There’s a special love among certain Ableton Live users for the Korg KAOSS Pad KP3, Korg’s lovely and capable sampling/effects box. Al, aka DJ Chinkial (see his trippy MySpace page) has a free VST for free as a holiday gift to us all (Windows-only). The basic idea: make a beatbox plug-in for your computer, using the KP3 as outboard controller, complete with visual feedback. (If you don’t have a KP3, you can use any controller, minus the blinkie lights – monome hack, anyone?)

The results are very wonderful: the KP3 becomes a synth drum machine. The only problem: some bugs may yet need to be ironed out, as the plug-in eats some CPU resources and this is a first version.

I don’t have a KP3 to try out that aspect myself, so if you grab it, let us know how it goes. (Your mileage may vary.)

Al writes us:

the info u posted is on one of my first attempts at a vst version of my reaktor beatbox live machine

kaoss64 is a 16 step 64 part sequencer
that triggers the slices of two bar
loops like a sort of rex file player for wavs

oh and if you’d like to try it out
it would work with any old midi controller just wont have the visual interaction

x position is cc10
y position is cc24
pad trig is cc25 but thats just used for visuals

the abcd buttons are the lowest register keys on a keyboard

cheers again and have a good christmas and new year al.


Direct download link Link not working; exceeded bandwidth

Updated: CDM is now hosting the file as kaoss 64.rar

PLEASE don’t link directly to the file without linking to this post! Thanks!

More from MySpace:

kaoss box 1 vst plugin for kaoss pad 3

my vst beatbox for the kp3

pretty much finished this version
4 part synth record
4 part external control mode
for synth parameters
every synth part has 8 faders each
controling lfo adsr vibrato phase mod and somthing else by selecting the
a b c d buttons
in xy pad mode the a b c d buttons
set which synth part gets recorded
pitch for pt 1 2 3 pt 4 is the octave
the drums are 8 part sample players
select a part using the fx depth knob
in external mode
then the 8 buttons trigger the steps
in pad mode
the fx release slider is the shuffle
in extr mode its used for loop size
the hold button

  • al

    sorry about the vid quality
    i can never upload a decent vid to utube
    as it always ends up weird
    and using quick capture makes the quality of vid
    near usless

    im in two minds as to go out and get a new dv cam
    for these purposes alone

    but the summers coming up
    and a new netbook running traktor and live
    seems the better option

  • Damn, sounds and looks cool. I can't wait to load it up when I go home!

    Unfortunately, it looks like MySpace disabled the download link?

  • I love my Live and I love my KP3. And, I love my Mac — so this is Windows only? There really is no Santa Claus!

  • Hi! Download link is down. :(. Any other site where I can download it? Is a GLOB-File for the KP3 included?

  • al

    yeah sorry about the link being down
    bandwidth limit is 250mb per day
    a think ill take down my music for a while
    that may be the problem
    as its a really small file about 2mb

    i tried a public upload aswell
    but the host deleted it instantly

    im just using this host untill
    its properly finished
    ill upload it to kvr when its done

    brian its vst so u may be able to use some sort of vst wrapper for the mac i dont know

    yeah it comes with a kp3 file
    and ableton live 5 project

    although its quite cpu hungry in live
    its facuking awsome
    u can record all your movents
    and it plays it back perfect
    i didnt know it would have done that


  • Stijn

    Hi, could you also use a kaosspad 2? Merry xmas

  • al

    yeah any midi controler should work
    dont know how it would visualise back into the kp2 though

    just wondering has anybody tried this yet

  • J.Deep

    Yo Al,Just tried out your vst on ableton 7 and it doesn't quite seem to be working out…will give ableton 5 a try… It doesn't seem to be registering the kp3's inputs…I tried it on other vst's and they read the kp3 ok. Any ideas?

  • al

    sorry j deep
    i aint got live 7 to try it

    dont know what the problem is ive had a similiar problem running it in fl studio 7

    will be updating soon
    also finishing my kp3 ableton live session view controller vst

    a scratch vst and a live timestretcher pitch manipulation plugin