dude Posted March 27, 2009 Report Share Posted March 27, 2009 Recently I've become very interested in the KAOSS mod that's been floating around for the past few years. I think it stems originally from Matt Bellamy's famous Manson-made KAOSS guitar(s). While I admit I am a Muse fan, I have to say the pad's capabilities intrigue me beyond the ability to make me sound "just like Matt." If you're not familiar with KAOSS Pads, they are a line of DJ effect tools with many built-in digital effects which are controlled by an x-y midi pad. Essentially, you use a touchpad to mess with your guitar's sound (or your turntable's sound if we're being proper). If you're not familiar with the mod, it's basically a transplant of the pad portion of a KORG KAOSS Pad (and a button or two) into the body of a guitar so that the player can control the pad's effects on the guitar while playing. A cable is run back to the KAOSS unit with the leads for the pad and buttons. The result is very similar to the Manson KAOSS guitars (with the exception that Manson's guitars use an actual midi connection rather than an extension of the original pad's circuit). It functions the same, anyway. A very helpful man named Phil put together a tutorial and a few demo videos a while back (links below). He may have come up with the cannibalization mod, too. If you haven't seen them before, I highly recommend checking out his demo vids - they're pretty cool. Phil's tutorial (with demo video links right at the top. You can't miss them, I swear): http://www.unmaintained.com/forums/ShowThread.aspx?PostID=43 Anyway, on to business. I am considering trying out this mod, but I'm a little hesitant to drop $150 on a used KP-2 without knowing more. Basically, what I'd like to know is if anyone has ever used, built, or otherwise experienced a KAOSS guitar (or a guitar with a KAOSS pad. I understand the mini-KP is a bit more guitarist-friendly)? Any and all of your thoughts on this topic are deeply appreciated. Thanks in advance! -dude Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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