a vertical slider (to control Level of the 4 sample/loops), but it’s controls feels wobbly and fragile.
Sure enough, the vertical slider broke off earlier this year.