The KM in KM-200/402 could either stand for the "kilometers of fun" (which is indeed the fun-loaded approach to this piece of news) or, more technically speaking, the Kaoss Mixer. For those who still don't have any clue on what the Kaoss series is (shame on you!) I'll just say that the Kaoss pads are one of the coolest thing one serious DJ would ever dream about: mixing, sampling, sequencing, sound generating, SFX and modulation engines for all I've already mentined. I even guess they have a "Fun"
switch hidden somewhere...
Well, Korg thought that one cool move would be "cross-breeding" the Kaoss Pads with DJ mixers. I won't ever know if they actually hoped a really good thing would come out of this, but nevertheless such a thing happened and took the shape of Korg's KM 202 and 402.
The new gear sports the best of both worlds: 100 popular effects from the larger and dedicated Kaoss pieces of gear ( including phasing, vocoding, real-time loops, delays, reverbs and all sorts of other filters); the other heritage comes from Korg's line of DJ mixers with 2 or 4 channels (202 or 402, respectively) with all the features one DJ could be in need of whether quietly mixing at home and training for the oncoming setlist or amidst a wild party.
DSP and six predefined EQs, line and mic inputs while routing capabilities (including routing through the mini Kaoss Pad) let the DJ exert his/her full imagination. Master and Booth outs as well as headphone/booth monitoring switches allow the user to gain full control over the sound.
Finally, both the 2 channel and the 4 channel Kaoss mixers sport heavy-duty crossfaders with adjustable curves and calibration functionality just perfect for classic mixing or the most demented scratches. The prices are yet to be announced while the release date is middle June.