Beats Per Minute – Gadgets for Making Music (TVNZ) 24 June 2009

This week I got to play with three cool gadgets for making music.  The Kaossilator synth was by far the most fun.  Simply playing with it took me back to the 80’s and for a moment I had visions of being able to join Kraftwerk or the Human League on stage – freaky.

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Casio Key Lighting Keyboard (LK 220)

Learn to play the keyboard the easy way.  The Casio LK 220 has over 100 stored songs which you learn by playing along as the keys light up. As if that wasn’t enough, it has voice guidance to tell you which finger you are supposed to use for each key.

Recommended retail price: $399.00

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Available from: The Rock Shop and participating music stores nationwide.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Korg Kaossilator – Dynamic Phase Synthesiser

For more than forty years Korg has produced high quality musical synthesisers.  The Kaossilator contains 100 of their best sounds in one hand-held, battery powered unit. Simply drag or tap your finger on the touch pad to produce an amazing range of musical sounds, from synth leads to acoustic instruments and drum beats.

Recommended retail price: $299.00

Product website:

Available from: DMC (Auckland and Wellington) and other DJ Stores

Rating 5 out of 5

Pacemaker – the pocket sized DJ system

The Pacemaker is a portable music player with a range of functions that help you recreate the full DJ mixing experience. Instead of turntables, you mix the music between two separate channels using the touchpad

The Pacemaker device lets you:

  • Mix, play and perform – at home, work and play
  • Prepare and preview your sets on the go
  • Bring your entire music library in your pocket

Recommended retail price: $1299.00

Product website:

Available from: DMC Auckland, Ph (09) 303 4757 and Wellington, Ph (04) 3858 602

Rating: 4 out of 5

All prices correct at time of publishing. Products subject to availability.